Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
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... while to find a spot but when we did we came back along the straight only to find the truck still there with its 4way flashers going and no sign of any rubbish collecting action. We waited in line behind several cars to pass the truck only to find when we did that the three guys inside were just sitting there eating their lunch! Yesterday the guys all had haircuts Leicester had his done in Brighton and was very happy with the result and the £13 price tag. Later in the day ...
... him to mess with me. Graham's tip for today is if you've been elected as the Judge and Jury over a cycling dispute, sell out to the highest bidder. Steve : I felt tired today, but no idea why. That seems to be the way of it, you wake up in the morning and find out what you got in the legs lottery for the day...feeling good or feeling bad, you just cannot know in advance. The first stop in a lay-by was timely and a chocolate bar and banana later, I was ...
Keith made me a lovely omelette for breakfast. They also made toast from their home-made bread with their rhubarb and ginger jam. Keith and Bridget were great hosts and there was plenty of chat over breakfast. I did not leave until 9.45 as I thought it would be a shorter day. It may have been shorter in miles, but it was the hardest day due to the steepness of the hills! It was fairly flat to Seaton, where I met a cyclist who ...
I'll keep saying this until I go blue, but there is nothing quite like the beauty on our own doorstep.
Today I went with my auntie down to a little place called Seaton. I can't say its forgotten because the local know its there. Seems like everyone else is more intent on Looe or Newquay, so I'll go with it's semi-forgotten.
The beach is dog friendly and although not rolling yellow sandy dunes, it is made of reasonably soft crushed ...
We stayed in Vegesack until our last day possible deciding that as the weather was so good and hot we would ensure we had a good rest. Not a problem about what to do, pleasant walks alongside the Weiser anytime we chose, a stroll into town for another excellent pizza and two large beers each this time. Of course, finding the friendly cafe in town with wifi and excellent coffee made the stay easier for us as ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
After reading some of the reviews on this hotel we booked with some trepidation.
I am surprised by some of the reviews on this site because the Southgate is a modern well furnished hotel. I suspect some of the reviewers have mistaken this hotel with the Exeter Rougemont and if that is the case their testimonies of the Rougemont could be quite valid!
We've stayed at the Southgate 5 or 6 times and it has always been excellent.
The staff are all polite and efficient, the rooms are stylish (well for a hotel) and always spotlessly clean. Breakfast is delicious.
That's all there is to say - thoroughly recommended!
Simply the best................
I've been in this hotel for months, and yes, it is due for refurbishment, however whilst there are areas of carpeting in the bar that are worn, I have not found this to be the case in any other part of the hotel, i've never had any cleanliness issues with it.
The staff are absolutely amazing. Nothing is too much trouble for them. If you are looking for a home from home, this is the place to stay. Cant wait to come back!
I have stayed at this hotel several times when visiting my family in Exeter and have seen it deteriorate. The furnishings are now extremely worn and service slack.
On arrival I noticed that my bathroom hadn't been cleaned as it was disgustingly hairy! My bedroom carpet was filthy and from it I accumulated a collection of peanuts, crisps, and even a small cuddly toy!
After complaining, I was told by reception that it would be cleaned by the time I returned from dinner. It was not. I immedialtely asked to speak to the duty manager who on inspecting the room apologised and returned with a mop and bucket!
This was the last straw and I felt so uncomfortable that I checked out. I had to stay at my in-laws house which, if you knew me, indicates how desperate I was!
Tired and dated
This place seems to get worse each time I stay. The staff are friendly but they are having to make do with run-down furnishings and rooms in need of decoration. You really know that you are in a big, uncaring chain. The beds are some of the most uncomfortable I have ever experienced. The pillows were dirty and the decor generally a bit gruby. Positive things? the room service sandwiches were very tasty and used high quality ingredients. Never again. I will be going elsewhere on my next trip!
Very close to the city center, with good car parking. The hotel is loctaed next to the old city walls, and within a few minutes walk to the cathedral and shops etc. The hotel and rooms are comfortable. Stayed just one night, enjoyed dinner on Friday night, food and quality of service was good, however Saturday morning breakfast was hectic, the hotel could not cope with the number of guests, had to wait for table and service.
Overall good quality and would recommend for a short break when visiting the city.
I stayed at another of the Macdonal Hotels earlier this year and was impressed with it which is why I chose The Southgate for a weekend break.
Having read the anonymous review of the Southgate Hotel, it was with great trepidation that I took a group of 34 people to stay there over last weekend - 28 June to 1 July 2002.
I regularly stay in 4 and 5 star hotels and this hotel is not one of my preferred hotels. I have had to stay here on business over a dozen times in the last few months. The rooms are mediocre, double rooms are often not available and the beds in the twin rooms are very, very small and uncomfortable. There is only sheets and a blanket. There is no working air conditioning, resulting in the rooms being very warm in summer and very cold in winter. It can also be very noisy in the hotel, both from traffic noise outside and staff inside.