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.
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.