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Southampton Harbour Hotel

written by Emma 8th November 2017

 

Is there a hotel more suited to Southampton than one designed to look like a cruise liner?

From the minute you arrive at the Southampton Harbour Hotel, you might as well be at sea. You’re greeted by the receptionist with ‘welcome aboard’, every room has a sea view, and the fish in The Jetty restaurant tastes like it was caught minutes before it’s touched your lips.

The hotel is beautifully designed with quirky touches affirming its unique, ‘harbour’-themed style. In the foyer, an anchor sits beneath a pure white spiral staircase mimicking the coil of a shell. Even walking down the long straight corridors reminds one of a cruise ship.

However, the rooms are far removed from a cramped, cruise cabin without a window. Every single room has a sea view, the bed is undoubtedly the largest bed I’ve ever had the good fortune to sleep in, and the pillows are like clouds. But it’s the little touches that really put the Southampton Harbour Hotel a notch above the rest. There are beautiful lambswool blankets tucked away in your wardrobe for those extra chilly nights, and complimentary gin and sherry is left on the coffee table should you desire a post-dinner tipple.

We were fortunate enough to have a balcony (complete with a dining set and loungers) that jutted right out over the harbour. It wasn’t exactly balcony weather, having visited in November, but I could imagine a cup of tea over-looking the water would be dreamy – wrapped in a lambswool blanket, of course.

A white marble bathroom gave our suite that air of luxury, especially considering it was well-supplied with The White Company miniatures. The only problem was, deciding on whether to shower in your room, or in the HarSpa!

The HarSpa has been beautifully designed to feel cosy, relaxed and intimate. You can sit in the Hydrotherapy Pool and watch the boats bob about on the water. Order a glass of prosecco and sit out on the terrace after a session in the steam room – it’s lovely to cool down in the fresh air and watch the sun set. The relaxation room had to be my favourite area of the spa though – a dimly lit room with small beds and pillows, each adorned with soft, linen duvets. It’s quite easy to pass a few hours in here, sipping on your choice of fresh mint or orange and lemon infused water while catching up with a good book. And as for the Espa Lifesaving massage – it was 55 minutes of complete and utter aromatherapy bliss.

If you’re a keen fish-eater, The Jetty restaurant has to be on your list. The exquisite tasting menu included dishes like Lobster and Truffle ravioli, Catch of the Day, and a beautifully light passion fruit soufflé. Opt for the wine pairings too, a glass that perfectly complements each course. The atmosphere in the restaurant is just perfect, the service is impeccable and, of course, the harbour edge is only metres away.

Grab a drink in the HarBar on 6th after your meal. There’s an extensive list of gin cocktails, as well as local offerings like an Isle of Wight vodka and a Plymouth Sloe Gin. The trendy rooftop bar offers a chilled, relaxed environment during the early evening as guests enjoy a glass of wine and some Truffle Arancini (not to be missed!), but with a barber’s chair in the corner and the word ‘Shots’ spelled out in big letters to the left of the bar, it’s impossible to not be tempted…

It’s clear that the Southampton Harbour Hotel is well-deserving of its five-star rating. The staff go out of their way to make sure you’re comfortable, the facilities are excellent and The Jetty restaurant is worth a trip alone. Perfect for an extended pre-cruise stay, or a city break next to the water, the Southampton Harbour Hotel is definitely worth a visit to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and watch the boats go by.

 

 

 

 

 

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