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“An excellent boutique hotel which could not be bettered” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Clarence Hotel
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Nottingham
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“An excellent boutique hotel which could not be bettered”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2010

We have just returned from a two night stay at The Clarence and cannot say how much we enjoyed it. It is a small hotel, which makes for a cosey and laid-back atmosphere, at the same time as being quite luxurious in its facilities. The service was excellent and the breakfast to die for. Importantly, breakfast was served until 11.00am which means you can fit it a leisurely walk on the beach first. The hotel is just off the front, another plus as what it lacks in sea-view it makes up for in peace and tranquility. We shall definitely go there again!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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London
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131 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2010

Stayed here for one night in March for our first wedding anniversary. The place is lovely, we were greeted with a drink and the room (Wild at Heart) was beautiful. Oddly though it didn't have a shower (just a shower attachment on the bath - and the bath was fantastic) and it was really noisy. Trying to get to sleep on Saturday night we were kept awake by other rooms running spa baths, then woken at 8am when the kitchen kicked into gear, and by the voices of other guests above our room - would have had a better sleep in our own home. Breakfast though was fantastic, and we ate dinner there the night before as well - food was pretty good although expensive and we had to wait for far too long between courses despite being the only table left there - but the only other options in Portsmouth seemed to be Indian, Chinese or chain restaurants, so this was the only option for a 'romantic' meal. All in all a bit of a disappointment, given the price we paid we hoped for more - this was more of a guest house than a hotel. Would recommend others spend that amount on a brand name hotel rather than here.

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2010

It was a great experience to stay in the Clarence hotel which was something that I will remember for the rest of my life. The owners of the Clarence, Jenny and Mark went out of their way to make us feel as if we were at home. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was outstanding as well as the hospitality. I would also recommend that you ask Jenny and Mark to tell you the story of Ash.

Ferdinand Rothmann and Johan Oosthuysen

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Berkshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2010

Booked a long weekend stay for myself and my partner at The Clarence Hotel. After reading so many positive reviews, we were delightfully surprised that it exceeded our high expectations. We were given the Follow Your Heart room, which was decorated with such class and finesse. Every single detail, from the heart embossed wall paper to the mirrored furniture was impeccible. We found it luxurious and indulgent. The staff were highly attentive and friendly and made you feel like you were the only customers in the hotel. The food was particularly enjoyable and very good value for such quality.

We would thoroughly recommend this hotel to anyone who was looking for class with a personal touch.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gemanji1
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Hampshire
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

This hotel was beautiful. We arrived and we're given some complimentary drinks, Louise looked after us and made sure are stay ran perfectly. She organised dinner to be done slightly earlier for us as my partner and I we're going out that evening. The food was brilliant, the chef at The Clarence cooked the steak and prawns perfectly. The room was beautiful, we stayed in the 'Follow your Heart' Suite, and the room was wonderful, and even did a turn down service when we went out.

The staff are incredibly friendly, the rooms are fantastic and the food is superb. I will definitely be going back!

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2010

Me and my partner have stayed at the Clarence twice. After, the first time being a really pleasant stay we had to go back. The rooms were fantastic, the first being the 'Follow your Heart' room which had a large bath with a tv built into the wall, along with a really comfortable double bed. The most recent stay we had was in the 'Monkey Room', which again had a lovely double bed and more than enough storage space. The room also included a staircase which led up to a large ensuite bathroom with heated tiles, two sinks and my favourite feature about the room, a walk-in shower which was the best I have seen. The location is a 10 minute walk to the seafront and only a 5 minute drive or £3 cab journey to gun wharf shopping outlet. The staff were so friendly and welcoming and made sure we had a cab booked which arrived within minutes and was offered a complimentary drink while we waited. The breakfast in the morning was really good with a selection of a full english breakfast, cereals, juices etc. Overall, the Clarence made our stay in Portsmouth and we will certainly be going back again.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mher44
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Frome
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2010

A very pleasant stay. The restaurant was exceptional! A small hotel well appointed and maintained. The service was second to none. thank you to George. This was a great find and we would certainly recommend it to our friends.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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 Romantic Hotel in Portsmouth
#2 Luxury 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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