Hotel catered for well-to-do travellers

The Royal Pier Hotel, Southsea, between the wars
The Royal Pier Hotel, Southsea, between the wars

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The Royal Pier Hotel was an institution in Southsea, catering for the well-to-do traveller.

It was originally the Pier Hotel but the name was changed after Queen Victoria stayed there.

After the Second World War the hotel was taken over by the army to house service families and in the 1960s it was converted into student accommodation.

It was demolished in 1995 and a new students’ hall of residence was built.