The Solent Hotel & Spa is approx. 25 minutes away from the port of Southampton and it’s the ideal option for a pre-cruise stay. I know, I had the pleasure of sampling this stunning property recently and I would highly recommend it.
The hotel offers a specific cruise & stay package which is perfect if you prefer to drive to and from the port. The cost is £199 per night for a signature double room (or twin room) for 2 people and includes breakfast, transfers to and from the port, use of the spa and pool facilities, and parking at the hotel for up to 15 days.
Anyone that has booked port parking for the duration of a cruise knows how expensive this can be and that is exactly why I am recommending the Solent Hotel & Spa package.
My transfers were well organised, the hotel did everything for me, and when my taxi was in the designated pick-up area, the driver called to let me know he was there.
I had a double room on the second floor, and it was stunning. The bed was comfortable and came with a pillow menu. There was a coffee pod machine, kettle, large seating area with desk, flat screen TV and in the wardrobe, I found a robe and slippers. The bathroom housed the most powerful shower I’ve ever used, it was incredible. The décor was beautiful and little touches such as the ceramic dish in which to place hot hair straighteners were very welcome. I even found a pint of fresh milk in my fridge.
The entire property is gorgeous, and the interior has a woodland lodge-type feel to it, emphasised by the wood burning fires in the reception area. There’s a large swimming pool and spa area, which as I mentioned can be used by those booked on the cruise & stay package. On site, you’ll also find a bar and restaurant in the main building (there’s also the Lodge at Solent which is opposite the main hotel).
Breakfast included everything you’d expect from a 4-star property. There were cooked options, various pastries, fresh fruit, cereal and more. They were also offering a breakfast special of smoked salmon.
I would stay at this property again in a heartbeat. It was hassle free and I enjoyed the ease of the transfers between the property and the port. Just to highlight again, you can leave your car at the hotel for up to 15 days and this is INCLUDED in the package cost. I did some additional research and it’s approx. £130 to leave your car at the port of Southampton for 12-nights – this package really is incredible value for money.
If you stay here at any point, please let me know your thoughts.
I stayed at the Solent Hotel & Spa as a guest to review the Cruise & Stay package – all views are my own.