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About Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a great maritime city, and home of the Royal Navy, with an incredible collection of historic ships and museums, in a really beautiful Hampshire spot close to the New Forest, and overlooking The Solent to The Isle of Wight. If you’re looking for the best places to stay in Portsmouth because you’re catching a ferry on from here to the Channel Islands, France or Spain, then we recommend you book for more than one night, because it would be a shame to miss the city's highlights.

The majority of our hotel recommendations in Portsmouth are close to the water or the historic old dockyards, but we’ve also listed a fort-turned-luxury-hotel on the edge of the harbour as it enters the sea — it’s basically a man-made island. But all of our recommendations, including the fort, make great bases for visiting the old dockyards, where you can see Nelson’s HMS Victory, and the carefully preserved wreck of the Mary Rose, which was Henry VIII’s flagship. The dockyards are also rich with other museum ships, and maritime museums (there’s even a museum submarine). And it’s close to Gunwharf Quays, which is a stylish retail outlet centre, with a fantastic lookout called Spinnaker Tower, which, at 170meters high, offers great views all the way out to the Isle of Wight, and a decent afternoon tea.

If you want to see more warships take a harbour tour of some kind and you can get out amongst contemporary navy vessels. And if you want to explore the city’s un-naval history start off with its famous sons, Charles Dickens and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Along the seafront is Southsea Common, a park right up against the water, which has its own castle ruins, again with spectacular sea views. Look inland and you’ll see the spires of Portsmouth’s two cathedrals, and if you look along the shoreline you’ll see two piers.

Don't forget that it's busy here year round. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Portsmouth, book well ahead to avoid disappointment.

The Best Places to Stay in Portsmouth

For romance

  • The eight room Somerset House Boutique Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel in the historic heart of Portsmouth, close to Gunwharf Quays and Southsea Castle. Converted from an Edwardian mansion, this is a smart hotel with individually styled rooms and suites. The chic pub down the road is owned by the the hotel, and is known for its excellent British cuisine.
  • The Clarence Boutique Hotel is an atmospheric, eight room hotel in an historic part of Portsmouth, close to the docks. Each of the rooms is individually decorated, mixing traditional style with contemporary patterns and fabrics. The best rooms have large, sunken bathtubs, and downstairs there’s a pub-style bar.

For great value

  • The Florence House Boutique Hotel is a chic, seven room hotel in picturesque Southsea, just minutes from the waterfront, and from some of Portsmouth’s most interesting museums and best shopping precinct. Its rooms are spacious, and all different in style and design, but all blending traditional and contemporary decor with charm. The pub opposite, The Florence Arms, is owned by the hotel and serves hearty British meals.

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Travel Information

  • The closest airport to Portsmouth is Southampton Airport (20 miles away) and it’s easy to get to Portsmouth from the airport by train. Gatwick Airport also has a direct train to Portsmouth, which takes about an hour and twenty minutes. Alternatively you can catch the train down from London in about an hour and a half. Or you can catch the ferry over from France or Spain.
  • If you’re thinking about hiring a car we recommend checking what our online partners, Rentalcars have to offer.
  • Portsmouth isn’t the kind of destination that requires sunny days or warm temperatures. It’s certainly extra good when it’s clear because you can see a lot further, but this is a bit of an unpredictable request, as Portsmouth can be showery all times of year.

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Best Hotels in Portsmouth

  • Florence Gardens Boutique Hotel Portsmouth 6 rooms from £79

    Local exploring  -  Well positioned near Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, the beach, and Gunwharf Quays — there is plenty to do locally
    Restaurant  -  The Garden Restaurant is open through the spring and summer months and has a woodfired oven and casual dining
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour of the historic Mary Rose, HMS Victory and HMS Warrior warships
    Spa  -  A small spa offers massages, reiki, facials, and mani-pedis
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    A stylish boutique hotel well positioned near Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. Individually styled rooms feature simple modern furniture, contemporary art, and bright pops of colour. Outdoors is a seasonal restaurant complete with a wood-fired oven. A conveniently placed & well-priced city crashpad. See More

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  • Florence House Boutique Hotel Portsmouth 7 rooms from £115

    Local exploring  -  Situated minutes from Southsea seafront and within walking distance of the city's renowned museums and shopping district
    Boutique  -  Chic boutique interiors perfectly mixing traditional and contemporary design to great effect
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    A chic little boutique offering spacious rooms in picturesque Southsea. The design mixes traditional style with a fresh contemporary feel. Expect thoughtful luxury touches such as L'Occitaine products. The opposite pub, The Florence Arms, is owned by the hotel and provides hearty British meals. See More

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  • Portsmouth Village Hotel Portsmouth 153 rooms from £119

    City Style  -  With rooms packed full of gadgets and vibrant contemporary design, this is a sleek city base
    Restaurant  -  The restaurant serves Californian-inspired dishes (think poke and dishes with plenty of avocado). There's a Starbucks too
    Swimming Pool  -  Large indoor pool with allocated times for children
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    A sleek modern hotel located in the heart of Portsmouth. Stylish rooms vary in size but all have Amazon Echo Dots to order room service, smartphones, and wet rooms with Espa toiletries. There's a buzzy restaurant, an enormous indoor pool, and hip places to work. A trendy city pad. See More

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  • Somerset House Boutique Hotel Portsmouth 8 rooms from £139

    Boutique  -  A converted Edwardian house offering chic modern design set alongside traditional features
    Local exploring  -  Well positioned near Gunwharfs Quay, Southsea castle and a number of museums
    Restaurant  -  Served at the Florence Arms, a pub on the same road, owned by the hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the Southsea Castle or Pyramids Centre
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    An elegant hotel offering an intimate stay in Portsmouth's historic district. Individually styled rooms highlight the Edwardian property's original features, yet the design is modern with soft hues and unfussy decor. A pub on the same road is owned by the hotel and has excellent British fare. See More

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  • Clarence Boutique Hotel Portsmouth 8 rooms from £149

    Romantic Break  -  With some rooms featuring in-room sunken baths and the adult-only policy, this is a perfect romantic escape
    Local exploring  -  Well placed in Portsmouth walking distance from the Gunwharf Quays and historic dockyard
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only
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    An atmospheric small boutique set in the historic part of Portsmouth. Individually styled rooms perfectly mix traditional styles with contemporary patterns and fabrics. The best rooms have large sunken bathtubs (perfect for two). Downstairs there is a pub-style bar - ideal for a romantic city break. See More

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  • Ye Spotted Dogge Portsmouth 6 rooms from £219

    Local exploring  -  Portsmouth has plenty to do from fascinating museums to high-end shopping much of which is within walking distance
    Groups  -  The property is available for exclusive use and makes a grand stay for a group of friends or family gathering
    Sights nearby  -  Walk down to Southsea Castle and visit the D-Day Museum while there
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    A historic townhouse jam-packed with character and brimming with tales of its past. Each of the rooms are individually styled with heavy antiques, original features, artworks, and statement wallpaper. The best have in-room freestanding baths. A grown-up stay that offers a real sense of place. See More

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