A Place to Stay, Ibis, Southampton
If you’re considering a pre or post cruise stay in Southampton, then do have a look at the Ibis. Its location is very good for the cruise terminal and airport and for local shops and businesses. You can even take in a show at the nearby Mayflower Theatre if you wish.
It was very quiet with little traffic noise and if you are travelling by car it has large car park. I stayed here for a night in January and found it to be spot on.
The rooms were comfortable and very clean with flat screen TVs and the staff exceptionally helpful. Even when I had to wait an hour and a half for my taxi after I checked out, they were constantly attentive and bringing me coffee in the large and cruise themed seating area.
As a brand Ibis are not a five star hotel and its very much a case of what you see is what you get but they are extremely affordable have been making great strides lately in upgrading their hotels with a fresh almost art deco look and it shows.
The choice of meals on the menu was good and the service was prompt and efficient. In fact, the hotel is next door to the Novotel and the Ibis Budget so you can increase your options on by eating in either of these two if you wish and add it to your overnight account.
Breakfast was well presented with all that you would expect and if you’re arriving late the bar is open until 11!
Wi-Fi is free throughout and there is a PC in the seating area for customer use. The hotel also has two rooms suitable for disabled use, they are on the first floor and are accessible by lift and there is also a stair lift fir use in emergency. There is also a disabled toilet in the ground floor reception area.
Unlike some similarly priced hotels the Ibis Grand had tea and coffee facilities in the room, complementary bottled still and sparkling water and the ensuite bathroom was roomy with a high-power shower in a step-in bath. I did find the bath a bit short but this a small price to pay for what as excellent stay.
In short, I was impressed by this hotel and can highly recommend it.