I stayed in the Kentville last summer because I have family in nearby Portsmouth, and wanted to stay on the beach. I will admit that when I was first planning my trip, I was a bit put off by the reviews online. But when I went to the website, and I called to talk to them, they were so friendly and informative that I decided to give it a try.
The hotel was just as charming as the woman on the phone. When we were looking for the hotel (located right on Ocean Blvd, Rt1A!), I saw a blue and white cape with bright pink flowers cascading off of every window and every rail. It was gorgeous, and I was glad to find out that this was my hotel! The prime beach parking is assigned and free for guests, and is right next to the hotel.
This hotel is family-owned, and it shows: everything from the staff to the furniture in the rooms gives you the feel of a very personal stay. The manager is the owners' daughter, and she works just as hard as any of her employees at keeping the guests happy. She knew most of the customers by name, even though some had only been here once before. They get a high number of repeat guests.
The location of the hotel is also wonderful, probably the best on the New Hampshire seacoast. The prices are low ($130) for the average room, and for a spectacular suite on the front of the house, the cost is worth it for the view. From Hampton Beach, the ocean view is completely unimpeded: you can see straight on to England! Even from their front porch (great spot on a summer night), you can see the tankers going by at sea. The hotel is right on the end of the strip, so you are walking distance to everything, but you don't have people constantly walking by on the sidewalk, which means it's quieter.
The only downfalls I found to this hotel are that, since it's a small business, the rooms run out fast, and it's not open in the winter (but then, nothing else in Hampton is either, so you don't really need to be there then.) The hotel is also not smoke-free yet, which can potentially cause problems for the next one in the room, if they didn't follow the rules to smoke on the deck. But for this hotel, I'd say it's worth it.
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