I took a twin room at this hotel for a weekend in Portsmouth. I selected this hotel due to central location and very competitive price. After I had booked the hotel, I did notice a few comments stating that the room was very small and began to have second thoughts about staying here, however, on arrival the experience itself was not too bad.
There is a car park on site here with 40 spaces but plenty still available when we arrived at around midday, cost for parking is £3.00. The hotel has a large foyer area with a reception and restaurant and that part of the hotel looks very impressive. We didn't have anything to eat at the hotel so I can't comment about that, breakfast costs £7.50. Check-in was straightforward and the staff member who checked us in was friendly and professional.
The lift up to the room is a bit cramped so you might struggle if you have large luggage. As mentioned in some other reviews, the room itself is much smaller than a standard hotel room and the hotel states this on it's web site. These rooms are much like student halls of residence or the type of basic cabins you'd get on a ship.
The room is not rectangular in shape. There are three flat walls and the fourth wall is curved. Behind this long curved wall is located the en-suite bathroom containing a toilet, sink and shower. Our twin room had two narrow single beds that were placed right next to each other with no gap inbetween. We had to angle one of the beds to make a gap. The beds were clean and comfortable and had a warm quilt.
There is a wall mounted flatscreen television that has a selection of television and radio channels, although not the full set of freeview channels are available. Tea and coffee making facilities are on a narrow shelf/table positioned against one of the walls. A small storage area provides a limited amount of hanging space. There is also an electric radiator in the room.
The bathroom was very clean but very cramped. Very tall or larger people may have difficulties using this bathroom. The shower was hot and fairly powerful but the towels provided were very small.
The hotel is located close to the Univerisity and there are lots of pubs in the area. This area seems to be geared towards students. There is a nightclub across the road. A pleasant Wetherspoons pub as well as some chain pubs like Walkabout and Yates. A Subway sandwich shop and a Co-Op shop all within a short distance away. Old Portsmouth, the University of Portsmouth and the Gunwharf Quays are within 10-20 minutes walk.
Whilst I can see that some may want more from a hotel we found it fitted our needs perfectly. We didn't intend to spend any time in the hotel room apart from sleeping overnight. There is plenty to do in the local area for entertainment. This hotel is by far one of the cheapest in the centre of Portsmouth. We paid GBP60 for a twin room which is a very competitive for such a central location that has it's own parking on site. I would recommend this hotel but I would point out to anyone the limitations of the room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ibis is the only city centre hotel in Portsmouth located 3 min walk from Portsmouth & Southsea train station, shopping centre and Guild Hall, 15 min walk from Gunwharf Quays, D Day Museum and shipyards. Hotel is nearly 100% refurbished and has 24- hour Reception and Restaurant, 2 conference rooms, on site car parking and Wifi in the lobby. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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