Welcome back to a new little travel post, or should I say large travel post as this baby is coming in 2 parts for you. I went on a little UK trip over the weekend down south to the large but quaint city of Southampton. It was my first time that far south of the UK and it made me realise I’ve not seen much of the UK at all, and how weekend trips like this are so easy to do, organise and prepare for, yet I never get around to doing so. Hence why I am here, doing the travelling, seeing more of the UK and sharing it all with you here online – which is something I wanted to do last year. Then time flew before my eyes and I never gotto do it.
So, 2019 is a year of new things and lots more travel, so I thought why not kickstart January with a trip to a place I’ve never been to.
First stop, Southampton. Why Southampton? Well…
For one, I knew before even going to Southampton that the city won’t let you go hungry thanks to its amazing and expanding foodie scene (which I’ll get to – in a lot of mouth-watering detail – in my next post). It’s perfect for months like January where it’s wet, cold and windy, as going to grab some food is the perfect way to see what a place is all about and meeting locals all whilst staying warm and dry at the same time. Then, whenyou aren’t out exploring and searching for the best food around, it’s back to your hotel and in this case for us, back to room2 hometel.
* This stay was complimentary of the hotel and all opinions and reviews are my own *
room2 hometel has two locations, one being Southampton (of course) and one in Hammersmith, London. For the 2 nights we were in Southampton, the lovely team at room2 hosted us and kept us very warm, happy and cosy, which is just what we needed for a January getaway in the UK. The name of this hotel pretty much speaks for itself. The rooms in the hotel are ‘Hometels’. So, if you imagine a standard hotel room… well, it’s not that. Just imagine your ideal home but in a hotel with everything you need and more. Well, it is just that.
We stayed in their Master Loft room, which comes equipped with 2 beds (yes 2! – one master bed and one double upstairs in the mezzanine area), a bathroom, living space, dining area, kitchen, an amazing view and all the amenities you could need both in the room and downstairs.
Both beds help you sleep like a dream. The hotel cares so much about your sleep they even have a mattress menu where guests can choosefrom. We trialled both beds as we were there for 2 nights and now, I definitely need to build a den at home with a double bed because it is so incredibly cosy. The access to two beds also makes the Master Loft a great space for families. The room comes with its own kitchen which gives guests the freedom and opportunity to cook for themselves, which is not the case in standard hotels, and really allows you to relax and feel at home. I think it’s such a great idea, especially if you’re there for a few days and don’t want to have to head out for every meal.
The kitchen is equipped with a hob, microwave, kettle, dishwasher, fridge and all the small appliances you could need. The Living Roomarea on the ground floor also has a selection of goods you can take away to cook in your room such as pastas, which you can whip up with help from their recipe book provided in the rooms. The bar downstairs also offers an array of books, drinks, games and snacks for you to take away and enjoy in the room, at the bar or on the go.
The Living Room is also where you can grab a drink at the bar – we took great advantage of the 2-for-1 cocktails every day from 4-7pm – sit and relax, read, work and also where the breakfast is served. The breakfast on offer provides a little something for everyone. It’s more of a grab and go situation than the sit-down breakfast some hotels offer. I personally much prefer the flexibility of the room2 style breakfast as you can grab your English breakfast, pastries, cereals, fruits and hot beverages and sit wherever you like in the living area or up in your room.
The hotel doesn’t provide room service, but then again, whose home comes with room service?! The whole idea is to feel at home after all. However, the team do have a 24/7 Whatsapp number you can message for anything you need, and they can bring amenities up to your room as well as answer any queries you have around the clock. They’re very keen to help and quick to respond to. Those double ticks don’t stay grey for long let me tell you.
The Living Room is also a great work space too as I saw a lot of guests throughout the day grab a table, a coffee and got down to work. If you’re there for leisure instead of business (or even if you are there for business and want some down time), the hotel provides games for anyone to grab and play with over a cocktail, beer or coffee – whatever you fancy, they’ve got it. Next time I’m there I have to battle Ollie to a game of Battleships. P.s. if you like a cocktail, try their Rhubarb Fizz – o m g… heaven.
If you’re one to worry about check out times like me, room2 are the very first hotel I’ve stayed at that give you a full 24-hour stay. That’s right, check in starts at 2pm and check out is by 2pm. Lay in heaven!
Other benefits of the hotel is the on-site parking at £12 per night, a laundry room and also a studio gym. There is honestly everything there you need to feel right at home.
Every nook and cranny is covered and expertly done at room2 and I couldn’t recommend it more. Whether you’re looking to visit for business or leisure, you will definitely feel well-relaxed, looked after and at home.
Thanks for having us room2, we will be back!
The Master Loft rooms start at £149 a night, with the smaller rooms starting at £99. See more here.