I've stayed here a few times now and its consistently good. Marriott's in my view seem to be the pick of the hotel chains and this Marriott is top class.
The hotel is situated next to a beach (not the palm fringed type - the beach is pretty bleak with crashing waves) so the setting is half decent and fairly relaxing if you're here on business, which you probably will be as Sunderland is not a vacation resort.
The staff are very helpful and friendly. The food in the restaurant is good and reasonably priced although the menu is a bit limited. Breakfast is the obligatory buffet, again a bit limited but the quality is ok.
The rooms are the high point. I had a very large room on the 1st floor overlooking the car park - not much of a view but the room was excellent. It had a sitting room with a sofa and chairs, 2 TV sets, one near the bed one in the stting room area. The bathroom was very large and clean with a decent shower. The beds were exceptionally comfortable. It felt more like a suite although I hadn't even booked a deluxe room. My colleague (staying on the floor below had the same type of room so I presume these rooms are standard here now).
The gym is small but has free weights, running machines and concept2 rowers. The swimming pool and jacuzzi are decent as well but don't expect to be swimming laps.
The car park appears to be quite small and this may be the only real negative point, otherwise highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a blend of modern luxury and convenience at the Sunderland Marriott Hotel. Located on the seafront, our hotel is two miles north of the city centre and overlooks Seaburn's sandy beaches. A full-service hotel, we offer high quality accommodation for business and leisure travelers alike. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities - many enjoying sea views. The hotel also boasts three luxurious suite style rooms complete with a glazed rotunda overlooking the sea. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Marriott Sunderland Hotel Sunderland
- Sunderland Marriott