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The Clarence Hotel
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Suffolk, England
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79 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great stay - wonderful hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013 via mobile

We booked a two night stay at The Clarence to round off a cruise holiday. What a fantastic stay we had, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left. Initially greeted and looked after by Paula we were made to feel very welcome indeed and enjoyed complimentary drinks in the bar. A lovely touch. We were staying in Room 2 which was immaculately presented. The whole hotel is beautifully decorated to an impressively high standard.
Staying on a bed and breakfast basis we cannot rate the breakfast highly enough. The dining room is lovely and the food simply amazing. The freshly baked bread is awesome and tastes so good it is hard to resist seconds. The choice of breakfast is plentiful and the food cooked to perfection.
The hotel location itself is interesting. Located a couple of streets back from the seafront it is quiet and for those prepared to walk it is very easy to get to Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth. It is about 1.5 to 2 miles but walking along the seafront is great. We were able to leave our car at the hotel with a complimentary parking permit for our two day stay. I'm sure it was probably a very easy drive to attractions as well but it was good to be able to reach attractions without the need of a vehicle.
We would like to think that if we are ever in the area again we would love to stay at The Clarence again.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

My wife and I just completed a cruise debarking in Southampton. As a former US Navy officer (currently living in California) and Naval History buff I lobbied to extend our stay in the UK to visit Portsmouth and its environs. I chose The Clarence based on the Trip Advisor reviews. From the moment we checked in our expectations were exceeded - we could not have asked for more. Everything was absolutely perfect - the décor, ambiance, breakfasts, staff service and attention to detail (nothing is overlooked), and most importantly the overall genuine nature of everyone's desire to please. We hope to return one day.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

We stayed here for a couple of days and it was perfect, the hotel is an immaculately kept place and it is so clean, something that we feel is so important when we stay anywhere, secondly the rooms are the same spotlessly clean, really comfortable and the air conditioning helped as well, it was very quiet and peaceful.
The breakfasts were superb and cooked to perfection and the choice was excellent, the last word really was the staff, all were very helpful and made you feel so welcome without being all over you, especially the owners, they will book you cabs, restaurant reservations etc, they go that extra little bit, if you really want a superb hotel this is the one stay at the Clarence , a brilliant stay!!

Room Tip: Our room at the back was very quiet!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

I stayed here last year for my birthday, we wanted somewhere to head back to after a busy day shopping. The staff were lovely right from arrival, a complimentary drink was offered before we went to our room and a free parking ticket for outside was much appreciated. The room was above and beyond all expectations, we didn't think it would be as luxurious as the pictures but it was even more so. We took the red room with the jacuzzi bath and when we return will be asking for the same one again! The whole hotel was immaculate, breakfast was delicious (with an option for continental or full English) Very special place and I even recieved a birthday card from under the bedroom door on the morning of my birthday from the staff. Cannot wait to visit again.

Room Tip: The red room was beautiful, jacuzzi bath and tv... Very luxurious!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

My husband & I stayed at The Clarence for the two night's that followed our wedding day & I must say everything was perfect. The room was amazing & the overall service was outstanding. Even the breakfasts that was served blew us away & we would go back there just to have breakfast if we could. It was far beyond our expectations. Everyone was so friendly & the owners made us feel so welcome. We can't wait to go back for our first anniversary. We can't recommend The Clarence enough.

  • Stayed August 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

We stayed in the 'Follow your heart' room, it was even better than it looks in the photos! Great design, comfortable and immaculately clean! Breakfast was delicious. Overall fantastic for the money and we will be booking this room without hesitation on our next visit! Highly recommended !

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

A good hotel should provide you with a room at least as good as you have at home, and at best, something you really wished you did have at home. Our stay at The Clarence gave us the best feeling. The room was beautifully decorated and immaculately clean. We stayed in the ‘Follow your Heart’ room with its stunning black and white décor, black carpet (too scary to have at home) and mirrored furniture with not a fingerprint in sight! Although slightly nervous of a bath in our bedroom, it added to the feeling of luxury and it was actually very relaxing to watch television while you soaked.
We arrived a little early for our stay but were greeted with a friendly welcome. Whilst enjoying our complimentary drink, we checked in, received a parking permit and some useful advice about pre booking tickets for a visit to the Mary Rose the following day- much appreciated when we saw the huge entrance queue on our arrival at the Historic Dockyard. Incidentally, we had no problem at all parking in the street.

After a good nights sleep in a comfortable bed, we enjoyed a super breakfast. There was a great choice of cooked dishes as well as fresh juices, fruits and cereal. The traditional English breakfast was beautifully cooked and presented and delicious to eat including a wonderful array of different toasted breads.

The Clarence is in a good quiet location, just a stroll away from the seafront and several restaurants also highly rated on Tripadvisor. It has a lovely relaxing atmosphere and happy, helpful members of staff. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 night stay and would have been tempted to stay longer had we not bought tickets for the Chilli Fiesta! Many thanks.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Clarence Hotel
Address: Clarence Road, Portsmouth PO5 2LQ, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Portsmouth
#2 Luxury Hotel in Portsmouth
#3 Business Hotel in Portsmouth
#11 Family Hotel in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Clarence Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 8
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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