I booked the White Star Tavern for a one night stay on business. I try to use small independent companies wherever possible and this hotel is a lovely and comfortable stay. The bed and pillows were just right for a good nights sleep and room was decorated in muted colours with a modern bathroom suite and walk in shower. All in all a pleasant hotel and I would not detract from that.
However if you market yourself as boutique and your adjoining pub as Gastro you set a certain expectation of excellence which is my opinion wasn't quite there. Whilst pleasant the room was small, the complimentary soap, shampoo and body wash was of a non descript variety and the in house hairdryer was the small white push button affair you get in motorway travel hotels which is about as much use as a gnat fart if you are woman with long hair.
My room (no.10) looked over the flat roof of the kitchens below with the added noise of the commercial plant on the roof merrily humming away, and at about 10.30pm I was startled whilst drifting off by the emptying of bottles from the bar below into the recycling bin. Which is fair enough...you are over a pub after all. The rooms decor was tired with a hairline crack in the bathroom tiles floor, scuffs on the paintwork, sealant in the bathroom coming away, nothing gross but it does need a spruce.
The staff were all very pleasant and helpful and breakfast in the bar was lovely. Fresh filter coffee, grapefruit juice and an omelette, quite expensive and if I was to be critical my omelette was slightly overcooked, but obviously quality ingredients and none of the homogenised rubbish you get in chain hotels.
All in all good but not excellent, must try harder to be classed as Boutique and find that certain 'je ne sais quoi'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White Star offers a unique mix in the city centre of Southampton, with an award winning restaurant and rooms and accommodation. Our boutique style rooms have been awarded 5 stars and our restaurant boasts 2 AA Rosettes for food and dining, plus our vibrant and animated bar offers the very best drinks and cocktails. The relaxed and informal ethos sits well amongst the cosmopolitan and colourful Oxford Street location. Food is cooked with care and skill, using fresh locally sourced ingredients to produce classic modern British dishes. Diners can choose to eat in the contemporary restaurant or spacious bar area, or even alfresco in good weather. Style and quality extend upstairs to each of the 13 individually styled luxury guest rooms. ... more less
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