Southampton is a maritime city and a major hub for cruise travel with cruises constantly departing from the Southampton Port. This of course increases the footfall of the city around each cruise departure and arrival, if you are getting ready to go on a cruise then you should consider spending the night before you set off in a hotel in Southampton and start your cruise totally relaxed. There are lots of special cruise offers for hotel stays and parking available. If you are considering choosing Southampton as your weekend city break then there are lots of things you can plan to do during your visit. Southampton has one of the largest theatres in the south of England outside of London and it has hosted lots of west end theatre shows such as The Rocky Horror Show. The live music scene in the city is loud with two main venues which attract the top mainstream artists and classical music in the form of orchestras then throughout the city there are lots of smaller venues hosting independent acts. The coastal location of Southampton makes it a prime spot for water based activities such as sailing, yachting and lots of water sporting fun! There are lots of tutors for diving based activities in the cities and the Ocean Village Marina is the main dock for yachts and small boats.
With such a prevalent industry when it comes to boats and sailing as you would expect, the With such a prevalent industry in Southampton you would be right to expect that it has played an important part in the history of the city and you can discover the roots, high points and low points at one of the many museums and attractions in the city such as SeaCity Museum. If you are looking for Southampton hotels near the port then you are in luck with several of the biggest hotels in the city around the area. Hotel Devere Grand Harbour Hotel is one of the closest, with three star accommodation and stunning views just a short walk away from the port.
Hotel Mercure Southampton Centre is a popular option due to its city centre location metres away from the port. Recently refurbished this historical hotel as all of the mod-cons you need in a range or different room types starting from Â£69 per night.
In addition to the two above there is also a Premier Inn, The White Star Tavern and The Star Hotel all in easy walking distance to the port.
If you arenâ€™t using the port then there are a further selection of hotels in Southampton available, most of which are reasonably priced and these include Ibis, Juryâ€™s Inn, another Premier Inn, Travelodge and lots of independent hotels and guest houses. On the north west outskirts of the city there is a Hilton Hotel with a bar, restaurant, health club and swimming pool situated in the centre of beautiful woodland, taking you far away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.