To say the Portofino is a B&B is stretching things a bit. It's more like self-catering apartments. The landlord requires a call thirty minutes before arrival as he doesn't reside at the property and needs chance to get there and let guests in. He made us feel welcome and was a very pleasant, helpful chap.
From the outside the property looks like a modern, detached, suburban house. There is room on the gravel drive to park three vehicles and on road parking is discouraged. The location is around ten minutes from the centre of Guildford by car/taxi and there is a bus stop right across the road. There is a BP garage, large Sainsbury and local shops close by.
The gardens, both front and back, are over-grown and neglected. The large decked area to the rear is devoid of any furniture or plants, unless you count the old tin can filled with cigarette butts. Once inside, this sense of neglect continues. As far as I could tell, all the rooms, apart from the kitchen and dining rooms, are guest rooms. The theme is modern and there are some nice modern features. The rooms are a reasonable size, although the ensuite bathrooms are on the small side and our shower verged on the pokey. Clearly, the Portofino must have been impressive when it was first set up, but now tiles are cracked, bed linen is mismatched, walls are stained and there is a general air of the place needing a good cleaning and airing.
Breakfast means braving the shared kitchen with minimal kitchenware and food to use it on. There was a fresh pint of milk in the fridge and the muesli seemed fresh enough, although a little rooting through drawers (while trying and failing to locate a teaspoon) revealed a rather out of date bag of porridge oats. The draining board was full of crockery and cutlery from other guests and we added ours to the pile rather than use the rank and rigid tea towel.
On a positive note, the sleigh bed was very comfortable and I slept well. The location is quiet and convenient. The owner is helpful and friendly. If the property had a minor refurb, the garden was landscaped and the whole place rebranded as either a short-term let B&B, or longer-term, self catering accommodation, then it could be a little gem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully furnished house close to Clandon Park wedding venue and Guildford town centre. Rooms are en-suite with wood flooring throughout and mahogany beds. There is use of a kitchen for our guests, free internet and free off-street parking. On main bus route to university, research park, town centre and hospital. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Portofino Guildford, Surrey