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“A gem of a place”
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The Clarence Hotel
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cheshunt
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3 hotel reviews
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“A gem of a place”
Reviewed 9 June 2011

The hospitality was excellent, the staff were very welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. The room was comfy and luxurious. The hotel is in a quiet location and is within easy reach of shops , beach, and Gunwharf Quays. The food was lovely it was nice to be able to have breakfast up to 11 am. Would definately recommend and return.

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 June 2011

This is a small luxury guesthouse, so first off lets get rid of the notion that is is one of "those" small luxury hotels of the world.. But despite that minor negative it is superb.. The service is cracking and if you reserve the monkey room on the top of the house you will have the best room there is. The breakfast I had was the best in years and equal to any small luxury hotel. If I was going to Southsea again I would stay there But!! it's not Portsmouth where I had intended to stay and a bit of a taxi ride to get to Portsmouth. Full marks to the staff for great service. Free movies and internet.. It's difficult to fault the place with my initial observation as they could not have done a better job. If the decor was returned to some of the houses architectural origins it could be one of the luxury hotels of the world. It has the service, the quality, the friendliness and finesse

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Bath, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

Upon arrival we were aided with parking our car, due to restrictions. We were given an extremely warm welcome and offered a drink. The staff were very friendly and explained about the gadgets in our room, which was very pleasant and tastefully decorated. I watched a free blockbuster film whilst bathing in the sunken bath. The bed was cosy and we slept well. The breakfast was delicious and freshly cooked. We frequently stay in Portsmouth and would not look to stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 May 2011

Whisked away by my partner for a night away from the children, brilliant welcome from staff, so very helpful, polite and informative. Wonderful surprise to have a complimentary welcome drink and bags taken to room. We have the superior room and it really was superior, jacuzzi bath and so many beautiful little touches.
I was unaware of everything as it was a surprise from my partner and it couldn't have been any better. And too top it off my partner proposed after a gorgeous breakfast!!!

Will definitely return

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2011

My partner and I stayed at the Clarence for one night in the wild at heart room and were very impressed by the decor, underfloor heating in the bathroom, complimentary toiletries and water, free wi-fi and the huge comfy bed! We were even more impressed with the sunken bath in the room complete with bathrobes and slippers, aqua vision television and free movies!

We had a fabulous night after a walk by the sea and a bottle of champagne. The staff were extremely friendly and the complimentary welcome drink was a nice touch.

Nothing was too much trouble for staff and breakfast was lovely, especially the waffles! Our only complaint is no tea or coffee in the rooms, although complimentary in the bar area, as this would have added a nice touch to a small English hotel.

We would definitely recommend the Clarence and will be going back to explore the other rooms too! Very enjoyable weekend and stay.

  • Stayed May 2011
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Largs
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Reviewed 22 May 2011

We had a wonderful 2 night stay at the the Clarence staying in the Gold and Bronze room. We arrived early at the hotel, breakfast was still being served and Paula offered this to us which was a really nice touch. We declined and accepted a welcome pot of coffee before we walked along the promenade into Portsmouth . When we returned in the afternoon to check in the welcome drink was very much appreciated, so much so ,
we orderd a bottle for our room. The freshly cooked breakfast is fantastic with plenty of choice.
The room was extremely comfortable and the bathroom with the White Company toileteries and Aqua vision a real touch of class
Paula,Louise Amber and Gordon were all so helpful, and they ensured a that we had a very pleasant stay.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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North Liberty, Iowa, USA
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Reviewed 13 May 2011

The reviews are correct; this was a wonderful place to stay. No complaints. It was beautiful; staff was very welcoming, attentive and gave good advice on restaurants, we stayed in the Monkey Room the heated towel rack and the large walk in shower are wonderful, breakfast was the best of the trip. We stayed April 4th and 5th. If we stay in Portsmouth again we definitely stay here and try one of the other rooms. Thank you for two wonderful nights.

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Property: The Clarence Hotel
Address: Clarence Road, Portsmouth PO5 2LQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Portsmouth
#1 Romantic Hotel in Portsmouth
#3 Business Hotel in Portsmouth
#11 Family Hotel in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarence Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clarence is Portsmouth and Southsea's multi award-winning adults only luxury boutique hotel. This Edwardian residence has been stylishly converted to offer well designed and individually styled rooms with luxury bathrooms. All rooms offer Air-conditioning, King-sized bed & Wi-Fi. Perfectly situated just 5 mins away from all major attractions and just a few hundred yards from the seafront, The Clarence is the ideal place to stay whether it be for Business or that well earned break. The Clarence also offers guests in-room health and beauty treatments ... more   less 
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