I was looking for a one night break away with my husband, not too far from home and I came across this great find, The Clarence.
When you first arrive, the street the hotel is located in is a little run down, but once you’re inside, the hotel is beautiful. The staff are genuinely friendly and can’t do enough to make your stay comfortable, one particular front of house staff whom we both found to be friendly and professional was Gemma.
When we arrived at about 11.00 a.m. it probably wasn’t the most convenient time as it was still breakfast, so our arrival was a little disjointed, but once things settled down we were made to feel more than welcome, offered tea/coffee and given lots of information of what to see and do during our stay. After our day exploring, we returned to the hotel and was met by Gemma, who offered us a complimentary glass of wine each and then showed us to our room.
We stayed in the Gold & Bronze room which we loved. The bathroom is upstairs, which felt so cosy and novel and being able to watch TV in the bath was a luxury!
A few minutes walk from the hotel you reach Clarence Esplanade which is a great seafront walk, leading you to Quayside Wharf and the Spinnaker Tower, it’s approximately 2 miles. We got a cab back which cost £3.50. The Quayside is a buzzy, lively place with lots of chain restaurants (Jamie’s is particularly good!) and there are bars and lots of shopping too.
A short 3 minute stroll from the hotel brings you to fantastic fine dining restaurant called Restaurant 27. When I booked my room over the internet, they suggested this restaurant and went ahead and made a booking for me, unfortunately it was full. However, on Saturday late afternoon, I received a call from reception to say there had been a cancellation and did we want to take the booking, that’s service for you! Needless to say we did and dined at the restaurant, it was fabulous and another lovely touch, was receiving a complimentary glass of sparkling wine due to being residents of The Clarence. (See my restaurant review)
Breakfast at The Clarence was fantastic and cooked to perfection. We both really couldn’t fault the hotel, it ticked all the boxes, it was 5 star luxury for a short break away and we will definitely return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarence is Portsmouth and Southsea's multi award-winning adults only luxury boutique hotel. This Edwardian residence has been stylishly converted to offer well designed and individually styled rooms with luxury bathrooms. All rooms offer Air-conditioning, King-sized bed & Wi-Fi. Perfectly situated just 5 mins away from all major attractions and just a few hundred yards from the seafront, The Clarence is the ideal place to stay whether it be for Business or that well earned break. The Clarence also offers guests in-room health and beauty treatments ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarence Hotel Portsmouth