Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin
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Day 3 Survival training I can now with confidence tell you, I should be able to keep myself and others alive if we were to abandon ship, in theory. Day 4 Crowd management I'm now fully certificated and sea worthy :-) Just waiting for my placement !
Okay! Here we are at Southampton!!! it a lovely morning and day as well as we are all going on a ferry ride and visit the Isle of Wight. When we all arrive on the island we went on Colwell Bay to have lunch at Captain's Cabin. At Captain's Cabin there is many of seafoods to look through the menu. gobbled it up just like a pig? Oops we need our …
... was, “where’s next”? Travelling had become what Russell and I did and I was struggling with the concept that it really was time to get back to work and go our separate ways in the week again.
Russell had a fairly predictable route back into work given that he had been speaking to a potential employer throughout our travels so aside from the final hurdles it was a pretty
straightforward return to work. I ...
We got to Petersfield where we stayed at the Cricketers Inn.
That night Heather met us to take us to their place for a meal. It was good to see both Mike and Heather who we hadn't seen for 5 years. They were annual visitors to Jajarawong for many years.
Next day Heather took us by train to Portsmouth...in particular to see the Maritime Museum.
The area taken up by the museum is large and is in ...
... of our Lady and St Philip Howard (to give it it's full title) I was very disappointed to find that despite its 1400's French gothic appearance, it was built in the 1800's by some rich bloke.
Apparently John Constable died whilst painting Arundel Castle and Mill.
The town is full of antique shops and gift shops as well as the ubiquitous Pizza Express and Prezzo restaurants
Had a coffee in one of the many cafes before ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin
I stayed at the Dolphin during the 'refurbishment'work and was suprised by the politeness of the building team, they even carried my luggage to my room for me when I checked in at a very busy time. Apart from the bustle of the work the atmosphere was one of challenge and cheerfulness.well done The Dolphin, I look forward to my next visit during boat show 2004
When I saw the reviews that were posted they were so bad I tried to get my firm to change my hotel booking to another hotel, but it was too late. So 4 of us left for Southampton not very happy. When we arrived we asked to see the rooms before we booked in as we were so unnerved by the reviews. As we were taken to our respective rooms it was obvious that there had been a great deal of renovation since the reviews were posted as the whole place had been tastefully decorated, new carpet had been put down on all the corridors and the room floors were new wooden floors with modern fittings and accessories. The bathroom was clean and the towels were thick and soft. the bed linen and pillow cases were white and were spotless certainly any stains would have stuck out like a sore thumb they were so white. The bar was very modern with the light wooden floor and matching decor. The food was judged by all four of us as excellent we had 4 courses all choosing something different from the ala-carte menu. Overall this was a quite different place than we had been led to believe. All the staff were more than pleasant even the cleaning lady, as she pased me on the corridor wished me good morning and asked if I was enjoying my stay. I will return!!
One of the best stays in Southampton
Reference Previous review. I together with a party of another 13, stayed at this hotel and no major problems occurred. The staff were very professional and and the same time friendly. I would like to know how people slept on sofas when the only sofa is in the suite (I stayed in that suite). Two other rooms have sofa beds in addition to a kingsize bed. I will have nothing said about this hotel as I and as have many of my party stayed in this hotel many times before. (prior to cruising on Cunard and P&O liners) The refurbishment is 50% complete and the guests would not know it was going on. The food is absolutely great and I am assured it will be even better when the new restaurant comes on line. Well done Management & staff. We will return.
DO NOT go to this hotel!!
This hotel is a complete disaster. I booked 9 rooms as part of a group booking and pre-paid for them. On arrival we were treated with appalling lack of care, the rooms were wrong, some were unheated, some of my guests slept on sofas and in all it was a terrible experience. I am making a formal complaint and will seek a full refund from my credit card company.
A Great Improvement
Returning for another stay at the Dolphin on business, we found a massive modernisation programme in place. This did not interfere with our short stay at all.The staff are very friendly and helpful, always willing to help.I was given an in depth explanation of the future plans for the hotel by a Duty Manager whom I got the impression he had only been there a short while but nevertheless very knowledgable and professional.The food as normal was very good, although I was told the Restaurant will eventually be moved downstairs.The new rooms are immaculate and very modern. There are still a few of the old rooms awaiting modernisation in the next phase.No doubt I will carry on staying here on my visits to the South of England.
My wife andI stayed in this lovely old Hotel which is being refurbished and the food is really good. ask for Tappers special Pigeon pie must be Recommended. alovely hotel just gets better.
I think this old coach house hotel is one of the nicest places I have ever stayed in. The staff are friendly and very warm to all the customers and could not do enough to assist our stay. I would advise any one staying in Southampton to use this establishment.
A no star Dump
I had the unfortunate experience of staying at this hotel for a week while attending a course at the Southampton Oceanography Centre. The hotel is undergoing renovation and we had not been advised of this when we booked and there was no reduction in price for this serious inconvenience that included the main entrace floor being relaid, heating pipes in hallways, chainsaw and mulcher outside bedroom windows. The rooms are old, badly maintanied and worst of all dirty. The worst thing about the expereince was the attitude of the management, and recommend you DO NOT stay at this hotel. They were totally unresponsive to our complaints left the reception staff to deal with problems and the manager avoided our complaints.
Pity it used to be OK
Stayed at the Dolphin before, a creaky old place now agreed not creaky, but in tatters. Was told by a young waiter there at breakfast last year "never eat the scrambled eggs you will be sick, they are powder" Left without staying last week, after paying though, showere cubicle broken, room decoration a disgrace, reception female rude and dismissive - the other one behind the desk said "don't complain to me I don't work here " Sorry Dolphin, never again. Peter and partner.