I was elated to manage to book an apartment for a short break with my son at very short notice. (Everywhere else was fully booked.) The 2 bedroom apartment - 1 en suite with a shower cubicle and the other serviced by a large family bathroom - was superb and the views over the dockyard and the Solent, from the balcony and through windows filling 2 sides of the living room - were fantastic. We had No 43 on the 12th floor and, due to the fantastic weather, it did get very hot. Tip - close the blinds before going out for the day and open the balcony doors on returning. Unlike one review, we noticed no noise to interrupt sleep but the duvet provided made sleep difficult as the apartment was so warm. The fully equipped kitchen and welcome pack were very good - in fact the whole apartment was fitted out to a high standard with everything we needed including a washer/dryer. No car parking problems as we travelled by train and the station was less than 5 minutes walk away. In fact, practically everything we went to see and all the places we used for dining were within a 10 minute walk. Do visit old Portsmouth, which is delightful and which we 'discovered' on a very interesting coastal walk back from Southsea Castle. Niggles, and the reason I've marked 'Service' as poor: This is not a serviced apartment - we couldn't get the lamp in the living room to work and a bedside lamp bulb blew. These were reported but no one came to fix them during the 4 days we were there. Also with other apartments we've rented for holidays both at home and abroad, there has been an additional TV in at least 1 of the bedrooms (not that we went on holiday to watch TV) and a land-line telephone provided but there were neither here. 1 person has mentioned no grab rails over the family bath, which I thought was a strange complaint, but the bath is lethal to stand up in when having a shower - needs a non-slip mat provided. In other apartments, we've always been supplied with 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels each no matter how short the stay - here you get 1 bath/1 hand towel each. Niggles apart, had a great time here and pleased I chose Portsmouth and these apartments.
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