Stayed here one night - first time in Portsmouth. The hotel is large and seemingly popular; a wedding reception seemed to be going on when we checked in. It was clean and comfortable - just a few hang ups that I'll get into.
The good news is that it's right on the beach immediately across from Southsea Pier, so very close to all that action. I will say that there was a weird trash-like smell out in front of the hotel all night. I'm not sure if that was something drifting from elsewhere, or if the garbage pick up hadn't come yet. The inside smelled fine, no issues.
There is a parking lot (in back of the hotel) though it's incredibly tight-packed. We found one space that took eons to squeeze into, as we had to wait for another group trying to squeeze their larger car into another small space. Someone had to get out of the car to direct the driver.
I traveled with a family member, and each of us had our own room. His was roomy, clean, with a sea view. The bed was small but nicely furnished - a comfortable place.
Mine was very small and very HOT. I was hit with a heat wave when I opened the door. Being from Florida, we're used to heat, but this was a pretty stifling level for a place you're trying to sleep at. The hotel had provided a fan, so we turned it on and went to dinner, hoping that would cool it down a few hours later. It didn't.
Luckily, the hotel staff was very nice about it and immediately offered to let us see another room when I called. They sent someone up who showed a larger room that felt perfectly comfortable.
The staff were great about relocating me to that room, and really nice about everything else, giving us maps, answering questions, etc. We came down to breakfast in the morning which was extremely crowded, but we found a table quickly. There was something for everyone, and the staff would make you a scrambled egg on request.
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