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Southernhay House Hotel

36 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NX, England
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Ranked #5 of 29 hotels in Exeter
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying at the Southernhay hotel for our engagement party in August. All the rooms we reserved were amazing, in particular ours, Sugar. It was just perfect, stylish with that historical colonial style ( read the story of the very first Southernhay owner, the so called "orientalist" Mr. Kirkpatrick ). Just very few minor things to improve: the major... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In a renovated Georgian house a very nice boutique hotel. Large rooms, ample breakfast, attentive service. Very close to the center and the Cathedral. Only caveat is that the en suite bathrooms have a glass wall and an incomplete separation from the bedroom‎.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Southernhay House is located on a quiet, elegant square about two minutes from the Exeter Cathedral and the main high street. In terms of location, it is ideal. It is a beautiful property, both inside and out, and strikes a strong chord between maintaining its historical interest and significance and having modernised its amenities. The welcome was exceedingly warm and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely property, decor was lovely, very nice, small hotel. We stayed in the silk room which was really nice and ate in the restaurant for an evening meal which was lovely and the breakfast was equally as nice. The staff were all very welcoming and smiley and the location is vey central and easy to walk to any of the... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is located in a listed building, 5 min walking from the Cathedral, on a nice road with green islands in the centre reservation. The building itself is remarkable and the staff is very helpful. I feel for them because the rating I will give does not reflect their professionalism. The Wilberforce room we stayed in was a stuff of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My partner treated me to a wonderful weekend at Southernhay House. The rooms have unique names and we had 'Sugar' which is a triple-aspect room with large bathroom and a very comfortable bedroom area. The service is second to none and the staff were charming and as attentive as you need throughout. All the facilities you would expect (although the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some very strong positives to this hotel. Attentive staff. Excellent drinks in the bar. Great breakfast. Clean, polished rooms. Strong wifi. I liked it a lot. I won't go over all of the quirks that everyone has already mentioned but will offer a few suggestions that might address a few of those. One: yes, the clothes-hanging situation is difficult with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Exquisite decor and easeful ambience - the hotel you'd take with you anywhere else - perfect for business trips or restful weekends. Location central yet peaceful - a variety if flexible environments to cater for a wide range of needs. Attention to detail by all staff beyond compare and all you could wish for from a hotel.

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Tring, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Stayed two nights during graduation week and had the celebratory lunch in their private dining room which was perfect for the 12 of us. There is a choice from a set menu during Graduation week and the options were perfect for the age range (22 - 88) but didn't alter, so we had to go elsewhere for supper. Lovely food... More

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deborahmaeveclark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you Kate for your lovely review and we appreciated your family celebration. It's good that you enjoyed our Private Dining menu - we do also run a seasonal Classics menu throughout the year and this would also have been available for you had you fancied eating with us a second night. Opium is more heated by name than nature... More

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11 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Completely agree with previous reviewer Tracy re style, service and location. We had a pleasant and efficient welcome, and the staff member even came out to greet us after we'd been for a walk later which was a nice personal touch. The room was spotlessly clean and stylish with some quality furniture. I did like the tea/ coffee facilities and... More

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deborahmaeveclark, Owner at Southernhay House Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for your nice review and I'm sorry that you won't be one of our regular VIPs - was it the loo thing or the huge leather chair that determined it? Genuinely, the loo thing (as I shall henceforth call it, as the eco rain showers don't get much of a look in) is not just a design feature... More

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Address: 36 Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1NX, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Devon > Exeter
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Luxury boutique hotel with 10 bedrooms, chic bar and two dining rooms with decor inspired by the Colonial past of the building. Southernhay House has recently opened in the centre of Exeter's Georgian business district just yards from the Cathedral and is a sister hotel to the iconic Burgh Island, with similar high standards of service, food and comfort. ... more   less 
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