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A brief history of

What is now The Queens Hotel was originally known as Southsea House built by the architect Augustus Livesay in 1861. Southsea House was a large private house owned by Sir John and Lady Morris and was later transformed into one of the first hotels in Southsea by William Kemp Junior.


December 8th 1901

A disastrous and fatal fire occurred. Aided by strong winds, the fire raged until the whole hotel was completely gutted. The Hotel was rebuilt in 1903 by the architect T.W. Cutler who created the splendid building that stands today.

Queens Hotel Fire Painting
by Fred T Jane


The Queens Hotel, under new ownership since early 2017, is being restored to its former glory. Guests are welcomed into a grand lobby by our charming staff as the magic of any visit or stay in The Queens unfolds. Rooms have been recently refurbished to offer luxury and comfort, many with spectacular sea views. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, hotel bars, a large private garden and a luxury Spa coming soon. The Hotel also offers the perfect setting for weddings, special occasions and business events.



The Queens Hotel sits on the edge of Southsea Common just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. Southsea Common plays host to a variety of events such as the award winning Victorious Festival and Kite Festival. Within walking distance is the D-Day Museum and Historic Dockyard, home to the Royal Navy and attractions such as HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and The Mary Rose.

The Emirates Spinnaker Tower is also less than one mile away and can be seen from the hotel bar and garden. The Spinnaker is located in the hugely popular Gunwharf Quays, shopping and leisure destination. Southsea Castle from where Henry VIII watched his beloved Mary Rose sink is a ten minute walk from the hotel.

Portsmouth and Southsea Rail Station is less than two miles away. Hover Travel, with the world’s only commercial hovercraft is a 5-minute walk from the hotel and offers the fastest route to the Isle of Wight whilst the Wightlink Isle of Wight Car Ferry and Passenger Terminal is a five minute drive.

The Queens Hotel offers views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. The Solent is one of the world’s busiest shipping channels and home to the prestigious America’s Cup World Series.


The Queens Hotel Portsmouth