We stayed for two nights for a weekend getaway in a room with a sea view - and what a fantastic view it was, with all the shipping going past. We were twenty mins walk away from Spinnaker Tower & Gunwharf Quays, and five minutes' walk from the Hoverport. The hotel itself is old-world charm, with friendly, helpful staff, both on reception and in the bar and breakfast room. The room wasn't huge, but was plenty big enough and the bathroom was huge for a hotel bathroom! The shower took a bit of tweaking and patience and would benefit from being updated. The mattress was a little soft for our taste, but we do like a firm mattress! The central heating was easily controllable and the room was toasty despite the severe wind and rain outside. On the second night was a ball, with fireworks, but we couldn't hear a thing from our room on the third floor, except the fireworks right outside which were excellent.
We did a trip to the Isle of Wight on the hovercraft, which was a good experience, and well worth doing if you've never been on a hovercraft.
We'll definitely be staying again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original Queen's hotel was known as Southsea House and was built by the architect Augustus Livesay, in 1861. It was then a large private house owned by Sir John and Lady Morris and was later transformed into one of the first hotels in Southsea by William Kemp Junior, this is when it became known as the Queen's Hotel. In the late 18th century the Queen's Hotel had a yacht club that stood behind it called the Royal Albert and was also surrounded by woods, which were then called Stone Woods.On December 8th 1891 in the early hours of the Sunday morning a disastrous and fatal fire occurred. Aided by strong winds it raged until the whole of the premises had been completely gutted. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1903 by the architect T.W.Cutler into the splendid building that stands today, complete with its Edwardian baroque style in brown terracotta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Portsmouth