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Marriott International

October 21, 2014 16:19 ET

Sunderland Marriott Hotel Offers a 'Step Through the Looking Glass' to Sunderland Illuminations

Easy Access to Famed Light Show Makes Seafront Property a Top Choice Among Hotels in Sunderland, UK

SUNDERLAND, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Oct 21, 2014) - Guests drawn to the Sunderland Marriott hotel for its panoramic views of the Whitburn Sands coastline have an added visual treat in store this autumn as the beloved Sunderland Illuminations light display returns to reveal the tale of "Alice in Wonderland" mere steps from the elegant Sunderland accommodation.

Every evening from 5-9 p.m. through Nov. 2, the newly revamped Roker and Seaburn seafront transforms into a dazzling display of lights depicting classic scenes and characters from Lewis Carroll's timeless 19th century novel. Previously known as "Roker Park Lights," this year's event invites visitors to explore the White Rabbit Trail to discover their favorite Wonderland characters, from Alice and the Cheshire Cat to the White Rabbit himself, as well as a hidden fairy dell. All the while, vibrantly-hued dancing fountains perform to a range of fantastical music and light. The illuminations run along the Roker seafront and through Seaburn to the Marriott roundabout, where a vivid light display awaits guests upon their arrival.

Conveniently situated a half mile from the core Sunderland Illuminations attractions at Roker Park, two miles from the city centre and directly opposite an expansive oceanfront promenade, the Sunderland Marriott offers a prime location for a Sunderland city break or coastal escape. As the destination's only four-star property, the Sunderland Marriott Hotel offers luxuriously-appointed en-suite rooms featuring down comforters, custom duvets and cotton-rich linens. Many rooms feature extensive ocean views, including three luxurious suites with glazed rotundas overlooking the sea. Guests will enjoy unwinding with in-room amenities such as high-speed wireless Internet, 32-inch flat-screen televisions and satellite programming, as well as complimentary premium coffee and tea service.

Guests are invited to begin the day with lovely views and a hearty breakfast at the Promenade Restaurant, returning for dinner inspired by traditional English dishes flavored with a contemporary twist. Alternatively, a day spent exploring city sights or a brisk evening among the Sunderland Illuminations pairs perfectly with a stop at the hotel's Mariner Café and Bar for traditional afternoon tea, a light lunch, casual dinner or warming nightcap.

The property's recreational opportunities offer ample opportunity to enhance a Sunderland weekend break or weeklong holiday with an indoor pool, spa and sauna; as well as a leisure club featuring cardiovascular equipment, fitness classes, free weights, cross-trainers, rowers and resistance equipment. Coupled with direct access to the mile-long oceanfront promenade, free on-site car parking and an easy drive to such attractions as the Sunderland Stadium of Light and St. Peter's Church, the Sunderland Marriott Hotel is an obvious choice among hotels in Sunderland, England.

About the Sunderland Marriott Hotel
The Sunderland Marriott Hotel offers a four-star, full-service, luxury seafront experience just two miles north of the Sunderland city centre. This 2014 TripAdvisor® GreenLeader and Certificate of Excellence-winning property features 82 spacious en-suite guest rooms, many with sea views. Business and leisure travellers alike will appreciate the hotel's welcoming lobby, relaxing guest rooms and intuitive service. The Sunderland Marriott Hotel also features banqueting and conference facilities, a cocktail bar, two restaurants, free on-site parking and superb leisure facilities. Nearby attractions include the Beamish Open Air Museum, St. Peter's Church, the National Glass Centre, Washington Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Bowes Museum, Alnwick Castle and Bamburgh Castle.

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