Can you imagine staying at a hotel that was once a fort created for the sole purpose of naval defence? Well, the historic Spitbank Fort in the United Kingdom happens to be one such hotel. Located in the sea off Portsmouth, it is considered to be one of the most unique and exclusive hotels in the world. Though its exotic location and rich history alone are worth a visit, the additional spa facilities, a Laurent-Perrier Champagne bar and eight luxuriously converted rooms are the icing on the cake.
The Spitbank fort comes with a history that is as rich as its services. Believe it or not, but it was initially build in 1878 for the sole purpose of protecting the nearby harbour from a potential attack from Napoleon III. From 1898 to the early 1900’s, multiple changes were made to the fort vis-a-vis minor upgrades to its guns and searchlights. In 2009, the fort was put up for auction but was sold even before the auction went underway for more than 1 million pounds! It is currently privately owned by AmaZing Venues under the Solent Forts brand, and is now used as a luxurious hotel.
If you are interested to spend a few days in this historical and unique hotel, here are a few things that you should keep in mind. Firstly, you’d be happy to know that there are three bars, a wine cellar and even multiple games rooms at this hotel. On your arrival, you’d be greeted with champagne to start of your vacation in style!
On its decked roof, you’d be happy to see a heated pool, sauna, a fire pit and even a gorgeous lighthouse with its own observation deck! Having 50 rooms in total, it also comes with an elegant dance room and a world class restaurant.
For around Rs 500000, groups can exclusively hire this fort for functions such as weddings or birthday parties. This package would include champagne and lunch upon arrival, a three-course dinner and breakfast the morning after.
This historical and unique hotel is located on the sea off Portsmouth and is just a two hour drive from London. From Gunwharf Quays, it’ll only take a 30 minute boar ride to reach this exquisite hotel.
Address: Solent Forts Port Office Canal Side, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO1 3FH, United Kingdom
Web Address: http://www.amazingvenues.co.uk/venue/spitbank-fort/
Contact No.: 0330 333 7 222
Operating Hours: Not Available
Cost: Rs. 48000 per room
Easiest Way to Reach: 30 minutes by boat from Gunwharf Quays