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The Departure Lounge, Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3FH

Solent Forts hotel

The Departure Lounge, Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3FH

Solent Forts – The Ultimate Private Island Experience
AmaZing Venues are the proud owners of 3 historic sea forts in The Solent and consist of Spitbank Fort, No Man’s Fort and Horse Sand Fort. Two of which have been transformed in to the ultimate private island, perfect for Weddings, Corporate, Celebrations, Dining Experiences, Thrilling Activities such as Rib Rides and lots more.

Spitbank Fort.
A five-star venue whose original guns and ammunition stores have made way for 9 bedrooms, 3 dining/function rooms, 3 bars including a Laurent Perrier Champagne bar, a wine cellar, open-air hot pool, sauna, sundeck and games rooms. Available for exclusive use, Spitbank Fort is ideal for corporate functions requiring high-tech facilities, security and total privacy as well as memorable social events such as wedding receptions and special family get togethers seeking an alternative setting.

No Man’s Fort
Considerably larger than Spitbank Fort, and with a helipad, No Man’s Fort has four levels packed with a variety of AmaZing facilities – it’s a unique venue that’s sure to fire people with enthusiasm and leave them with unforgettable memories. As well as a wealth of history and bags of character the Fort offers 22 fabulous bedrooms, a variety of large and impressive function spaces, a spa, top deck hot tubs, and a range of fabulous facilities and activities that will make this one of the most incredible venues in the world for leisure stays and both corporate and private functions.

Horse Sand’s Fort
Visitors can opt for out 'Trio of Forts experience', which includes a trip over to Horse sands fort, which has been kept in it original historic state. They will be able to see the original gun carriages, shell stores, armour plated walls and living quarters, providing a dramatic and vivid slice of our island’s remarkable history for all those eager to delve into the past.

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"Without a doubt the most unusual hotel conversion in Britain is Spitbank Fort, built as part of the seventeenth-century sea defences for Portsmouth Harbour. Today it is a private circular island in the Solent. Work on the fort was ordered in 1861 by Lord Palmerston, Queen Victoria’s first prime minister, but not completed until 1878 by which time Palmerston was dead and his fortresses had gained the epithet Palmerston’s Follies because no one could see the point of them. In 1898 the sea-battered fortress was given the function of defending Portsmouth harbour against light craft and fitted out with searchlights and two smaller guns, but it never saw action. In 1962 the Ministry of Defence declared it surplus to requirement and Spitbank was sold off, eventually becoming a hotel that can only be reached by boat and (indirectly) helicopter. Although much of the fort’s original circular layout has been retained, the interior contains such un-Victorian features as a sauna and games room, a rooftop hot pool and firepit and nine luxury bedroom suites."

Ten of the Best Hotels with a View by Amanda Statham

"If James Bond opened a hotel, it would probably look a lot like Spitbank Fork, a converted circular maritime fort in the Solent overlooking Portsmouth. The speedboat journey out there gives an indication of just how amazing it is to spend the night completely surrounded by water and the views really are breathtaking, whether at sunset sitting around the circular fire pit, on deck gazing at the twinkling lights of the city by night or during an alfresco breakfast at sunrise with views of the sparkling Solent. It sleeps 16 and you can book one room or hire it privately as a group."

10 Historic South Coast Hotels by Adrian Mourby

"Spitbank is one of “Lord Palmerston’s follies”, a circular island fort rearing up out of Portsmouth Sound. Palmerston, one of Queen Victoria’s prime ministers, built three maritime forts here to protect the Royal Navy dockyard in case Napoleon III attacked. Ironically the only French battleship ever seen from Spitbank was Le Coubet, which was seeking refuge from occupied France in 1940. In 1982 the Ministry of Defence sold off its coastal defences and Spitbank became a luxury hotel."

The Top Ten Themed Wedding Destinations by Liz Coggins

"This old converted sea fortress off the Solent is tailor made for nautical themed weddings and will literally blow you out of the water the first time you see it. Couples set sail with their guests, there is a limit of 50, on their own chartered boat to their reception on what can only be described as an island of dreams."

Information on Solent Forts hotel , The Departure Lounge , Canal Side , Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth

No. of bedrooms: Total: 31        
Types of room: 31 suites
Room rates guide: Double/Twin:  £450.00-£700.00
Suites:  £630.00-£1,000.00
General info: Credit Cards Accepted:  Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Visa
When Closed:  5th to 18th January 2015
Child Friendly:  Children over 12 welcome
Dog Friendly:  No
Romantic Details: sea views, private hotpool, private rooms
Smoking Permitted:  Yes (permitted outside on rooftop terrace only)
Wheelchair Access:  No
Accreditation: Prestige Events Cool Venue Awards Winner 2014
Room facilities: TV, telephone, alarm clock, Wi-Fi, En-Suite facilities, Luxury toiletries
General facilities: Courtyard and sun decks, Luxury treatment room, Rooftop hot pool, Sauna, Steam Room, Cater for groups of 20 or 200, 3 restaurant areas, LaZer Battle, 3 bars, Civil Wedding Licence, Wedding Receptions for up to 200, Function suite, Conference Facilities over 10 function rooms, Wi-fi, Cabaret Bar, Wine tasting cellar, games rooms & TV rooms. Champagne reception on arrival, exclusive boat shuttles to and from the Fort, Heli-pad at No Man's Fort, Private Jetty
Indoor activities: Wine Tasting, Cocktail Making, LaZer Battle, Champagne & Sabrage, Cabaret Bar, Champagne Bar, Oyster tasting, games room, gym, fire pit, TV rooms, sauna, hot pool, sundecks, private sun terrace, large BBQ area, wine cellar
Outdoor activities on site: Treasure Hunt, Fire Pit Experience, Boat rides, Fishing
Activities nearby: The Isle of Wight, HMS Victory, The Mary Rose, Gunwharf Quays, perfect for shopaholics, The Spinnaker Tower
Local directions: By car Our brand new Port Office is located in Gunwharf Quays. This designer outlet mall is home over 100 shops and waterfront restaurants with excellent transport links. Getting to Gunwharf Quays: Exit the M27 at Junction 12, then join the M275 motorway which brings you directly in to Portsmouth, and then follow the brown signs for the Historic Waterfront leading you straight to Gunwharf Quays. From Gunwarf Quays please head to the Solent Forts Port Office. By air The nearest airports to us are Eastleigh Airport, Southampton Airport, London Heathrow and London Gatwick. By coach National Express run regular coach services run from London Victoria and London Gatwick to Portsmouth Hard (near Spinnaker Tower). From here, make your way to the Solent Forts Port Office. By train Portsmouth Harbour is the nearest main line station to the Departure Lounge and has superb travel connections direct to London Waterloo. Journey times are about 1 hour 40 minutes. From the train station please turn right then proceed under the Gunwharf Quays underpass.
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Nearest railway stn:
Portsmouth (1 mile)
Southampton (21 miles)
Portsmouth Harbour (0.5 miles)

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