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REVIEW: Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter

REVIEW: Mercure Southgate Hotel, Exeter

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Planning a trip to beautiful Exeter to support a friend running student festival Hijacked, we quickly realised we weren’t teenagers anymore. We wanted somewhere nice to stay, we wanted a shower, and we wanted it to be close by. Enter the newly-reopened Mercure, offering all of those things at really decent price points – plus a damn good breakfast and a sauna to draw out the hangover.

The cavernous entrance is instantly welcoming, with luxurious fabrics and caligraphy-covered wallpaper evoking moments in Exeter’s rich history (10th century Anglo-Saxon poetry anthology the Exeter Book is central to the area’s heritage). A swimming pool and sauna lay just beyond, beckoning guests to rest weary feet after a long day exploring the quaint streets and nearby beaches.

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All 156 bedrooms have now been refurbished, including three executive suites with a King size bed, living room, dressing area and bathroom with walk in shower and air conditioning. We were lucky enough to stay in one, and can vouch for the super-comfy beds (big enough for three people, if that’s your thing), comfy sofa and gorgeous bathroom – just the ticket after donning wellies in a field all day.

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Finally, the food – we ordered hangover-busting Full English breakfasts in our bathrobes, which made for an extremely pleasant morning with some Saturday TV. If you’re planning a seaside escape, a cultured walking weekend or even Hijacked 2016, we can’t recommend Mercure enough.

Amy @ FashionBite xx


Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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