Portsmouth is a city with a growing status as a holiday destination. There’s more to see and do here than can be fitted into one day – which was the reason behind a recent ‘Stay longer; Discover more’ campaign. These overnight visitors will, of course, need somewhere to stay. Not only that, a city that’s truly welcoming will need options to suit all tastes, budgets and preferences.
A number of developments have bolstered the city’s tally of nationally recognised, budget-friendly hotels. These include the Ibis Budget (120 rooms) near Fratton Park, the Premier Inn next to Portsmouth & Southsea train station and the Village Hotel at Lakeside in Cosham. These are in addition to the long-established Ibis Hotel (144 rooms) on Winston Churchill Avenue and the Travelodge at the bottom of the M275.
Other long-standing, big name hotels in the city include the Holiday Inn between Southsea Common and Old Portsmouth, the Marriott Hotel just off the M27 on the way to Port Solent, and the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel on South Parade – just across from the pier.
Whilst many tourists like the familiarity of big-name brands, others prefer to keep it local. For these, there are a vast number of different boutique hotels, guest houses and B&Bs, many of which are located in the Southsea area.
Waverley Road and Festing Road each have small guest houses and B&Bs, often in close proximity to one another. The price-per-room varies, but is typically between £50 and £80 a night for some of the more wallet-friendly options, rising to £100 or more for the boutique offering.
Independent needn’t mean small, however, as there’s also the historic Queen’s Hotel (70 rooms), which overlooks Southsea Common from Clarence Parade. There’s also the Mercer Collection of 7 boutique hotels and B&Bs, which offer luxury accommodation with a focus on personal service.
Arguably the most famous accommodation isn’t inside the city but a few miles out – to sea, in fact. The Solent Forts offer luxury accommodation with a difference, for the discerning traveller looking for a stay that’s somewhat out of the ordinary. Special charters take passengers across to the 150-year old fortifications, where guests can enjoy a tour of the building, an evening meal, drinks and other experiences (including a hot tub, lighthouse viewing area and more).
More information on all hotels in the city, as well as full listings of the smaller, independent boutiques, can be found on the Visit Portsmouth website.
It’s worth nothing that, during some of the city’s biggest events, accommodation throughout the city can get booked up. In these instances, visitors may wish to seek alternatives in the surrounding area.