Went to Southsea for a friend's wedding and picked this hotel, for a one night stay, by chance. What a lucky break! If you want über-modern chic, this is not the place for you. But if you, like me, want a large, beautifully kept, Edwardian room with high ceilings, and a very comfortable bed with wonderful linen and luxury towels; then go ahead and book!
Both members of staff I spoke with were friendly and helpful. I emailed from the train before my arrival to ask for an iron and board to be available when I arrived, and sure enough when I got there, the ironing board had been set up in the room all ready to go.
The photos on the website are accurate. Everything is clean and neat, I'm not saying its sterile, there are signs of normal wear and tear, but the public areas; bar, dining room, are spotless. The breakfast is very good too.
Negatives? The only thing I have to say is a matter of personal taste and the result of a bad back: the little two seater sofa in my room (room 2) although very comfortable to read in, was very low, and for someone with lumbar problems like me, hard to get up from! Oh, and the floorboards really do creak, but that just made the room, the experience more authentic.
But that's it! A lovely night's sleep in a very comfy bed and a good hearty English breakfast to set me up for the journey home.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Florence House Hotel, part of The Mercer Collection, is a unique boutique style hotel. The intimate arrangement creates a friendly atmosphere. The hotel is housed in an Edwardian residence that has been restored to create a beautiful blend of old and new. We have seven rooms ranging from doubles, to superior doubles and suites. All of our rooms are completely different in style, and offer something to suit everyone whether your taste is contemporary, antique, or vintage French! We have an on-site A La Carte Restaurant The Kitchen Southsea and a Boutique Pub The Florence Arms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florence Hotel Portsmouth