We arrived on the Friday from Victoria station and headed to our hotel the Ibis City Centre (an Accor Hotel – so points to be earned). The hotel was good aside from this weird check-in procedure where they shout your room number in the lobby. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a bunch of strangers, mainly men, knowing were I will be at my most vulnerable.
Anyway, that aside, we went up to our rooms and I was impressed with the practicality of the design. A good size bed, wardrobe, desk and small bathroom with just a shower – no bath (not needed). You don’t need space when you are on a flying visit and will likely be out most of the time.
Everything felt new and clean about the hotel in general which was great. During our visit the liquor licence had been halted. I was not sure if this was a general licencing issue or a wise decision to avoid having a lot of drunken post festival revelers keeping the bar active until the early hours, but it was a little bit inconvenient. Also, a major revenue opportunity missed I expect. I guess, with so many pubs and bars local, you don’t have to become teetotal.
During my stay, I did have a go at the breakfast one morning. It was a buffet style. I topped up some bacon, sausages, beans and the dodgiest looking scrambled eggs which looked a little green. It was taste aside from that bit. The waitress was chirpy, which was a surprise at that time of the morning.
In the lobby of the hotel they have a pool table which I think is pretty cool. Then there are some sensibly placed chargers for you to plug in and play. They even have a couple of computers for those who don’t have a smartphone.
It is a good modern hotel for a citybreak, even good for business too. I would definitely stay here again.
Ibis Portsmouth Centre
Winston Churchill Avenue