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.
- 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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