The Royal Beach fully lived up to the standard we have previously experienced in a Best Western Hotel. Accommodation and dining are of a high standard with good Wi Fi room connection, but it is the staff who make these hotels special. Everyone in reception, bar and restaurant was so pleasant and polite, and eager to please. It makes a difference, and is a tribute to the training and management as well as to the personnel themselves.
With no nearby pubs or restaurants it is worth noting the 6.30 to 7.30 Happy Hour.
A three course option was offered at about £22 per head - £16 for main course and was good variety, quality and value. On two nights we opted for the carvery meal and this was sumptuous with a choice including tradition pie, duck, gammon etc
The hotel is right on the promenade opposite the South Parade Pier (closed for repairs). Southsea’s splendid sea front gardens, historic attractions and walks offer a delightful stroll of about two miles around to the Historic Dockyards with HMS Victory etc. In the other direction towards Hayling Island., it is less developed after the large boating lake and another pleasant walk.
I would however, ask that the hotel gives more specific advice on access to the car park at the rear. The narrow front apron was always obstructed by parked vehicles, and the adjacent side road blocked off with bollards. Hence, a none too obvious diversion around side streets was necessary to access it.
Only other point – why charge £2.50 for some breakfast options when the guest would then not be consuming the other food on offer?
But all in all, top class accommodation! less