Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel

The Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel, 34 - 35 High Street, Southampton, Hampshire SO14 2HN

We are a beautiful Grade II listed building located at the heart of Southampton’s Old Town. We are not only surrounded in history but we are part of history ourselves as we are over 500 years old and famously known for being where Jane Austen celebrated her 18th Birthday. We are an impressive building that boasts two of the largest bay windows in the UK, and some of our bedrooms are situated in the old stables and feature the original beams.

We are only a 5 minute walk from Southampton's Registry Office and we are easily accessible as we are located on Southampton’s High Street. We are only a mile away from Southampton Central Station and less than 5 miles from Southampton Airport.

We now home 99 bedrooms, which due to the hotels age are all unique in size but all offer excellent comforts including, flat screen TVs with Freeview, Iron & Ironing Board, safe, Tea & Coffee making facilities, guest toiletries and complimentary Wi-Fi.

As well as our 99 bedrooms we are home to the famous Jane Austen Suite. This room draws Jane Austen enthusiasts from all over the world that just want to stand in the room where she had danced the night away. Adorned with the above mentioned bay windows this room makes for an impressive event space that can hold up to 80 guests for a banquet. It can also be divided into two separate rooms for smaller more intimate weddings.

Along with our Jane Austen Suite we have the equally impressive Gilbert Room which boasts its own bar and serves excellently as a reception room to the Jane Austen Suite for the large celebrations and events that take place.

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  • Oldest Hotel in Southampton
  • Jane Austen celebrated her 18th Birthday here.
  • Largest bay windows in the UK
  • Beautiful function room
  • Separate bar for private funtions


Ceremony: 80
Breakfast: 80
Buffet: 120
Dance: 120
BBQ Weddings
Bridal suite
Car parking on site
Civil license
Dance floor
Disabled access
Disco facilities
Dry hire
Exclusive booking
Fireworks permitted
Live band facilities
Outdoor ceremonies
Private catering allowed
Wedding coordinator
Guest Facilities
Free Wi-Fi
Guest accommodation