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... colder weather up in Scotland! We're really looking forward to that - sure beats the Texas heat. For dinner we chose the traditional, set time seating at 8:00 PM. This is such a great way to meet people - our table for this cruise includes a couple (both doctors) from Los Angeles, a woman and her mother from Ohio, and a lady from Michigan. Great conversation - everyone at our table is well travelled and very ...
Today is the big day-- finally time to embark! It's taken one year of planning, two countries, and three flights to get to this point in time. We began the day with a traditional English breakfast at the hotel (another round of coffees from that magical machine) and croissant with marmalade along with thick English sausages, etc. The taxi whisked us to the port with all our luggage in tow. We haven't yet figured out how Europeans travel so light. I thought that I ...
... we heard music playing. We were royally greeted by two “Beefeaters” and musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra! It turned out that the royal greeting wasn't just for us – it was the grand opening of the new Queen Elizabeth terminal at Heathrow. We were also presented with a commemorative pin and a gift box containing shortbread cookies and tea.
After the royal treatment, we found ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Southampton
Nice place to stay a night or two
This is a nice hotel, a cut above the usual modern business type hotel. Nicely decorated and furnished, helful friendly staff, comfortable spacious lounge and bar, good restaurant. The only criticism would be that sometimes the dinner is carvery only which offers very limited choice. That apart, a very decent place for a night or two.
I stayed here one night on a business trip. I had recently spent nights at other hiltons and had found them to be of a good standard. This was by far the most disappointing of any "4 star" hotel I have stayed at. I had booked on the internet (Confirmed by email) and when I turned up they had no knowledge of it. The room They offered to me was of an ok standard but old. So much so that after going to the toilet the handle literally snapped off in my hand.
I stayed at this hotel for 1 night whilst on business in Southampton. I was looking forward to my stay as on the website it looked very nice. When I arrived there were plenty of car parking spaces, which was one of the best things about it really.
The staff at this hotel are polite and helpful. I stayed there twice during the winter/spring of 2005. It does not warrant 4* rating. A good 3* would be appropriate. The public areas need renovation as carpets are worn and paintwork badly chipped.
I'm writing this in case you are tempted to stay at the Hilton as part of the Cunard Cruise Connect programme.
Very nice hotel..
We stayed at this hotel from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day 2004. I booked us into a Deluxe room which was just that. It was very nice. We could not fault the accommodation side of this hotel. Included in our stay was a buffet breakfast which I must say was pretty bad. Not much to choose from and alot of empty containers. Also as we stayed over the Christmas period, found it a bit strange that not one staff member made reference to this by so much as saying 'Merry Christmas' to us. Not very festive people!
I'd probably give a 3-star rating if this was an independent hotel, as it's generally OK. However, it is the most unconvincing "Hilton" I have ever stayed in. I spent 4 nights here on a business trip in December 2004.
I booked two nights at this hotel on the basis of photos and information on its web site, which turned out to be unrepresentative of its actual condition. The staff was faultlessly polite, as the English are, but their hotel is badly in need of renovation. Given an upgrade from the standard rate that I had booked, the room was still the tiniest I'd seen in any Hilton, the bed was hard and uninviting, carpets were well-worn in the corridors, varnish was chipping off moldings, and the smell of chlorine from the pool was an unpleasant introduction to stepping off the elevator on the second floor. Since the hotel is surrounded on all sides by major roads, there's also a sense of defended isolation about its location (the reference on the web site to its being in the New Forest is sheerest fantasy, except in a larger geographical sense). Major work will have to be done in order for this hotel to be anywhere near normal Hilton standards. As it happened, I chose not to stay there after seeing the rooms and common areas -- there are better choices in the Southampton area...
I have stayed at the Hilton Southampton a few times in the previous couple of years and have always found it to be very clean and tidy, the rooms are smart (have stayed in the standard and superior) The public areas are nicely furnished particularly the bar area, its very cosy with sofas etc, the breakfast is nice with a full choice and the restaurant decor is lovely. When staying on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast we did find we had a very limited choice menu for dinner but that is my only complaint. Car parking is unlimited and although its in a very busy area sandwiched between main roads and a motorway it is silent inside. A good location to visit the surrounding areas and only a few minutes by car from the centre of Southampton.
Not what you would expect from the Hilton....
I booked five none smoking rooms, but was allocated five smocking rooms. They can't guarantee room request apparently, did not say that when I booked. The location was at bit out of it. The room was OK apart from smell. On the whole not worth the money or Hilton reputation.