The Dart Marina Hotel

, Dartmouth, United Kingdom
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The Dart Marina Hotel

, Dartmouth
3 star

Rooms: 49

Sandquay Road - Dartmouth - England - TQ6 9PH - United Kingdom Hotel Website | | 44 01803832580
214 Traveller

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A perfect package

from pedroYorks
Two discounted nights April 07

Good car park (essential in Dartmouth) great welcome -porter carried cases from car to reception, booked us in, took us to our room told us it was a great room and he was spot on. Well appointed, good decor large bathroom and fantastic view. Breakfast was good. All the staff good. Breakfast v good.

well run hotel difficult to fault at these prices 137 per room per night

Mainly positive

from chrissym3
Stayed here on a three night discounted break in a 'superior room'. Room was nicely refurbished, good bathroom and power shower and, of course, that engrossing view over the river. Quilt and bottom sheet only on the twin beds so we alternately overheated or froze during the first night (quilt on or off) - changed to blanket and sheets on our request the next morning. Room was good value on our offer but would be much less attractive at full price. Good breakfast, warm and welcoming staff throughout and good to see some old faces still working there fron earlier visits. We ate one night in the Bistro - perfect ambience, sitting outside under heated canopies with the river across the way but thought that the food was average at best and vastly overpriced (chicken piece at £15, chips £3.75 extra). Again, lovely staff and setting but £65 for two main courses, bottle of wine, water and coffee makes the main restaurant look good value!

A slightly mixed review

from Bootle45
We stayed at the hotel for one night just before Christmas as we received an extremely attractive offer emailed direct from the hotel. We paid extra to be upgraded to a contempary room which was excellent, all very new with a balcony and a superb view over the marina. We were offered a drink and a mince pie on arrival all very friendly and welcoming. We used the spa, the swimming pool and the gym which were all very well equipped and relaxing. My wife tried to book a a treatment but they were all booked up for that day. The answer is to book in advance! We had dinner in the restaurant that evening which was part of the deal. It was quite an enjoyable meal 4 courses,coffee extra.
The following morning we had breakfast, a good selection of starters while we waited for our cooked breakfast. Sadly this was very disappointing, it was cold and we sent it back. This seems to be a recurring theme from previous comments, why a hotel charging this sort of rate is unable to cook a basic hot English breakfast is beyond me, especially when other guests have complained previously. We had a very enjoyable stay in Dartmouth and would probably stay there again.
To summarise a very good rate, a splendid bedroom, very friendly staff, very good facilities in the health spa, dinner quite good, breakfast very disappointing.

An amazing and relaxing time.

from Suzanne-Cantle
I stayed at the Dart Marina Hotel with my best friend for one night.

We checked in on Sunday (lunchtime). Our room wasnt quite ready but the gentleman at reception took our bags from us and said they would be placed in our room.

We then went to the new health spa, which was fantastic. We used the gym, then the pool, steam room and jacuzzi. It was extremely quiet and very relaxing.

We had treatments pre-booked. The changing rooms were extremely clean. Robes and towels were also provided. I had an amazing Indian Head Massage and my friend had a Full Body Massage, which were equally as good.

We then checked into our room feeling very relaxed and pleased with ourselves. We became even more pleased with ourselves when we saw our room.

We had a twin "contempary" room, which had a wonderful river view, a large balcony, complete with table and loungers, not needed in November alas. The room was comfortable and warm, with more robes and all the products you could ever need.

Before changing for dinner we enjoyed a bottle of champagne (kindly left in the room by my friends husband).

We then enjoyed a pre-dinner cocktail at the bistro. Try the Fishermans Star - lovely.

We dined in the main restaurant at both dinner and breakfast the following morning. On both occasions the quality of food was superb with lots of choice, great service and a relaxing ambience.

The purpose of my visit was a relaxing surprise for my friend and I have to say it certainly did the trick.

A wonderful hotel, with amazing views. Ask for a contempary room as they have quite obviously just been refurbished.

Service with a Smile

from rintin
My Husband and I stayed at the Dart Marina on the 8-10th November and found it to be a tucked away little treasure in Dartmouth. Everything about the hotel was excellent from the welcome on arrival to the Staff and the food. We have visited many hotels in this country and there is usually always something that lets them down but I can honestly say we couldn't find anything wrong with the Dart Marina. Breakfasts were excellent and we even tried ordering cooked breakfast in bed, expecting it to be cold by the time it got there! but no, it was all hot and nothing was forgotten on the trays! The staff were very courteous and friendly without being sycophantic, and the whole ambience is one of peace and tranquility. My husband and I will definately be returning to this hotel in the not too distant future. It was also excellent value for money.

Wonderful Weekend Break

from Devonedge
We have been visiting the Dart Marina for over eight years and each time it gets better. This last visit surpassed the rest. We stayed in one of their new Town Houses- two double bedrooms one en-suite and a large second bathroom. Beautiful furnishings and fantastic kitchen and living room. Our own patio overlooking the marina. We chose dinner bed and breakfast which was taken in the main hotel dining room. The food cannot be faulted and the full english breakfast is a must as are the lunches. Staff are friendly and very efficient - nothing is too much trouble. We are looking forward to staying in the new year and would reccomend this hotel and the lovely town of Dartmouth.

Not what it seems

from PotterMoose
Having stayed two nights here, I can only agree with the previous reviewer who said that this place had a split personality. Booking a room on the strength of the website, we were expecting a "boutique hotel" - our room, the Marina Mini Suite, was not what we had in mind. Although large and clean, with a lovely terrace, the decor was more Holiday Inn than boutique. It was also freezing, and both radiators were cold. A call to reception informed us that the heating wouldn't come on until 7pm and would go off again at 11pm! In a room costing £233 per night, I do not think this is acceptable. In the event, the heating still hadn't come on by 7.30 when we went out for a meal, nor was it on when we got back. Another call to reception, who told us it had been on and gone off again! Fortunately we found an electric heater in the wardrobe, which took the chill off overnight. The following morning reception told us (in a third version) that the heating wasn't set to come on at all until it got colder - it was already the end of October!

Other gripes:
- we tried running a bath on arrival, but the water was brown. Reception didn't seem to know why unless it was something to do with some work in the road behind the hotel, and suggested that we just keep running it until it came clear!
- the Floating Bridge Inn next door is owned by the Dart Marina and is advertised as being one of the dining options for the hotel - but they have no facility to charge your meal to the room.
-breakfast service cannot cope with the numbers: the first morning we got down at about 9.15 (they only serve until 10) and had to wait for a table. We then had to wait for someone to take our order, wait again for the tea and toast and it was after 10 before we got our cooked breakfast. When it did arrive, the bacon, sausgae and potatoes were all cold. The couple sitting next to us, who had been waiting even longer, sent theirs back as the sausage was raw, and it was still raw when it returned!

We had such high expectations of this hotel, based on the website and marketing materials, and it was such a disappointment. The staff are fairly hopeless, especially reception, and for the prices charged, it really should be much better.

A hotel with a split personality - BEWARE

from Fresiandaniels
The Dart Marina's website is awesome. If you like modern, minimalist, trendy rooms - you appear to be in for a treat... hmmmm - really?
We were lucky enough to stay in one of the contemporary rooms about which we have no complaint. However, what the website does not clarify is that these rooms are a mere additional to a dull seaside hotel which looks as though it was built in the 1960's ( and possibly in Russia - there is sufficient concrete involved).
This hotel has a split personality - in order to access the contemporary block it is necessary to negotiate ye olde fashioned reception area, along with dark wood schooner bar. It is all a bit shabby despite the modern art hung incongruously on the old fashioned decor and the whole thing does not sit comfortably side by side.
The River Restaurant has no atmosphere, is overpriced, also has a clash of decors and if seated in the wrong area, it is possible to dine next to the clamour of shouting from the kitchen. The waitresses - though sweet - seemed to be learning their craft - hence an expensive bottle of wine was simply opened and poured without tasting and each of the glasses had different amounts poured into them.
The Wildfire Bistro is in a wonderful Californnian style setting and for once the decor was focused but food was bland when compared to its fanciful menu listing.

The whole experience is far too expensive and not value for money

The one plus point is the parking situation - a haven in an overcrowded town.

Staff were charming and helpful, but it just did not match up to the glorious promise of the website marketing - BEWARE.

class and comfort

from dedmans
I and my wife visited for two days to celebrate our 25th and she chose Dartmouth as a place to visit as over the years we had travelled by on our way to Cornwall. The hotel is big and well presented and the room was an environment of pure luxury. We had a 'contemporary' room and you were tempted to stay in it all day whilst listening to the chug of the paddle ferry! The breakfast was superb and lasted you most of the day. We ate one night in the Wildfire restaurant and although not cheap the service and food was excellent. My only thought of slight negativity is that the relaxation areas were a little lacking in charm and cosiness and although no fault of the hotel, the clientel were of a mostly elderly age group. However, it is a destination that would definately be one to look forward to arriving at. Dartmouth is a wonderful clean and attractive place and we loved the setting. We had a super meal at Brodericks' and found a charming antique warehouse. Will visit again.

great location

from familyhegsta
We stayed at the hotel for 2 nights and found it hard to fault. The location is fantastic right on the estuary, and with no through road this part of Dartmouth has limited traffic noise. There is plentiful free parking available for people staying in the hotel. We had a traditional room which was great - beds very comfy and decor clean and tidy - fantastic views of the river. Really my only critism was that the breakfast was painfully slow to arrive on both mornings. The staff were very helpful and friendly and the spa facilities very nice. Already looking to return for another weekend.

Top Local Tips for Dartmouth

steam train Kingswear to Paignton This journey takes 30 mins each way and its worth paying £1 per person extra to sit in the observation car. The views are amazing. Take the lower ferry from Dartmouth to Kingswear and the station is immediately on the left as you disembark. The observation car is right at the front.Going out the steam engine is attached to this carriage and going back, you have an unobscurred view of the Dart estuary and then all the coves and beaches on the right hand side. Its a brilliant trip for young and old alike.

take the steam train take the ferry to kingswear from dartmouth and pay the £1 supplement to travel in the observation car to Paignton- the views are wonderful.There are bench seats or swivel armchairs. There's also a loveseat in the rear- take a bottle of bubbly for a romantic occasion. Kids love it too-the steam train connects to the front of the carriage on the way out and then going back you have uniterrupted views of the coastline.

Regatta week Go and enjoy it, but beware lots of others do too, and its very busy in the town


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  • Address: Sandquay Road - Dartmouth - England - TQ6 9PH - United Kingdom
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