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The Mermaid by Marston's Inns

Yarmouth Road The Mermaid, Handforth Bridge, Ipswich IP1 2EN England
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#3 of 19 Speciality lodging in Ipswich
Book your stay with us for the best rate, and enjoy all the mod cons of our 28 room lodge accommodation, en-suite bathroom, digital television & free WIFI. If you have friends in the area we would welcome them to join us for breakfast each morning. We boast a varied and extensive menu with a superb daily carvery right at the heart of what we do. The carvery is freshly prepared and offers a choice of three succulent meats carved by our friendly chefs, temptingly displayed alongside a wide range of seasonal vegetables and homemade Yorkshire puddings. At the bar you can choose from a superb selection of Cask Ales from Marston's five breweries, a great wine list featuring choices inc. a vegan wine, an impressive range of ciders, soft drinks and spirits. Our Nescafe Milano coffee range is the ideal accompaniment for one of the fabulous and irresistible giant desserts from our unmissable cake cabinet. Sleep Well Eat Well You'll have a good night sleep at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Children's television networks
Highchairs available
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
24-hour front desk
Breakfast available
Kids' meals
Wine / champagne
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Room features
Air conditioning
Seating area
Bottled water
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Gemma.ipswich wrote a review 23 Jan
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Had a amazing breakfast cooked by ‘nanna’ today! Natalie served us, was very cheerful and helpful explaining the continental to us. Tea and coffee is all included which is a bonus! We will be back very soon.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
Judy L wrote a review 9 Jan
Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom37 contributions13 helpful votes
Went for Sunday lunch with my husband, good service and very friendly, helpful staff. Buffet style roast, which was ok, although the meat was all over cooked. Fair selection of vegetables and dessert was nice but don't think it was home cooked. Would go again but not rushing back.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Good parking, loads of room
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Stephanie P wrote a review Dec 2021
41 contributions9 helpful votes
Stayed 1 night. Staff friendly and helpful. Room clean. Good facilities. Great breakfast. Extra bacon offered in place of hash browns and black sausage which I didn't want. Will stay again. Thank you.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
RMFerguson wrote a review Aug 2021
Bath, United Kingdom109 contributions42 helpful votes
‘Good evening.’ The mask-less man sits at the reception desk, hunched over his phone and texting rapidly. ‘Good evening!’ He looks up, unsmiling, uninterested, ‘I’ve just gone off duty’. He shouts to someone down the counter, and moves away a little to continue his texts. She approaches, also unsmiling and mask-less. Without making eye contact, she looks at the computer and asks, ‘Name?’ The room is a motel room, brown décor, quiet, fully equipped, and with the promised river view. It’s not the motel’s fault the river is scummy here and only glimpsed through trees. The window is locked shut, which may be sensible on the ground floor. Instead, the room is fully air-conditioned – although the air conditioning unit translates 22 degrees to mean a chilly breeze. A laminated list of Covid precautions ends by reassuring us that the list itself will be put into quarantine for 72 hours after we leave. However, the list makes no reference to masks. Not even the blandest, most tentative reference to either staff or customers wearing them at any point. It’s an airborne disease with 35,847 new cases in the UK today. There’s no law compelling the staff to wear a mask. Or to wear a friendly face. Or to look customers in the eye. However, if you want customers you are charging £120 a day (yes, the rates go high in August) to feel safe and welcome, then it might be best to go a little beyond the legal minimum. I felt unsafe, I felt unwelcome, and I won’t be back.
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Date of stay: August 2021
Response from julie markham, General Manager at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns
Responded 1 Oct 2021
thank you for your fed back sorry to hear your stay wasnt up to standard.
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gary c wrote a review Jul 2021
2 contributions6 helpful votes
JAN the night porter is very helpful and cant do enough to help, she rallied round to every requirement I had with a smile, being disabled its a great relief to know that people are still that care for others
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from julie markham, General Manager at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns
Responded 1 Oct 2021
thank you for your kind review with us here.
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US$64 - US$93 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Mermaid by Marston's Inns
Which popular attractions are close to The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Nearby attractions include New Wolsey Theatre (0.9 km), Ipswich Museum (1.1 km), and Arcade Street Tavern (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Conveniently located restaurants include Maharani, Biryani Hut, and The Greyhound.
Is The Mermaid by Marston's Inns located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Ipswich.
Are there any historical sites close to The Mermaid by Marston's Inns?
Many travellers enjoy visiting St Peter's by the Waterfront (1.4 km), Pykenham's Gatehouse (1.4 km), and Jean Ingelow House and Archway (1.1 km).
Is The Mermaid by Marston's Inns accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.