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“Cheapest for the city that night - good, functional hotel.”
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The George Hotel
Ranked #12 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
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“Cheapest for the city that night - good, functional hotel.”
Reviewed 13 August 2011

Although £50 a night might be a lot, it was the cheapest in the city for that night.

The rooms are good and functional, perhaps not the cleanest, but not bad at all!

The pub downstairs can be a bit rowdy, but I was on the top floor and couldn't hear a bit of noise.

Overall, very good, certainly reccomended.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Bromyard, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 August 2011

Found the hotel on Trip Advisor after looking at the reviews the Royal Maritime Club which is next door. So helpful and very friendly. Rooms are very clean and recently decorated. It is right next to the historic naval dockyard.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 July 2011

Really good basic hotel, excellent value and great location for Dockyard and Ferry Port. I stayed here for 2 days and was very impressed. My room was comfortable and clean, staff were friendly. Parking opposite half price for guestes (£10 for 2 days)

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham
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Reviewed 15 July 2011

We stayed in room 7 (front facing, 2nd floor) for 5 nights. We paid £70 per night. We liked it, but didn't find it the totally marvellous place we'd been expecting after reading the other reviews.

The location is excellent - right next to the historic docks and associated museums, very close to the outlet shopping centre and restaurants and the ferries, and an easy walk into the centre. The pub is very pleasant and friendly - one of the few in the area that feels like a traditional pub, and doesn't have loud noise and flashing lights.

To get to our room we had to climb various narrow stairs and go round corners in the old building - very atmospheric. On the way, there was a display of books of local interest, which could be read in the rooms. Our room was fine - a reasonable size, mostly attractive looking, and with a decent bathroom with excellent shower. The mattress had seen better days, and I could feel the springs poking through in a few places. We only had one bedside lamp for the two of us, but were given a second when we asked. There was a kettle with cups, glasses, teaspoons, tea and coffee etc, and, on some days, biscuits. The flat screen TV had all Freeview channels and was easy to navigate. There was a very large chest of drawers, which swallowed most of the contents of our suitcases plus additional shopping easily. The look of the room was spoiled by the lack of a wardrobe - instead, an old piece of dowling had been fixed between the chimney breast and the outside wall, and furnished with a (plentiful) array of mismatched coat hangers. This gave an impression of somewhere between student flat and squat. A shelf above and doors or curtains in front would have helped a lot, if a proper wardrobe was not possible. There was no hairdryer.

We would have liked more attention being given to the maintenance of the room once we'd got there. After the first day, the bed was not fully made; instead, the duvet was replaced and the counterpane, runner and pillows were left piled up on one of the two chairs. (This left little sitting room.) Once or twice, the bins were not emptied. There were 2 shampoos, 2 shower gels, 2 soaps and 2 conditioners waiting for us on arrival, but these were never topped up, not even when empty bottles were left prominently in the washbasin or on top of the bin. (Luckily I had spares with me.) At least toilet paper was always topped up. Towels were not changed throughout the five days.

Breakfast was a little early for holidayers (finishing 9.30 weekends and 9.00 weekdays), but not unbearably so, and meant my husband could spend longer looking at ships. (Though another half hour in bed would have been nice.) Full cooked breakfasts were available but not what we fancied, though I gather they were good. Instead, we could choose what we wanted from breakfast-type things, and they were freshly cooked for us - e.g. boiled eggs, poached eggs on toast, mushrooms on toast. We could choose white or brown toast. There was also a buffet table with orange juice, yoghurt, a selection of fresh fruit, prunes, grapefruit and cereals in mini packets (but no muesli). Service was quick and friendly.

This pub has no car park, but the car park for the Historic Dockyard is a few yards away over the road. With a card from the pub, you get a discount for parking - our five days cost us £25 this way. We didn't try the restaurant.

Not paradise, but a reasonable, unpretentious and friendly place to stay. And Charles Dickens lived close by when he was a toddler.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, OH
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Reviewed 13 July 2011

We stayed here for one reason: because we were taking the ferry the next morning. The hotel was very convenient walking distance to the train station and the port museums (and shopping and restaurants). The room was fine - not exactly a four star hotel - and the restaurant was pretty good. The staff was great about making sure we had a cab for the next morning.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington, DC
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Pleasant, historical, friendly, with good beer, great location, and not pricey - what else could you want?

Hurry and book before the new owners realize they should charge more! It is independently owned by a couple who, the wife told me, have had it only 18 months. It is a work in progress, she said, and a labor of love. It looked fairly complete to me, but there were workmen doing something or other in the restaurant area.

If you are in Portsmouth to visit the historic dockyard - it is across the street, and the entrance is a couple blocks away. It is easy to find, too - all you have to do is follow the signs to the historic harbor.

I didn't try the food other than to have full English breakfast (included in the £50 charge), which was good. So was the service. The bar is small and cozy - it feels like a quiet neighborhood pub. There was Real Ale on the traditional hand pumps - a priority for me. One person claimed the beams in the ceiling came from Spanish Armada wrecks. The well - curiously placed in the middle of the pub - had something to do with the brewery that used to be across the street.

This is an old traditional hotel - the building is at least two centuries old (parts of it), has a pub and restaurant downstairs. I had to take an interesting route to my room at the top of the house (third floor) - up stairs, down a corridor, up stairs, down stairs, around a corner, and up more stairs. You can just imagine an officer of the old British Navy taking the same path 200 years ago.

The important things are modernized, bathrooms, tvs in the room, water heaters to make tea, decent beds, etc. But, there is a lot of the old, too. If you are the type of person who requires a totally modern, chain-hotel room, you may not like this place. You might find it too rough around the edges, too old and worn (as old buildings are),

If you like old places with an interesting past, if you prefer to support independent, local, small businesses, you're gonna love The George!

The only thing that disappointed was the parking. It was an extra charge to park at the big garage where visitors to the dockyard park. They DO give a discount for George patrons, however. I thought it was going to be free parking - I didn't read the website carefully.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled solo
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 July 2011

I stayed for 6 weeks when starting my new job locally. The George is excellent value for money and a really welcoming place. The food is very good both at lunchtime and during the evenings. Note that food is not served on Mondays but there are ample facilities nearby in Gunwarf Quays.

The staff are really friendly and the rooms warm, comfortable and functional. The rooms right at the front do get some traffic noise from around 7:00am onwards as the town comes back to life but it is not excessive.

Breakfast is excellent and very flexible - if all you want is a bacon sandwich then the kitchen will sort that out.

Room Tip: Rooms not overlooking Queen Street are quieter.
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  • Stayed September 2010, travelled on business
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Property: The George Hotel
Address: 84 Queen Street, Portsmouth PO1 3HU, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
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Ranked #12 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
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Number of rooms: 8
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