So after a pretty much uneventful journey, the train finally pulled into Southampton Central station. The train arrived at platform four, which is absolutely perfect, as the exit you need for the retail park is located on this platform. To put this in context, we knew that the hotel was not too far away from the retail park. In fact it was only a 15 minute walk, with google maps leading the way.
Check In was an absolute breeze, with a friendly receptionist giving us some hints & tips as to how to get to the cruise terminal the next day. Our rooms were on the 2nd floor facing towards the back of the hotel. The rooms were basic but clean and tidy, and for a one night stay suited our needs. A TripAdvisor review will follow shortly.
Having had a light lunch and a few tipples on the train, we decided that it was too early to eat so we decided to visit the Titanic pub we had passed en route to the hotel. With hindsight, probably not the best watering hole to frequent the day before you set sail on a cruise. But the bar was pleasant enough and looked to be partway through a refurbishment.
For dinner, we decided to head back towards the West Quay centre, where we found a good selection of restaurants. We ended up eating at Bill’s where we all enjoyed our meals. A quick stop at another pub “The Juniper Berry” on the way back before it was time to get some sleep.