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“Echoing others below, a little tired and in need of a revamp”
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Marine Court Hotel
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Bangor
London
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Echoing others below, a little tired and in need of a revamp”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We stayed at the Marine Court last weekend, and used it as a base for a wedding we were attending in Lisburn. First impressions were that it was an excellent location, but was in need of a bit of TLC. We had booked an Exec room for £110 a night, and it really didn't warrant that type of outlay. The room smelt a little musty, and the bathroom smelt damp. The view was excellent, and the bed was comfortable, but we just felt a little cheated by the price for an Exec room that didn't even have a safe in it.

The staff were excellent, and were extremely attentive for the two nights we were there, and made up for the lack of value for money on the room front.

Only other slight issue we had whilst there was when having a drink in Nelson's bar (sports bar) on the Friday afternoon, and having it populated by a load of drunk locals who seemed incapable of holding a pint glass without dropping it. Despite the drinks being substantially cheaper in this bar than the main bar, would recommend paying the extra and staying in the comfort of the main hotel bar.

Nice location, and decent staff, but not great value for money.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2013

My daughter and I stayed at this hotel in June and as I had stayed there some four years ago I hoped things would still be good. And so it was from the receptionists, restaurant staff and of course the room staff. Nothing was too much trouble. The room was a family room and as clean as a whistle and well worth the cost. Everywhere in the hotel was just as clean even the swimming pool area. I cannot praise this hotel enough. If you are ever in Bangor you know where you will have good food and a good bed and excellent staff whom make you very welcome.

Room Tip: Paid a little extra to have a view overlooking the harbour.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Larne, United Kingdom
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Reviewed June 14, 2013

From the time you enter the Marina you are made so welcome.The Staff. are very friendly and helpful.Mum will be 90 this year and the girls were great with her. We got the deal for two night bb & one evening meal the Breakfast was fantastic didn't need to eat till evening lol The evening Meal was beautiful good size portions and the staff made a big fuss of Mum which she loved. The room was big and spacious great for Mums simmer frame.The view from the window was magnificent and the bed was gigantic so comfy and good size flat screen telly very clean and comfortable room.I took Mum down to the pool which we went in through side door which meant she didn't have to go down all the stairs their again staff very friendly and helpful great sized pool for doing your lengths.Just step out the front door and the have a lovely stroll or sit with an ice-cream and take in the beautiful scenery All in all had a fantastic couple of days great value for money .
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Room Tip: Sea View a must
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Last minute decision to visit Bangor and stay over, so was not sure what to expect. Everything was perfect. The receptionist was welcoming and helpful. The room was a reasonable size and was comfortable and clean ( I am sure the rooms with a sea view are the ones to aim for) .

We had a very very nice meal in the Restaurant and the waiting staff were amazing special mention to Billy, who obviously enjoyed his work and is an asset to the hotel. We were also very well looked after by the Restaurant Manager again a real asset to the hotel. Our Dinner was excellent and was very reasonably priced. The specials were not advertised outside alongside the usual menus which I believe is a missed marketing opportunity!

Breakfast was very good with lots of choices and nice friendly service. Leisure facilities very good and staff again very friendly, helpful and professional.

The hotel is indeed "tired" and in need of a revamp but saying this so are many many others with better ratings and a lot more costly to stay! We are in a recession !!

Bangor is a lovely place to visit , but as far as "eating out" on a Sunday Evening is concerned most of the eateries need to wake up and realise we are in a recession. We must have tried 4/6 different establishments obviously, they did not want our money as we were met with indifference / statement oh the kitchen is closing/ oh last orders have to be in in the next 5 minutes and this is at 7 30 on a hot summers evening!!!!! The rudest and most indifferent was The Salty Dog!!!!!!

Yes we would stay again and hopefully not at the last minute so we could have a room with a sea view.

Bangor is to be commended on its "FREE PARKING AVAILABILITY A REAL BONUS !

Room Tip: Sea View is the option to go for
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ballymena, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

saw this deal on facebook 2 nights b&b sun/thur.i must say it was a great deal for 2 nights.the rooms were large with big flat screen tv large bathroom and huge comfy beds free use of swimming pool and fitness centre.the breakfast was full irish free tea/coffee..free parking..the reception staff were very helpful as we arrived early and our room was,ent ready for us she ordered tea and cakes for us while we waited free of charge..when we stayed in one day and put out our do not disturb sign the housekeepers had left us clean towels and tea and coffee facilities outside our room..we had a couple of nice nights and will diffenatly be staying again..

Room Tip: rooms at the rear of the hotel are quieter..as there is music most nights i would request a quiet ro...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

I confess that I visit this hotel often due to business, nevertheless from the 1st visit some 3 years ago until now, and I visit about 6 or 7 times a year, fortunately some things never change, a good and excellent welcome. The reception, gymnasium and housekeeping staffs do make a difference for what at times the property may let you down from an eye pleasing and good hospitality experience perspectives. Nevertheless I found it to be very clean and well maintained overall. We have to take into consideration that it is a large property and up keeping this size of property comes at a price, if at the same time the room prices are to be competitive in order to maintain profitability and value for money. Could it do with a revamp? Of course! Who wouldn’t like to revamp this beautiful property!? Nevertheless, the executive rooms and suites are of good size, very well furnished, most bathrooms are good and some may need some or little TLC. Prices are extremely reasonable for its location and facilities. Good hospitality experiences are something that we all enjoy and expect to be of a good standard for our hard earned monies, although some of these experiences can only be as good as the people behind running the ship. The let down here are some of the restaurant staff and the variety of food, as much at breakfast than at dinner. You can have a nice basket of fresh, shiny and juicy apples and fresh fruit, but you need to ensure that there are no rotten pieces in the basket, as this endangers what it could be a brilliant and tasteful experience. When I book into hotels and regardless of their price, stars or forks, I would like to be looked after and ensure that I will always remember them for the right reasons. Personally my priorities have become swimming before and after work, rather that being fed by some sergeants who I don’t appreciate first thing in the morning or early evening. All to be said, not all the restaurant staff fall under the same description! Some are superbly well mannered and attentive. Putting these inexperienced and wrongly managed creatures aside (sorry, but is the truth), I can’t leave unmentioned the bar staff who compensates for it, they are very good. If you carry with you a rotten apple detector and some expertise in how to ignore it, your stay at The Marine Court Hotel will be unforgettable. As a whole they deserve 10 out of 10. Oh! To the designer of the custom jewellery exhibiting and selling at the reception, would you be so nice as to do something for us men? Thank you. Please don’t stop creating! You’re brilliant. I do buy things regularly from your display as presents!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2013

We have used this Hotel 5 or 6 times in the last 6 months, However on our last stay i was asked to Pay the Full £560.00 for 2 rooms for 4 days On Arrival, Then the 2 rooms allocated to us wear
Rite Next to the Air Condisaning Fans that run 24 hours a day, The Rooms recked of Smoke, The Bathrooms wear Dirty, The staff wear very Unhelpfull to the point of being Arrowgant and somewhat Insulting, The Normally Good Breakfast has gone Downhill with Minenute Porsions and Terrable Waiting Staff who keep Circuling round like Vultures Snatching Bowls and Plates away from the Tables befor you have either Finished or Left the Room to whitch we find is a very Ignorant thing to do, The Noise from Nelsons Bar is just Outragess Screeming Shouting Yelling and Breaking Glass all coming from the Side Door at gone 1am and 2am it appears to be that the more You stay at this Hotel The more Complacent the staff become Towords you as you seem to stop being a Returning Paying Guest and you just simple become a Room Number and part of the Decore whitch could also do with a complete makeover, It is also like trying to find your way arround in the Dark with Very Dimly Lit Corradoors as for the Egsorbadant Prices thay Charge you would think thay would be able to Pay there Electric Bills, This is and was also our Last Visit to this Sadly Slipping Hotel,

Room Tip: Should anyone wanting to stay at a Good Hotel in Bangor ! Stay At Another Hotel ! ! ! !
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Marine Court Hotel
Address: 18-20 Quay Street, Bangor BT20 5ED, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Down > Bangor
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Hotels in Bangor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Marine Court Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marine Court Hotel is situated right in the heart of Bangor, Co. Down, just minutes from Belfast, overlooking the beautiful marina. We offer 51 spacious and tastefully decorated bedrooms, with excellent sea views and all the usual in-room amenities. You can enjoy a relaxing evening in Nelson’s Restaurant with our fresh, locally sourced food while enjoying the views over the bay. As a guest at the Marine Court Hotel, you are welcome to use our luxurious Health and Fitness Club, Oceanis at no extra cost. Private car parking and WiFi is available to all our guests. ... more   less 
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