The Queens was far better than I expected. We had a family room (233) on the 2nd floor at the back of the hotel. Our room was huge and had a separate single bedroom off it for our 10 year old son. The bathroom was also huge. Decor and bathroom all looked newly done and very clean. The position of the hotel is excellent on Southsea common. We ate in the restaurant both in the evening (2 courses for £11.50) and for breakfast and the food was excellent - the staff in the restaurant were also excellent. I agree with other comments that some of the staff could be far more friendly. On trying to check in early the first reception was most unhelpful and looked utterly miserable - however other two receptions were much better. Customer service and staff training could make all the difference to the front of house. Overall we had a great stay. Free parking was excellent.
- 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