We had booked dinner at The Ship as a special treat, but after a problem with our hotel, transferred our whole weekend away there instead. So glad we did.
Like sliding into a silk slip, everything about The Ship oozes calm, peace and luxury. From the mammoth 4 person bed, to the sensuous scented toiletries and indulgent chocolate biscuits, it felt like a pampering weekend.
Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, from a last minute booking (booked at 10, arrived at 11!), to providing bicycle storage with a moment's warning, everything was dealt with quickly, efficiently, and with real warmth.
The breakfast was excellent, with very good bacon and sausages, although egg poaching was variable. We especially liked the prosecco provided, as an extra touch. Our evening meal in the hotel restaurant was an experience to remember, with fantastic steak, a fabulous duck salad and outstanding wines. Desserts were beautifully presented, and richly flavoured.
The downsides? Despite two weeks notice in our dinner booking, there was a very limited range of options for my coeliac partner, it was steak or salad, but it was a very very good steak! Our room was slightly disturbed by noise from the hotel kitchen fans, this ceased at around midnight. The shower was a bit of a dribble, which was a shame. Robes in the room would have been a nice touch.
However, these small things can't dent our enthusiasm for a fantastic stay, we would heartily recommend The Ship Hotel to friends and family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This stunning boutique, Grade II* listed Georgian property, formerly The Ship Hotel, offers a relaxed city retreat with an unrivalled position in the heart of Chichester. It's the perfect place to escape to for a few days of fantastic food, shopping and exploring the South Down's countryside. After a perfect night's sleep in one of the luxurious 36 bedrooms, or the hotel's private cottage overlooking Priory Park, explore the city's enticing mix of boutique and high street shops, renowned art galleries, stylish restaurants and contemporary cafes. Dine in the hotel's restaurant and enjoy an indulgent afternoon tea, pre-theatre dinner, lazy lunch or dinner from their range of menus, showcasing fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ship Hotel Chichester
- Chichester Harbour Hotel And Spa West Sussex