Posted September 13th, 2017, 07:52 PM
Jury's Inn has the poorest location of the three.
It's in the centre of a road gyratory system, though only a small proportion of guests are killed by the traffic when they attempt to cross
It's only a short walk across a park to the city centre, but it's the opposite side of the centre from the cruise terminals.
I've not stayed there but have attended functions and the hotel is rather too bland and "corporate" for me, though I believe rooms are a decent size and well-equipped.
Mercure Dolphin is the opposite end of the spectrum.
A well-known & historic coaching inn, oozing with Englishness. But history comes with its penalties - rooms of varying sizes, sloping floors, rabbit-warren corridors, and some noise from the High Street at the front. Some rooms are in the former stable block.
It's in the bottom part of the main street in the old-town area between the Bargate (the original northern entrance to the old walled city) and the Water Gate, at the southern end close to the waterfront. Very handy to the city's few old-town sights, the main shops & malls, and a 5 min walk to the waterfront. Walkable to Ocean cruise terminal (Carnival brands).
Holiday Inn (in Herbert Walker Avenue, not the city's two HI Express's which are out on the city limits) is adjacent to City cruise terminal (RCI, Celebrity, NCL & others). Rooms at the front look down Southampton Water, rooms at the back look over the terminal, berth and ship, making the HI very popular amongst those cruising from that terminal. Walkable to Ocean cruise terminal, and also handy to the main mall (West Quay Mall) & restaurants, with the Bargate & main shopping street beyond. And no more than ten minutes from the old-town sights, pubs & eateries.
The building is (IMHO) quite a bland and ugly box typical of the 1970's, but the public rooms got a long overdue make-over a couple of years back.
There are plenty of other hotels handy to the city & docks, ranging from modern budget hotels like Etap through Premier Inn & Novotel to the Grand Harbour, or boutiques like Pig-in-the-Wall, Ennios & White Star Rooms.
But if you've narrowed your choice down to three, I can help by narrowing it down to two - Dolphin or HI, depending what you want from a hotel.
Anyone who looks like their passport photo is too ill to travel (Will Kommen)