Travel Blogs from Southampton
... modern navy of the UK
Of great interest was t museum dedicated to the 'Mary Rose" a war ship built by Henry the 8th to fight of and protect his "new" protestant state from the Pope and Holy Rome.
Built in mid 1600 it served for 34 years before it went down in battle ....half the ship has been saved and preserved because it was covered my mud for 500 years. It took 30 years to process and protect the ...
... from the Goodwood Revival weekend.
We ate at the Forrester's pub that evening. A passing car managed to soak us as we walked to the pub. Like we hadn't been wet enough earlier in the day. The campsite warden had told us the pub was pretentious but we had a lovely meal and enjoyed watching the local gents in their tweed and plus fours having a quiet drink and discussing their highlights of the Goodwood Revival.
An early start was in order today as we knew we had to get to Hilltop as it opened to get on the car park. After a brisk journey, including the sight of some early morning skinny dipping, we arrived and queued. Very excited and impressed with the whole thing, the house and garden were amazing. The house is like a time capsule and you can see her inspirations at every turn. If you visit, don't forget to look out for her books opened to ...
We packed up and headed for our favourite Morrison's, which was not far from the campsite. The staff were friendly and we were able to change the pitch we had been allocated very easily. The pitch sizes are decent size and the site is very peaceful. The showers were badly designed and if you are not careful, everything can get wet. It needs a ...
... coffee and I ended up saying if you ask them for 2 flat whites they will know. He mumbled something as he walked away which I didn’t hear.
He came back with our coffee card and placed a small jug of milk on the table. What? Then came back after dropping off other drinks with two cups - I could see straight away they weren’t the right size and then he put them on the table … two black coffees. I said this was not right and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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.