We got a good 'advanced' booking deal so opted for an executive room, which included breakfast. We were in room 116 on the first floor, facing the front ie overlooking a busy roundabout and the De Verre Grand hotel. We were again only using it for a one night stay before a cruise.
We actually went back to check we'd been given an executive room on first seeing room 116, as we were so underwelmed by what greeted us! The bedrom was ok, bigger than an average room but not by much. Bed seemed small for a double but was comfortable. Pillows had man made filling and were uncomfortable and the duvet was very thin and man made. Curtains were replaced with Japanese themed closing bamboo coloured screens which certainly kept out the light! The window opened, you could hear traffic noise all the time, all night but there was ac in the room if you prefered to keep the window closed.
There was a trouser press, safe (so high up in the wardrobe I could hardly reach it!) very basic and light weight iron with ironing board, dressing gowns, hairdryer, empty mini bar (it was filled on request), and beverage tray with very small kettle. The tv was lovely and large.
The bathroom was so small! Nice quality towels and toiletries but, in my opinion, very low quality, harsh, scratchy recyled loo paper and tissues - really cheap looking.
The corridor on the first floor was so drab, dark and dingy looking you would think you'd got off on a service floor not one with guest rooms along it!
Breakfast was ok, very friendly, cheerful staff. Limited fresh fruit, cereals, hot food - all of which was actually hot and nicely presented. Very cheap thin bread for toast. Delicious croissants, cheese portions, tinned fruit. As I say, all ok but not special.
Wifi connection was stupidly overpriced at £5 an hour so we didn't use it. Why do UK hotels do this when on the continent it's usually free. It's their loss not the guests!
The Executive room was better than the standard one we had on our first visit but compared to other hotel Execcutive rooms we've been in, it was not up to standard and we wont be going back. We've got better deals in standard rooms for less money in several hotels in Southampton and we'll stick with those from now on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Southampton is situated in the heart of Southampton City Centre, with views over the waterfront and close to the M3 and M27 motorwaysThe Holiday Inn Southampton is located next to all Major Cruise Terminals making it the prime hotel for your Pre Cruise Stay. A pre cruise package rate is available which includes Breakfast, Car Parking and Transfer to the TerminalDuring your stay you can take advantage of West Quay Shopping Centre, day trips to the Isle of Wight, New Forest, and Paulton's ParkThe Holiday Inn Southampton is host to the PSP Southampton Boat Show. The hotel is centred in the heart of the show ground making it the ideal location to stay. Package rates available direct at the hotel.The hotel consists of 130 en-suite, air conditioned bedrooms with high speed Internet access, Spirit Health Club, Conference Centre, Restaurant, Bar and LoungeOur facilities also include 24 hour Room Service and free use for our residents to the Spirit Health Club which includes an indoor swimming pool, gym and sauna.The Holiday Inn Southampton has 5 Meeting Rooms and can accommodate up to 180 delegates, ideal for meetings and all special occassions. All rooms have air conditioning, wireless Internet access and all day tea and Starbucks coffeeAccessible & Family Rooms available. Kids Stay & Eat Free(Terms and Conditions Apply) ... more less
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