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The Florence Suite Boutique Hotel and Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Winford, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“A good place to stay”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

A unique B&B situated in a quiet road with the seafront, shops & bus stops nearby. Eileen is a friendly, obliging, amusing, larger than life kind of person with a terrific singing voice. Breakfast was very tasty and the home-made soda bread was delicious. I recommend you book in a.s.a.p. and experience it for yourselves!

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Langley, Washington
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

Stayed for two nights beginning of May 2013. Eileen is the most gracious and warm host. We were immediately made to feel part of the family. Definitely a comeback stay is in order, the longer the better. Location could not be better, just a few steps to the boardwalk. Bus nearby takes you straight to downtown Portsmouth. Ask about the pizza around the corner!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

4 splendid nights at this charming and most comfortable B/B.
Eileen is a truly kind and thoughtful host; a wonderful person.
Aware of our very early departure, she packed sandwiches for our 3 hour coach ride.
Her incredible level of attention to detail is reflected by all the niceties evident, in this terrific place to stay.
Meticulously clean and beautifully decorated, it is hard to leave one's room for a day's activities!
Breakfast is from a large range of options, but the English breakfast is outstanding.
We are looking forward to returning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

sea-la-vie is a pure gem,just returned after a birthday surprise booking by the kid,s.my wife and i had a fantastic time,not just by the pure quality of sea-la-vie,but by the welcome of the true star of the show Eileen herself.from the first greeting to the last,she made us feel like part of the family,something the big chains have not got a clue about.Hope to see you again in the not to distant future.Lots of love Les and Joyxx

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

Just back from business trip to Portsmouth and stayed with Eileen and Jannika in Sea-la-Vie - I cant say enough good things about my stay , starting with Eileens welcome and hospitality , I felt like I was part of the family and I can say ,I have a new "Mate" lol - Room , bed , breakfast and all the little extra touches were just 5 star - I was out in the evening in Eileen;s front garden on a call and Eileen came out to give me a blanket in case I got cold !! now money cant buy that kind of thought ,its just a natural thing for Eileen , she is a class act and so is her business , would highly encourage anyone to stay at Sea-la-VIe and I will be back , thanks Eileen and Jannika x

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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West Wales
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

We came as a family group to attend a funeral and found heaven on earth in Southsea. We drank tea from bone china cups and saucers, poured from ornate silver teapots and sat outside in garden chairs strewn with cushions. The bedrooms had pure silk curtains, duck down duvets and 600tc Egyption cotton sheets. Before breakfast we stretched our legs on Southsea Common, watched the busy shipping canals in and out of Portsmouth Harbour, gazed across the Solent at the Isle of Wight, meandered around the beautiful Rock Gardens before turning home for breakfast (perfect). Our twenty-two-year old called Sea-Le-Vie 'awesome' and Eileen 'something special'. Thank you for helping to create the very special memory we now have of the day we said good bye our Mother and Grand Mother. Bless you.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

My boyfriend and I had a great stay for two nights in April. Eileen was incredibly welcoming and we felt immediately comfortable and looked after. Our room was decorated beautifully, it felt luxurious yet cosy, I don't think I have ever slept in a more comfortable bed!
Eileen went out of her way to make our stay enjoyable, readily recommending things to do and places to visit.
The breakfast was delicious and served with a smile and friendly chatter. I can also highly recommend the home made biscuits :)
As soon as we were on the train home we were planning our next visit!

We wanted to say a big thank you to Eileen for making our break so special

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Florence Suite Boutique Hotel and Restaurant
Address: 6 Malvern Road | Southsea, Portsmouth PO5 2NA, England (Formerly Sea La Vie)
Location: United Kingdom > England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
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Ranked #5 of 38 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Florence Suite Boutique Hotel and Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Boutique hotel, part of The Mercer Collection . All rooms have been furnished with lavish fabrics and are all en suites. Tea and Coffee facilities are available in the room. Free parking and restaurant. ... more   less 
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