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The Mercure Southampton Dolphin Hotel is in the city centre of Southampton’s old town where it has stood for over 600 years, serving throughout this period as a welcome place to rest for weary travellers. Today the hotel is classed as a grade two listed building and has undergone a £4 million redevelopment giving this historic hotel the look it deserves.
Still very much recognisable as a coaching inn, with its large archway and converted stables the building retains much of its historic charm, remaining very much a jewel in Southampton’s heritage crown. It is a hotel, which has quietly watched history evolve other the centuries having changed very little. One true joy of spending time inside the building is just how close this past feels, with original features still very much intact.
This hotel was first established in 1550 and has a fascinating history. Shakespeare and company performed plays in the inn yard, Thomas Hardy refers to it in Trumpet Major and Jane Austen danced here at Assembly Balls at two stages in her life (arranged by Florence Nightingale's mother). The hotel was rebuilt in 1775 to accommodate spa visitors and it supposedly has the biggest bay windows in England; Thackeray sat in one of them to write Pendennis.
At the Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel we are fully aware that your wedding day is a special day for everyone, and planning your wedding is an exciting time for you both to share. To make your planning easier, we have created two proposals which include everything you may need to make your day complete. However, if you prefer, we can tailor make a proposal to match your exact requirements. Our Wedding Coordinator is on hand to provide guidance to assist with the preparation and ensure a seamless, professional service and make sure your wedding day will be a memory to cherish forever.
There is no worry of travelling between venues or organising transport, as the Hotel is licensed with Southampton County Council for Civil Ceremonies, and we can arrange for your vows to be taken within the intimacy and comfort of our Signature Restaurant, Gilbert Suite or Jane Austen Suite.
We are pleased to announce that the hotel just been awarded 4 stars and one rosette by the AA
From a total of 1 review
11 Nov 2010, Tracy Guthrie rated Mercure Southampton Centre - Dolphin Hotel
Thank you"The Mercure Dolphin Hotel in Southampton is an old building which has been brought up to date with care. Its character was one of the reasons my husband and I chose to hold our wedding there in August. We had an amazing day and the staff, were friendly and helpful, nothing was ever too much trouble. The hotel catered for everything we asked for, even when we arrived an hour earlier than expected after it rained during our photo session, on the plus side we now have some amazing photos which were taken inside the hotel.
Everyone commented on the 3 course meal it was delicious, compliments to the chef. The Disco and food in the evening was brilliant. Our bridal suite was just the ticket and the only slight niggle was it was a little hot in the night which meant we had to have the fan on all night. I can’t thank the staff at Mercure enough for making our special day just perfect. A special thank you to Charlotte and Chris who ensured our day ran smoothly from the time of booking our wedding to the last dance of the evening on the day."
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