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“Pleasant stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Seacrest Hotel

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Seacrest Hotel
Ranked #4 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Oxfordshire
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112 reviews
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“Pleasant stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2013

I stayed here for three nights in room 27 third floor by the lift. I was worried about the noise but this was not a problem. The reception and management were very helpful and kind. The room was fine but the view was not great into the back road but the room was quite adequate clean and roomy with good shower and toiletries renewed daily. Daily biscuits were appreciated.
Breakfast was freshly cooked and great each morning. Lovely fresh fruit, compliments to the kitchen staff/chef.
I would definitely return. Lovely location particularly if you have a seaview room.

Room Tip: Top floor due to creaky floor boards
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

The hotel is located on one of the areas promenades with only a Venetian garden and two roads seperating it from the Solent. The first thing you notice when you enter the hotel is a pretty large TV room to the right and a smaller reception to the left.
The lady who welcomen us in the reception was basicly expecting us, knowing who we were even before I had given my last name. She handled the paperwork quite swiftly and introduced us to the facilities and the surrounding area. We actually got two rooms. Room 23 on the 3rd floor, a family room with a double bed and two single beds, facing the Solent and with an excellent view over the garden, the Solent and towards the Isle of Wight. The room and the bathroom were a bit small, but allright for a family. You didn't really hear any noise from the street and even if the room was quite small there was enough room for the kids to play.
The other room was room 19 on the 2nd floor which had a single bed. This room and bathroom was also fairly small, though a bit roomier than the family room. This room faces the street behind the hotel. Even though it was located right next to the lift you didn't really hear that, or people walking in and out of it, and the street behind was also quiet enough to enable the window to remain open all night.
This hotel might not be close to the railway stations, Gunwharf or the Historic Docks, but it is close to so many other things that they more than make up for this and a cab from Portsmouth & Southsea Railway Station cost around 5 GBP.
I wouldn't mind going back here in the future but if you're travelling as a family with younger kids, and can afford it, do get two rooms.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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4 Thank NiclasAa
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2013

There were some very good points about this hotel. Friendly helpful staff. A very good breakfast with plenty of choice. Free parking provided. Tv DVD player and iPod dock. But it is a 2star hotel and the room could have done with an upgrade. Had to wiggle the shower head to get it working well, it was also a bit small and the drawers in the dressing table unit had dropped a lot. However the bed was really comfy. Overall not bad a bit pricey for what we got.

Room Tip: Try and get a bigger room
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Only a one night stay, but staff could'nt do enough for us, the hotel manager was very friendly on our arrival, and offered us a good selection of nightlife and restaurants in Southsea. There was a good selection at breakfast, and again staff were very helpful, nothing was too much trouble, would definately recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

A great little hotel in Southsea! A sweet little hotel just minutes across the street to the sea. The staff are super friendly and went out of their way for me. I'd bruised my hand and the manager and receptionist assisted with an ice pack and kind words. It was much appreciated.

The receptionist Carmen was a delight and wonderful to deal with. She is a true professional and I enjoyed dealing with her. It was nice to deal with a person who was sincere and truly concerned with the customers..
The rooms are nicely decorated, comfy bed, quiet and had all that I needed for my two days here. There is a lift, so that is helpful but a little noisy as I had a single room right behind it. Not too bad though, as many people only use the lift to haul their luggage, otherwise most take the stairs.

Breakfast is served by a delightfully friendly lady who also doubled as reception in the morning. There was some renovation work going on in the bar area, but it didn't bother me one bit. From what I gathered, if a drink was required, it could be obtained and consumed in the lobby/reception area. Not really necessary as there are pubs within reasonable walking distance.

It isn't far to the Historic Dockyards and to the Gunwharf quay shopping area. I could have walked it but the weather was poor and took a taxi. Walking might take 30 minutes or so. The Seacrest is close to the Southsea Castle which I found worth visiting. There is a seaside promenade close by and a lovely rock garden near the sea. It was quiet and lovely.

I would stay here again because of the kind and friendly staff.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
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Melksham, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

having stayed there last year we were looking forward to staying again not knowing that it had changed hands. The room was rather tired and somehow I felt a little uncomfortable. There was work being done in the bar and the whole hotel smelled of paint. Also there was work going on outside either side of the hotel with scaffolding, workmen etc. the staff were very pleasant and the food was excellent. We didn't sleep very well, the bed was comfortable but there was a lot of noise outside the hotel during the night and early morning (cars and people) and as we were staying for four nights this left us rather tired. If it was just a stopover it would have been okay, unsure whether we would risk booking there next year.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wendover, Buckinghamshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

Hotel was very nice and we had a lovely room. However there was NO BAR! I booked by telephone and told the receptionist that it was a birthday treat ( 23rd) for my partner and as he likes a pint I specifically asked if there was a bar and was told yes, I was not told it would be closed! We do not stay in hotels with no bar! This very much spoilt our stay as we love to roam an area and come back and forth to a hotel bar for drink, tea/ coffee relax etc etc. We were able to get a drink but had to ask the lady in reception, who got it for us.We didn't feel we could ask her for another so we went out when we didn't really want to. We paid a considerable amount for this stay were not even offered any reduction or compensated at all for wrong information or for the inconvenience.

Also the Wi Fi switched off at 11.30pm...and we were unable to reconnect until the following morning. Is this usual? If so we were not advised of this either!

Unlikely we will book here again as obviously staff are not honest with information when booking so we could not be certain that the next time we would get what we booked for!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Seacrest Hotel
Address: 12 South Parade | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2JB, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Portsmouth
#3 Family Hotel in Portsmouth
#5 Business Hotel in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Seacrest Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 28
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