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The Hotel Portsmouth
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Rehoboth MA
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60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Trying to get it right”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2014

We stayed one night at The Hotel Portsmouth this past Friday, having stayed there a year ago when the inn was under previous ownership. It is clear that the new owners have sunk considerable monies into the property, trying to bring it up to standards. And many aspects of the upgrades were very nice: a comfortable bed, nice towels, an iPad mini, nice TV etc. Having said that, a few things were lacking: one hand towel only, out of cream cheese at breakfast, could not get my iPhone or mac air to connect to the internet in the room, tiny bathroom, one photo on walls in room which left a lot of empty space, a night stand on one side of the bed was a stool with a light on it, and new but noisy portable floor AC which we had to turn off or I would have gotten no sleep. None of these are deal breakers, but the main thing that struck me is that the property feels historic with the 48 star flag and beautiful oak staircase, yet the attempt is to turn it into a hip hotel; it seemed like a mismatch. Just my opinion.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Belfast, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

A friend sent me a list of possible places to stay in the Portsmouth, NH area and I decided on this one based on location and price (which was NOT expensive). I got so much more than I anticipated. This place is charming--an old inn completely renovated with comfy beds, large flat screen TVs, totally remodeled bathrooms, accommodating staff, and free breakfast. It's in the middle of the downtown area within easy walking distance of stores, restaurants, etc. Another great feature: you get a parking space behind the hotel so you don't have the hassle of feeding the meter.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled on business
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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95 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

We wanted to try something different instead of the same Hotel Chains and we got it with this lovely large mansion transformed into a a beautiful Hotel.
We stayed in a deluxe King for 3 nights.The rooms are a good size but the bathroom is on the small side. Shower has a half glass wall, very nice looking but it makes for a chilly shower.
The TV is nice and large and the King bed is AWESOME. Nice linens and Big King pillows.
The desk area is a good size but it’s missing a desk lamp and a mirror.
Rooms do not have coffee pots but I think it's offered in the breakfast room near reception desk.
Nice touch to have IPads in every room loaded with local information and music.
The parking is included and the location is excellent to walk around downtown to shops and eats.
I would recommend this place to others coming to the area.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2014 via mobile

This charming unique hotel is fabulous!! I absolutely loved it!
Chris at the front desk is full if great information and wonderful, iPads with information in every room and very chic and a must on your list to visit.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Taipei, Taiwan
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

The good points of this hotel are described by reviews below, but if you like a firm bed, this is not the place for you. Stayed 2 nights in 2 different rooms, so I think the generalization probably holds.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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PortAle, Owner at The Hotel Portsmouth, responded to this review, 11 June 2014
Hello Peter,
We were sorry to hear you were displeased with our new Serta Presidential Suite Pillowtop mattresses. We understand it is difficult to provide one mattress that will appeal to all travelers. We have had an overwhelming positive response to this premium hotel grade mattress. So much so that we often have to give the manufacturer name and style number to guests checking out that had an incredible night's sleep and wish to purchase one for their home. We were happy to hear that you did find our previous reviews here accurate and the remainder of your stay with us was positive. Thank you for your feedback.
Best,
Doug - Owner
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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Looking for something out of the ordinary while inviting and comfortable, The Hotel Portsmouth is a must. Perfect location in walking distant of everything. Beautiful room, upscale bathroom and super friendly and accommodating staff!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New Hampshire
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014 via mobile

We spent last evening and loved it!
Always enjoyed the property when it was The Sise Inn, but it was getting very tired in the past few years . We love old buildings and always appreciate it when we see such loving care being put into a renovation.
Chris, a manager, was there and making sure all was in order. We had a great experience at check in, sorry I cannot remember her name, but she was wonderful.
Even tho we now live in the Seacoast area, it is fun to spend an evening in Portsmouth and we will be back!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Hotel Portsmouth
Address: 40 Court St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4412
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Region: United States > New Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 17 Hotels in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — The Hotel Portsmouth 2*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic downtown Portsmouth's newest boutique hotel: 32 guest rooms and suites, conference rooms and meeting spaces. Housed in an 1881 Queen Victorian mansion, The Hotel Portsmouth is Portsmouth's only non-chain, full service, independently owned boutique hotel. Modern conveniences include in-room iPads, free WiFi, luxurious bathrooms, 24 hour front desk, concierge services & free parking with every room. ... more   less 
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