Just returned from an overnight stay at The Queens and had an enjoyable experience. Reception were welcoming although we were asked to pay when we arrived which I found odd and have never been asked to do before in a hotel............I can only assume that maybe previous guests have 'done runners' and not paid their bills - who knows.
The room itself was large, clean and modern. It had a side view overlooking the side road which was ok but could be noisy at weekends as the properties in the road below were restaurants nightclubs and bars. The bed was comfortable and a modern flat screen tv was welcome although it only had the four channels.
We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant, we did look at the menu but it didn't excite us enough to try (we only saw one family dining in that evening). We ate in the local street at a great chinese which was packed and I would recommend. We enjoyed the hotel breakfast next day. The cooked food was all lovely and hot with the usual choice of cereals. Could have done with more fruit on offer but the yogurts were good - local and organic.
Parking is free but be warned.......we only left the car to check in and drop our cases up to our rooms, when we came down 10 minutes later it had already had an A4 sheet put on the windscreen warning us we would be clamped.......... charmed I'm sure.
Would use the hotel again but probably ask for a sea view next time. I booked direct and got a good price which I would do again if we return in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The original Queen's hotel was known as Southsea House and was built by the architect Augustus Livesay, in 1861. It was then a large private house owned by Sir John and Lady Morris and was later transformed into one of the first hotels in Southsea by William Kemp Junior, this is when it became known as the Queen's Hotel. In the late 18th century the Queen's Hotel had a yacht club that stood behind it called the Royal Albert and was also surrounded by woods, which were then called Stone Woods.On December 8th 1891 in the early hours of the Sunday morning a disastrous and fatal fire occurred. Aided by strong winds it raged until the whole of the premises had been completely gutted. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1903 by the architect T.W.Cutler into the splendid building that stands today, complete with its Edwardian baroque style in brown terracotta. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queens Hotel Portsmouth