A goodly number of visitors in Southampton are cruise passengers who may require a one night pre-cruise accommodation. With hotel choices being limited, a stay at the Mercure Dolphin is really a matter of necessity. It is well located on the High Street within walking distance to the West Quay Shopping Center and Red Funnel pier and a short taxi ride to the Cruise Terminals.
This Grade II listed property is the oldest hotel in Southampton. It was here in 1793 that Jane Austin celebrated her 18th birthday. Perhaps in bye-gone days it was grand. Today it is an old building with public areas in need of serious refurbishment.
Immediately upon entering is a worn-out small area for reception near which is a tired bar. The restaurant itself is non-descript. Food wise, breakfast is average. Across the street is a good family-run Thai restaurant. Go there for dinner.
Our room was certainly clean. Bed comfortable. Large enough to permit two open suitcases. Bathroom adequate. The view was the fire escape. Wi-Fi complimentary. Staff pleasant and accommodating.
Just because the Dolphin has advanced years do not expect a hotel having the English traditional ambiance. Another choice is the modern Grand Harbour Hotel.
One tip. Book as far out as possible. Not only does the pricing increase, but availability is an issue.More