Myself and my girlfriend visited Southsea for the first time to visit my sister and her fiancee who live in the area. Not only were we fortunate enough to enjoy some fantastic sunny weather and lovely coastal walks over our weekend away but we also enjoyed a more then pleasant stay in the Florence Hotel which we'd booked on recomendation from my sister.
Although this small boutique hotel isn't along the sea front it is on the road parallel behind on a nice quiet residental road in what is a grand period building on a corner. We were given a very warm welcome by the hotel manager who apologised initially that he was unable to upgrade our room (something they try to do where possible for guests staying for 2 nights or more when there is availability) but instead offered us a complimentary bottle of wine which myself and Kate thoroughly needed after our train journey from busy London. He then gave us the option of two rooms with us choosing to opt for the smaller one with the better shower. The shower was indeed fantastic, new, powerful, clean and hot. Just what you need to kick start the day. The room was small but very cosy and very well and tastfully decorated in a typical boutique hotel style. We also had sky and the internet which was very useful too. The small on suite bathroom was more then adequate and clean with nice toiletries too. If there was one small negative it was that it was a little cold in the mornings as it lacked a radiator.
A complementary continental breakfast was included in our stay too which was lovely and more then adequate for us to kick start the day. It comprised of freash fruit and yogurt, variety of hi end museli's and cerials and a selection of toasted breads with an aray of fruit preserves. I also had the coissant which I could highly recommend.
All in all we had a brilliant stay and will definately be returning again when we go to visit my sister again in late summer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Florence House Hotel, part of The Mercer Collection, is a unique boutique style hotel. The intimate arrangement creates a friendly atmosphere. The hotel is housed in an Edwardian residence that has been restored to create a beautiful blend of old and new. We have seven rooms ranging from doubles, to superior doubles and suites. All of our rooms are completely different in style, and offer something to suit everyone whether your taste is contemporary, antique, or vintage French! We have an on-site A La Carte Restaurant The Kitchen Southsea and a Boutique Pub The Florence Arms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Florence Hotel Portsmouth