We stayed here with friends for 2 nights, having chosen the Royal Beach completely at random, never having been to Portsmouth before. Despite the first night coinciding with a fierce storm, the hotel, on the Southsea promenade, was warm and cosy, and since we had a sea view it was quite exciting to see the waves crashing onto the beach from the comfort of our room. Opt for a sea room if you can when booking, it is well worth the small extra cost.
The building is typical of older seaside hotels, traditional in style and decor, but nevertheless less equipped with modern facilities such as wi-fi, satellite TV and a modern bathroom.
The breakfast is served in a large seafront restaraunt. It is buffet style, with a good variety of dishes, well cooked and presented. For evening meals you have a choice of a full menu in here or a snack in the bar lounge. We did have a slight problem when we were only served 3 meals for the four of us, an oversight by a new member of the bar team, which meant a long wait for one of us, but a manageress apologised profusely for the error, and gave us free deserts by way of compensation.
Like many urban hotels built before everyone had cars, parking on site is very limited, and because of the bad weather we abandoned a plan to go out on the first evening, as we had arrived just in time to get the last space! There is on street parking nearby, but we decided not to brave the rain. In fact, we left the car at the hotel the following day, and the staff were very helpful, explaining that it was cheaper to book taxis both ways to the Dockyards than pay four bus fares.
I would certainly recommend this hotel as value for money, and would have no hesitation in staying here if we ever visit the area again.
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