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My new husband and I want to say how Fantastically luxuirous the Florence House Hotel (and its nearby almost adjoining Hotel Somerset House) is. We were recommended the Hotel by the staff at the HMS Warrior (1860). We were told that the decor was second to none. We have to say they were not wrong!!! We stayed from Saturday 26th August until the Monday 28th. We married on the Sunday afternoon (on the Warrior). We booked 9 rooms for the stay. Daniel and his wonderful staff, were accomodating to a fault. We held a family buffet on the Saturday evening as a preamble to the Wedding day. The food was fantastic, reasonably priced and plentiful. We had such a good time.
Of course any wedding day is hectic but after a good hearty Full English breakfast (with a great selection of extras). We went for a walk to clear our heads before we had to prepare ourselves.
We almost had run of the hotel with the staff discreetly letting us prepare and answering any request immediately ie iron and ironing board extra luxury towels(though plenty supplied) etc...!!
The Executive/Honeymoon suite that we selected to stay in, is a very large room with a fabulous bathroom. All of the rooms are so tastefully furnished that everyone was enthralled by the chosen venue !!!
Parking vouchers are given out when you arrive so no problems there.
We are planning to book for our first anniversary next year.
I would recommend this Hotel to anyone wanting to have a luxurious break as the pricing of the hotel is not a huge difference to the local chain hotels but the difference in quality well exceeds the few extra pounds. With the Gun Wahrf Quays and the Spinnaker are in nearby Portsmouth along with all the other attractions,this hotel is not to be missed.
Thanks Daniel and co for making our Wedding weekend so Special......
Rosie and Paul Hampson
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Just returned from a weekend break Florence House Hotel - actually stayed at the Somerset House which is just accross the road from the Florence.
The rooms are fantastic - We booked a Deluxe room for 2 nights we were show various rooms to choice from on our arrival they all looked fantasic every room is indivdually decorated and the rooms i saw were all of a good size. The bathroom in our room had a great double shower.
We was a late arrival and the restaurant had just closed but the staff were very willing to organise us a table for dinner - The food was fantastic with a good menu choice and very resonably priced. Breakfast was also really good with a great choice all cooked food is cooked to order.
Overall we had a lovely stay the Staff are really good and nothing is too much hassle. We will definately stay again
Great individual hotel
Guests, Nottingham, England July 2006
My husband and I were visiting Portsmouth for a week-end and on searching through the internet The Florence House Hotel caught my eye. I was drawn to the individuality of the hotel and we were not disappointed. The room was very clean and airy, and eventhough the Hotel is surrounded by other large houses there was no noise and we were able to park our car on the street nearby with no problem. The breakfast was great,with an excellent choice, and cooked freshly.We were asked on our 1st evening if we would like an evening meal , which we declined, but when we go back we will I am sure take advantage of the offer. Daniel and Jody were perfect hosts and we wish them every success with The Florence HouseHotel. It was a truly lovely place to stay. We will return.
I turned up at hotel tired and hungry and rang reception to ask if they had any snacks, before I knew it I had a freshly made tuna sandwich on wonderful fresh bread and potato crisps. The rooms were fabulously decorated - each had a different theme but it was quite art deco/contempory. Would have liked some bottled water in room along with tea and coffee, but nonetheless it was stunningly clean. Excellent furnishings - wonderful huge bath - I could have stayed in that for days. Everything you could need. Owners/staff very friendly and helpful and breakfast - well it made a change to eat freshly cooked food, not reheated and to have lovely melon and fruit etc as choice. It is well located and I cant wait to return - easily best hotel I have stayed at in Portsmouth well done to those who have rennovated it so lovingly and thanks for a lovely stay wish it could have been longer.
Something different in Southsea
Florence House Hotel was recommended by a work colleague and is a great place to stay when spending a night away from home. Each room has its own character and gives you a sense of luxury that is a welcome change from the standard chain hotels. My personal favourite is room 6 on the top floor, a spacious room with wide, deep double bed to sink into. Most rooms I have stayed in have great walk in showers in bathrooms that have a slant tiled feel (although in rooms 5 & 6 I couldn't help being a little worried about the overlooking flats a few streets away!). Some of my colleagues have stayed in the rooms with jacuzzis which they have had great pleasure in telling me about the next day.
Each room has its own DVD player which is great for a film fan like myself but they may want to think about getting some sports channels added to the basic 4!
Unlike some reviews I've read here, I have always found the breakfasts great, the cooked breakfast is never too much or too stoggy and when I have stayed with colleagues we have had no problems in understanding how to get customised breakfast each of us wants.
Parking may seem a bit daunting in the narrow streets around the hotel but I have never had a problem parking, and the people at the hotel always help find a space and provide the required temporary parking permit.
The hotel is about 15 mins walk from the main restaurant areas of Palmerston Road and Albert Road.
The hotel is more expensive than many of the chain hotels but you get that little bit of added comfortable and style from each room and makes staying away from home a lot less of a chore.
Lovely interior, but overpriced
We stayed at the Florence House Hotel last weekend. It is clearly in a different league to the usual seafront B&B - lavishly decorated rooms, very stylish and beautifully finished, not a candlewick bedspread in sight.
However, I do think that £140 for what is essentially a guest house is expensive. We had the 'spa suite' - it is not a 'suite', it is a decent sized room. Having read the other reviews about the wonderful service from the guest house owner we were a bit disappointed in our experience - he was out Sunday afternoon / evening, meaning we were the only people in the property, so couldn't get a drink / order a taxi / get an ice bucket for the champagne to enjoy in the spa bath!
We were asked what time we wanted breakfast on the Monday morning, We came down to breakfast 10 minutes early but there was no-one around, so we felt we had to wait in our room until the allocated time. The website boasts of the indiviually prepared breakfast with freshly baked bread - which isn't what we were served. It was a hearty breakfast without a doubt, but the 'potato cakes' promised on the menu were McCain hash browns and the bread certainly wasn't home made. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing amiss with this, but why say something on the website which is clearly not true? Bit of case of over promise, under deliver.
The other slight frustration - and I appreciate the guest house has little control over this - was the late night noise and disturbance from Portsmouth's local ASBOs hanging out in the street outside - shouting, kicking fences etc.
I think the Florence House Hotel will continue to attract guests because it is the only boutique type place in Portsmouth. But at those rates for what is essentially a guest house? Not sure it's worth it.
Best hotel in Southsea & Portsmouth
Having lived in Southsea for 12 years, we moved to the USA in 2001 and now visit Southsea 3 or 4 times a year. We have tried the Marriott and Hilton hotels in the Portsmouth area as well as looking at various other hotels and B&Bs. In our opinion, the Florence House Hotel offers the best accommodation in the Southsea & Portsmouth area. It is a family run hotel and Daniel & his wife do their utmost to make our stays enjoyable. The hotel has recently been refurbished to a high standard and is well located in Southsea, a few minutes walk from the seafront and from the local shopping centre. We would definitely recommend this hotel.
Debbie & Robin Powell
I love this hotel
I originally discovered this boutique style hotel through an internet search. I have probably stayed here now around 10-12 times due to frequent business trips. As I often travel alone, I prefer a smaller intimate hotel as opposed to large chains. I have never been disappointed & find Daniel, the hotel owner to always be welcoming, friendly & helpful. The rooms are all very tastefully furnished with different themes ie. chocolate, romantic, french, spa etc. The hotel has recently been expanded and now is based on 2 sites (directly opposite each other). I stayed in the newer building (Somerset House) on my most recent trip & loved it. The lounge area is welcoming, comfortable & again, the rooms are all individually themed. I stayed in the art deco room which has a wonderfully comfortable bed & the most fab power shower. If you are planning a trip I recommend you request one of the larger rooms. This is a hotel that I will continue to use & regularly recommend to friends who may be going to Portsmouth.
Disappointed in Florence House
We spent a weekend at this hotel, and, having seen the website, were expecting a luxury break. Despite a reception by the owner which can only be described as polite but bored, we were shown into the french room. Decor was nice and the bathroom looked good but was difficult to manoevre in and actually quite poky. We had gained the impression from the web site that dinner was served in the evening but in fact it wasn't! There was no offer to help us find a nearby restaurant or even to book a cab for us. We stayed in October and found the hotel quite cold. The heating didn't come on at all, towels hung damp on the beautiful chrome radiators and on both evenings only one of us was able to have a warm shower!
Breakfast was not good. Again we had been promised a tailor made breakfast. There was a poor selection of the usual cereals - not even arranged in bowls just left in their packets. No freshly baked bread appeared. As there was no menu, I requested poached haddock but was told that was unavailable. The tailor made breakfast presumably consisted of the usual english breakfast with or without sausages, egg or bacon. It was adequate.
On both evenings, we were given a key as no-one would be on hand to greet us on our return to the hotel. It was a really unfriendly atmosphere to walk back in to a dark house after an evening out. This unprofessional attitude resulted in us feeling as if we were not guests but just a nuisance. Presumably the owner lives elsewhere and leaves at about 9p.m. We would have liked a night cap and a coffee.
The Florence House Hotel is not a hotel per se. It is a house with expensive rooms that is run as a business enterprise. The owner has a lot to learn about hospitality and welcoming his guests.
Good, but overpriced
We stayed at the Florence House Hotel for two nights in May. We found the hotel through the internet. Its website is very well designed and leads you to expect a luxurious, high-quality experience.
The hotel is located in a side street not far from the seafront in Southsea. It is an interesting older house which has been comprehensively refurbished with thick carpets and lots of modern art.
We made our booking in February and had been asked to pay in-full in advance. We had not received any acknowledgement of our booking and this had created an unfriendly impression which was continued on arrival. The owner did not introduce himself and seemed very offhand. The website says that snacks & meals are available at any time, but we were not offered anything on arrival and there was no information at Reception or in the room.
Be warned that the photographs on the website are only of the larger rooms. The smaller rooms at £80-90 / night barely contain a double bed and wardrobe. We stayed in the 'chocolate room' at £110 / night. It has a king-size bed and some extra floor space allowing a chair, but strangely only one bedside table and lamp. The bed was comfortable, but the duvet was so small we had to fight to be covered by it. The DVD TV was useful, but had a very small screen and was positioned high up on the wall opposite the bed, making it hard to see. The en-suite had a double-size shower, which was effective , but the shower screen leaked and the ultra trendy basin looked good but was impossible to use without getting water everywhere. The room generally smelt damp. It was a cold and wet weekend, but we had to ask for the heating to be turned on when we arrived at 8pm.
The hotel promises to 'tailor make your breakfast' but without a menu it is difficult to know what you can ask for. The cereals, jams etc on offer were very standard and we certainly didn't smell any freshly baked bread.
Overall we were disappointed with our stay because we had expected more attention to detail at this price.
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