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Highfield House Hotel (Southampton)

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Highfield Lane, Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire SO17 1AQ

Tel: 02380 554223 Fax: 02380 581914

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      16.12.2000 04:09
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      The Highfield House Hotel in Portswood, Southampton is a sad example of what a drunken architect and corrupt planning officials can do when left unattended. The building itself is a strange concoction with extensions that look decidedly temporary. Parking is easy with plenty of space. Rooms are on the small side, and some are positively pokey. Tea and coffee facilities are available in room, along with biscuits. The TV is equipped with sports and news channels, but no movies. Desk space is limited so I'd choose somewhere else if I had a lot of work to complete over a few evenings. The hotel is away from central Southampton and the waterfront, so again this is not a good tourist choice. Breakfast is served in the restaurant, and is only available in room by exception. It is fairly ordinary, with the English option normally served overcooked buffet style. There is a restaurant for evening meals, but often this is populated by group dinners, curiously these tend to be for old folks, such as the Womens Institute, SAGA, or Old Boys clubs. Sadly the food seems designed to be pleasing to those guests with dentures! The bar menu is a little less institutional, and centres around burgers, pizza, pasta and the like. Room service meals come from the bar menu or a cut down, sandwiches, chips and pizza snack selection. If all of this puts you off don't panic, there is a Pizza Hut and a Chinese take away in easy walking distance that serve predictable but tasty food. The bar is frequented by non-residents and has a slightly pubby feel to it and is therefore less sterile than your average hotel bar, but it can get a little loud later on, so aim for a room on the third floor! There is no lift, and the stairways are tight, with dog leg bends so do check ahead if you have mobility problems. The staff are not forthcoming in offering help with baggage, but will carry it if you beg. There is no gym or pool. &l
      t;br> Overall the Highfield House is fine for one night business stays if you are arriving after dinner, but given a choice I'd head into town, or opt for the Hilton down the road which is not excessively expensive in comparison and offers better facilities.

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