The UK’s only island city, Portsmouth, is packed with nautical history! It’s a great place to use as a base for getting over to the Isle of Wight too. At one point, Portsmouth was the most heavily fortified town in the world, so there’s plenty to see in terms of historical ruins. More recently, one of the tallest buildings in the United Kingdom has been added to the city skyline – the 170-metre tall Spinnaker Tower. When you’ve explored everything, head to Clarence Pier for some games at the arcades!
Sitting on Portsea Island, Portsmouth actually has a higher population density than London. So, it’s pretty packed here! You’ll need to find somewhere to stay close to awesome sites like the HMS Victory, Historic Dockyard, and Mary Rose Museum. Luckily, there are lots of examples of unique accommodation in Portsmouth that are sure to float your boat, such as bed and breakfasts.
In this post, we’ll take a look at 7 of the best bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth. We’ve taken various factors into account – including travel style and personality, but most importantly, your budget. Our expert travel writers have put this list together to make sure you find the perfect B&B in Portsmouth for your trip.
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Beckett Southsea Modern Double Room
This Portsmouth bed and breakfast is in a listed historical building and has a bar and restaurant downstairs. The six rooms on offer all come with their own unique style and character making it the perfect place to stay in Portsmouth.
- Clarence Pier
- Spinnaker Tower
- Mary Rose Museum
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Staying in a Bed and Breakfast in Portsmouth
Portsmouth doesn’t have loads of bed and breakfasts, but they focus on quality over quantity. So, rest assured that by staying in a bed and breakfast in Portsmouth you will have an authentic local experience. But why choose one of these over say, a hotel or a hostel? Well, hotels can be slightly drab and lack character, while hostels can be messy and noisy.
A bed and breakfast is the perfect mid-point between these two types of accommodation – you get the low price that makes them so attractive to budget travellers, and you’ll get a warm welcome from the owner who will help you navigate your way around the city.
Also, it’s not too difficult to find a bed and breakfast to suit your travel style. Whilst the most common types of rooms at a B&B include a double or twin option (which is perfect for couples), larger family rooms shouldn’t be too hard to find. It certainly wasn’t for us!
What to look for in a Portsmouth Bed and Breakfast
But what should you be looking for in a bed and breakfast in Portsmouth? Well, the clue is in the name. You might get a continental, English, or Irish breakfast and if you’re lucky, you’ll have the choice of all 3. Delicious!
Location is important too – you’ll want to be within a hop, skip, and a jump of all the top attractions in Portsmouth. If you’re on Portsea Island itself (as all of our choices are), you won’t have far to go. However, if you go rogue and stay further out, you’ll need to take public transport or rent a car.
Other features depend on your budget – so take a look at our top bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth and see which one is the best match for you!
Beckett Southsea Double Room 5
- > $$$
- > 2 Guests
- > On-site bar and restaurant
- > Modern room with great natural lighting
Waverley Park Lodge
- > $
- > 2 Guests
- > Continental, Irish, and English breakfast
- > Walking distance to Southsea Common
The White Lodge Southsea
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Fabulous breakfast
- > Individually designed bedrooms
The Wellington Restaurant and Bar
- > $$
- > 4 Guests
- > Bar and Garden
- > Large, spacious room
Stylish, relaxed designer’s house
- > $
- > 1 Guests
- > Incredible location
- > Fully equipped kitchen
- > $$
- > 4 Guests
- > Great Location near to the Mary Rose Museum
- > Delicious breakfast
Old Victory House
- > $
- > 2 Guests
- > Walking distance to Portsmouth Harbour
- > Cosy and clean room
The 7 Top Bed and Breakfasts in Portsmouth
So, now that we’ve helped you work out what to expect from a bed and breakfast in Portsmouth, let’s get down to the really important part. The next bit of our article shows you the best of bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth, tailored exactly to your travel style. Let’s go!
Overall Best Bed and Breakfast in Portsmouth – Beckett Southsea Modern Double Room
- 2 Guests
- On-site bar and restaurant
- Modern room with great natural lighting
Let’s kick off our list of the best bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth with a real luxurious option. Becketts is a renowned restaurant and bar which has rooms upstairs too. It’s a lively venue and a great place to base yourself to explore the city.
The large window ensures that the room is filled with bright, natural light and comes with a laptop-friendly workspace (ideal for digital nomads), a cable TV, and a comfortable double bed. Breakfast included as standard each morning of your stay. And, long term stays are possible too! Becketts has a range of other rooms which vary in price and design. So, if this one’s not up your street, check out the others.
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Best Budget Bed and Breakfast in Portsmouth – Waverley Park Lodge
- 2 Guests
- Continental, Irish and English breakfast
- Walking distance to Southsea Common
This city can be pricey, which may be stressful for some travellers. However, we’ve found the best budget bed and breakfast in Portsmouth to put those worries to bed! You’ve got three choices of breakfast here – continental, full English, and full Irish. Take the English for a traditional option, or continental as a nod to our friends across the channel.
In your room, you’ll have your own private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer. The beds are comfortable and clean, and overall, this property offers great value for money for those budget travelers.
Best Bed and Breakfast in Portsmouth for Couples – The White Lodge Southsea
- 2 Guests
- Fabulous breakfast
- Individually designed bedrooms
The White Lodge is one of the most charming bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth! As you enter the property, you’ll be welcomed by a classic car sitting right at the entrance. Although it boasts original Victorian features, you’ve also got some lovely contemporary design and the interior is tastefully decorated.
The large windows allow lots of great natural light into the spacious room. There’s also a flat-screen HDTV and tea and coffee making facilities. There’s free parking too, so you can leave your car safe while you explore the city. A range of breakfasts are provided here, including vegetarian.
Best Bed and Breakfast for a Group of Friends – The Wellington Restaurant and Bar
- 4 Guests
- Bar and Garden
- Large, spacious room
For a group of friends staying in Portsmouth, take a look at this place. Not only is it a cool bed and breakfast, but there’s also a bar and restaurant downstairs. So, you can enjoy a great night out and crawl upstairs to bed when you’ve had enough!
The room comes with a large king bed as well as a sofa bed and is the perfect size to fit 4 people comfortably. When staying here, you’ll be close to Portsmouth’s top attractions, including the Royal Navy Museum, the Historic Dockyard, and Gunwharf Quay!
Best Bed and Breakfast for Solo Travellers in Portsmouth – Stylish, relaxed designer’s house
- 1 Guest
- Incredible location
- Fully equipped kitchen
If you’re travelling solo in Portsmouth, a double bed is nice but it’s not the be-all and end-all! So, save yourself a bit of cash and stay somewhere with a single room. This bed and breakfast is packed with character and charm and offers a great location among all the attractions.
It also comes with a fully equipped kitchen – so you can prepare lunch and dinner. Of course, a complimentary breakfast is already done for you. This house belongs to a designer, so you can expect quirky and cool decor in the flat – and to make it more homely there are a few fish tanks and plants dotted around!
Best Bed and Breakfast for Families visiting Portsmouth – Lady Hamilton Family Room
- 4 Guests
- Great location near to the Mary Rose Museum
- Delicious breakfast
Travelling to Portsmouth with your family? You’ll love Lady Hamilton! This B&B has a pub downstairs and offers unique accommodation in Portsmouth. It’s ideally situated close to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and other top attractions in the area.
This tall, slim building offers a family room fitted with 2 twin beds and 1 double bed, as well as a private bathroom. If you don’t feel like heading down to the restaurant or bar there’s a flat-screen TV in your room. In the morning, choose between a full Irish, English, or continental breakfast.
Best Bed and Breakfast for Backpackers – Old Victory House
- 2 Guests
- Walking distance to Portsmouth Harbour
- Cosy and clean room
Let’s bring our list of the best bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth to a close with our final option: Old Victory House. You’ll certainly be winning if you stay here! Backpackers should choose somewhere that won’t put too much of a dent in their budget while still having optimum comfort and convenience.
It’s less than a mile from the Mary Rose Museum, however, you won’t want to spend all your time out sightseeing as there’s an awesome garden and shared lounge at this charming accommodation! Guests have given this place glowing reviews when it comes to one person stays, so that’s pretty good to know for backpackers.
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Final Thoughts on Portsmouth Bed and Breakfasts
So, that concludes our list of the best bed and breakfasts in Portsmouth! Whether you’re travelling alone, with your family and friends, or perhaps you want somewhere romantic for you and your other half, there’s a bed and breakfast in Portsmouth that will meet your needs.
We just hope you’re not overwhelmed with choice! If that’s the case, just scroll back to the top of our list and go for our top bed and breakfast in Portsmouth – that’s Beckett South Sea! It’s the perfect combination of style and value for money, and it’s above a pretty decent restaurant too.
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