Not the "best" Western hotel...
I went down to Portsmouth for a few days over Bank Holiday in August, for Victorious festival and visiting friends dotted around the south coast. However this meant that staying in one hotel for 2 consecutive nights was limited, hence staying in a different one every night. I booked my first two hotels months before, however having one more friend lined lined up to visit meant staying an extra night. I booked the Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in July via booking.com, for the cost of £60 for a single en suite, which was a reasonable saving going by current prices. However breakfast was not included.
During the day, I had been to see a friend up near Portsmouth & Southsea station town, so the walk down to the South Parade sea front was a bit long winded and... long, on foot on a very hot day. When I arrived, I was waiting at reception for nearly 10 minutes as receptionist was on the phone. There was another receptionist on the other side of the desk but she didn't look very "available", nor did she beckon us over to her counter. However, another guest arrived 5mins after me and went straight to her counter to check in, to which she was suddenly readily available. Not a great first impression for a Best Western.
Room and en suite bathroom was clean and tidy upon arrival. I nearly had a room with a sea view, albeit only at an angle. The room had nice big windows, plus my must-have blackout curtains(!) in a bright airy room. However my room was on the third floor and facing a building site; sure enough there were builders working from the early hours to late in the evening with noisy equipment, which I couldn't help but ignore on a hot afternoon requiring open windows for ventilation. Also to protect my dignity had to shut the curtains while getting dressing! The room also had an LED TV, standard tea/coffee facilities and shower gel, shampoo and hand soap in the bathroom. There was free wifi but fairly poor signal from my room.
I slept fairly well as the bed was comfortable. Bathroom was fairly narrow, but well lit and everything worked well. It was nice to have a hand-held hair dryer in the bathroom which actually worked and was quite powerful! Unfortunately the shower head was too weak so took a long time to take a shower.
On the whole this hotel was fairly average, décor was quite old fashioned inside, could do with a refurb. Also the location was a bit far from Southsea and Portsmouth town centres. Probably would not stay again. less