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404 Islington St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208
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#2 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Portsmouth
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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 Lemon-Ricotta Pancakes, Mixed-Berry Parfaits, Potato-Leek Quiches, Good Night Waffles and Pear-Brie Baked French Toast. The Inn is located a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Portsmouth's shops, restaurants, theaters and museums. We look forward to your visit.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Matt N wrote a review Jun 2020
41 contributions23 helpful votes
I had the privilege of being the first guest in the comfy and private (complete with a fully private entrance through an exclusive three-season porch) since the lockdown. This special space has EVERY comfort of home at a time that being away from home is a special treat. Further, inn keepers extraordinarie Russ and Meg going Silkwood shower caliber above-and-beyond as to health precautions alleviate angst as to contracting covid while there. The pandemic-era tower of luxury soaps fully confirms that they truly care. A combination of fatigue after three months of challenging near isolation and active outings during my inn credible stay made merely being in this thoughtfully planned space in this place that has the distinction of being the only true B n B in Portsmouth a trip highlight. The shady and ample parking at this place a leisurely 10-minute stroll to the historic business district is a nice bonus in a city that only has cookie-cutter hotels and off-site valet parking among the funky but chic restaurants and literal and figurative boutique shops. The one-minute stroll through the relaxing garden complete with two resident bunnies and a bird-seed addicted chipmunk provides a perfect transition between the outside world and this near-Eden. ALL of this and a clear desire to awe make Russ and Meg the perfect hosts in the ONE Portsmouth hotel that reflects the seafaring past of this harbor town sans a bar wench/fine girl named Brandi.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Room Tip: Stairs in the 19th century building being narrow make first-floor rooms the best options for...
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Sterling G wrote a review Dec 2019
White River Junction, Vermont24 contributions8 helpful votes
As the city grows, things are being built up around this charming old inn. We stayed there 30 years ago or so and loved it. We had the same kind of experience this time. Easy walking distance to downtown. Great breakfast where we were able to visit with others who were staying at the inn. Loved our stay.
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Date of stay: December 2019
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NS63090 wrote a review Dec 2019
Moretown, Vermont13 contributions1 helpful vote
We had a wonderful stay at Martin Hill. We were in the carriage house next to the main inn. Our room had the sun porch. Unfortunately it was too cold to sit in there! Breakfast was very good and the company was excellent!
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Date of stay: November 2019
BellaStella1 wrote a review Nov 2019
Portland, Oregon26 contributions12 helpful votes
We chose this inn as part of a fall foliage road trip during our first visit to New England based on their website and positive reviews from others. While we absolutely loved Portsmouth, both the condition of the inn itself and the neighborhood that it's located in were extremely disappointing. The building is very run-down inside and out, although our room was clean. We didn't care for the breakfast at all. We'd love to return to Portsmouth to spend more time but we won't be returning to the Martin Hill Inn
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Meg_and_Russ, Owner at Martin Hill Inn
Responded Nov 10, 2019
We admit that we have no idea what our guests are talking about. The Inn is housed in a 200 year old building and perhaps they expected a modern hotel? There is some construction in the neighborhood, but that is quite normal for our city. Our only response is please read all the other reviews from all our other guests who had what seems to be the complete opposite experience.
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Jose P wrote a review Nov 2019
Dallas, Texas4 contributions5 helpful votes
Wish I could give them a 6th star. Had a great experience all around. The inn keeper's restaurant recommendations were spot on. There’s coffee, tea, hot water, sherry and cookies available around the clock. The property is only a 10-minute walk to downtown. Will definitely return.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Room Tip: Choose upstairs if you can, but the stairs are rather steep and narrow.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Martin Hill Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Martin Hill Inn?
Nearby attractions include Portsmouth Escape Room (0.3 miles), Cashunt Portsmouth (0.3 miles), and Pickwicks Mercantile (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Martin Hill Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Martin Hill Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Martin Hill Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Martin Hill Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Martin Hill Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lexie's Joint, The Kitchen, and White Heron Tea & Coffee Community.
Are there any historical sites close to Martin Hill Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Strawbery Banke Museum (0.7 miles), Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (0.6 miles), and Warner House (0.7 miles).