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The Clarence Hotel
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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“Best Hotel Ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

We spent a wonderful night at this clean, friendly, and beautifully decorated boutique hotel situated close to downtown in a pretty area. The staff were amazing, and we loved the breakfast, the personal touches, and we can't speak highly enough about our experience!

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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OfficeatTheClarence, General Manager at The Clarence Hotel, responded to this review, 17 July 2013
Thank you very much for your lovely review of your recent stay. I am delighted the experience was exceptional!
Hopefully we will be able to welcome you back at some other time.
Kind Regards,
Paula.
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Penryn, Cornwall
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2013

We chose to stay at the Clarence for our visit to the new Mary Rose exhibition in the Historic Dockyard.
We were greeted warmly on arrival with a complimentary drink and some very helpful advice on places to visit & eat nearby.
Parking didn't seem to be a problem; there are limited spaces within the hotel courtyard or you can park on-street with a permit from the hotel. We ended up doing both during our stay, no problems.
The room was beautiful, completely spotless with high quality furnishings; possibly the most comfortable 2 nights sleep we've had in a long time! The much-needed air conditioning was a relief from the warm weather outdoors!
The bathroom was amazing! Red sparkling tiles and a double jacuzzi bath that we'll remember for a long time.
Both breakfasts were excellent, plenty of choice and freshly cooked.
Of the 3 staff we met, all were polite, very friendly and courteous, nothing was too much trouble. I managed to leave my camera charger in the room, I was emailed before I had even missed it and its in the post to me!
The Clarence is more than worthy of its high ratings on Trip Advisor, we will definately return and recommend it to anyone who is looking for high quality accommodation in this area.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2013

A lovely little hotel with a friendly welcome and helpful service.We were very happy with our room,beverage making facilities would have been nice but we booked knowing they weren't available. ( The coffee supplied in the Lounge was much nicer than the make-it -yourself variety).
Great breakfast,good choice of food and the best cooked breakfast we have had in an hotel for a long time. Would happily return there.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

Arrived later than planned due to traffic problems,the friendly,informative welcome and complementary drink from the bar, soon put us in a relaxed mood.The small Hotel car park was full,not a problem we were given a parking permit and could park within 50 meters of the Hotel.
Upon being shown to our spotlessly clean room,Follow Your Heart,our journey was erased and the relax mood was enhanced, king-size bed,stand alone bath-with it's own tv plus a main tv with a array of free on-demand movies.
We walked over to the seafront less than five minutes,then back into Southsea High St,five minutes return walk to The Clarence,where there is a selection of restaurants.On our return,the bed had been turned back,so we settled down to a movie,followed by a good night's sleep.
Breakfast again was a pleasurable experience a good selection of fresh fruit/cereal/juices,followed by a excellent full english all served in an attentive manner.
We had to change our travel plans,unfortunately they were fully booked for the the following evening,but supplied a ipad,so we could find another hotel.
From start to finish,our stay exceeded our expectations and all the staff were superb,The Clarence is thoroughly worth and deserves it's high rating.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

What a fantastic place to stay and at a great price. From the minute we walked in we felt very relaxed after receiving a very warm and friendly welcome. Lovely addition of a welcome drink in the bar and a guide to what the local area had to offer including restaurants, bars and local attractions. We stayed in the Follow Your Heart room which was very clean, stylish with a modern touch and had the welcomed addition of air conditioning. We would highly recommend and will be returning in the future ourselves. Thank you so much Mark, Jenny & Jade for making our stay so relaxing and enjoyable.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2013

Could hardly be bettered - clean, stylish & excellent friendly service. Complementary add-ons much appreciated. Moderately expensive but well worth it. Highly recommended & will certainly return to enjoy more time in Portsmouth - so much to do & see.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Michael G
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rocou
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36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2013

Not much to add - sparkling clean, very professional and friendly service (a combination not easy to find), great breakfast, everything you may want or need is there - WiFi, in-room movies, hotel bar, name it. Would strongly recommend it. Thanks to Mark and Jenny, you run a superb place.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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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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