My wife and I spent 4 nights at this holel last October and overall it was a fair experience. There were more negatives that positives. To begin: The cost was rather high but this is a business person's hotel so usually the company pays the bill. Than: I'm sure every room was made for single occupancy because our room was tiny for a double and when I asked if we could upgrade at our expense I was told all there doubles were the same and unless I wanted to pay triple my current rate and go for a suite what we had was the best they had available at any price. We travel to England and Europe frequently and I understand the hotel rooms there are usually smaller than we are used to here in the USA but that room was so small my wife joked and said when one of us wanted to move the other person had to move out of the way. Than, when I made my reservation I asked about wifi service and I was told they had free wifi service in every room, not so. When we checked in and requested the code for the wife I was told it would be an additional 10 GP a day that would have been $18 a day so I decided I didn't need the internet that bad and decided not to take it. This was the only hotel out of 5 on that holiday that had a fee for the internet. The included breakfast was far less than expected from this well known chain and the worse we encountered in our 14 days. They had a race/marathon that weekend so the hotel was rather full and the small amount of food they provided went fast resulting in a long wait for fresh items. The bottom line is after the first morning we realized the food wasn't very good anyway and opted to purchase our breakfast elsewhere. Now for the good news: They are located within walking distance to the historic area which was our primary reason for visiting Portsmouth. They were also very close to a very nice shopping mall with great restaurants and fine shops. Portsmouth was a city we have wanted to visit many times during our 18 trips to England but just never got south of Bath. It was well worth the wait. A great treat for naval history buffs and going on board the HMS Victory was special. Finally regarding the hotel: The location was great the staff was good and at the end of the day I might stay there again but I will shop around for an alternate first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth hotel is located within Gunwharf Quays which is a vibrant waterfront development offering a number of attractions, including over 95 designer clothing outlets,over 25 restaurants & bars, a cinema, ten pin bowling, casino and comedy club. The Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth Hotel is ideally located for business or leisure breaks. It comprises 130 en-suite bedrooms and 2 modern meeting rooms, all with comfort cooling, natural daylight and free wifi throughout the hotel. The Great room and lounge area situated on the first floor offers drinks and relaxation in the evening, as well as a free continental breakfast with hot favourites which include scrambled egg, sausages & baked beans in the morning. Undercover secure parking is available in the award winning main Gunwharf Quays car park, all Hotel guests receive discounted rates for car parking in the main Gunwharf Quays car park, first twenty four hours or first exit is free of charge and then second 24 hours or exit and thereafter are charged at £2. Access to trains, buses and ferries are all within walking distance. Southampton International Airport is 22 miles away. Convenient access to all of Portsmouth's many attractions, including the Spinnaker Tower, The Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth Old Town with its cobbled streets and the waterfront, filled with traditional pubs and restaurants are all within walking distance. PLEASE NOTE: THE HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS - PORTSMOUTH GUNWHARF QUAYS HAS DEDICATED DISABLED CAR SPACES OUTSIDE THE HOTEL ENTRANCE, WITH A DROP OFF/PICK UP FACILITY BY THE FRONT DOOR. THERE IS APPROX A 3 MINUTE WALK FROM THE UNDERGROUND CAR PARK TO HOTEL ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays Hotel Portsmouth
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