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Ilfracombe, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to this hotel and we enjoyed it as much as our first. We had a large room which was clean and tidy with plenty of tea and coffee the breakfast was excellent with every thing you could possibly want the staff were wonderful and very helpful and the owner made a fuss of us he... More 

Thank Graham S
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3 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for second time. Again had an enjoyable stay and pleased to see the lift was still working. The room was comfortable and all staff were most helpful. Arrived early and gent kindly checked with staff and allowed access so able to store bags. Breakfast again was excellent.

Thank Nicholas B
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yes it's a bit tired.. But it's a delight to visit somewhere that hasn't had the soul taken from it. The rooms are large and clean... In fact didn't see any dirt anywhere. The staff are helpful, friendly and even seem to be pleased to see you, and that doesn't always happen in hotel receptions. The location is perfect for... More 

Thank Sue T
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16 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its true the hotel could do with a good dose of spit and polish, worn carpets and spoiled decor could do with replacing.But look at the plus points. The hotel is very central, the staff cant do enough for you, the breakfast is wholesome and plentiful,the rooms are warm and everything works with a good shower. The parking is free,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst yes I agree the Keppels Head Hotel is frayed on the surface the room staff, concierge and the breakfast staff more than make up for the frayed edges of this Hotel. The breakfast selection is lovely, the dining room spotless and the friendliness of the servers excellent. When on arrival I was informed that they do not serve lattes... More 

Thank Jackie O
Solihull, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Keppels Head Hotel is in a great location within a few minutes walk of the Historic Dockyard and also the Gunwharf Shopping Centre. It also has its own car park. The hotel itself is a very interesting place - built we were told in 1797 - and the views at the front are great overlooking the water and HMS... More 

Thank Carolyn K
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a trip down memopry lane as I had visted the Admiral Keppel 60 years ago! The hotel is very well located for both the harbourside activities as well as the City Centre. The rooms are spacious and ours was on the top (attic) floor which wasn't a problem if you didn't mind the lift!! Decor is very tired... More 

Thank blbttl74
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hotel is situated in a prime location, right by the fantastic naval dockyard ang Gunwharf Quays, it could be so much more! The staff were very friendly and helpful, and the breakfast was good, but the decoration, condition, and general state of the hotel was terrible. We had no shower in our room, the tiles were broken and parts... More 

Thank 0310christy

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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Shocking. Dire. The hotel itself and all of the decor is honestly terrifying a mixture from the 30's to the 70's the halls are like something out of the shining, ideal setting for a horror film ,i wouldn't even step foot in the shower if you haven't had your vaccinations first also the beds are very uncomfortable, the carpets are... More 

Thank janoram
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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100 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I stayed at Keppels Head Hotel before a visit to the Isle of Wight. It's location is very convenient for the ferry terminal and it does have its own car park. The room was clean and the linen was good. The decoration was dated and somewhat worn and faded. Breakfast was well cooked and the staff throughout were friendly and... More 

Thank MeltonJerry

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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Breakfast
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  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
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  • Free Internet
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  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Keppel's Head Hotel (Est 1779) is situated in "The Hard" in Portsmouth. The Hard is a historical area with many connections to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is only a short stroll from the hotel. Gunwharf Quays is also nearby, which thrives with many shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Keppels Head

Address: 24-26 The Hard, Portsmouth PO1 3DT, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Price Range: £63 - £78 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Keppels Head 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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  • At what time does the pool open each day?

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“We have had a room on the front with both of our visits”
  • Great Big Room
 of 5 bubbles GrahamS104, 1 Dec 2016 | Read review
“Front has views over the harbour water front, the rear is quieter”
 of 5 bubbles lesn979, 18 Nov 2016 | Read review
“If you request having a view over the water they actually do pay attention to your request and where possible implement it.”
 of 5 bubbles jackieo796, 17 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Rooms at the front are probably better.”
 of 5 bubbles 686carolynk, 9 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Don't stay in room 28”
 of 5 bubbles 0310christy, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
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