Friday 20 September 2019

Southampton leave cheeky Trip Advisor review of Swansea 'virus' hotel after last-minute cancellation

Southampton beat Swansea to secure Premier League safety despite the disruption to their preparations
Southampton beat Swansea to secure Premier League safety despite the disruption to their preparations

Callum Davis

Southampton have left a cheeky Trip Advisor review for a hotel whose last-minute cancellation threatened to derail their Premier League survival mission.

The club's booking at the Marriott hotel, Swansea, was cancelled after the discovery of what Public Health Wales called a "potential infectious disease incident."

The disruption to Southampton's plans came less than 24 hours before their crunch relegation six-pointer with fellow strugglers Swansea City, leading to suggestion of foul play.

Southampton were forced to spend the night at the Vale of Glamorgan hotel, near Cardiff, but fortunately the change in sleeping arrangements did not affect their players as Mark Hughes' men secured a 1-0 to secure their Premier League status on Tuesday night.

On Wednesday morning, Southampton's official Twitter account shared a Trip Advisor review of the hotel, published from a profile called 'We March On', the club's motto, with the title "Last-minute cancellation."

"Had been due to stay here for an extremely important business trip, only to have our reservation cancelled 24 hours before arrival, due to an apparent virus outbreak," the tongue-in-cheek review read.

"Very disappointing, as other guests' bookings seemed to be unaffected.

"The inconvenience meant we had to make alternative arrangements four our group at short notice.

"Fortunately, the experience didn't sour out trip. Business meeting was extremely productive!"

Saints manager Mark Hughes said the hotel's 'dark arts' helped motivate his players.

"It helped our focus. We used it as a motivating factor," said Hughes.

"We suspected that maybe some of the dark arts were at work but we didn't let it affect us."

The Marriott hotel last night defended its decision to cancel Southampton's booking.

The hotel claimed it had been forced to cancel other bookings after a number of guests became ill.

"We were made aware late last week of a small number of associates and guests becoming ill," said general manager of the Swansea Marriott hotel, Michael Downie.

"As per our normal procedures, we notified large group bookings in order for them to find alternative accommodations, should they choose to do so."

There had been some suggestion of foul play after it emerged the hotel was still taking bookings for parties of 10 people of more.

"There have been no further reports of illness this week and the hotel therefore remains operational," Downie added.

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