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Lombard House Bed & Breakfast
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Reviewed December 7, 2012

We stayed here for 2 nights for the Xmas Markets in Portsmouth. Our rooms were spotlessly clean and comfortable. The hotel is full of character and characters! Breakfast was plentiful and freshly prepared, although we did have to say what we wanted the previous evening. Nothing was too much for Alex the proprietor. Indeed, when I inadvertantly left our historic dockyard tickets in the room, a quick phone call, and he was bringing them to us in his car rather than us walking back for them! We used both rooms on the top floor. Maybe just one little downside: When we wanted to use the bath rather than the shower, there was not much hot water. Other than that, we couldnt fault it.

Room Tip: Both rooms very comfortable. Yellow room has a showwer, blue room has bath.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Lesley H
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Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is a charming B and B in the heart of Old Portsmouth - the portion of the town with the best historic character. Alex and Finni, the innkeepers, are delightful, personal, professional and so helpful. Nothing was too much to ask to help us enjoy our stay. They oriented us to the town, suggested places to visit, and made sure our room was comfortable and impeccably clean. Really comfortable bed and pillows. Be sure to ask about the history of the house, we loved the stories.

We ate our first Full English Breakfast ever here - and it was a delight. A cab driver told us people always left Lombard House happy - and we can see why!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank SimplyAmerican
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Reviewed September 18, 2012

Mum, Dad and 2 kids; stayed for 2 nights. We wanted something central to Portsmouth and with a bit of character, not just a run of the mill chain hotel.

This property is a 4 level B & B run by a couple who live on the lower levels. They rent the two bedrooms on the topmost floor. We used both of the available rooms at Lombard which allows you to spread out. The house is in a great location. A short walk to basically everything you will probably want to do in Portsmouth.

There are a number of “quirky” issues about the place to be aware of... as mentioned, you’ll be on the top level of the property which is old and so the stairs are small and narrow and the floors, doors, everything creaks. This is to be expected but may annoy some guests.

The entry level of the house is ½ “museum” and ½ Alex and Finneys (the owners) living area. It was made clear straight up that the museum area is definitely “out of bounds” for the children. The floor above contains the owner’s rooms, whilst the basement floor is the breakfast area.
On the top floor the room on the left could be called the main bedroom. It contains a double bed and bathroom which has a shower attachment to bath taps but no shower curtain to contain the water in the bath if you try to use the attachment as a shower. Also, there is a clear glass window into the bathroom reducing your privacy whilst using the facilities.

This room contains a cold box the size of 2 drink cans which has rather an annoying noise. It is a little odd. I would suggest either putting in a small bar fridge or not bothering at all as it didn’t really get cold.

The TV is small and the channel selection is minimal. For us this was not an issue as we spent the majority of time out and about.

In the second room (on the right at the top of the stairs) there is a double bed and a single bed. The single has a large device similar to sun bed tanning tubes above it, which was, again, a little odd. The second room ensuite area has a “proper” shower but no bath. So when booking, if you have a preference for shower or bath, then I would make this clear.

Breakfast is interesting. You go into the basement that is stuffed full of historical artefacts. The one small window is at the top of the wall but looks out at street level, so you can watch peoples feet go by. Given that it has just this one source of light, if it is not a bright sunny morning then the room is quite dark. The ceiling is low and you need to be careful that you don’t hit your head. However, all of these features make it an interesting room with loads to look at and absorb.

With regard to the food, if you want some good ol’ fashioned English B&B food then it is definitely worth having. However, we found our slightly “continental” request was met with a little bit of a defensive tone as that was “not what was usually requested” – (hastened to add we didn’t exactly ask for anything to extreme). Still the effort was made to provide the request but the execution was a little lacking – well done for having a go but maybe it might be better to just tell people what the available choices are as opposed to giving the option of asking for anything – it’ll be easier to manage expectations.

Alex is a great host – very knowledgeable and worldly and happy to have a chat on many topics. He has a story about pretty much everything. Also, he is able to give guidance on the places to go and things to see and do in Portsmouth. His passion is history so he can help with anything you want to know about the history of the area. The hosts were welcoming, helpful and keen to please. They allowed us to leave our bags on site as we toured around on the day of our departure.

The location is fantastic and allows you to see everything without having to get into (or move!) your car. They have a supply of 24 hour parking permits that you can purchase for GBP 2.70. This meant we could park right outside our accommodation.

On a slightly different note, one tip that I did not read about anywhere was the “variable” entry price to the Naval Museum. Make sure that you tell the ticket staff if you are an overseas visitor and/or unlikely to return to Portsmouth. This is because the standard ticket allows unlimited entry for one year. As we were visiting from overseas we were unlikely to return, so the ticket person offered me another option – a once only entry ticket. Hence our family ticket was 40% cheaper than that listed on the signage.

Overall, if you are over 30 and a couple then this place will suit you down to the ground and you will love it and the hosts. For younger travellers or those with younger kids it may not entirely suit your needs.

Room Tip: Advise if you prefer bath or shower to select a room
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank Essexboy999
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

My daughter has recently moved to Portsmouth and with no spare room I needed somewhere to stay when visiting her, she found this delightful B&B for me and knew I would love it, so much so that I had to completely re-arrange my visit to the dates that Lombard House had a vacancy, I did doubt if it would be worth all that trouble but she was right, It really is gorgeous, I felt so comfortable staying here and that was important for me being away from the rest of my family and having to stay on my own in a strange place.The owners are lovely and friendly without being obtrusive, the room I stayed in was big bright and airy, everything you needed was in the room, tv, hairdryer, iron even, it was absolutely spotless, free WiFi as well ! The house itself is lovely, decorated beautifully and the dining room where you have breakfast is simply stunning, I was very sad to leave both my daughter and the comforts of Lombard House but will without a doubt stay there on my next visit, I am looking forward to it already.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank moll12
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

We wanted to find a B&B close to the cathedral as we were singing the weekend services there, and we couldn't have found a closer place. Lombard House is an unusual tall, thin and quirky house just a stone's throw from the cathedral, and also very handily placed for the Spinnaker Tower, the historic ships, Gunwharf Quay and Spice Island. What makes the place special though is the owners, Alex and Finney, who made us feel very relaxed and as though it was a home from home. Alex is a fascinating man who knows a vast amount about naval and military history, and the house is full of interesting artifacts and objects including models of ships and a copy of Nelson's uniform! The breakfast room felt more like a museum than a dining room, being full of fascinating objects. The two rooms are at the top of the house, are bright and airy, clean and comfortable. Fresh milk was provided for tea, and the room had a little mini-fridge to keep the milk in. The breakfasts were huge and delicious - I asked for porridge and got a huge bowl with fresh cream and almonds added. The only slight niggle was having to decide what we wanted for breakfast the night before, rather than being able to wake up and see what you feel like eating. Alex and Finney were also excellent sources of information about places to eat and drink, and we had a couple of lovely meals out on their recommendations. I would not hesitate to recommend Lombard House to anyone wanting a relaxing stay in Portsmouth.

Room Tip: The Blue Room is at the back and has a view of the cathedral and the gardens and has a shower over the bath, the Yellow Room is at the front of the house and has a shower plus a slightly larger bed.
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with friends
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4  Thank Ali S
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