Having read other reviews I knew that the room I was offered might not be the best (Room 15) and was offered Room 39 instead. A pleasant enough room at the back of the hotel; it was not clean but everything important was. Crispy clean sheets, clean bath and lavatory. Two windows meant the room was airy.
All the staff were pleasant and efficient with the night barman being friendly and chatty and the malt whisky nice and cheap. Breakfast was really good for the all-in price with choices offered for everything. The odd piece of peeling paint and the missing call light for the aged rickety, but efficient 1920's style lift added to the air of faded British Grandeur. It's position next to The Warrior and just outside The Historic Dock-Yard (which contains The Victory and The Marie-Rose) added to that feel.
People wanting medium "classy" shopping, eating and drinking have the trendy Gun Wharf Quays within spitting distance.
Five ordinary pubs, two ferries, a bus station, a co-op food shop, a small harbour and a sea-food stall are also with about 20 yards of the main hotel door. My car was also within those twenty yards in the hotel's secured car park.
- 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