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One of Southampton's finest Italian restaurants also has ten well-appointed boutique rooms above it. It boasts a prestigious location on the old waterfront in a building that once formed part of the historic city dock walls. The food is authentic and the menu is packed with unusual and interesting dishes.

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This is a great spot in which to base yourself; you've got the Red Funnel terminal across the road, the cruise ship terminals a little further along (about a ten-min walk) and all the shops and bars of the town are the same distance away. There's even an Ikea within walking distance. The Isle of Wight is a 40-minute ferry ride from outside the hotel, whilst The Mayflower Park is a five-minute walk away.

By car: The hotel is 2 hours from London and Bristol, 2 hours 30 mins from Birmingham and 3 hours from Cambridge. There is some paid parking on-site.

By train: London to Southampton Central takes 1 hour 20 mins. The hotel is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Southampton Central.

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There's a great atmosphere in the restaurant, which is always full of locals and tourists alike, with a good mix of families, business people and couples. The décor is traditional with red carpets, chandeliers and tables with white tablecloths and high-backed velour chairs. Pictures of Italy brighten the walls.


You'll be sure of a cheerful greeting at this relaxed restaurant hotel. If your room isn't ready when you arrive you'll be offered a welcome drink in the bar. If you have an early departure, then you can ask for breakfast and coffee to take away. You can even ask for your laundry to be done.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor seating
  • Adults-only
  • Parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The ten rooms are named after Roman gods and all are a little different depending on where they are in the building. The décor includes plush velvet headboards and solid oak furniture with some classical flourishes, such as a padded window seat in one of the bathrooms.

Room types: Ten boutique rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with large shower, L'Occitane toiletries, towels, bathrobes, slippers, air conditioning, TV, safe, mini-bar, desk, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi


Authentic Italian dishes are served up with flair and there are plenty of unexpected dishes on the menu among the usual suspects. An extensive range of risotto and pasta is complemented by various meat and fish options, whilst breakfast is an attractive buffet with a range of cooked options.

Ennio's: authentic and traditional Italian cuisine, pasta, meat dishes and seafood, regional tasting menu. Open for dinner Mon-Sat, 6-10pm and Sunday lunch 12-7pm. Mains from £18.95.

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