Accommodation for visitors in Portsmouth
With its various modern and heritage tourist attractions, proximity to family seaside holiday destinations and the trade passing through it to and from the ferry ports, finding somewhere to stay in Portsmouth presents few, if any, problems. Mainly concentrated in the Southsea and old Portsmouth districts there are a huge number of small guest houses, hotels and bed & breakfast establishments as well as larger private and the more centrally located national chains of hotels. Nearby there are also caravan and camping sites which are all convenient for visiting or passing through Portsmouth.
One of the newest hotels in Portsmouth is the Express Holiday Inn at the Gun Wharf Quays. Being an ‘Express’ Inn it has 3 stars and is in essence here to serve the trade passing through the ferry ports. It has 130 rooms with a double room typically costing £80 a night. The hotel is conveniently located for both the ferry terminals and tourist attractions and has free parking. In the centre of the city on Pembroke Road is the 4 star Holiday Inn. This has 165 rooms and the price for a double room is variable, ranging from £95 a night to over £150. It has all the facilities expected of a 4 star hotel from fitness and sauna facilities to an indoor swimming pool. The Portsmouth Marriott Hotel on Southampton Road is another 4 star hotel in the city centre. Its 174 rooms are all air conditioned and there’s plenty of on-site car parking. Again prices vary a lot according to when you’re booking, whilst they do have some bargain offers, prices can rise to over £200 a night at peak demand times.
There would seem to be scope to develop luxury hotels in Portsmouth, as it currently has no 5 star rated hotels. However, there are some independent hotels providing luxury accommodation in Portsmouth, such as Florence House. On Malvern Road in Southsea, it is a large Edwardian house furnished and decorated to the very highest standards giving it’s guests the option of contemporary or a Victorian ambience to the room they stay in. Rooms are very reasonably priced between £90 and £110 a night. Probably the most imposing hotel in Portsmouth is the Queens Hotel on Clarence Parade, Southsea. The fact that this immense building has just 72 guest rooms means that everywhere you go inside the building you not only have a of feeling of space, but wealth and opulence as well. Most of the 72 rooms have super king size beds, views over the Solent and feel more like suites, compared to many of the rooms of many national chain hotels. Best of all, if you book early enough you can get a double room for as little as £50 a night. However, prices are more typically £70 to £100 a night.
In Old Portsmouth and overlooking the quayside is Fortitude Cottage. This small, 4 bed-roomed, Bed & Breakfast establishment was established over 40 years ago and has an excellent reputation. The standard of accommodation and location of Fortitude Cottage are reflected in the rates they can charge for a room. A twin room can be £60 a night and prices rise to £85 a night for a double room with superb views over the harbour. Fortitude Cottage, located in Broad Street – Old Portsmouth, holds the 4 Rose award from the English Tourist Board. The Sailmakers Loft, located enticingly on Bath Square which is on Spice Island, is another small bed & breakfast establishment offering sea views over the Spithead. Accommodation prices will suit a range of visitors with room prices varying from £28 for a single bed room to £60 a night for a double room. As an indication of how near the sea you are here, the Isle of Wight ferries are barely 250m away from this guest house. On the High Street in Old Portsmouth is the Sally Inn and, if you prefer something with a historic feel to it, this is ideal for your accommodation whilst in Portsmouth. The Inn is opposite the Cathedral and according to some visitors this 16th century Inn is old and musty, whereas to others its sloping floors ooze history and tales to be told. A double room at the Sally Inn will cost up to £75 a night and single rooms are available from £40 a night. However, be aware that not all rooms have ‘en-suite’ facilities.
The nearest YHA hostel in Portsmouth is the Wymering Manor in Cosham. There are local buses to get you into Portsmouth or alternatively you can take the train from the nearby Cosham railway station. Dormitory beds are £11 per night. The Southsea Backpackers Lodge, in Florence Road, also provides cheap and friendly accommodation. For an establishment with some 50 beds in it, the hostel also has a re-assuring homely touch. A bed in a dormitory is typically £12 a night or you can hire a double room, with en-suite, for £25 a night. The hostel is well equipped and has excellent kitchen facilities. The town centre is about forty minutes away by foot or a 15 minute bus ride. The Southsea Leisure Park in Eastney offers touring caravan and camping accommodation. Prices vary according to the season and size of caravan or pitch required, the park also has some static caravans for hire.