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Martin Hill Inn

404 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208
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Martin Hill Inn
Ranked #2 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stoughton, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived early...........and were told our room was not ready which was understandable. I then asked if I could use there bathroom and explained we had just driven for 3 hours to get there. The innkeeper's response was........''we don't have a bathroom people can use".........and susggested I use the public bathroom downtown which was horrible!!! She knew we were staying... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We enjoyed our stay here. We were made to feel welcome, everything was clean. The B&B was quite charming and a less than 10 minute walk from the center of town. Beautiful shade garden to relax after morning activities. The breakfast was out of this world! I hope to visit Portsmouth again, and I would not hesitate to stay here.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very charming B&B which enhanced our family trip to the NE Coast from the UK. We had two rooms, both of which were excellently presented and maintained. The hosts were very friendly, accommodating and helpful without being obtrusive. The house itself is located close enough to the town centre to be convenient, without being so close to be affected... More

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Mainz, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The old house in the center of Portshouth (15 min walk to Strawberry Bank) is charming and very nice. Rooms are nicely decorated, comfortable, clean and well maintained. The two course full breakfast is superb and tasty, and the owners manage very well special food requirements. They also offer good tips for your stay.

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58 reviews 58 reviews
17 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very nice Inn. The price was right and the quality was high. The bed was very creaky, had dents and I did have trouble sleeping. It may have been due to eating chocolate ice cream after 9:00pm. The air conditioner was a simple window model and was very noisy and rattled. Otherwise, I am very happy with... More

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New York, NY
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 hotel reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The pros: Close to town, lovely gardens, friendly hosts. The cons: breakfast is carb and sugar heavy, mattress creaks - is old and needs replacing. Bedding and pillows could be better - a simple switch out of old sheets with good quality cotton ones as well as feather pillows (for the foam they have now) would make the Martin Hill... More

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Meg_and_Russ, Owner at Martin Hill Inn, responded to this review

We are sorry that our guest's experience didn't measure up to our expectations. Since many people are allergic to down we do not use down pillows as our regular bedding. However, we do keep a set which we will use on request, so if you are a down pillow fan please let us know. Our breakfasts do run toward the... More

Storrs, Connecticut, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Room was clean and comfy. Staff was attentive without being overbearing. Breakfast was excellent, but no entree choice, this isn't a problem for me as I like to be surprised with food. The walk to downtown is a little far but workable. The trolley stops right in front but doesn't run late.

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Meg_and_Russ, Owner at Martin Hill Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the thoughtful review. You are correct that we are not in downtown. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk for most, but if you have mobility challenges it is worth keeping in mind. The trolley runs from 8 to 8 (roughly), so won't do late night revelers much good. We don't offer a selection of entrees... More

Dixfield, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

You will not find a better breakfast in Portsmouth. Having been the head housekeeper for the Martin Hill Inn, I should know. As I leave the Inn, I wanted to say thank you to all the wonderful guests I have met over the last several years, and to wish Russ and Meg only the best. And,to the incredible Kizmet, I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This B&B is everything a B&B should be...Warm and attentive hosts, beautiful rooms and a decadent breakfast to start your day. The rooms are filled with lovely antiques and historical charm. You will not be disappointed.

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Meg_and_Russ, Owner at Martin Hill Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for the lovely compliments; we really appreciate it. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

First time visit to Martin Hill Inn and Portsmouth. The owners were friendly and helpful with suggestions for dinner and activities available in the area. Wish the weather was more cooperative during our short stay to enjoy the nice garden area. The room was comfortable, beautifully decorated, nothing like a generic hotel room. Breakfast was plentiful and flavorful. There were... More

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Address: 404 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208
Location: United States > New Hampshire > Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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The Martin Hill Inn provides traditional New England Hospitality in the heart of vibrant Portsmouth, NH. There are two buildings dating from the early 1800's with a large shade garden connecting the property to an off-street parking area for our guests. The Inn has a total of 7 bedrooms in the two buildings. We serve a full complimentary breakfast. Favorite menu items include Banana-Walnut muffins, Orange Cardamom Baked Pears, Baked Ham and Swiss Omelets, Cornmeal waffles with Strawberry sauce and traditional Blueberry pancakes with real 100% maple syrup. The Inn is located a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Portsmouth's shops, restaurants, theaters and museums. We look forward to your visit. ... more   less 
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