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“Nice place to stay if you want to visit the city”
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The Blue Keys
Ranked #6 of 26 Hotels in Southampton
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 August 2011

I stayed at the Blue Keys Hotel during my trip across Southern England and I recommend it! The staff is great (Malcolm is a great host!), the rooms are nice, free parking and wi-fi and a nice pub at the ground floor, where you can have a beer and listen to live music after visiting the city or after a day trip to Stonehenge or all the other place to visit near Southampton.
Good value for money!

Room Tip: Room number 1: very large room
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Friendly hotel with live music in the bar (can be both good and bad) but otherwise not so special. Southampton is not a very exciting place overall.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Stayed at the Blue Keys for 1 night only and would recommend it.
Conveniently located close the university and Southampton city centre which is about 15minutes walk. The owners were extremely pleasant and very customer focussed (as well as all the other staff we encountered). Whilst it is a bar/ restaurant type hotel this didn’t detract from the hotel side which is decorated and furnished to a quality modern standard.
Food in the restaurant might at first thought seem to be only standard bar food, but it is genuinely good value for money as the portions are more than generous with the presentation and taste on a par with high quality restaurants. (by comparison we also had a meal at the Platform in Southampton and the portions were half the size and slightly more costly).
Whilst breakfast costs are not included in the room rate (most hotels do this now anyway) it was again very good, ingredients excellent and the full breakfast portions more than I have had elsewhere.
Overall for the cost of the stay it is very good value compared to other establishments in the Southampton area and is on a par, if not better on cost, decor and food. By the way, the live music which was on the Friday night we stayed did not penetrate up to our hotel room which in itself says much about how the owners have separated out the hotel from the bar and show genuine customer care.
Will definitely stay again when visiting Southampton .

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Geoff M
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Reviewed 27 July 2011

Thank you to all the staff for a great stay. Impossible to find a fault other than the coffee cup wasnt changed after the first night. Minor detail! Great food and great sevice! Nice beer and a fantastic atmosphere before the fantastic live music thanks to emma and jack! Excellant weekend! Recommend it for food, location and entertainment!

  • Stayed: July 2011
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Thank KJL19
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

All in all a very acceptable stay here, certainly if travelling by car. Easy to access from out of city, and close to ferry terminals. Parking and free wifi - two of my core requirements. The restaurant, used as a pub by locals, offers some really excellent, low cost meals. Friendly staff. I was here for two days on business - and got upgraded to a larger family room on top floor, so it was quiet and spacious. Big floor-standing fan in room - great for the two hot nights I was there. Excellent, large power shower and lots of large towels. Plenty of power sockets for fan, laptop, phone charger, tv, kettle, etc - not always the case in some hotels!

A few 'technical' niggles, however. As mentioned in other reviews, reception looks very grim and uninviting. Top floor is not for you if any problem walking, as stairs quite steep. No toiletries initially, one bathroom light not working, kettle not 100%, toilet seat hinge broken, (Mismatched) bed lights not plugged in. Cup didn't fit saucer. Nothing cataclysmic, but all things that management/housekeeping really should pick up on. Very small 'dressing table' for my laptop - also houses the TV and the kettle and tray, but managed to lose those elsewhere. Wicker chair not massively comfortable for long periods. TV flat screen but only four basic channels, reception not marvellous even for those, TV had sleep function, however,, so that was a bonus. (Another core requirement!) Range of levels of breakfast offered, charged separately: full English quite OK though toast a bit dry and table, as also mentioned elsewhere, could have been 'cleaner'. I would certainly return, however.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Thank Jon007
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

This is not a large establishment and is probably more a of a bar/restaurant with rooms.
Stayed here for 2 nights with my 17 year old son whilst visiting Uni. Good location, pleasant walk from Uni and to City centre.
Good breakfasts and good evening meal served.
Pleasant bar with enjoyable live music.
Very friendly staff. Room fine although a shower curtain and some toiletries would have helped! Flat screen TV with digital channels. WiFI is at extra cost which I always dislike.
I would certainly go back and would recommend this location.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

Altough we only stayed here two nights I would recomend this hotel. The staff were all friendly and helpful. We stayed here in order to pick up parents from a cruise ship docking in Southampton on the Monday, so we made a weekend of it. The location of the hotel is ideal for picking someone up from the ports as it is only a five minute drive away to the quay side. The hotel is clean and very relaxing. Its music theme is quite a nice touch in its bars and hall ways. The breakfast was plentiful and good quality. This is a popular place with the locals too which tells me that the people running it, are doing it right. There is off street parking for around eight cars.

Room Tip: Ask for room 6 its the quietest!
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  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Blue Keys

Address: 82 Northlands Road, Southampton SO15 2LH, England (Formerly The Golden Lion)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Southampton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Southampton
#3 Business Hotel in Southampton
Price Range: £57 - £117 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Blue Keys 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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