More about Mercure Southgate Exeter
I stayed here for just one night when in Exeter on business and was delighted with what I found when I arrived. The check in was efficient, polite and warm - my smoking room was no 101, which caused both the receptionist and myself some amusement.
The room was fine - a little shabby but that's forgiveable when everything else is OK. There was plenty of tea, coffee and hot chocolate and toiletries, it was clean and bright, the bed was very comfortable and my wake up call arrived at the time requested.
Breakfast was amazing, the range and choice of food was excellent and the service was impeccable. Both the toast and the coffee arrived almost as soon as they were ordered and were piping hot.
I would strongly recommend this hotel, I found it delightful and would return any time, either on business or leisure.
so close to everything
Just arrived back from the hotel. What a lovely gem this is. 2 minutes walk from the new Princesshay shopping centre. The hotel is quite dated but we liked this. The rooms are very comfortable , with lovely soft pillows. The service is first class. When we arrived there was fresh fruit left in the room and a card as we had told them it was our anniversary, what a lovely touch.The swimming pool and gym is excellent. Although it is quite pricey to eat and drink in the hotel, this didn't matter because there is so much choice nearby. If you dont want to pay £14 each for breakfast, you can get an ample breakfast for less than £3 from Wetherspoons just around the corner. By the way this is an excellent Wetherspoons , set in an old church. The quay is also only a five minute walk away and is a lovely place to relax with a glass of wine. Chaucers in the town centre is a lovely place to eat aswell. There are so many places to choose from, so just go and enjoy.
The friendliness and the quality of the staff made this a most enjoyable stay. The hotel itself is very comfortable, the room was of a good size and everywhere seemed clean and in very good condition. The location was very good; just a short walk to the cathedral and the city centre. I would have no hesitation in staying here again, or indeed recommending the Southgate Hotel.
Worse staff I've ever seem
I've decided for this hotel because of the spa and swimming pool. Not bad at all. But the serious problem in this hotel is the staff. Absolutely horrible. I haven't felt one moment welcomed at this hotel.
Started in the reception. I was "welcomed" by ANdrew (I think that's the name of the English taller man). He just gave me my card, took my credit card and that's it. After I asked, he gave me a map. Again, I asked for some directions and he said to me to ask again in tourism information... ok, maybe, he is a litle bit stranger, let's take a rest in the spa. Another disappointment. The staff, one tall man with black hair was absolutely rude when I asked where I can put my stuff. Him and another blond lady seemed more interested in look at each other and drinking instead looking after the customers.
When I get in my room, for the first time I saw a not clean room in this kind of hotel. Many hairs in the toilet! And actually they stayed there when I left the hotel (three days after). Maybe they are there untill now! Anyway, the room is so small and the tv's got a ridiculous size. Really! I can't remember the last time I saw a tv like that.
In the breakfast - I must say that the food was oh-so-good. But, again, the staff. I've passion for the breakfast time, but I couldn't feel comfortable over there. Agata and Miriam were the worse staff I've ever met! They were so busy in looking after one only table that all the time they passed fr me - to get in this vip table, they couldn't take my plates and glasses. The only one that deserves a raise in this hotel is a blond Polish girl, whom bring the coffee. The rest, all my dear, nobody deserves pay this value to see horrible faces!
For sure, I'll never go back again and I'll say anyone to do the same!
Room decor was a little tired, but comfortable none the less. All was fine until the morning when we spent half an hour in the restaurant trying to order breakfast to no avail. We were shown to a table immediately, then repeatedly ignored by the staff. Apparently because I wasn't wearing a suit I was only entitled to a second class service, or so it seemed. I had to leave and eat elsewhere or I would have been in danger of missing my flight. They also tried to put £50 of evening meals on my bill, even though we had eaten out. Small mistakes and oversights, but I expected better with it being one of the more expensive hotels in the city.
Not bad, and great location
The Mercure Hotel is really central, making it a great base for exploring Exeter.
Staff were pleasant and friendly and the newly done up dining area and bar were lovely. We also had a fantastic cooked breakfast there!
However the rooms were small, with dated decor and bathrooms. Everything was extremely clean though.
I can't comment on the spa as we didn't use it. I'd say the hotel is great for a short stay but the room size would put me off using it for more than a long weekend.
Best hotel in Exeter city centre, with great facilities
I stayed at The Southgate several times in the past, when visiting my younger sister who was a student at Exeter University. My parents and friends have also stayed here.
Since I last visited Exeter in 2006, the hotel was taken over by yet another hotel group, but has been upgraded. As far as I know, the leisure facilities are still the same. There is decent size pool and gym and this is the only hotel in the city that has a health club, so it's ieal for a romantic or fun weekend away. All the main Exeter shops, restaurants and bars are within walking distance and I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is visiting the town for the first time and doesn't mind spurgling a bit on some luxury.
The breakfast here is very good, but evening meals are rather overpriced, although excellent service and I have to admit that the meals I had were always good. The bar here is popular with wealthy students from the university, their visiting families and business professionals.
Rooms are supposed to be the best in Exeter. The amenities are really good. You get all the essential free toiletries and lots of different teas and coffees to choose from.
There aren't many very good hotels in Exeter itself, but The Southgate is a landmark and will be for a long time yet.
I stayed at this hotel one night to get respite from building work at home and really wished I hadn't bothered. The hotel sounds enticing with it's spa and attractive looking lobby...but that's as far as it goes. The staff were indifferent and gave the impression they were far too busy to do anything as menial as provide service. The room was thoroughly disappointing, old fashioned with a hole in the wall, peeling wallpaper and not well cleaned at all. For £130.00 for one person per night I expect better than this. I would not recommend it to anyone. Go to the Barcelona.
Bitten by bed bugs
We stayed at this hotel visiting our son at the University...room 178....ripped wallpaper (to be fair they are refurbshing some rooms), part of the wooden dedo missing....bar area etc fine...two single beds as the last room available in the hotel and I awoke with 9 huge bites on me...needless to say my husband didn't have one as he was in the other single bed!!
I know this could happen anywhere but I would have expected a decent level of response/apology from the hotel, but the reaction was as though it happened all the time.
I wrote and asked what had happened to the room and was told I would be informed what the pest control people had to say.......I am still waiting!!
Never, ever again - wouldn't recommend it to anyone......