The city of Portsmouth – more than boats, naval barracks and Charles Dickens – is sprawled on the south coast of England, awash with stylish hotels. We navigate the drapes, scatter cushions and capacious four-posters to reveal the best boutique places to stay in Portsmouth.
The sleek black-and-glass exterior of the Village Hotel is your first hint of the very contemporary vibes found inside. Rooms are designed with chic, grey walls offset by neon prints and Pop Art scatter cushions. And the hotel embraces the modern in technology as well as style: you can download an app that will turn your phone into your room key. A stay also gives you access to the modern fitness centre, which has a purple-lit pool and lots of equipment to keep you in shape. Later, head to the in-house restaurant and bar for pub grub under the warm glow of screens showing the latest sports.
Looking for a grown-up hotel? This adults-only boutique hotel in Portsmouth with eight air-conditioned ensuites won’t disappoint. Each room is decorated with classical wood furniture and other artisan accoutrements; one even has a spa bath with glittery red tiles. Set in an Edwardian edifice, and equidistant to the nightclubs of Gunwharf Quays and the bohemian pubs of Southsea, it also has a lounge and private bar for cosy nights in. Catering to all tastes, this multi-award-winning boutique also pleases every palate with its sumptuous à la carte breakfast.
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