At one time it certainly wasn't somewhere I'd want to spend the night; (Although the nightlife was certainly both interesting and 'entertaining' .......)
we ve stayed at ferry road, portsmouth.
By the portsmouth end to the hayling Island Ferry ,quite a step to town though.
Is that at the pay and display car park or on the road leading up (which seems to have lots of double yellow lines)?I stay here from time to time no problems at all also bus stops at ferry road so can get into the heart of town easy. Its a nice walk along the front although a few mile but lots to see and do Southsea and Portsmouth have a fair bit to offer. I have also seen plenty park along the front that appear to be overnighting but personally I would rather be out the way a bit.
Is this up by the memorial, (just up a bit from the sea life center ?)