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“Warm welcome and good value”
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The Portland Hotel
Ranked #34 of 39 Buxton B&B and Inns
Herts
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25 reviews
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“Warm welcome and good value”
Reviewed 1 May 2014

Spacious hotel that could be really good with some cash investment. We read some 'Interesting reviews' about hotel inspector needed and shabby rooms so we did nt have high expectations. We paid bargain rate of 55 for double including breakfast which was excellent with good service from all the staff. Room was very clean and warm even if it did look in need of a makeover and some tlc for the windows and a few minor maintenance issues. All in all a pleasant stay and we were surprised to see a nice lounge area and bar facility when we checked in late having already eaten in town. Location is very good and the place is very unpretentious - basic but more for your money than a few budget places I've stayed so you need to be realistic in your expectations IMO.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2014 via mobile

Oh dear, the Portland Hotel is sadly in a very poor physical state and needs some urgent tlc. The bedrooms are very 'worn' with many things in a state of disrepair. The end result is that it's unfortunately unwelcoming. However the two most important things were OK. the bed was comfortable and breakfast was acceptable.
Parking is a little tricky and therefore best to park in the street at the side of the hotel.....

Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Shropshire, United Kingdom
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445 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2014

This hotel is well situated for the town centre and Pavilion Gardens but is an old stone building that is not yet up to 21st century standards; single glazed draughty sash windows, wobbly banisters, dated bathroom and sad furniture once you leave the relative comfort of the ground floor.
The staff were nice and helpful, breakfast was decent but I was glad to just spend a few hours there. For £50 single with breakfast I would have expected a comfortable bed that did not creak and feel like it was about to collapse and a shower with a door rather than a curtain. This room had damp-blistered wallpaper, flimsy curtains that did not block the street lights and shabby furniture including a threadbare chair.
Upgrading this will be a money pit.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2014

The hotel is very well located, the staff are very professional and you get a friendly welcome on arriving. The hotel rooms could do with a bit of modernisation especially the bathrooms, general decor and windows which allow a lot of road noise in throughout the night. Downstairs looks as though it has had a makeover and is well presented, bar is well stocked with drinks and a hearty breakfast awaits you in the morning.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
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middlesbrough
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The staff at this hotel were a pleasure and very friendly.
The location was good for the centre of town and there is limited parking.
The breakfast was of good quality generally although one of our party felt the bread was rather chewy.
I understand that they are renovating this but the problem is it’s just not finished yet.
The reception area and breakfast room are tastefully decorated but the three rooms we had left a lot to be desired. Yes its an old building and they are in the process of updating it but to be honest two of the three rooms we booked were not really something I would feel comfortable letting out.
Two of the three single rooms did not have a head board making keeping the pillow on or comfort very difficult.
The bed in one of the rooms was an old single divan. The linen was clean.
However the shower room was just to say decorated to a suitable standard with a very dated shower curtain and a very old piece of string attached to the plug which was not really hygienic.
My bathroom was clean but one of the travel companions had to clean her toilet as it had not been scrubbed and even the toilet brush was not clean. The towels were not cleaned but left over a radiator to dry.
The wardrobes were at best old and at worst one of our party would not unpack as it was not really suitable or clean enough.
One of the three rooms was decorated acceptably but one of the others had a massive piece of wallpaper hanging off which made it have the appearance of a doss house to be honest. Similarly in the yard there were no less than three shopping trolleys.
The furniture was a mixture of second hand pieces and some made access difficult to the wardrobe

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 March 2014

The Portland is in an excellent location although parking is extremely awkward as there is very little space. We were allocated Room 24 which comprised of a double and a single however, when my husband sat on the double he virtually fell to the floor. On close inspection, several of the bed struts were broken so there was no support for the mattress.We were then allocated Room 7.Both bedrooms were very lack lustre with dated decor, no bathrooms, just ghastly old showers with blackened corners contained in tiny rooms dimly lit with noisy fans. Toiletries consisted of a miniature soap and a shampoo sachet neither of which were alluring although the refreshment tray was well stocked; the beds at least were comfortable. Our evening meal was rudimentary, pretty tasteless and probably involved packets and tins and there was no draught beer available; breakfast was an improvement however and very satisfactory. This hotel does not have "superb facilities" as it states nor does it offer "an unparalleled sense of comfort" however, both the friendly waiter and waitress worked tirelessly to please and can't be faulted. We were quite disappointed and will not be returning.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

We arrived later than expected to a very warm welcome from the staff on duty. The hotel is in a superb location very close to the Octagon where we were spending the evening at a Northern Soul event. The room was large, bed comfortable and had everything we needed for a pleasant nights stay. Breakfast was superb, generous portions, and very helpful, friendly staff. We would recommend the hotel as being excellent value for money, and would return.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Portland Hotel
Address: 32 St. Johns Road, Buxton SK17 6XQ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Derbyshire > Buxton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #34 of 39 B&Bs / Inns in Buxton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — The Portland Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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