I stayed for two nights,at the weekend, and don't normally bother with hotel reviews but I felt I had to as the overall experience was exceptional. From the moment I walked through the door of this elegant Edwardian Hotel the staff went out of their way to ensure that I had a good experience.
I have never stayed in an hotel where ALL the staff were cheerful friendly smiling and helpful, and I mean all staff including chambermaids and cleaners.
I stayed in a single room which was warm, had a comfortable bed, was well decorated and spotlessly clean.
I had one meal in the restaurant and the food was excellent, the breakfast menu was extensive fresh and well cooked with friendly attentive service. I took advantage of buying a £40 food and beverage voucher for £35.
I used the Dukes bar, a little too much I think, and it is an ideal place to meet friends in comfortable surroundings.
Unfortunately the weather was atrocious so I did not get to take full advantage of it's superb location overlooking the Solent.
I traveled there by train and the hotel is just a short taxi ride from Portsmouth Harbour station.
I will certainly be returning to this gem of an hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original Queen's hotel was known as Southsea House and was built by the architect Augustus Livesay, in 1861. It was then a large private house owned by Sir John and Lady Morris and was later transformed into one of the first hotels in Southsea by William Kemp Junior, this is when it became known as the Queen's Hotel. In the late 18th century the Queen's Hotel had a yacht club that stood behind it called the Royal Albert and was also surrounded by woods, which were then called Stone Woods.On December 8th 1891 in the early hours of the Sunday morning a disastrous and fatal fire occurred. Aided by strong winds it raged until the whole of the premises had been completely gutted. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1903 by the architect T.W.Cutler into the splendid building that stands today, complete with its Edwardian baroque style in brown terracotta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Portsmouth