Arrived on Sunday 17 November and checked in at the Florence with no problems, Somerset House just across the road and both easily found with the sat nav. Very pleasantly surprised to have been able to park off road on the gravel drive of the Florence, if parking on road then its very very tight!
Stay in room 1 and ashamed to say I did the "four in a bed" checks and found a few minor issues like a very dirty extractor fan in the bathroom, a hair in the shower tray, marks on the bedroom walls and ceiling and a hair in the bed. However, a lovely room, loads of features, well stocked tea and coffee, clean linen and beautiful thick white fluffy towels.
Have to say despite being an old building the walls and ceilings are very thin. Sounded like there were a herd of elephants walking above us, you can hear the toilets flushing, hairdryers and people speaking. The front door slams shut and is quite disturbing.
Breakfast at the Florence was ok, a good selection on offer but the full English is kept in hot trays and not freshly prepared for you. No skimmed milk on offer but this seems to be a standard thing for most hotels. Staff were very nice, friendly and helpful.
For us the location of the hotel was great but it is probably a good 30 minute walk to the
hovercraft, Gunwharf and restaurants. Consider a taxi if you are not prepared for this.
Overall a lovely stay just a few minor issues.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Somerset House Hotel has been restored to the original splendour of its Edwardian roots. It offers boutique rooms with free Wi-FI, just a 5-minute walk from Southsea Beach. The stylish bedrooms all feature satellite TVs and comfortable beds are adorned with Egyptian cotton sheets. Individually designed bathrooms feature fluffy towels, designer toiletries whilst some have either walk-in showers, spa or free standing baths. The hotel is close to Southsea Common and Southsea Castle. Southsea Hovercraft Port is about 1 mile away, and is a quick way to reach the Isle of Wight. Free secure parking is available at the hotel. There is an A La Carte Restaurant opposite the hotel called The Kitchen Southsea and a Boutique Pub The Florence Arms ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Somerset Hotel Portsmouth