Planning a Baltic Cruise?  In this installment of our Baltic Cruise Travel Guide Series, check out one of the recommended hotels to stay for pre-cruise or post-cruise in Southampton.

Where to Stay in Southampton before or after your Cruise

There are a number of hotels in Southampton that you can choose to stay pre-cruise or post-cruise if you are embarking on a cruise from Southampton Cruise Terminal.

We stayed briefly at Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre while waiting to board the Caribbean Princess which would bring us on our holiday cruise to the Baltic Sea.

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Do not be confused with cheaper Ibis Budget Southampton Centre which is actually just beside Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre.

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Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre – Great Location

As always, our choice of hotel was based on location and affordability.  It helped that most of the attractions and facilities that we wanted to visit are within walking distance in Southampton City. Our National Express Bus from Heathrow Airport dropped us at the Southampton Coach Station, which is about a 10 minutes walk away to Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre.

For those who are departing from Southampton for their cruise vacation, Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre is located very near to the City Cruise Terminal, one of the four cruise terminals in Southampton.

Unfortunately, it was not the cruise terminal (Queen Elizabeth II) that we were departing for our Baltic cruise.  It is nevertheless only a 5-10 minute cab ride away.

From Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre, we were also able to walk to the SeaCity Museum, Marlands Shopping Centre and the Southampton Old Town, the home of fabulous shopping. Better still, Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre was just next to the West Quay Retail Park and West Quay Shopping Centre, the latter of which had various dining options.

Mc Donalds is just downstairs from Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre, and is our constant source of affordable breakfast. If you are looking for a better restaurant, TGIF is just beside Mc Donalds, but do note that they don’t open early for breakfast.

On our walking trip to the SeaCity Museum, we passed by some of the city sights.

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Efficient Check-In and Service

As we had arrived early from Heathrow Airport via the National Express Bus, our room was not available yet.  However, staff were all friendly and offered to keep our luggage for us. Check-in was eventually fast and efficient.

The lift lobby near the check-in counter.

The lift was tiny though, and it took a bit of manoeuvring to get the both of us and our luggages into the lift.

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Small but Functional Room

We had requested for a room on the higher floor and were given this one at Level 3, which was ok considering the building was only four stories high!  The surroundings are not posh, but is within expectations and we can certainly make do with it for a short stay.

We were honestly not expecting much for this room, knowing that the Ibis chain of hotels are mostly lower-tiered, and having some recent experience with the Ibis Bangkok Siam Hotel.  So certainly what we had was within expectations.  In fact, the layout of the room was very similar to the one we had at Ibis Bangkok Siam Hotel.

The room is pretty small but still livable for two persons.

Although the room looks in need of refurbishment, we had all the basics that we needed, and most importantly, the bathroom was immaculately clean.

The view out of our room.

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24 Hour Room Service Food Menu

There’s a 24 hrs room service menu, but prices are really very much on the steep side.  A main course can cost close to SGD $20.  You’ll be better off calling in from Mc Donalds which is just downstairs.

This brochure just says it all about the Ibis brand.

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Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre Facilities and Surroundings

The front door of the hotel.

A small business centre is available near the check-in counter.

Breakfast and dining area at the ground floor.

Hotel Details

Hotel Ibis Southampton Centre
9 West Quay Road
SO15 1RA – Southampton
United Kingdom

Join us next as we explore West Quay Shopping Mall and Retail Park.

First published 27 Dec 2015
Last updated 17 Aug 2019

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