I am from Portsmouth and return to town frequently so have tried most of the area hotels. This new Residence Inn DOWNTOWN is the best value downtown in my opinion(there is also another Residence Inn in Portsmouth, an older one that is off the traffic circle a bit further up near the malls so make sure you choose the one you want, depending on if you want downtown, which is a bit more expensive and has a parking fee vs. the other Res Inn, which is off the circle by the malls and has no parking fee. The older one off the circle has a hot tub while the downtown one does not (pool only). We like both so whatever you prefer location wise, you can't go wrong w/either. Just depends if you want to be downtown within walking distance of all downtown activities; other wise, the other is about a 5 minute drive back into town so convenient as well and closer to NH malls/shopping) This one has an ideal locale right in the heart of downtown within steps to shopping, the piers, and all downtown attractions such as the Music Hall, which is a quick walk across the street so it was ideal for a concert we recently attended. No needing to drive around to try and find parking etc. You just park in the lot onsite, it's $12 per day. Portsmouth is a walking town so you can park then walk to all restaurants, shopping, exhibit halls, Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park events etc. No need to drive until you check out or unless you are hopping over the bridge to Kittery shopping or a nearby beach.
This hotel is new and practically sparkles, it is so stylish and spotless. It has an upscale designer edge to it versus the traditional Residence Inns. The dining areas are beautiful, with a swank bar and lounge w/flatscreens and fireplaces for lounging; this also serves as the breakfast eating area. Breakfast is great, all fresh: eggs, sausage, home fries, cereals, yogurts, drinks, fruit etc. all complimentary and served with a smile by the lovely hostess. There is a business area w/computer, printer for use free. Also a meeting center so can be used for receptions, parties etc. (which often books up this hotel so make sure you reserve asap as there are holiday parties, business meeting etc that can jam it up)
The staff is wonderful, very helpful and friendly. We are Marriott Elite members and were able to request late check out without a problem (reg check out is 11, we stayed till 12).
The design of this Res Inn is not the traditional Residence Inn but more of a tailored chic downtown style. It has a more New England, nautical theme. Even the prints on the wall are very well done photos of local scenery. It is very chic. It was very busy when we were there, full of posh people so it was definitely hopping with travelers and families, yet we were not disturbed by noise at all during our stay.
The beds are extremely comfortable, plush and relaxing; def not those typical cheap hotel beds that keep you tossing and turning all night. The linens are cozy and fresh. The kitchen area is perfect, very functional, full size fridge, two burner stove w/micro and sink, all included cookware etc for longer stays. Even a dishwasher. The bathrooms were roomy and spotless. They could use more strategic placement of towel bars as another guest mentioned, but this is a minor complaint. It is the perfect base for a multi day stay, but lovely enough for even a quick getaway. I would recc. this hotel without reservation (sorry, couldn't resist!) I know it costs a bit more, but I found it to be worth the cost and actually a value for its location. You can offset the cost by checking for AAA rates etc. We were able to stay for free using the Marriott Rewards program (basically a frequent flyer program for hotels, just sign up for it, it's free! You accumulate points every time you stay and earn free nights) but I will def pay to return. It is the best value downtown.
restaurant recc: The Library Restaurant, an historic building with fabulous architecture and wonderful steaks...
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