Definitely has a wow factor from the quality of the refurbishment, to the service and then there is the wonderful cocktail bar.
After 6 hours stuck in an horrendous motorway blockage from the North West to Exeter, we were tired, agitated and hungry. We were greeted in a welcoming way with a swift check in and an entrance to a wonderful room with triple aspect on the top floor.
We had opted for the Sugar room which was large, spacious and had a mix of contemporary and retro. Very well appointed with a touch of opulence.
We made use of the cocktail bar which at 5pm was quiet and by 5.30 was packed with people from the local offices enjoying an after work drink on a Friday. Atmosphere was very enjoyable and a welcome relief.
We did not eat at the hotel in the evening as we had made other arrangements with friends but the breakfast was superb and cooked to specific requirements.
Positives: whole experience
Point to note: do not choose the top rooms if you have walking difficulties as there are no lifts
If you want something different and exclusive this is well worth considering. I would prefer this over the main hotel chains in the vacinity and will return when we next come to Exeter. We are aiming to stay in the Cotton Room or Tulip on our next trip!
All credit to the owners and staff who have made this something special.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming boutique townhouse hotel with 10 individual bedrooms, chic cocktail bar, private dining room for parties and informal Club Room for casual dining and meeting. Al fresco eating and drinking on our terraces and secluded garden. Food is modern, local and highly seasonal with daily changing menus. Southernhay House is located in the centre of Exeter just yards from the Cathedral and within easy reach of the University and Quayside. Staff are long-term, friendly and live locally so are able to recommend seasonal and regional activities during your stay. Languages spoken: English, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southernhay House Hotel Exeter, Devon