As someone who spends a lot of time in hotels, I love space because I don’t like being holed up in one room. So when I stumbled across Room2 in Southampton who describe themselves as a ‘hometel’ I was intrigued and packed my bags to spend a day there.
So what is a hometel you may quiz? Well it’s a combination of the comforts of a home and hotel all in one. And you get more for your money as you can stay a full 24 hours instead of the usual 21. Check in is at 2pm with a check out at 2pm which beats having to rush around in the morning trying to scoff breakfast and pack by 10am.
This stylish hotel with 71 rooms spanning over four floors over looks Queens Park and the harbour and is just a short walk from the train station. Parking is also available. All the rooms are fully equipped with a kitchenette, living area, work space and dining area. My room with its quirky décor was bright and modern, with a huge sofa lining the window with a lovely kitchen and dining area. The double shower with Malin + Goetz goodies was just what I needed to freshen up after my drive from Reading, Berkshire. The radio tuned into a relaxing jazz station upon arrival was a lovely touch. If you’re travelling with friends or family, I would suggest booking yourself into the Loft. The elevated loft space will give you more room to potter around in.
The Living Room
The lounge area is one of the cosiest places to be in whether you’re meeting, working or entertaining and is open to both guests and non-guests alike. This is where you will find oversized sofas and comfy armchairs in an array of bright colours as well as window seats and tables and chairs. To me it felt like a coffee-shop come restaurant and if I lived closer, I would no doubt come here often to work and play. I was actually very productive during my stay as I switched between working and people-watching.
Food is available all day kick-starting off with a buffet breakfast with a range of options including an egg and waffle station, cereals, breads and traditional English breakfast. Throughout the day you can order meals such as pizzas and paninis from a small menu as well as order coffee made to order with cakes and pastries or indeed a cocktail or alcoholic beverage come wine ‘o’ clock. But if you prefer to cook or eat in your room, there’s a selection of food to purchase from the pantry and fridge.
Working Life and Extras
There’s also a small meeting room if you need privacy and a gym on site. You can also use the nearby Study Gym for a fee if you’re staying longer and need to get a proper sweat on. Luggage can also be stored with staff after check-out and return customers have the added bonus of leaving belongings secure to save them from lugging around each time they visit.
I had a really comfortable stay here not least because the bed was super cosy which I struggled to get out of if I’m honest. But also the positive relaxed vibe I received from the staff and the Living Room space. I would definitely recommend a stay here or indeed drop in for a coffee if you’re passing through. It beats your bog standard coffee shop any day. I only wish there were more of these hometels up and down the country especially near me!
Where and how?
Room2 1-8 Queens Terrace Southampton, SO14 3BP, 0238 057 2222. For more information visit https://www.room2.com/southampton/
I was offered an overnight stay at Room2 Southampton in exchange for a write up. This is an honest account of my stay and reflect my personal views.
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