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"Great hotel for kids…"
This is a great place to stay with kids. Glass corridors, allowing you to look out over beautiful woodland, lead you from the reception area to your room. The rooms were clean and had everything you could need, including a much appreciated little welcome pack for my daughter - a pack of colouring books and a rubber duck. There was also a plate of fruit in the room as well as a communal 'pantry' in the main corridor for you to help yourself to more fruit, fresh milk and biscuits - very useful if you're caught out with a hungry child.
Unfortunately the weather was quite rubbish so we didn't get to try out the outdoor play area. Instead we made use of the indoor pool which was a good option to have.
We had dinner at the restaurant that evening. The food was lovely and the service amazing but it was a little over the top (in terms of price as well as menu) we thought for a kid-friendly hotel. My opinion is that something more casual would have been more in keeping with the hotel? That said, they were more than accommodating with our requests for my daughter.
Unfortunately a family emergency the next morning prevented us from trying out the zoo which is just opposite the hotel. It looked great though and there's a lot to be said for needing a good excuse to go for a return visit...
*We were guests at the Marwell Hotel as part of a press trip for review.Read moreLess
"Great value zoo getaway package for the family…"
I was invited to stay at the Marwell Hotel as to review their new Zoofari getaway package which starts at £150 and offers a one night stay for two adults and two children (aged between 3 and 12) in a family room. This offer includes bed and breakfast and a free family ticket to Mawell Zoo - really great value when you consider that tickets for a family to London Zoo could be up to £80. And you really feel like you're getting away from it all in Marwell.
The hotel itself is perfect and welcoming for families being so close to the zoo and it does have its own swimming pool area and you can hire out a number of DVDs and computer games from reception.
The food in the main restaurant was really tasty and the service was really special, but the restaurant felt a bit dated and it was a little expensive. However, we hadn’t noticed that there was another eating area in the hotel with more standard pub grub type foods which was much more relaxed and a bit cheaper, so if we went again, we’d probably go there.
I went without children and took my DP with me, and we still found enough to do – there’s a nice couple of pubs close by and my DP is a bit of an animal obsessive and loved the Zoo. It’s a really unique zoo, as it doesn’t try recreate the habitats that the animals would naturally live in, it has an English country garden feel, which was quite sweet. Interesting to see lions dozing next to some daffodils.Read moreLess