I decided to stop here on my way to the Isle of Wight. I travelled by train, from Darlington, after finishing work at 4pm and caught the catamaran ferry on the following morning. The modern hotel is walking distance from Fratton station.
The room was minimalist and devoid of character. It's at the other end of the spectrum from those cluttered, flowery guest houses we have all stayed in. It was clean and functional; everything worked. It was fairly quiet and from the window I had a view of Fratton Park, home of Portsmouth FC. It think it would bee a good hotel for a fan going to a midweek match, when it would be difficult to get back home.
The main negative was the lack of tea and coffee in the room, which is unusual. I went to the vending/cafe area on the ground floor, which was ok, but not cheap. Breakfast, at a fiver, was a decent continental and worth the money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- WAQAS BIN TAHIR, the manager of the Hotel ibis budget Portsmouth hotel, would like to welcome you. Hotel ibis budget Portsmouth is a low-cost hotel situated in Fratton, 5 minutes walking distance of Fratton Train Station, close to Pompey FC, Portsmouth City Centre. Great proximity to the beach, shopping and nightlife of the town. All 120 guest rooms are 100% non-smoking and has en-suite shower, air cooling as well as flat screen TV with Freeview. As much as you can eat continental breakfast buffet is served every morning at £5.50. Free Wi-Fi available for all guests. Free offsite parking at B&Q opposite the hotel (permit is required from reception). Limited onsite parking on first come first serve basis. Ferry Terminals, Gunwharf, Guildhall, Spinnaker Tower, D-Day Museum and Historic Dockyards are 10 minutes away by car or taxi for those who would like to explore beautiful Portsmouth. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Etap Portsmouth