On a child free weekend and looking forward to some grown up time, we needed to be pampered and get a good nights sleep. Our usual haunt is the family friendly but basic hotel and we have long a go boycotted the more upmarket “every room looks the same” hotel chains because of the lack of service and very hard beds. We wanted something special. And we certainly found it at The Clarence.
Well appointed not far from Southsea seafront, the ambience of the hotel is very relaxing and luxurious. We stayed in The Monkey Room (you will have to visit yourself to find out how it got its name!) which was beautifully decorated and offered unrivalled comfort. Breakfast did not disappoint either with a good selection of quality food from fresh fruit, cereal and an excellent cooked breakfast.
But what makes The Clarence stand out from other hotels is the standard of service. From the minute we walked through the door we were made to feel special. For a small hotel this place is big on customer care. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff- from recommending places to eat to booking us a taxi, they could not do enough to help us. They were friendly but polite and made us feel very welcome.
The only downside is that we had booked for just one night so sadly had to go back to the real world but we will definitely visit The Clarence again and have no hesitation in recommending it.
- 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