You park in the main car park for Gunwharf and then give the parking ticket to reception and they validate it for 24 hours. There’s a fair walk to hotel from the car park and no signs that I could see, but we got there eventually. The room that we had was small, but clean and tidy. The shower room was one of those where the door between the bathroom and bedroom becomes the door between bathroom and toilet, as is sometimes the case in basic hotels. There is a bar of sorts but it’s an extension of the check in desk; again quite common in this category of hotel. There are more than enough bars in Gunwharf itself though, so it really isn’t a problem.
I was quite expecting the room to be noisy as it is right in the middle of a major nightlife centre, but it wasn’t. The windows open fully, which is getting increasingly rare these days. The breakfast was included in the price and was good overall, I didn’t particularly enjoy the hot food – it was sausages, scrambled eggs and beans – but there was a full range of the other normal breakfast stuff available and it was very nice.
Given the price and location, this hotel represents good value for money and is definitely worth staying at.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth hotel is located within Gunwharf Quays which is a vibrant waterfront development offering a number of attractions, including over 95 designer clothing outlets,over 25 restaurants & bars, a cinema, ten pin bowling, casino and comedy club. The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth Hotel is ideally located for business or leisure breaks. It comprises 130 en-suite bedrooms and 2 modern meeting rooms, all with comfort cooling, natural daylight and free wifi throughout the hotel. The Great room and lounge area situated on the first floor offers drinks and relaxation in the evening, as well as a free continental breakfast with hot favourites which include scrambled egg, sausages & baked beans in the morning. Undercover secure parking is available in the award winning main Gunwharf Quays car park, all Hotel guests receive discounted rates for car parking in the main Gunwharf Quays car park, first twenty four hours or first exit is free of charge and then second 24 hours or exit and thereafter are charged at £2. Access to trains, buses and ferries are all within walking distance. Southampton International Airport is 22 miles away. Convenient access to all of Portsmouth's many attractions, including the Spinnaker Tower, The Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Old Town with its cobbled streets and the waterfront, filled with traditional pubs and restaurants are all within walking distance. PLEASE NOTE: THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - PORTSMOUTH GUNWHARF QUAYS HAS DEDICATED DISABLED CAR SPACES OUTSIDE THE HOTEL ENTRANCE, WITH A DROP OFF/PICK UP FACILITY BY THE FRONT DOOR. THERE IS APPROX A 3 MINUTE WALK FROM THE UNDERGROUND CAR PARK TO HOTEL ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays Hotel Portsmouth
- Holiday Inn Portsmouth