A historic Southampton landmark has been transformed after a £3 million refurbishment, creating a spectacular 90-bedroom hotel; a significant addition to the Mercure portfolio. The newly restored Mercure Southampton Centre opens its doors in May, offering guests affordable luxury.
Mercure, part of the Accor group, is known for its individually styled hotels, each with their own distinctive character. These range from city centre hotels, such as Mercure Southampton Centre, to country manors, in key provincial locations. Mercure Southampton Centre is the 33rd hotel to join the Mercure UK network, following a franchise agreement with Longrose. This new opening demonstrates that the Mercure brand is on-course with its development strategy, continuing to expand its UK portfolio through franchise agreements and management contracts.
Formerly the Dolphin Hotel, the stunning Grade II listed building has stood in the heart of Southampton for over 500 years. The £3 million restoration undertaken by Mercure has been sensitive to the historical qualities of the building, ensuring the hotel offers a modern and contemporary feel, whilst retaining its historic charm.
Jonathan Sheard, Director of Operations, Mercure UK and Ireland comments: “Following significant investment from Mercure, we are delighted to have been able to restore this well-known local hotel to its former glory. The hotel’s convenient location, close to both Southampton central train station and airport, and within walking distance of the main shopping areas and the historic harbour, will make Mercure Southampton Centre the natural choice for visitors to the city.”
Garin Davies of Longrose Buccleuch Management said: ‘This is the first time we have partnered with Accor, and have achieved a great result. Mercure Southampton Centre has undergone a total transformation and now has an exciting future ahead, to join its distinguished past.’‘
The hotel’s newly transformed interior and exterior provide the perfect venue for corporate meetings and entertainment and the free of charge, on-site private car parking facilities provide guests with peace of mind. Mercure Southampton Centre offers two meeting rooms which can accommodate any size or style of meeting or conference. The self-contained Jane Austen suite can seat over 150 people, and can be split into three smaller rooms if needed. The suite features two striking bay windows, reported to be the largest in Britain, and can also host up to 100 guests for a sit down meal. The smaller Gilbert Suite can hold up to 70 people, and is ideal for smaller groups.
Mercure Southampton Centre Hotel also features the contemporary and stylish Signature restaurant. Using locally sourced produce for its extensive menu, the restaurant caters for all tastes. The menu is complemented by Les Grands Vins Mercure, a selection of wines, specially chosen for Mercure hotels.