Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel 4 stars

Customer review rating (ALL Rating) 4.2/5 11,355 reviews

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel
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Hotel extras

  • Central location, nearby the Cathedral and Bedford Square

  • Leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna & jacuzzi

  • Close proximity to popular Princesshay Shopping District

  • The Gate House restaurant features locally-sourced dishes

  • Ideal destination for weddings and private functions

Hotel location

Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

Southernhay East
EX1 1QF exeter
united kingdom

Fax: (+44)1392/413549

Check-in from 14h00

Check out up to 12h00

  • By plane

    BRISTOL At 108km / 67 miles

  • By plane

    EXETER INTERNATIONA At 10.3km / 6.4 miles

  • By plane

    PLYMOUTH/ROBOROUGH At 73.5km / 45.67 miles

  • By car

    M5 JUNCTION 29 At 6.6km / 4.1 miles

  • By train

    EXETER CENTRAL At 0.97km / 0.6 miles

  • By train

    EXETER ST DAVID'S At 2.3km / 1.43 miles

GPS:50.720332, -3.528424

Hotel services

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In summary
  • Swimming pool
  • Car park
  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible hotel
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bar
  • Meeting rooms


We are currently serving a reduced menu in our bar area between the hours of 18.00-22.00. Our chef welcomes you in our Gate House Restaurant. Guests can enjoy contemporary British cuisine including locally sourced meat and fresh seafood.

Our accommodation(s)

The hotel's 156 bedrooms offer guests a range of accommodation options including classic, privilege, suite, interconnecting and 7 accessible rooms. All bedrooms are non-smoking and have WIFI access, room service & flat-screen TV. Every bedroom is in line with 4-star standards but our rooms also offer particularly inspiring views over the city, including Exeter Cathedral, historic Southernhay and distant glimpses of the Devon countryside.

Your meetings and events

Our meeting rooms

  • Number of meeting rooms: 9

  • Maximum size: 178

  • Maximum capacity: 150 people

  • Maximum banquet capacity: 120 people

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Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

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ALL Rating 4.2/5

11,355 reviews

TripAdvisor Rating 4.0/5

2,850 reviews


TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

MargandJul 30/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

Very disappointed in the overall stay, hotel is in need of a little face lift, we reported a very intense smelling our bathroom on arrival but nothing was done about it We have stayed at this hotel for about 10 years , however it definitely didn’t meet our expectations this year. We also noticed a lot of young men hanging around the public areas


TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

John_Seton_Coventry 27/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

We should have been told in advance that the hotel was being used as a reception centre for asylum seekers. We were not. We discovered after we had checked in that there were around 70 refugees living in the hotel. As members of a vulnerable group, this was a grave concern to us as it is fair to assume that none were fully vaccinated. None were wearing masks. Their children were taking things off the buffet at breakfast and putting them back again. This is a serious health risk. Heating was not working in our room - we had to ask for heaters to be provided. Calls to reception went unanswered on several occasions, as did calls to room service to complain about items missing from our order. I could go on, but I'll stop there. I would seriously recommend anyone to avoid this hotel for the foreseeable future.

Very disappointing

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

Anne A 22/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

Booked for a 2 night stay. On arrival we were informed that as we are members, we had been given a free room upgrade. Obviously we thought this was a lovely surprise. That was very short lived as when arriving at the room, which was very cold, we found the heating wasn't working. We had an error code registered on the control. We reported this that afternoon, to be told maintenance had left for the day, but we could have a heater. This didn't arrive. In the evening we also discovered there was a fault with the TV remote control, which was very temperamental, only working occasionally. The following morning we discovered that the smaller shower head was gushing water from where it was connected to the hose. We reported both issues the following morning, and again reported the heating not working. By the time we left the following morning, none of these issues had even been looked at. We've stayed at this hotel in the past and always enjoyed our stay so we were very disappointed at the total lack of customer care shown on this occasion and will not be going back.

Dear Anne A I'm so sorry to read your review, I can only apologise for the issues you have raised from your stay with us. I'm now the new General Manager of the hotel from the 29th November and I will be working on the issues raised and hope to be able to resolve as many as I can quickly. Thank you for your feedback, without your help we would be unable to improve the standards and services we provide to both yourself and to all the guests who come through our doors at Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel. I do hope you will return to the hotel in the near future and give us another chance so we can show you how it should have been done. Kind regards Barnaby Kean General Manager

Good Room with a Great Shower

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

Meander570418 22/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

This hotel is in a great location for the city center. Good car parking. Check in was quick & easy. The room was very good with everything that we needed. The bathroom had a great shower in it.. A good place to stay & will definitely return.

Dear Meander570418 Thank you so much for your review, I'm pleased to see you enjoyed your stay with us and hope to welcome you back soon Kind regards Barnaby

Poor value for money

TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

Barbara T 18/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

Reported and sent photos. Hoping for their comments but not holding my breath. Two nights with restaurant closed, Saturday night bar closed. No prior warning. Paid for upgrade, room substandard, Manager stated that if it was substandard he would down grade it!!! Surely it should be upgraded not the reverse??

Good afternoon Barbara and thanks for the review. I am not sure who you have sent photos too I am afraid as I haven't seen them but I am sorry about this. Matt


TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

jac2n 08/11/2021 TripAdvisor review

We stayed 4 nights in the executive suite. The air conditioning was not working. The central heating was not working . The plug-in radiator was broken. The room was cold. The lights in the room were not working properly - flickering. The fridge was leaking. The toilet roll holder was broken. The shower soap dish was broken. The room was not clean, and smelt musty. The room was not serviced. We had to ask on three occasions for some new towels, and for toilet rolls, and for the bin to be emptied - before any action was taken. The corridors were dirty - with empty plates, glasses and rubbish from take-aways on the floor. Overall - it was a very uncomfortable and unpleasant stay. I was dismayed at the lack of service - and the hotel seems totally un-cared for. I will not be staying at a Mercure Hotel again.

Good afternoon and I am sorry that there were clearly a number of areas where we could and should have done better. I am sorry about this. Matt

Disappointed at mercure

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

nick329 24/10/2021 TripAdvisor review

I wanted a hotel with facilities swimming pool, jacuzzi, gym and sauna to relax whilst my son was in lectures at uni, the booking had issues from the start so I ended up paying an unbelievable £1000 plus for 6 nights NOT including breakfast because apparently only a privilege room was available Privilege seems to mean small table and a chair for £300 plus extra (really) I then found only 2 coat hangers in my room, I requested more, was brought 2 more and told no more were available The house cost provided was a mile too small ( I am a large) nothing else available The jacuzzi didn’t work for the whole duration of my trip Every time I went to reception I had to call out to get somebody’s attention I called down as I had run out of milk in my room only to be told I had to come downstairs and get it myself I then had no still water in my room and was informed the hotel didn’t have any The hotel bar closed at 10 PM, No last bell was rung and to be honest the bar staff could have approached the people still in the bar and said we are closing can I get you anything before we cash, Too much to ask I on 1 occasion paid for breakfast it was buffet and ok apart from the lack of yogurt and fruit selection To finish I’m so disappointed my son has started a 4 yr degree at Exeter and I was looking for a semi regular hotel to stay in whilst visiting him Been overcharged badly looked after And received No apologies for the lack of customer service

Good morning and thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Your feedback was disappointing to read and I am sorry that there were a few issues when you were with us. I have of course shared your comments with the wider team and we are working hard to improve. Matt

September stay

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Akjte 27/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

We were not impressed with our stay at the hotel. We have previously stayed here and it was much nicer. We did not get a very jolly welcome it seemed they were very Pre occupied with a wedding. The room was clean and ready for our stay. Not all condiments were replenished but you could get what you required at reception. We were woken both mornings by very heavy footed people above us from 630am to 8. Not great when we were child free!! (Not sure if they have staff staying up there?) Breakfast day one there were no clean tables. Approximately 20 tables with dishes on. We asked the staff to clean one for us, after 10 minutes of waiting we cleared and cleaned our own table. Multiple breakfast staff passed us and just ignored us. Day two breakfast, different staff who were very attentive. Quick to clear the tables once someone left. Much better experience. Think we will try somewhere else next time.

Good afternoon Akjte Thank you very much for your review. I am sorry to hear that you felt unwelcome upon your arrival and that there was noise from the floor above you early in the mornings. I also apologise for the slow service during breakfast this was due to staff sickness and new team members starting. I have taken note of your concerns and thank you for bringing them to my attention. Kind Regards Matt

Unable to contact reception

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

reesfamilyat43 21/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

This is our second visit to the hotel last week and in general pleased with the sevice. Unfortunately we believe we have left some items in our room last week. Its nearly impossible to get to speak to anybody on reception. I have emailed the hotel with no response, even resorted to contacting the gym manager who left a note with reception. Ive spoken to reception once. All telephone calls ultimately routed to reservations somewhere in the world. I do get the impression that the hotel is short of staff, but it would be good if somebody could return our messages

Good afternoon and thank you for your review. It was great to read that you were pleased with the service but I am sorry you have struggles to get hold of us to discuss your missing items. On our website, there is a generic email address. If you send an email here and put for the attention of the GM, Matt, I will look into this for you. Kind regards Matt

Location, staff and breakfast really good

TripAdvisor rating 4.0/5

OggyChannelIslands 20/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

A great old building, having problems with air-con but hopefully soon to be fixed. So close to city centre and loads of restaurants. All of the staff that we met were very helpful and friendly, breakfast buffet was very good and well stocked

Good afternoon Thank you very much for your kind review. I was so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. I am glad that you like the location of our Hotel and the variety of restaurants nearby. I am pleased that you enjoyed your breakfast and that you found the staff to be friendly and helpful. Kind Regards Matt

Stay Away

TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

Als_trips 15/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

The hotel is desperately in need of a refurbishment. We had a premiere room, number 365. There was pealing wall paper, damp on the ceiling, brown stains on the pillows a TV that only worked intermittently, draws that collapsed when you pulled them out a cracked shower tray and pealing paint. The service in the restaurant was poor, it took one hour to get a chicken burger, The food was cooked terribly. Still frozen chips and a burger that was overcooked and dark (brown/black). Breakfast was not much better. If I had paid under £100 I would have thought the stay acceptable but it cost £270. The front desk service was good but there was only one person on desk and a long que to checkout. This is not a nice hotel , not what you would expect from 4 star and I would not recommend.

Good afternoon and thanks for your comments. I was sorry to read you felt your stay with us was not good value and that there were service and maintenance issues when you were with us. Matt

From one disaster to another

TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

SusieH220 14/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

On arrival at the Mercure at 13:20 there was just one person on reception and a queue of people ... lots of staff milling around but no-one helping ... having had a four hour drive we were told we couldnt get a drink of any sort - tea, coffee, wine ... the bar didnt open until 5pm ... room not ready and reception had no idea what rooms had been cleaned - it took 25 minutes (having been told it would be 5) to find out what room we had ... sanitiser dispenser on 3rd floor by the lifts empty for our whole stay ... The "Privilege" room was disgusting - carpet threadbare, finger prints on windows, furniture scratched, phone headset filthy ... we have stayed numerous times before, but never will again ... on check out we werent even asked how our stay had been.

Good evening and thanks for your comments. I am sorry that our bar currently doesn't open until 5 pm. Like many industries right now, we are struggling to recruit team members and simply can't open any earlier. I am sorry that this contributed to your disaster of a stay. Matt

A massive disappointment.

TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

jlnwalden 09/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

The receptionist gave us a good reduction on our first night's stay as we checked out having booked in for two. Our bathroom had the whiff of a sewer, the dining room had cobwebs and the pool was closed.

Good evening and thanks for your comments. I am very sorry that your room had a strange whiff to it. I am genuinely not sure what that could have been but I apologise all the same. Matt

A catalogue of errors and lies.

TripAdvisor rating 1.0/5

Mariette R 08/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

I booked an executive suite at this hotel via all accor website, I am a member of the group, for my partner's 70 birthday celebrations. On arrival at the hotel, I was given a key but found it was for the scruffiest "privilege" room I have seen in a long time. On tackling reception, after several comings and goings by the reception staff, I was basically told we had been downgraded and had received an email about this. Not!! I insisted on seeing the person in charge and was told the guest who should have vacated our room had to stay, as they had been taken ill. Seemed reasonable, until you spoke to another gentleman who had also been down graded in the same way. It then became an admin error! He had not received an email either. All in all a catalogue of errors and lies. With noacknowledgement of the distress caused. Despite having visited there at least once a year for several years, we will not be going back there sgain. When I said I would be giving them 1 out of 10, they ask for your evaluation of your experience, they seemed totally unconcerned. The staff either need retraining in customer services or sacking!

Good evening. I was most surprised to read your comments. We absolutely experienced some errors where the system sold more suites than we had available. This was due to the number of booking channels we are visible on not talking to our main booking system as quickly as they should. Whilst I appreciate this was frustrating, all guests who this impacted were communicated to and offered a substantial reduction in rate and a bottle of Prosecco or wine to go in their room. which most guests were very happy with. Our team are working really hard during difficult times but I am sorry you felt they were unconcerned. Matt

Rooms are very tired

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

ian290770 08/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

My wife and I stayed for one night after taking our daughter back to uni. Hotel billed as 4 star but rooms desperately need refurbishment. Water stain on ceiling, hole in wall (had been filled but not painted over), water outlet in shower tray blocked so it kept filling up, carpet very worn in main traffic name a few. Didn't use pool, spa or restaurant so can't comment.

Good evening and thanks for your feedback. I am very sorry that there were clearly some maintenance issues in your room and I have passed the comments on. Matt

Not up to usual standard

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

kennethbarker 07/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

Copy of message sent on September 6th direct to the hotel. For the attention of the manager. Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel From Sep. 01, 2021 to Sep. 04, 2021 Dear Sir/Madam, As former business travellers and now leisure visitors, we know the Mercure brand well in several different countries, Our stay in „privilege“ room 140, was not up to the usual standard for the following reasons: Firstly, the WC flush was incredibly difficult to operate and this fault caused us more trouble than all of the others because of my wife’s arthritis. Then the extractor fan was not functioning at all – someone had a look at both problems without solving them. On the second day of our stay, the hot tap for our sink ceased to have any hot water. Again this fault was reported but not rectified. Only one of the bulbs was working on the bathroom mirror and finally some of the decor had simply been neglected (see photo). Faults were reported but not rectified. We paid in good faith, in advance, for an „upgraded“ room and cannot fathom how your staff can say they will „see what they can do on the bill“. We reported our disappointment immediately instead of giving the hotel a bad review on Tripadvisor but we had to put up with all the inconvenience for the whole of our stay. Please look into this as soon as you can – I have phographs of all the problems should you require them to make a judgement. Yours faithfully, K. Barker

Good evening Mr Barker. Many thanks for your comments and I will locate your email and reply that way. Kind regards Matt

Disappointing Stay

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

L1295TRjonathanh Business - 05/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

Keys not working, noise throughout the night, pool not open at 8am as scheduled due to "employee" issues, finally open at 10am, but already completely packed, spa & sauna out of order. Covid can be blamed for many things, but ..........

Good evening. I apologise about the sauna and jacuzzi not working and that there was noise throughout the evening. Matt

Bank holiday break

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

Debbie49Birmingham 04/09/2021 TripAdvisor review

No room service during stay said The staff informed me no rooms cleaned fresh towel or tea coffee refilled Because of covid. No jacuzzi, pool limited hours as staff on holiday. Complained took 3 days to get room cleaned.

Good evening and thanks for your comments. Rooms not being serviced is a current Accor brand standard but we are servicing rooms on request but I am sorry if this did not happen. I am also unsure about your room service comments is this is available every day. Matt

Expected a lot better experience

TripAdvisor rating 3.0/5

Explorer589969 31/08/2021 TripAdvisor review

I always chose accor for lovely and well maintained properties and friendly staff, but my recent stay at Southgate in Exeter wasn't even close to the hospitality associated with this brand. The room wasn't cleaned properly, the extractor in the bathroom was broken. The curtains looked dirty, the mattresses weren't comfortable. I told this to reception and have been told that maintenance and house keeping have been informed of this issue but things weren't resolved during my 4 night stay. So disappointed!!

Does not deliver brand standards

TripAdvisor rating 2.0/5

longhaulEngland Business - 29/08/2021 TripAdvisor review

Over a two night stay I had many of the poor experiences repeatedly shared in other reviews. Services were limited/suspended, communal areas were neglected (despite resident pets), rooms were overall in poor condition. By the sheer number of problems, it’s as if maintenance wasn’t performed during lockdown. Awful value at £150pn (std, room only). If you are an Accor loyalty card holder, don’t expect any of the standard recognition (I am Platinum).

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