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Martin Hill Inn

404 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208
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Martin Hill Inn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Montreal, Canada
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

First time in B&B. Loved its location, deco and style. Hosts Russ and his wife were very friendly, breakfast was great (though my boyfriend found it like plastic). Bed is super comfortable, with complimentary sherry and WIFI. What we don't like about the room: 1. Bathroom is tiny, shower is too small that you can hardly turn around. 2. Heater... More

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

I always tell our guests that nothing says "old building" like steep, narrow stairs, but undersized bathrooms may come in a close second. I'm glad the reviewer is sensitive to the limitations of a 200 year old building in a historic zone. If anyone out there has any clever solutions for knocking the shampoo over with your elbow every time... More

Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This was our second time at the Martin Hill Inn and we loved it even more this time around! Stayed in the noonday suite which is very spacious, clean, and comfortable. The staff is so pleasant and even let us check in a little early. The breakfast was delicious!! You can't beat the price here, and it is quite close... More

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Cheshire,Ct
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Wonderful Inn close to center of Portsmouth. About a 10 minute walk. Very lovely room and comfortable bed. Owners and staff very welcoming. They are so accommodating. Breakfast was perfect. Baked apple, french toast, bacon. Will definitely go back.

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Sandwich, MA
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
3 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We just returned from a very enjoyable stay in Portsmouth, enhanced by the Martin Hill Inn. We were a little amazed to learn that our hosts had only been with the Inn for a couple weeks!! They certainly landed on their feet. Our room was very comfortable and while we couldn't use the "sunroom" because of the cold, it would... More

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Just returned from an overnight at the Martin Hill Inn with my husband and our friends. This Inn is very nice, very clean and the new owners were very nice and hospitable.. It changed hands a few weeks ago and the new owners seem to be doing a great job so far! We stayed in Ranger which is located on... More

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Brodhead
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

Is this true? This was a first rate operation when I visited in January. It was VERY CLEAN and well run, spotless and professional. The food was good, too. I'd definitely consider it for a return visit.

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

The Martin Hill Inn has indeed changed hands, and I know this because my wife Meg and I are the new owners. Margot is a tough act to follow, but we are trying our best to retain all the best parts of the Martin Hill Inn experience while adding on a few little perks. We are biased, but we also... More

Huntingdon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights in October and had a very enjoyable visit. The owner, Margot, was extremely helpful, the room was lovely and quaint, and the communal breakfast was both delicious and convivial. Being only a 10 to 15 minute walk to downtown was a bonus as we like to dump our car and then go... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Sadly, we only spent 1 night (September) at Martin Hill Inn. We were in the Dashing Wave and had a lovely, large, comfortable en-suite room with a small sitting area and TV. Having arrived late, we were still given a warm welcome and provided with suggestions of where to get an evening meal. Being within walking distance of downtown is... More

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

Dear Guests from South Africa, We were sad that you could only spend one night in Portsmouth as well. But we are happy that you found Dashing Wave to be comfortable and our welcome warm and helpful. I am sorry that you were not able to enjoy the breakfast we served that day (even if it was tasty). I would... More

virginia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
20 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My husband and I are occasional visitors to the Portsmouth area, and we were excited to try out the Martin Hill Inn. Unfortunately, we were a bit disappointed. Our bedroom was the Cathedral room and while it appears bright and cheery on the website, it is actually rather drab. It also fronts the main road in Portsmouth and traffic was... More

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

Dear Happy Itinerant, Thank you for taking the time to advise us of ways that we can improve the Inn. We can certainly take another look at Cathedral with your comments in mind to see if there are ways to improve the experience. Putting the bathroom on the top of the list for this winter's make-overs is certainly an option.... More

Pomfret Center, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We recently spent two nights at Martin Hill Inn and it was a very pleasant experience. We stayed in the Noonday Suite, it has a great enclosed porch and it's own private entry. It is so much more than you get from a hotel, Every thing is clean and tidy, the Inn appears freshly remodeled and updated. you get the... More

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

Thank you for your review of the Inn. We hope to have little touches that make your stay comfortable. Those Keurig machines have been a wonderful addition to the hospitality industry! We look forward to your next visit. More

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Additional Information about Martin Hill Inn

Address: 404 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208
Location: United States > New Hampshire > Portsmouth
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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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