We were in Portsmouth for a long weekend with friends. They booked the hotel on the basis it takes dogs (we put ours in kennels for the duration) and possibly this should have warned us - anywhere that takes dogs is, almost by definition, not going to be as great as somewhere that doesn't.
Anyway, the room was on the second floor, with what might have been described as a "side sea view". This was OK, except that it was across a piece of waste ground next door, so not the nicest view I've ever had, although to be fair, this is not the fault of the hotel. Car parking was at the rear - insufficient for the number of rooms and, as far as I could tell, the hotel didn't give any advice on where to park if their own site, plus surrounding streets, were full.
The room was fairly large but the decor reminded me of a place we used to use when on business trips in the mid 1990's, so a refurb is needed, if only to modernise the decor. The bathroom, while again quite large, was not a thing of beauty. Tiling looked like it would be more at home in a kitchen from a 1970's sitcom, so again, I would suggest some investment here would be good. There was a large bath with a shower over, - and this was what perplexed me most - when you turned on the shower, the shower head lit up either red or blue, so you could have your own private disco as your washed (btw - this is not a good thing).
On more positive notes, the bed was large and very comfortable - we both had a great nights sleep, and there was a large tv to make any viewing from bed easy.
Food - we only had breakfast in the hotel and, while it was a fairly "generic" buffet breakfast of hot & cold dishes, it was good and there was loads of good coffee to wash it all down
The staff were pleasant and helpful but it is located quite a distance from the main shopping area of Gunwharf
Unusually, there didn't appear to be wifi in the hotel - the internet was access via a lone pc at reception
All in all, seemed a bit pricey for what we got less