Solent Forts Hotel
Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3FH
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Solent Forts Hotel
Canal Side, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 3FH
Two Napoleonic Forts situated in the middle of the sea. Spitbank Fort is perfect for that private party or event for up to 18 people staying over and 42 additional day or evening guests. No Man's Fort is three time the size and boasts a spa, pub and 22 spacious bedrooms. Ideal for tea and dinner too.
What makes a stay at Solent Forts unique?
These properties are different to your typical hotel or private hire venue. For a start you can reach the Forts by boat only. Spitbank Fort is a private hire venue only, complete with your own Fort Captain, Executive Chef and Team. No Man's is much bigger and has the Lord Nelson pub and Espa at Solent Forts to offer day and overnight guests. Hot Tubs, Saunas and Marshmallows by the fireplace come as standard for overnight guests. These properties are child free | adult only
What are the rooms and facilities on offer at Solent Forts?
All rooms are vast. After all this is where the Cannons were situated in the 1860s. All rooms come with en suite bathrooms and complimentary toiletries. Fort Tours are offered as standard. Facilities differs across both forts. No Man's Fort has a spa, games room, hot tubs, sauna and a suite of bars. There's even a lazer battle in the bunker. Spitbank Fort perfect for private functions where the fort is exclusively yours for at least 24 hours.
What can guests enjoy when staying in the Portsmouth area?
Portsmouth has plenty to offer. From shopping at Gunwharf Quays to going up the Spinnaker Tower there lots for you and your party to do. Being the ancestral home to the UK's Royal Navy, the Historic Dockyards and The Mary Rose Museums are must dos. Portsmouth's also offers plenty of places to eat and drink. After some shopping at Gunwharf Quays, a stone throw's walk you will find an array of food outlets to choose from.
Where can guests enjoy food and drink?
On board the Forts, your main meals are served in the Officer's Mess. Lunch is served in the Lord Nelson pub if you prefer the pub menu. If you arrive in Portsmouth early before taking the boat across, there are plenty of places to eat and drink. Carluccios, Cafe Rouge, Chiquito, Bella Italia, Costa Coffee, Las Iguanas, Coast to Coast, Frankie and Benny's and much more.
Solent Forts is part of the following Inspirations:
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
Solent Forts is part of the following Inspirations based on location:
"Hampshire is a county known to fly somewhat under the radar. Adjacent to Dorset with its beautiful beaches; and Sussex, which contains one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the whole of the UK in Brighton, some might think that Hampshire has nothing to offer. This article will beg to differ and begin to explore some of the best spots, sights and attractions that are an absolute must for anyone wishing to visit the county."
Information on Solent Forts hotel , Canal Side , Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: 29 Doubles and 2 Suites
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Credit Cards Accepted: Amex, Delta, Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, JCB, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children over 17 welcome (For overnight stays)
Dog Friendly: No
Romantic Details: sea views, private dining, private rooms
Smoking Permitted: Yes (permitted outside on rooftop terrace only)
Wheelchair Access: No
Accreditation: Best UK Unusual Venue 2019 M&IT Awards
DVD compatible, TV, telephone, alarm clock, Wi-Fi, En-Suite facilities, Luxury toiletries
Courtyard and sun decks, Espa at Solent Forts, Rooftop hot pool, Sauna, 3 restaurant areas, The Lord Nelson Pub, 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, Private Jetty
Snooker and pool tables, Lazer battle, Spa treatment, Rum tasting, Wine and Cheese tasting, Cocktail Making, Champagne Sabrage
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Boat rides, Fishing
HMS Victory, Historic Dockyards,The Mary Rose museum, Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower
|Local directions:||By car On arrival in Portsmouth follow the brown signs for the ‘Historic Waterfront’ that leads you straight to Gunwharf Quays. We suggest parking in ‘Zone A’ before taking a short walk to our Port Office at Gunwharf Quays. From here board your boat transfer for a short ride across the Solent. Overnight guests staying on the Fort will receive a discount when parking at Gunwharf Quays. Please ask the Port Office for more details. Sat Nav postcode for Car Park: PO1 3FH. 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 station connecting directly to London Waterloo and London Victoria. Journey times are from just 1 hour 30 minutes. From Portsmouth Harbour station it’s only a 5 minute walk to our Port Office at Gunwharf Quays. From here board your boat transfer for a short ride across the Solent.|
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Nearest railway stn:
Portsmouth (1 mile)
Southampton (21 miles)
Portsmouth Harbour (0.5 miles)
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