Southsea hotel undergoes latest part of multimillion revamp - and sees stylish bar and restaurant put in

WORK is under way to renovate and redesign the bar and restaurant at one of Southsea’s top hotels.

By Kimberley Barber
Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 9:30 am
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 9:17 am

While the doors have been closed due to government restrictions, The Queens Hotel in Clarence Parade, has been undergoing the latest part in its multi-million pound revamp project.

A team of craftsmen are transforming the bar and restaurant areas, ready for reopening for outdoor dining on April 14.

Both rooms have been stripped back and re-layered with ornate plasterwork, heritage parquet flooring and rare sea blue marbles have been put in on the bar top.

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Artist's impression of the Queens Hotel in Southsea

Managing director Farid Yeganeh said: ‘We decided to make the most of the closure and put the time to good use. Until now we have carried out the work on the hotel while it has still been open but the enforced closure meant so much more could be achieved without disturbing anyone.’

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The stylish new look for the restaurant and bar has happened with the help of London design studio, Studio Kinford.

Having designed for such hotels as The Corinthia and The Connaught, the team focused on creating a ‘home away from home’ experience for guests using a balance of traditional bespoke furniture and mid-century vintage items, to harmonise and compliment the hotel’s Edwardian character.

Artist's impression of the Queens Hotel in Southsea

Farid said: ‘They have helped us to create a signature look for the hotel that will set us apart and give us a new identity.

‘Their attention to detail is phenomenal and they have helped us to create spaces where diners will feel safe and comfortable coming to eat with us.

‘The same team created our conference and meeting room suite on the lower floor and you can see the same vibe continue into the restaurant and bar.’

The new scheme will see more dining in the bar area as well as seating for 64 guests in the restaurant.

Queens Hotel Picture: Solent Sky Services

‘While the doors have been shut we have also been working on the main stairwell and landings to ensure they look their best and are integrated into the overall decorative scheme,’ added Farid.

Since the new management team took over in 2017, they have overseen a transformation that has breathed new life and elegance into the lobby, while completely overhauling and redesigning two floors of bedrooms.

Farid said: ‘While the pandemic has brought many challenges, we have used the time wisely to invest in the future of our hotel.

‘This is the latest chapter in her transformation and we are looking forward to welcoming back customers old and new.

‘The re-design is just the start and we will be placing even greater emphasis on providing great service to our guests and an enticing menu.’

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