We stayed two nights in June for the weekend of our wedding which was also at the hotel. Most of the other rooms were taken up by people attending our wedding over the same weekend.
Check in was quick and easy. No issues. The newly refurbished rooms are lovely, the vintage sea side resort theme is great. I stayed in one room with my mam on the Friday and the bridal suite with my new husband on the Saturday,
Room 1 was lovely. Huge bed with loads of pillows and cushions. I don't like the nifty coffee/tea contraption, it took us hours to work out how to make a cuppa. Just give me a simple kettle any day. There was a cigarette burn mark in the bath tub which is a shame as some previous, undiscerning guest must have done that so not the hotel's fault but it was still unsightly. Robes provided, huge wardrobe like the Beauty and the Beast one. Noise from Poetic Licence was a bit of a nuisance until about 01:00 when everyone had cleared off. We ordered breakfast for delivery to the room so I didn't bump into the fiancé on the morning of the wedding. This was lovely and arrived promptly.
Bridal suite: huuuuge! Stunning view of the beach and pier and a real treat, even if we hardly spent any time in it. His and hers sinks and big corner bath. I'm not sure what caused it but there was a distinct vinegary smell in there, not sure if it's something they use to clean but it wasn't the most pleasant smell in the world. I didn't raise this with anyone as it was my wedding day and I had so many other things to think about.
The wedding: What can I say? A lot actually! Sam the Banqueting Manager was a complete star. She was with us the whole day, every step, and reassured and communicated with us at every turn. Her organisation and professionalism meant we could relax (as much as you can at your wedding) knowing everything was in hand. The meetings and emails etc we had with Sam in the planning process meant she knew exactly what we were expecting and we were totally confident she would make that happen.
I love the fact the Six Soldiers suite is separate from the main hotel and has its own bar, so no chance of bumping into strangers or anything and it really felt like we had the run of the place. The room was perfect for the ceremony, the wedding breakfast and the evening and Sam didn't leave us until the evening was under way, at which point she handed us over to the very capable Justina.
I didn't see any of the canapés we ordered as we were too busy being congratulated and then having photos taken, but we are reliably informed they were great. The wedding breakfast was delicious and service was swift and efficient. Our veggie guests also really enjoyed their food which is a great as sometimes veggies get a bit of a dull deal.
All in all we had an incredible weekend at the Roker celebrating our wedding. We were looked after from start to finish and nothing was too big an ask. Thanks specifically to Sam for all her efforts and support in making our day all we had dreamed it would be. less