I have stayed in the Etap (now Ibis Budget) hotels many times, as they are normally the cheapest, but have good beds, clean, and very well placed (the one in Southampton where I stayed is very close to the main line train station). It has been recently refurbished, I assume to match the new Ibis Budget brand. The hotel has 24 hour reception, does a buffet breakfast (extra), and you will have to pay for parking. It has a McDonalds and a TFI Fridays on its doorstep, alonmg with an Ibis, and a Novotel, so food and bars close enough, Southampton town centre is about 10 minutes stroll away.
Remember its a budget hotel, but it is functional. It has a small desk to sit and work at, the TV is good (although only the 5 main channels, plus BBC News), bed is comfortable, ensuite shower (no bath) and toilet. If I were to find fault with the hotel, its only that he door cards seem to "lose" the ability to let you in if you stay more than one night. Easily reprogrammed by the helpful staff, but I dont see why it happens so frequently.
I would happily recommend the hotel to people wanting a cheap stay, with friendly efficient staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Raphaella YVER, the Manager of the Hotel ibis budget Southampton Centre would like to welcome you. Hotel ibis budget Southampton Centre is a low-cost hotel situated in central Southampton, close to the shopping and nightlife of Southampton city centre and easily accessible from the M27. The hotel has 124 contemporary guest rooms and is 100% non-smoking. Each room has en-suite shower, air cooling and flat-screen TV with freeview channels. Free WI-FI throughout. 24/7 reception, 24/7 snacks/drinks and as much as you can eat buffet breakfast at £5.50. On-site car-park from £6 for 24 hours. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etap Southampton