I had a pretty good idea of what this hotel was going to be like before I arrived, so fortunately I was prepared for what I found. I was attending a wedding on HMS Warrior (barely 100m away), so all I really needed was somewhere to lay my head in the early hours.
Positives: Brilliant location, friendly and helpful staff, convenient and free parking. That was what I wanted.
Negatives: This hotel is very TIRED and down at heel. It could do with a total refurb and good clean. Even the furniture was hanging at angles and had seen much better days. My pillows were decidedly flat, and I could hear people talking, phones vibrating and doors banging quite late into the night. I'm a relatively light sleeper, so I'd have been quite cross if I'd been using the hotel for work or if I had kids. I didn't use the shower, so I can't comment on that.
Breakfast was ok, with cereal, toast and some cooked options.
For all the negatives, I knew that it was going to be like this, so I can't complain too much. The location really is superb, and the attitude of the staff (from the little interaction I had with them) was excellent. I wouldn't want to stay here more than one night, though, and I've stayed at cheaper places that are rather nicer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Keppel's Head Hotel (Est 1779) is situated in "The Hard" in Portsmouth. The Hard is a historical area with many connections to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, which is only a short stroll from the hotel. Gunwharf Quays is also nearby, which thrives with many shops, restaurants, clubs and pubs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Keppels Head Portsmouth
- Keppels Head Hotel Portsmouth