I simply cannot imagine which hotel some of these reviewers had booked into but it most definitely was not the Royal Maritime Club we stayed at. All I can imagine is they are trying to besmirch the hotel's reputation in some sort of perverse way. We found the hotel to be first class in every way. The staff were polite and helpful, even to the point of reserving us a disabled parking space close to the entrance, and when we took the car out during the week, again saved our space. Yes, the hotel is a bit of a warren of corridors and rooms, but it is a large building spread over several floors so what would you expect? We have been to far worse hotels for the distance from front door to bedroom. As regards food, we could not fault it in any way. One reviewer suggested the breakfast was 'RN style'. All I can say is, the Navy must eat well nowadays. Breakfast was buffet-style as many hotels offer these days, and consisted of up to nine items. This was in addition to croissants, toast, cereals and poached or boiled egg if you preferred. Spoiled for choice? Most definitely. The evening meal was three-course from a wide choice of dishes and if I had to make a negative comment, it would be that there were no hot puddings on offer. But so what, the gateaux, etc were all tempting and delicious. Such was the size of the portions I don't think I cleared my plate once, even when I chose chargrilled steak, chips and all the trimmings.
When we booked we asked for a wheelchair-friendly room but as none had a double-bed, we were instead offered a spacious family room which was fine. There was no extra charge for this either. No complaints whatsoever. Room service kept us fully stocked with tea, coffee, milk, etc but this hotel does not supply biscuits; so what.
Would we stop here again when visiting Portsmouth? We most definitely would and would thoroughly recommend it to others. It is easily accessible in a busy city being on the A3 road, close to the Dockyard with all of its amenities, Gunwharf shopping centre, the bus station and the ferries, and it has its own limited space car park. And of course, there is the hotel's own gym and health spa with a cosy little swimming pool.
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Maritime Club Hotel Portsmouth
- Royal Maritime Hotel