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Hotels with History

Our city of has a rich maritime history and much of this can be celebrated in places to stay. Take a look at the following hotels which have a special past that’s just waiting to be explored by you.

The Star Hotel

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Once one of Southampton’s coaching inns, The Star Hotel is located centrally on the High Street. During the early 1880s, the hotel was visited regularly by royalty and the Victoria room commemorates the then Princess Victoria’s visit here in 1831 (Princess Victoria later to become Queen Victoria).

Best Western Chilworth Manor

Looking towards the Best Western Chilworth Manor across a mowed lawn

Around four miles from the city centre, Chilworth Manor is an impressive Edwardian mansion, turned hotel. It originally was a manor house on the Chilworth Estate before becoming a hall of residence for the University of Southampton in the late 1960s. Today, this Best Western hotel offers traditional character set within twelve acres of landscaped grounds and is conveniently located only a short distance from Southampton International Airport and from the motorway network.

Photo by Best Western Chilworth Manor.

The Pig in the Wall

The Pig in the Wall Hotel, Southampton frontage

This boutique hotel is part of the famous ‘Pig’ hotels. Twelve of The Pig in the Wall's unique bedrooms are set within our city’s Medieval walls and includes the Snug Room that’s complete with original beams and slanted ceilings. Local produce is celebrated at the hotel with food and drink served from just a 25-mile radius.

The Grapes

Exterior shot of The Grapes, Southampton

Once a sailor's haven, now a hotspot for 'Café Culture', The Grapes effortlessly marries tradition with modern vibes, offering a delightful cosy stay in one of their single, double or twin ensuites. Regarded as one of the city's renowned historic pubs, it has earned its fame as the spot where six individuals narrowly avoided boarding the Titanic. Loosing track of time whilst savouring a few ales is what miraculously saved them from the fateful journey.

The White Star Tavern

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Also with historic links to the Titanic is The White Star Tavern. Formerly known as The Alliance Hotel, many passengers and crew of the ill-fated voyage either stayed or dined the night before boarding. The hotel was later renamed after the White Star Shipping Line and is now an award winning pub and boutique hotel.

Elizabeth House Hotel

A bedroom at Elizabeth House Hotel

Located on The Avenue, the Elizabeth House Hotel was originally two Victorian houses. It was opened around sixty years ago by an ex cruise-line steward and photos in the reception remind guests of this connection. Many original Victorian features have been retained including high ceilings, stained glass and plasterwork.

Photo by Elizabeth House Hotel.

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