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GinnyJo Jun 24th, 2018 09:36 AM

Hotel in Southampton or Winchester UK
 
Our flight from the US arrives at LHR at 7:45 am on a Friday morning, the day before our cruise departs from Southampton. Probably we will book a private taxi from LHR to our Friday night hotel. I am sure we will be quite jet lagged and will not feel like waiting for the next bus up to 2 hours to leave LHR.

We were planning to spend the day and night Southampton for convenience for the cruise departure, but after reading older threads here, we are rethinking that. Is Southampton really to be avoided? Nothing to do for a first-timer there; no interesting cafes/restaurants? All suggestions are welcomed.

If we should stay elsewhere, such as Winchester, what hotels or B&Bs are recommended? I see that there's a train service from there to Southampton or I suppose taxi/uber would also work but likely be more expensive.

Would appreciate all comments, keeping in mind that we'll be dragging a bit after an economy flight from the US.

Thank you!

janisj Jun 24th, 2018 10:09 AM

Me personally -- I'd stay in central London near Waterloo station.

You'd be on/near the river so even if you were to jetlagged to see/do much you could stroll along the Embankment, maybe take a river cruise or ride the Eye, or something pleasant. Have a nice early dinner and that the train from Waterloo to Southampton the next day.

The train woud take between 1:15 and 1:35 depending on which one you caught - and no changes.

annhig Jun 24th, 2018 10:22 AM

another option, which will not break the bank quite so much as your original plan, would be to get a cab [better still an pre-booked car service] to Reading station, and then catch the train to Winchester or Southampton. There is a bus from LHR Terminal 5 to Reading if you think you're up to it.

I have never stayed in either place, but I'd think for relaxation and charm, Winchester probably has the advantage.

Of course if you have to join your ship early the next morning, that would tilt the argument in favour of Southampton.

GinnyJo Jun 24th, 2018 10:36 AM


Originally Posted by janisj (Post 16751339)
Me personally -- I'd stay in central London near Waterloo station.

You'd be on/near the river so even if you were to jetlagged to see/do much you could stroll along the Embankment, maybe take a river cruise or ride the Eye, or something pleasant. Have a nice early dinner and that the train from Waterloo to Southampton the next day.

The train woud take between 1:15 and 1:35 depending on which one you caught - and no changes.

Thanks, Janis! This looks like a great option. I will investigate the logistics. Probably will treat ourselves to a hired taxi for LHR to the London hotel. Do you have any midrange hotel suggestions? Clean and comfortable be will be our priority at that point!

janisj Jun 24th, 2018 10:52 AM

>>Thanks, Janis! This looks like a great option. I will investigate the logistics. Probably will treat ourselves to a hired taxi for LHR to the London hotel.<<

Not a 'taxi -- same concept, but it would be a pre-booked car service like justairports.com. With moderate luggage it would cost between 35 and 40 . . . if you have steamer trunks ;) maybe 45+ for cash and 50 with a credit card.

There are several what is your budget? There is the Premier Inn County Hall which is a budget chain but this specific location is their most expensive property because of its location/popularity - is often booked up. There are three different Park Plaza hotels surrounding Waterloo. The Marriott is very expensive but is wonderful and would work if you have Marriott points. There is an Ibis and a Novotel a about half a mile east of Waterloo.

GinnyJo Jun 24th, 2018 11:54 AM


Originally Posted by annhig (Post 16751345)
another option, which will not break the bank quite so much as your original plan, would be to get a cab [better still an pre-booked car service] to Reading station, and then catch the train to Winchester or Southampton. There is a bus from LHR Terminal 5 to Reading if you think you're up to it.

I have never stayed in either place, but I'd think for relaxation and charm, Winchester probably has the advantage.

Of course if you have to join your ship early the next morning, that would tilt the argument in favour of Southampton.

Thanks, Ann, for the logistics options. Winchester looks charming indeed. I think we will now wind up heading into London for the 24 hours or so pre-cruise. I never would have figure that out with Janis' suggestion!

GinnyJo Jun 24th, 2018 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by janisj (Post 16751355)
>>Thanks, Janis! This looks like a great option. I will investigate the logistics. Probably will treat ourselves to a hired taxi for LHR to the London hotel.<<

Not a 'taxi -- same concept, but it would be a pre-booked car service like justairports.com. With moderate luggage it would cost between 35 and 40 . . . if you have steamer trunks ;) maybe 45+ for cash and 50 with a credit card.

There are several what is your budget? There is the Premier Inn County Hall which is a budget chain but this specific location is their most expensive property because of its location/popularity - is often booked up. There are three different Park Plaza hotels surrounding Waterloo. The Marriott is very expensive but is wonderful and would work if you have Marriott points. There is an Ibis and a Novotel a about half a mile east of Waterloo.

Janis, I the Premier Inn will be fine for us for one night. Thanks again so much for this suggestion. I checked train costs too from Waterloo to Southampton and they seem very reason when booked this far in advance.

Nonconformist Jun 24th, 2018 12:43 PM

It sounds like you've settled on London now, but for the benefit of future readers, Southampton does have things to see and do.

annhig Jun 24th, 2018 01:47 PM

Glad you found an option that you like, GinnyJo. And I hope you have a great trip.

GinnyJo Jun 24th, 2018 07:28 PM


Originally Posted by annhig (Post 16751434)
Glad you found an option that you like, GinnyJo. And I hope you have a great trip.

Thanks, annhig! It's rather last minute so I'm glad to be getting the bookings finished.

bilboburgler Jun 24th, 2018 11:05 PM

Portsmouth is interesting with some great museums and restaurants.

GinnyJo Aug 28th, 2018 06:36 PM

Because of the scheduled train strike for Friday and Saturday, we decided to take it easy and just go directly to Southampton for Friday night. Suggestions for casual restaurants or pubs would be appreciated!

bilboburgler Aug 28th, 2018 11:03 PM

I'd travel on to Portmouth or Gosport, the restaurants/pubs on Osbourne Road in Gosport/Southsea are wide ranging and interesting. Hotels on Southsea common have the best views (also a small Henry IIX castle). Southampton city centre a bit dull.

Odin Aug 29th, 2018 12:44 AM

<< Because of the scheduled train strike for Friday and Saturday, we decided to take it easy and just go directly to Southampton for Friday night. >> Glad you worked it out yourself that getting straight to Soton is the best course of action. Even without strike action, South Western trains are not the most reliable IME, it's a line I use now and again and often there are problems.

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/...ustrial-action

StCirq Aug 29th, 2018 01:41 AM

Two years ago we spent two nights in the somewhat quirky Polygon Villas airbnb in Southampton and thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. The best restaurant we found was an Italian one, the name of which escapes me now, on the right-hand side of the main street leading down to the port. I thought Southampton was fascinating, if not pretty in a conventional way. The plaques and sidewalk engravings commemorating the American troops who had passed through on their way to Normandy were arresting.


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