Our quest for a decent budget hotel continued in Portsmouth, where we were attending a wedding. The ceremony & reception was held on the HMS Warrior (so good marks for most original venue) & this hotel was closest. The Express public areas are stylish in a modern nautical theme, but with rather bland bedrooms. Virtually no wardrobe space, tiny shower room and a very small double bed. The site advertises King beds, but we were told by reception that only double beds are in all the rooms. Plus marks for having ice machines on each floor and location. Also, the bed albeit small was comfortable with a choice of pillow types, but not enough bed covers. We were freezing & had to turn in the heat full blast.
The reality is that the best budget hotel we've stayed in on this trip is the Commodore suite on the Brittany Ferry Aven. At 70€, it was the largest room with adequate shower room, plus mini-fridge with free drinks/water, excellent decor, lighting, balcony (nice for letting in fresh air), in-room cabin service & truly comfy real beds along with Sat TV & DVDs.
So the winner is none of the 3 budget hotels on land, but Brittany Ferries!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth hotel is located within Gunwharf Quays which is a vibrant waterfront development offering a number of attractions, including over 95 designer clothing outlets,over 25 restaurants & bars, a cinema, ten pin bowling, casino and comedy club. The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth Hotel is ideally located for business or leisure breaks. It comprises 130 en-suite bedrooms and 2 modern meeting rooms, all with comfort cooling, natural daylight and free wifi throughout the hotel. The Great room and lounge area situated on the first floor offers drinks and relaxation in the evening, as well as a free continental breakfast with hot favourites which include scrambled egg, sausages & baked beans in the morning. Undercover secure parking is available in the award winning main Gunwharf Quays car park, all Hotel guests receive discounted rates for car parking in the main Gunwharf Quays car park, first twenty four hours or first exit is free of charge and then second 24 hours or exit and thereafter are charged at £2. Access to trains, buses and ferries are all within walking distance. Southampton International Airport is 22 miles away. Convenient access to all of Portsmouth's many attractions, including the Spinnaker Tower, The Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Old Town with its cobbled streets and the waterfront, filled with traditional pubs and restaurants are all within walking distance. PLEASE NOTE: THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - PORTSMOUTH GUNWHARF QUAYS HAS DEDICATED DISABLED CAR SPACES OUTSIDE THE HOTEL ENTRANCE, WITH A DROP OFF/PICK UP FACILITY BY THE FRONT DOOR. THERE IS APPROX A 3 MINUTE WALK FROM THE UNDERGROUND CAR PARK TO HOTEL ... more less
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