Mercure Exeter Southgate refurbished

Accor’s Mercure Exeter Southgate, located in Devon, opened following a redesign of the reception, Gate House restaurant, bar, lounge, terrace and all 156 bedrooms.

The interior design scheme for the hotel was inspired by Exeter’s Roman and Medieval history including the Cathedral Library’s Exeter Book, a tenth century Anglo-Saxon poetry anthology, along with inspiration from the Richard Hooker Statue, Custom House and River Exe.

The entrance to the hotel now has new fabrics and furniture, complemented with historical design references.

Virtual Event

HOTEL OPTIMIZATION PART 2 | Now Available On-Demand

Survival in these times is highly dependent on a hotel's ability to quickly adapt and pivot their business to meet the current needs of travelers and the surrounding community. Join us for Optimization Part 2 – a FREE virtual event – as we bring together top players in the industry to discuss alternative uses when occupancy is down, ways to boost F&B revenue, how to help your staff adjust to new challenges and more, in a series of panels focused on how you can regain profitability during this crisis.


The Exeter Book influenced the design which is evoked in the calligraphy inspired wallpaper, feature page light shades and script collage flooring. An Old English type from the manuscript is woven into carpets in the bar and lounge and is featured on design details throughout the hotel. Lampshades and cushions depict individual gargoyles from the cathedral and a Domesday map was re-created in the lobby area.

The Gate House Restaurant & Bar was repositioned and restyled and it now has a variety of private dining and lounge seating areas.

All 156 bedrooms were refurbished, including three executive suites that now have a King size bed, living room, dressing area and bathroom with walk-in shower and air conditioning.

Eighty-four bathrooms were re-designed to incorporate soft lighting and earthly materials representing the sandstone for which the city’s foundations are built.

The Mercure Exeter Southgate has seven multi-functional meeting rooms with conference facilities for up to 180 people. The hotel also has an 18-meter indoor heated pool, Swedish sauna and gym.

Suggested Articles

Buildings in Texas and the Northeast are being converted into hotels.

Service Properties Trust, Host Hotels & Resorts, Caesars Entertainment and Vici Properties have completed multimillion-dollar hotel deals.

Serving as an attractive alternative to traditional financing arrangements, hotel sale-leasebacks may offer a solution for many businesses.