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Best Western Royal Beach Hotel
Ranked #12 of 39 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Burnham, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Great Hotel”
Reviewed May 4, 2008

We only stayed at this hotel for one night in a standard double room. The hotel is lovely and clean and the staff are friendly and approachable. I found it refeshing to find lots of English staff working in a UK hotel. The rooms are spacious and clean and comfortable, our room was at the back of the hotel and was extremely quiet. We had a late lunch in the bar which serves hot food all day and the food was great. The next morning we had breakfast in the restaurant which was very impressive and I would imagine would be lovely in the evening, the breakfast was great couldn't fault it. Overall we couldn't fault the hotel for value for money, will definitely stay their again.

  • Liked — Spacious
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2008

We spent one night at this hotel and I really can't fault it. The spacious rooms include a TV and Tea and Coffee facilities, which we always find so useful. The bathroom was a little on the small side but clean, bright and fully stocked including large, fluffy towels. It's set on a beautiful location opposite the sea and not too far from amenities.

We enjoyed a nice long stroll along the beach front after a wonderful coooked breakfast. We were only on a BB basis but the restaurant area, where breakfast was served, is comfortable and quite impressive, housing two huge chandeliers. We were offered hot and cold items from the breakfast bar and tea/coffee is served at your table in individual pots. Breakfast was plentiful and delicious.

The staff are so very helpful and friendly and were happy to help with our requests and questions. Always polite, always a warm smile.

There's a nice bar area overlooking the sea and you can order food from a bar menu if you don't fancy the restaurant. There's also the Coast bar but unfortunately we didn't have time to pop in for a drink as we had an early start the next day.

The only quibble I might have is that it is in need of refurbishment in places but despite this I still think it's a great place to stay in Southsea as it offers comfortable accommodation and is great value for money. I would definitely stay there again in the future.

  • Liked — Service and Comfort
  • Disliked — Limited Parking
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled as a couple
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Tamworth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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Reviewed January 1, 2008

I have stayed here twice in the last two years. It really has charm to it. The rooms are very large and most have great sea views. We didnt experience noise and we all got a good nights sleep - It may be luck of the draw though !!

The only down side to our stay was the over priced food that was below standard in the restaurant. If you like grit in your spinach you will love it. Sevice is ok but not great in the restaurant. Breakfast was fine.

I may well stay here again in the future but I will definatly eat out.

If you are after a beach front hotel that has an old english charm to it - try it out. I just hope you dont book at the same time as a function of some sort.

Stayed August 2007
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed August 27, 2007

My partner and I stayed 2 nights at this delighful hotel. We had never stayed at this hotel before and we had booked the first night through a promotion(i.e Nectar points). As we couldn't use my Nectar points for a second night, I directly contacted the hotel who very kindly gave us the second night at the promotional rate.
First impressions from the outside gave the feeling of old fashioned grandeur, it was directly opposite the pier so it was in a lovely location. The interior of the hotel was a bit on the old fashioned side but we were very surprised when we got to our room as it was lovely , light, spacious and furnished to a modern standard. The bathroom was very light and long. Although the grouting could have done with a bit of bleaching. Nevetheless, it was extremely acceptable and it was nice having natural light instead of bathrooms with no natural light. The breakfast was nice and the waiting staff were attentive. We ran out of some tea and coffee supplies and the reception staff kindly stocked us up with as many of the supplies required. On reading some of the material in the bedroom, I gather the hotel (part of the BEST WESTERN HOTEL chain) are gradually refurbishing the hotel so I should imagine it will be a very popular hotel when these changes have taken place. The only downside is the car parking which is quite restricted as there isn't much room in the hotel car park. However, we were very lucky to find a quiet spot on a side street next to the hotel and we could even keep an eye on the car from our bedroom window. The stay was very enjoyable as it was a lovely base to visit family. We would certainly stay there again.

  • Liked — Spacious and light bedroom and bathroom
  • Disliked — Restrictive car parking
  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
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Edinburgh
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2007

We got this hotel for very cheap so were very surprised with what we got. The rooms are very spacious with a big bathroom. We had no problem with noise and had an excellent sea view. Would recommend this hotel to anybody and will be back!

  • Liked — Big rooms, Price
  • Disliked — old looking from outside!
  • Tips/Secrets — dont judge on first appearance!
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled with friends
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Surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 20, 2006

My wife and I went with our 5 month old baby to stay at the Royal Beach for a couple of nights in Nov 06.

Good points:
Excellent large room with sea view, clean and modern decor. Bathroom a decent size, complimentary razor, toothbrush, toothpaste and vanity kit was a nice touch. Staff helpful and polite and all times. No noise at all from surrounding area (probably due to the time of year). Excellent food in restaurant for evening meal and breakfast. Equally good food in lounge bar for more informal dining. No problems with taking baby into restaurant or lounge.

Minor Gripes:
Large bed was really 2 single beds pushed together but with king size sheets etc. Hotel is child-friendly, but had to climb steps to get from car-park to reception, and also to get out the front of the hotel - not easy with pushchair. Non-smoking section should be more separate in bar (although this will change in summer 07 with new laws). Main lift in hotel a tight squeeze, reception area decor a bit dated in places, but not unattractive (considering the age of the hotel). Arrived at 3pm to check in but had to wait 30 mins until room was ready. We had a non-smoking room, but were confused to see an ashtray in the room! Although the quality was great the food prices were a bit steep (£14-£15 main course in restaurant, £5-£6 for a sandwich in the bar)

Overall it was a very pleasant stay, the gripes I've listed above may seem a lot, but they did not spoil our stay. The hotel has a lot of character, but to be honest we will probably go to a premier travel inn for our next break with the baby, saving about £100 over the 2 days and having a proper smoke-free, child-friendly restaurant on-site.

  • Liked — The Room
  • Disliked — The Price!
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled with family
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United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed October 14, 2006

We booked a 3 night weekend break here at the end of July. On arrival on the Friday afternoon, whilst checking in I happened to notice that they were preparing for a function of some sort.

Once all the necessary forms were signed, we were told that our seaview room was on the first floor. At this point I asked what the function might be, as no mention was made during the checking in. We were told that there would a wedding disco immediately under our room. I asked if we could be moved and the staff helpfully found us room, also overlooking the sea, on the third floor but still immediately above the function room.

We went out for the evening, but on returning found the disco in full swing. Sleep was impossible, even this high up, as the furniture was literally shaking. We checked with reception how long the "do" would go on and were told it would finish at 1am. We also found out that they were having another disco the following night until 2 am.

I must say that the staff were thoroughly pleasant throughout and did all they could to help us, but as I had just come out of hospital I felt I couldn't stand another night of noise, so we checked out after breakfast next morning.

The previous comments about the outside noise are correct. There are several clubs nearby and the taxi's congregate opposite the hotel at chucking out time (2am-ish). Early mornings are disturbed by the street sweeper and staff emptying the previous nights bottles into wheely bins.

Other than that, the breakfast was nothing to write home about. When we stayed it was taken in a dismal function room at the back of the hotel that had all of the ambience of a prison dining hall.

It is such a shame we had a bad experience because this hotel has such a lovely location - the views across the Solent are wonderful!

  • Stayed July 2006, traveled as a couple
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Property: Best Western Royal Beach Hotel
Address: St. Helen's Parade, Portsmouth PO4 ORN, England (Formerly BEST WESTERN Royal Beach Hotel)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Portsmouth
#7 Family Hotel in Portsmouth
#8 Business Hotel in Portsmouth
#9 Romantic Hotel in Portsmouth
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Hotel Class:3 star — Best Western Royal Beach Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 124
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