It is difficult to pick specific fault with this hotel as I guess your expectations (if you did some basic research) should really be quite low.
The hotel location is good for the motorway but little else so if you are going into Southampton it is fine I guess. It is sandwiched between trading estates (not industrial estates) so don't expect a scenic view or shops or restaurants.
So my specific visit. Arrived early evening luckily I had eaten as the restaurant was operating a limited menu as the chef was not in. I think it was a choice of pizza or something. I had an early start the next day as I was heading off to a bike event just before 7am. Bit disappointed to be told that breakfast did not start until 7am but never mind.
The room was spotless. Unimaginative but practical and as I was only there for 14 hours I was happy I guess. Free Wi-Fi a bonus. Decent shower. All you would expect from a hotel that you would think that is aimed at the overnight traveller not someone on a fortnights holiday.
There is a vending machine if you want a treat. The closest convenience store is about 5 minutes drive away so stop before you arrive.
Two gripes. Firstly when I left at 6.50am I was a bit disappointed to see people sat and having breakfast despite being told that I could not have breakfast until 7am. I had made a 5 minute drive to the closest corner shop and purchased breakfast the night before which was a double loss as I had paid for breakfast at the hotel.
Secondly the price. £89 and no breakfast. I have stayed in way better hotels for the same, I have stayed in equally basic hotels for half the price. Seeing I booked quite a few weeks ago I do find the price quite eye-watering. I often use a prominent 'basic' hotel chain and find them equally good, equally clean, equally well equipped but half the price. I think I will stick to them in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Holiday Inn Express Southampton West is located off Junction 1 of the M271(off Junction 3 M27). This hotel is an ideal location for visiting Southampton, Paultons Park, Peppa Pig World, Beaulieu, The Isle of Wight, The New Forest, West Quay Shopping Centre and many attractions. The Hotel offers a continental with three hot choices buffet breakfast and free parking. Ideal for both business and leisure travel. Travelling on business the Holiday Inn Express Southampton West is a short distance from Southampton City Centre, and only 7 miles from Southampton Airport. The hotel is ideally located for companies such as Ordnance Survey (next door), Tesco, and IKEA. Southampton General Hospital is a short distance from the hotel also. The hotel is an ideal base for business travel. Looking for time to relax or a short weekend break the hotel is again an ideal choice for individuals and families. If you are taking a Cruise from Southampton stay at the hotel the night before the Cruise with packages and long stay car parking available. All Cruise Terminals are a short distance away. Why not visit the West Quay Shopping Centre, Beaulieu Motor Museum, Paultons Park, Marwell Zoo, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton University and Southamptons Annual International Boat Show. The hotel also offers 2 meeting rooms. All rooms are ensuite and with FREE WIFI. We also have accessible rooms. Why not stay in this excellent southampton hotel and ask about our low rates. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Southampton West Hotel Southampton
- Holiday Inn Southampton
- Southampton Holiday Inn