Booked the West Quay Premier Inn for an Friday night stay several weeks in advance and, using their own website, got a great price. An attractive new building in the centre of the city's redeveloped shopping district, the hotel doesn't have its own car park, so you have to pull up outside the back door in the drop-off area - having negotiated the automatic barrier - unload your bags, check in and then go and move your car to park elsewhere. There is the West Quay multi-storey car park right next door to the hotel, so you can always find a space, but it isn't cheap and you need to get your ticket validated at the hotel for a reduced-rate overnight park. Unfortunately, only the overnight stay is covered, which means you can't leave and return to the car park during the afternoon/evening without incurring extra cost, so when we went out to meet friends and grab dinner, we ended up paying twice for car parking. Ouch!
The hotel is new and has no real reception as such, just a collection of automatic check-in machines and some very helpful staff to lend a hand. They will also try and convince you to have dinner and breakfast in the in-house Thyme restaurant, but not at all pushy and very friendly. We had already arranged dinner elsewhere, but prices looked reasonable, although there are also lots of restaurants round and about if you want to venture out.
Our room on the fourth floor was standard Premier Inn layout and very comfortable. Extra pillows are available for the comfortable bed, while there is a small LG LCD TV with Freeview channels; kettle with tea and coffee making facilities; a sofa bed and dressing table/desk with 4 electric plug sockets. No wardrobe as such, just hanging space, but for a short stay, this isn't an issue. Shower over the bath was excellent, although our bathroom floor must have had a few issues in the past as it literally 'moved' under your feet when you walked on it. A little unnerving at first.
Being in the centre of town, there is not much of a view from the rooms. Car park one side, the Carnival Cruises UK office at one end and what looks like a cleared building lot and temporary construction site yard the other. So no wistfully looking out to sea here, although to be honest, even if you could see the sea, Southampton is a working port, so the view could never be described as romantic. But the Premier Inn West Key isn't the kind of hotel you stay at for a romantic seaside weekend. It's a very comfortable, functional hotel in a good location close to the cruise port, the wide choice of stores (including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer etc.) and the attractive (in parts) city centre of Southampton, which is well worth exploring.
Overall, the Premier Inn Southampton West Quay is recommended for short stays and great value for money, especially if you book early.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southampton West Quay Premier Inn is ideally located near the Southampton Cruise and ferry Terminals, only a short walk away. Southampton's West Quay Shopping centre is directly across the road.The Southampton train station and national express coach station is less then half a mile away and by road there is easy access to the M27 and M3 giving an easy commute to Paultons Park and Pepper Pig World.Our Southampton West Quay Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an integrated restaurant serving a mix of traditional and contemporary dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Premier Inn Southampton West Quay Hotel Southampton