Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel

The Mercure Exeter Southgate hotel is a lovely, modern, city centre venue that has is one of the most well maintained hotels we’ve been to in a long time. So much so, it felt like it was freshly refurbished! With tons of free parking, bright flexible meeting rooms and very friendly staff, you will certainly be impressed by what’s on offer. And when you factor in that it’s fab location can act as a gateway to the south west and all the leisure options available there, you will really enjoy using this hotel for your events. We really enjoyed it here…and we will definitely be back again.

With its modern design and superb city centre location, this 4-star hotel has forged a solid reputation as being the best hotel in the area. Lovely outdoor terraces, nine flexible meeting spaces and 156 bedrooms all unite to form a fantastic venue that offer you everything that you would ever need when planning an incredible event in this area.

Address: Southernhay East, Exeter, Devon, EX1 1QF


Conference Sales Contact: Hayley Coy

Tel: 01392 412812

Email: [email protected]

Distance & time from nearest airport:

Exeter Airport is located just 5.3 miles away – 16 minutes by car

Distance & time from nearest railway station:

Exeter Central Station is located just 1.4 miles away – 6 minutes by car

Distance from the nearest motorway:

The M5 is just 15 minutes from the hotel

Official star rating: 4 Star

Centrally located in the historic city of Exeter is the Mercure Exeter Southgate Hotel. This fantastic venue is perfect for both events and short breaks alike and has successfully bridged the gap between business and leisure. With excellent transport links nearby and being just a mere stone’s throw away from the city’s beautiful gothic cathedral, it is perfectly situated to enjoy any number of the many outdoor activities available nearby.

Renovated in 2015, this modern hotel has been incredibly well maintained and feels entirely new. While the décor is modern, bright and vibrant, the vibe is chilled, calm and relaxed. This great combination does not let you down, and we can certainly see why this is known as the best hotel in the city.

Entering the stylish reception, you are greeted by staff that are helpful, professional and super friendly. From here, you can access the bar/lounge area or terrace before going through to the restaurant. All meeting rooms are also conveniently located on the ground floor – making access and egress a breeze for your delegates.


There are 100 onsite car parking spaces available - tickets are validated at reception.

Coach / Bus Pick-up Location at hotel:

Coaches can drop off directly outside the main entrance, and parking can be arranged with the hotel.

Number of bedrooms:


With 3 suites, 48 Privilege and 105 Classic rooms all to the hotel’s exacting 4-star standards, the Mercure Exeter Southgate offers a great range of accommodation options. All rooms have a rainfall shower and a flat screen T.V and are very nicely designed, feeling modern, comfortable and quiet. Many of the rooms also have superb views over the city and its historic cathedral, with our room being no exception. We had a really comfortable stay here.

Number of floors: 3 Floors

Business centre: The team can take care of any and all photocopying or printing that you require.

Wi-fi: Yes. Great signal throughout, including on the terraces.

Fitness gym: The gym is situated on the ground floor and is open to hotel guests and gym members alike. As such, there is far more equipment available than what you would expect at a typical hotel gym including treadmills, rowing machines, dumbbells and weight machines.

Spa & Swimming Pool: As with all Mercure hotels that we have visited so far, a fantastic 15 metre swimming pool is available, with a poolside jacuzzi and sauna for unwinding in afterwards.


The Gatehouse Restaurant is bright and airy and has a chilled and contemporary vibe about it. Indeed, serving contemporary British cuisine, with great service and a fantastic menu to choose from. Luckily, we were able to have our breakfast here too!

Following on from your meal you can make your way to the hotel’s Lounge Bar & Terrace. Situated on the ground floor and with plenty of high and low seating areas you can choose to either carry on networking, or alternatively, slope away to one of their more intimate corner booths. We really liked this space, super comfortable as a place to catch up on your email, hold a business meeting or a place to relax.


Conveniently situated on the ground floor are all of the hotel’s meeting and events rooms. With 9 room options available, the Mercure Exeter Southgate is able to accommodate anything up to 150 guests. All rooms have aircon and AV equipment, loads of natural daylight and are incredibly well maintained.

Registration is taken in the lobby, with the hotel’s Sales & Ops Team always on hand to offer positive, dynamic and creative support for your events. An easy layout makes navigating to and from the rooms a doddle, whilst Nespresso machines in each of the rooms ensure that all of your delegates will stay well caffeinated!

Of the rooms discussed below, there are also a further 2 spaces available – these being the Lounge Terrace and the Restaurant Terrace. Both are great spaces and should not be overlooked.

Seymour Suite

The Seymour Suite is the hotel’s largest room with a lovely and bright design that would be perfect for medium sized conferences, awards, dinners or wedding receptions. With capacity for up to 150 when used as a single space, this room has the added flexibility of being able to be split into two rooms, with each being capable of hosting 100 people and 40 people respectively. There are so many options here – we really liked this room

A lovely touch is the outside terrace where guests can relax under parasols during breaks or drink receptions, with all refreshments coming direct from the room’s built-in bar. This makes the Seymour Suite the ideal place for summertime events, as guests can come and go as they please in the summer sun.

Natural light: Yes
Size: Sq.M: 178
Theatre: 150
Cabaret: 90
Classroom: 72
Dinner: 130
Location: Ground floor
AV Equipment included: Screen, projector, PA system, flipcharts, M

Leofric Room

Feeling very bright and with super clean lines, this is a fantastic space that would be best used as a boardroom, breakout room or for U-Shaped meetings. With a built-in cloakroom and able to hold between 16 people in classroom style or 30 in theatre, the Leofric room is a great option that you should definitely check out.

Natural light: Yes
Size: Sq.M: 36.7
Theatre: 30
Cabaret: 20
Classroom: 16
Dinner: 24
Location: Ground floor
AV Equipment included: Screen, projector and flipcharts

Eastgate Room

Although it is one of the smallest meeting spaces in the hotel, the Eastgate room (along with the identical Northgate room) is a superb space capable of holding between 10 and 15 people. Feeling freshly refurbished and with tonnes of natural light, this super comfy room would be ideal as a boardroom or as a breakout room.

Natural light:
Size: Sq.M: 20.4
Theatre: 15
Dinner: 12
Location: Ground floor
AV Equipment included: Screen, projector and flipcharts

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