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“Nice but over priced”
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The Navigator
Ranked #1 of 2 Swanwick B&B and Inns
Reviewed 29 July 2013

Normally when visiting family in this area we stay in the Holiday Inn but they were fully booked so I started looking at what else was available and this place came up.

I agree with other comments that the pub is lovely and has a very modern, clean feel. The rooms are presentable and clean. We were staying in one of the rooms above the pub and our bathroom had not been updated it was quite basic and the shower was very poor.

We checked in on a Saturday and were told a wedding function was taking place below us, this maybe would of been nice to know at the point we were booking it. Fortunately in the end this did not affect us (as other reviewers mentioned) as it was nearly over once we returned.

Overall nice setting but I think at £85.00 per night plus an additional £10.00 per person for breakfast is a bit steep for what you get. That said the staff in the pub are very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 July 2013

Stayed at the Navigator for one night and it wasn't a good experience. The room was extremely noisy. We were in one of the upstairs rooms above the bar and it was like being in the middle of a nightclub - no sound proofing whatsoever. There was also an air conditioning unit right outside the window which made the noise (and the heat) even worse. Traffic noise from the main road is also pretty bad.

We complained (the manager was not apologetic and basically thought we should just put up with it) and received free breakfast but still didn't make up for the fact that we weren't forewarned about being in a room where it was basically impossible to sleep until midnight when the bar shut and everyone had left.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Travel C
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Stayed at the Navigator for two nights and although the room was clean and nicely decorated it was very hot. No fans available. Had to have the window open and so the traffic was very loud. There was an issue with the blind keep falling down on both nights, although we did bring this to the attention of the staff on the first night and nothing was done. A little disappointing and with a little more attention to detail this would make the venue a lovely place to stay. The staff are friendly but seemed a little hesitant to make a decision and deal with the issues.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 June 2013 via mobile

In a lovely setting if you are a boater (like me). Nicely redecorated since my last visit and tastefully done. Friendly staff, good breakfast. Tea and coffee in your room. Then all these boats on your doorstep! Also handy for the train - a short journey into central Southampton.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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Reviewed 29 June 2013

We dined with a couple of friends on a Friday night. The restaurant was well filled and rather noisy. I started with 'white Hampshire crabmeat, slow cooked duck egg, peas, samphire and celery shoots.' This was attractively presented with the crabmeat on top of the samphire and arranged in a circle around the 24-hour-cooked duck egg. Although the latter item may be a gourmet item, it did not taste particularly interesting. It was still very runny when pierced and acted more as a sauce for the crabmeat. I was happy to be offered a slice of my wife's parsley toast (accompanying her red pepper and tomato gazpacho) as an aid to eating the duck egg. So, an interesting experience but not a particularly tasty dish. Our friends were happy with their crispy pork belly, caramelised apricots, toasted peanuts and coriander.

For the main course three of us had the fish special, a whole plaice cooked in butter with new potatoes. What a great choice this was! Absolutely huge fish, unbelievably fresh (bought from the fish hut just off the A27 only around 100 yards away... we buy fish and prawns there quite often). It was perfectly cooked and the best piece of fish that I have enjoyed for many a year. Very memorable.

I should say that the service, provided by two young and enthusiastic waitresses, was admirable. They were happy to assist with two special requests and enhanced our dining experience considerably. With the meal we enjoyed a real ale from Basingstoke, available in three different strengths. Our total bill was £110 for two courses each and a few beers.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 June 2013

We stayed here for a weekend in June, staying in room 19. The greeting and check in were pleasant and the room was spacious and very clean. We didn't eat at the Navigator but walked around to the Jolly Sailor on a friend's recommendation.

On returning that evening, there was a wedding on in the function room... that was below our room. I would not say the sound proofing was inadequate, I would say there was no sound proofing at all. Laying in bed sounded like being on the dance floor.

We also stayed the following night, Sunday and it is for this that I have awarded 3 stars for the overall. Had we only stayed on Sunday, it would have been 4 stars. Had we only stayed on saturday it would have been 2 stars, or perhaps 1.

Good location for Hamble, nice bar, pleasant rooms and very nice staff. All spoilt by the noise on Saturday night.

Room Tip: Don't stay on Saturday nights.
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank barshaker
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

Went to the Navigator for dinner & drinks with some friends on a Friday evening. The staff were great, remembered our drinks all night and really friendly. The food was lovely and well worth another visit, although we did think that the drinks were expensive, the food was quite pricey but well worth it, but a shame that you are paying more for drinks, than you would in a pub. All in all would recommend, but the prices put us off.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about The Navigator

Address: 286 Bridge Road, Swanwick SO31 7EB, England (Formerly The Spinnaker)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Swanwick
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Swanwick
Price Range: £68 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Navigator 4*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Navigator Inn sits in a prime position opposite Swanwick Marina on the scenic River Hamble just outside Southampton. The nautical-inspired interior extends into the 23 individually designed modern bedrooms, all equipped with free Wi-Fi, en-suite bathroom, flat-screen TV and tea/coffee facilities. The Navigator's traditional cooked breakfasts will more than whet the appetite as will the pub's hugely popular seasonal lunch and dinner menus carefully created using locally sourced produce. A superb selection of real ales from nearby Upham Brewery are on offer alongside a fine choice of wines and champagnes. The Navigator couldn't be more accessible and is perfect for families, tourists and business travellers. The pub's 'Chart Room' can accommodate 48 seated guests and proves hugely popular for weddings and business meetings. Just a 20-minute drive from Southampton, 15 minutes from Southampton Airport and 2 miles from the M27 motorway, the pub also offers extensive free on-site parking. ... more   less 
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The Spinnaker Hotel Swanwick
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