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Alcantara Guest House
Ranked #10 of 43 Southampton B&B and Inns
Reviewed 18 October 2011

I had the chance to stay here during two periods, one of one month and the other three months. Regarding my experience, to put it clearly, Alcantara Guesthouse should be the gold standard for guesthouses.

Regarding amenities, it has everything you should expect: a clean, tidy room (I stayed at an ensuite single), a complimentary tray with tea, coffee, milk and some very nice biscuits, an excellent breakfast, with a nice selection of fruits, juices, cereals, and the best full English breakfast I've had in my life. It should leave you up and running for all morning. A good shower, the free wifi in the rooms, and the TV with satellite are also nice additions to the rooms.

However, it is in human quality where this guesthouse really shines. The manager, AJ, is a fantastic person, who really shows concern and a personal interest in each and every guest she has. She goes well above and beyond what one should expect from a guesthouse manager (she even bought soup for me after a dental treatment, without me even asking!), concerning herself with anything that may make your stay more confortable. Certainly I felt at home during my time there. Besides AJ, the small personnel the guesthouse has is also very lovely and helpful. Mary (the waitress) is a cheerful person who cares about your tastes and even prepares the table the way you like it, so it saves you 2 minutes each day at breakfast, and Mary (the maid) is very helpful, concerned with whether you prefer tea or coffee on your tray in your room.

What can I say, this guesthouse is a 5-star hotel disguised as a family business. I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

The Alcantara Guest House in Southampton has been my place of choice to stay for the last 8 years! After a long drive from North Yorkshire i need somewhere to relax & be refreshed for the return journey the next day. Alcantara ticks ALL the boxes every time. AJ is a wonderful host & i have got to know her well during my many stays there. When i brought some customers down from near the scottish borders for a pre-cruise stay AJ was there with tea, coffee & scones for us. What a lovely touch...service above & beyond the call of duty!
I stay at many other guest houses up & down the country & i can safely say that the Alcantara is a stand out establishment ahead of all the competition bar none.
The breakfast is varied & excellent...puts me on all day for the trip back up north.
I can thoroughly recommend Alcantara to anyone that wants a top quality home from home stay in Southampton. Absolutely ideal for all the cruisers out there planning a pre-cruise stay. There are shops & eating places within walking distance.
Looking forward to my next stay there!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled on business
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3  Thank TonyK596
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Reviewed 1 September 2011

The Guest House lies 10 minute far away from the central station Southampton.
The receipt was very friendly and also got we affectionate support for the planning of our stay in Southampton.
The room was very clean and in good taste furnished.
The high point was the breakfast, each day gave it which the heart desired, freshly prepared and very well

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 August 2011

This establishment sets the standards that others aspire to. Its friendly helpful owner runs an immaculate, well appointed and pleasant guest house. It has everthing you would expect from an scrumptious breakfast to free wi-fi in the rooms.
Iwould thoroughly recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good
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  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 14 July 2011

Nothing was too much trouble for Mrs Brown. The food was wonderful, room was so comfortable and we were ma.de to feel so welcome.

The best B & B we have ever stayed at and will certainly stay there again if in the Southampton area. Can definitely recommend this Guest House to anyone.

Can also recommend Pulcinello Italian Restaurant within walking distance of the B & B in Carlton Place. This restaurant is very reasonable and the food is fantastic.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 20 Howard Road, Southampton SO15 5BN, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Southampton
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Ranked #10 of 43 B&Bs / Inns in Southampton
Price Range: $95 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Alcantara Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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