This hotel is, let's face it, a Victorian monstrosity which was built a long time ago and which it is almost impossible to update to top modern standards because of its lack of space to expand, rabbit warren like building and dated style.
However.....the owners have clearly done their best with it (it would cost millions to completely renovate) and it is a pretty comfortable stay in an excellent location in a pleasant resort.
We were there to attend a wedding. We arrived just before 11am and had paid for a noon check in. To my amazement our room was ready! That really was a plus as it meant we had a rest after the journey plus time to change at leisure rather than in a rush.
Our room was 324 and it had a very high window which you could only see out of by climbing on the bed so that was a bit claustrophobic. However, the room was large and comfortably furnished albeit with furniture that had seen better days.
The bed was clean and comfortable and there was a hair dryer and coffee making facilities. There were also 2 pillows per person and ample room for suitcases and also good wardrobe and drawer space.
The bathroom was off a separate hallway which was good - but the fan in the bathroom was very, very LOUD. The bathroom really needed refurbishment - it was extremely old fashioned and there were a lot of marks and scuffings. However, it was clean and there were ample towels which could actually have been fluffier.
The TV was weird - it was an old set and was situated very low down. I was on the far side of the bed and if my husband crossed his legs I couldn't see the screen very well.
I expected it to be much noisier but it was fine despite there being a group on at the wedding downstairs. All we heard were police sirens on and off through the night which I suppose is to be expected in a seaside resort on a Saturday night!
The catering at the wedding was excellent and the reception was held in a 'Grand Ballroom' - which again was a relic of yesteryear with balconies and staircases - it's actually a fine example of its type of architecture at a time when British seaside towns were booming and Southport was considered to be very upmarket.
The car park is way too small for the size of the hotel - but then its town centre location restricts that being expanded.
The hotel is located on Lord Street right in the middle of the shops.
There was plenty of choice at breakfast where there were tour groups of elderly coach trippers tucking in with relish. We thought the breakfast was excellent and the ambience in the room was good.
All in all we had a very pleasant stay. I would describe this hotel as 'comfortable' and really all its shortcomings are down to its age, restricted location and multi level layout.
It cannot compete with modern 4 and 5 star hotels but I felt it was a good place to stay and if we were coming to Southport again I would be happy to stay there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Prince of Wales Hotel in Southport is a beautiful reminder of our Victorian Heritage, an elegant building with landscaped gardens. Throughout the reception, lounge area and bedrooms, the decoration has been kept in keeping with the elegant and stylish character of the building. All 154 en-suite bedrooms of the Prince of Wales hotel have been tastefully designed to preserve the Victorian style of this Southport hotel. Many of the rooms overlook Lord Street, the main shopping and entertainment area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Britannia Prince Of Wales-Southport Hotel Southport
- Hotel Prince Southport Wales
- Southport Prince Of Wales
- Prince Wales Hotel Southport