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Royal Maritime Club
Ranked #15 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“A first rate hotel”
Reviewed 1 October 2013

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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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

I was expecting better after reading the Reviews to my husband. I have nothing good to say about this hotel. Nothing. Horrible. Cramped. Horrid little room. Noisy. NOISY!! NOISY!!! The miserable Receptionist was unwelcoming and unfriendly. A truly, truly horrible experience.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

Stayed here when visiting the Naval Dockyard just across the road. The club is a rabbit warren of a place that is a charity and in former times put up sailors returning to their ships. Its got lots of history but is a bit tatty and the breakfast is RN style! However good value and fine if you are visiting the Dockyard. Parking at the hotel is not good but there is a large NCP car park just yards away.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Great location, especially for Gunwharf and the Naval College and parking is easy, either on the forecourt or in the multi-storey opposite at half the daily rate, so a bargain for £5 for 24 hours. Everywhere walkable and a useful budgens directly opposite. We stayed in an updated room at the rear of the hotel, and even with the window wide open, we didn't hear a sound. Very comfy, large bed and bathroom. Breakfast the next morning was good. Smoked haddock, poached & boiled eggs, porridge cooked to order, or the usual full English, breads, cereals, yoghurts, juices. What we really enjoyed was the swimming pool (small) whirlpool and steam room all to ourselves in the basement. Also snooker tables available too. A real find this in Portsmouth. If you have any interest at all in things Navy you'll love this place and the price.

Room Tip: We had Room 112, an updated room at the back. Very quiet even though the club was full.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

I liked the location of the hotel, walking distance to all the places I wanted to visit. The staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The room was clean and cozy. I think some may find the room a bit small, but I liked the cozy factor. The breakfast buffet was also rather nice, with a large variety of good food. I highly recommend it and I would definitely visit again.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We stayed for one night in room 204, on friday 13th September..& it was 'OK' for the following reasons..
Now the greeting was friendly & we were able to park at the front..but this is limited, so we were lucky..as you walk into the lobby area..it really is quite something, with all its Navel connections & the round area & ceiling, actually reminds me of the 'Art Deco' living room at Eltham Palace. The location of this hotel is one of its prim factors, if your visiting the Historic Dockyard,Gun Wharf & Spinnaker Tower etc..
But we felt our room, was quite dark..dated & tired in parts...i would also like to say re our bed, was the worst nights sleep we both had in a long time..it wasn't pleasant..& we were both shattered in the morning. Yes the shower was in the bath but we had good hot water & it worked well..we also found that the room was far too hot, even with both windows open.
The Breakfast was very good...we & our friends, enjoyed the choice re the cooked buffet & assorted cereal's..the serving staff were very friendly & did work hard! A huge plus...would i stay here again, maybe but not in room 204...in relation to sleep quality..£98 wasnt good value!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chepstow, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2013

This Hotel has everything, great location, lovely room with huge modern bathroom, spotlessly clean, staff (with the exception of Wed breakfast staff) Reception staff couldn't be more friendly and helpful, cleaning staff lovely and room cleaned while we had breakfast. we had three great nights sleep with no noise - yes it was hot in room, but we were lucky enough to have a heatwave outside too ! breakfasts were very good, plenty of choice and all fresh. We would be happy to stay in the Royal Maritime Club again next year in fact wouldn't stay anywhere else now - so much to see too, Portsmouth Harbour is lovely by day and evening, plenty of places to eat and shops brilliant - went to see the new Mary-Rose exhibition and stayed to see everything else in the Dockyard - had a day at the Harbour side shops and took a boat around the bay - lovely .

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: Royal Maritime Club
Address: Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HS, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Maritime Club 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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