The building itself is beautiful and the rooms are large with lovely views over the common and the sea.
Unfortunately however the hotel has seen better days and is in need of a complete refurbishment (it looks like some work has been done in the ground floor bar area).
Our bathroom was dated with a broken towel rail and no shower. The bedroom, as previously mentioned, was large but the heating was either not working or not switched on. An electric heater had been provided but it was not adequate given the size of the room. The furniture was dated and tired and the handle fell off the wardrobe. Not that we particularly watch TV when we are away but even if we wanted to we couldn't as it didn't work!!
We managed to get a slightly cheaper room rate but at £90 I think this is expensive given the quality of the accomodation. The room rate did not include breakfast which actually worked in our favour as we found a fabulous little Irish bar nearby that did the best breakfast we have ever had!
- 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