Historic Hotels in South Coast, England

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Featured South Coast Historic Hotels

The Royal Maritime Club
3 out of 5
Queens Street, Portsmouth, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£89
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec
3.8/5Good! (469 reviews)

"We had a really lovely weekend break at The Royal Maritime Club, Food was delicious, the staff were so helpful and really pleasant. We have booked again for next year."…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

The Royal Maritime Club
Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£51
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec
3.8/5Good! (1,081 reviews)

"Really enjoyed the building, the cosy feel of the bar, the view. Excellent all round."…"

Reviewed on 6 Dec 2019

Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel & Spa
Duke of Buckingham
3 out of 5
119 The High Street, Portsmouth, England
£38
per night
25 Dec-26 Dec
4/5Very Good! (490 reviews)

"didn't do a breakfast but there was a cafe across the road that did,shower room very small but overall had a comfy nights sleep"…"

Reviewed on 17 Nov 2019

Duke of Buckingham
Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
3 out of 5
The Plaza Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, England
Free cancellation
£70
per night
23 Dec-24 Dec
3.9/5Good! (1,027 reviews)

"Reception staff were extremely helpful as I was suffering from a temporary disability."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2019

Holiday Inn Express Portsmouth - Gunwharf Quays
The Mermaid Inn
3 out of 5
Mermaid Street, Rye, England
£140
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec
4.5/5Wonderful! (144 reviews)

"lovely old world charm have been many times before however this was my first overnight stay great room excellent breakfast and Glen always looks after us and makes us welcome"…"

Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019

The Mermaid Inn
The Shelleys Hotel & Restaurant
4 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£72
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec
4/5Very Good! (86 reviews)

"Beautiful building and gardens, very friendly and helpful staff , very comfortable bed. Quiet and relaxing stay."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

The Shelleys Hotel & Restaurant
Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
4 out of 5
34-35 High Street, Southampton, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£41
per night
27 Dec-28 Dec
3.6/5Good! (929 reviews)

"The staff are fantastic and nothing is too much trouble for anyone. For business, I like the fact that it has a car park which is quite rare for Southampton hotels."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel
The Old Borough Arms
4 out of 5
The Strand, Rye, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£89
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
4.5/5Wonderful! (229 reviews)

"Fantastic staff warm welcome couldn’t do enough for you lovely room Great breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov 2019

The Old Borough Arms
Cosy Character Cottage With Wood Burning Stove, Sleeps 5 + Baby/toddler
4.6/5Exceptional! (68 reviews)
Peace and quiet in Swanage

"Our family of 4 enjoyed a 4 night stay at 34 Bell St. The cottage is old and full of character and you need to take care if you are tall. The cottage had everything we needed for our stay with a local shop at the end of the road plus a pub although we didn't go in. The street was quiet and had good ..."…"

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2019

Cosy Character Cottage With Wood Burning Stove, Sleeps 5 + Baby/toddler
Purbeck House Hotel
£70
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec
4.4/5Excellent! (131 reviews)

"Beautiful old hotel staff very friendly & clean rooms would definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2019

Purbeck House Hotel
Holiday Inn Southampton
4 out of 5
Herbert Walker Avenue, Southampton, England
Free cancellation
£56
per night
22 Dec-23 Dec
3.9/5Very Good! (420 reviews)

"Close to the cruise port, good dining in the area and historical areas to walk."…"

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2019

Holiday Inn Southampton
Master Builders House Hotel
3 out of 5
Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu Estate, Brockenhurst, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£80
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec
4/5Very Good! (147 reviews)

"Fantastic setting , room in new part was great. Poorly cooked breakfast"…"

Reviewed on 3 Dec 2019

Master Builders House Hotel
32 The Green
3 out of 5
£85
per night
26 Dec-27 Dec
4.8/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)

"The rooms are beautiful. Margarette was very friendly and her breakfast was amazing!"…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2019

32 The Green
The White Horse Hotel Romsey
4 out of 5
Market Place, Hampshire, Romsey, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£86
per night
11 Dec-12 Dec
4.4/5Wonderful! (169 reviews)

"Lovely room , lovely welcome . The resturant is very good also . So many other hotels/ rooms are priced equal to the white horse but don't deliver in service , room quality or resturant standards like the they do . Thankyou for a lovely stay , we will be back."…"

Reviewed on 1 Sep 2019

The White Horse Hotel Romsey
The Crown Manor House Hotel
4 out of 5
High Street, Lyndhurst, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£79
per night
12 Dec-13 Dec
4.4/5Wonderful! (716 reviews)

"Lovely hotel and staff were very nice and welcoming. We had lunch in the restaurant and the food was excellent. Only downside was that the room was a little disappointing. For a deluxe room it was small and quite basic compared to what I have experienced in other, similarly priced hotels"…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

The Crown Manor House Hotel
Queens Hotel
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£51
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
3.9/5Good! (1,054 reviews)

"Great location, the Seaview room is big and comfortable. It was cold weather during my stay but the room was warm and had thermostat to adjust the heating. Staff was always helpful. Breakfast had few options but it was really good"…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Queens Hotel
Norfolk Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
High Street, Arundel, England
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£42
per night
5 Jan-6 Jan
3.9/5Good! (391 reviews)

"Stayed on the first floor in the courtyard. Room was pleasant and fairly quiet. Staff were very helpful and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Norfolk Arms Hotel
Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
3 out of 5
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£52
per night
15 Dec-16 Dec
4.3/5Excellent! (255 reviews)

"Beautiful Georgian property tastefully renovated. Comfortable and restful colours"…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Best Western Wessex Royale Hotel Dorchester
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What is a historic hotel?

 

Historic hotels give guests the opportunity to stay in buildings that have been officially recognised with a national historic designation. Historic hotels can take the form of castles, stately homes, palaces or even pubs, lodges, old police stations or skyscrapers – any building that’s been identified as being of special interest.

Many historic hotels occupy buildings that were originally built for a different function, and later re-established as a hotel. The previous function or architecture of the buildings themselves represent something important in the country’s historical timeline. Such hotels typically retain original characteristics such as period features or traditional architecture, in their communal spaces and/or bedrooms.

 

Do historic hotels in South Coast have modern facilities?

 

Yes. South Coast historic hotels provide a balance between an authentic experience in traditional surroundings, with a very comfortable stay. Hotel interiors are fitted with modern conveniences and updated safety features, while every effort is made to preserve historic facades and treasured traditions. Historic does not mean its run-down or uncomfortable for guests. In fact, many historic hotels are luxurious.

Guests can expect the usual amenities you’d get from a hotel such as WiFi, heating and air conditioning, good bathroom facilities and so on. The facilities depend on the design and layout of the building – historic hotels are often protected and any changes are subject to many rules and restrictions. Things like windows and pillars are more likely to be old-fashioned.

 

What is the oldest hotel in the world?

 

The Guinness Book of World Records lists Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan in Yamanashi, Japan, as the oldest hotel in the world. Fujiwara Mahito opened the hot-spring hotel to guests in 705 CE – over 1,300 years and 52 generations later it is still run by the same family. The hotel, which has 37 rooms, is at the foot of the Akaishi Mountains in central Japan.