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121 Bow St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-3854
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#3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Portsmouth
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Housed in a former brewery on historic Bow Street, the Ale House Inn is Portsmouth's urban inn. 10 guest rooms appointed with 32" flat panel televisions, iPod docking stations, Keurig coffee makers, refrigerators, free WiFi and private baths. Please note: we are not a Bed and Breakfast, as we do not serve food at our property.
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Property amenities
Free private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycles available
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Francoise1948 wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York191 contributions122 helpful votes
Don't do it. Do not stay there. Everything beside the location is a disappointment. It is not really a hotel- just ten rooms on a second floor with no attendant while guests are there (except for a few hours in the morning 8-11 for check-out). They tell you to drop your keys in the lock box if he is not there but they don't fit.... He is there after the guests have left and cleans the rooms. So when you are having trouble with the TV, there is no one around to help (I was only able to get one channel and the two lines of the instructions left on a sheet in the room just say that the Samsung remote controls the power and the volume and the Comcast remote controls the channels, so not too helpful). No channel list assuming you could actually access some. When you are freezing, there is no one no turn the air con down (it is central air con so you can't do it yourself) or give you an extra blanket. There is no one to help you navigate the city, recommend restaurants etc. The lighting in the rooms leaves quite a bit to be desired. There is an elevator from the first floor to the second (where the rooms are) but first you have to navigate 13 steep steps to get to the elevator and there is no one to help you.with a heavy suitcase. The rooms- I was in #2- are small and kind of dingy not to mention dirty. I am attaching pictures of the filthy soap dish in the bathroom and the spots on the chair. The internet is really spotty. In the evening and the morning there are so many people using it you either can't get on or you get bumped off.Even the plant on the window sill was having trouble surviving. I was so cold I had to sleep with wool socks, the bathrobe they lend you and a Patagonia in addition to my pjs. The only bright spot was that I realized as I was drifting off to sleep was that if I died before the morning I would be cryogenically preserved...
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Date of stay: July 2021
Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Francoise, We appreciate you making yourself at home with us while in Portsmouth and taking the time to share your feedback. While we’re pleased that you liked our convenient location, we’re sorry that the service you received fell short of your expectations. We take guest reviews seriously, and we thank you for sharing your perspective so that we can continue to improve for our future visitors. Our doors are always open for you!
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leajoy4 wrote a review Sep 2020
Cumberland, Rhode Island9 contributions
Property's Favorite Review
Spectacular location in downtown Portsmouth. This boutique hotel overlooks the water and is just steps from every restaurant. The cozy lounge area features a delicious nitro coffee bar which is free for all guests. Staff was attentive & friendly. Room was clean & comfy. Will definitely be checking out other Lark Hotel properties!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Hollie Greene, Owner at Ale House Inn
Responded Nov 24, 2020
Thanks for the review! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon!
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Lisa C wrote a review May 2021
Ringgold, Georgia19 contributions2 helpful votes
This is a really cute unique hotel. We loved the cute sitting area with the coffee on tap. The location was excellent and we could easily walk to plenty of places to eat and shop. The tv was definitely outdated but the bed was comfortable. We did like they had a small fan in the room. The room felt more like staying in a room at a friends house than a hotel.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded May 24, 2021
Thanks, Lisa, for being our guest and letting us know what you liked best about Ale House Inn! We’re glad that our location allowed you to explore Portsmouth, and we appreciate you taking the time to share your review. See you on your next adventure!
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Rita H wrote a review Jul 2020
4 contributions5 helpful votes
Location is convenient to downtown, restaurants, shops and waterfront. Communication regarding parking, entry to the building and room was helpful. There is limited free parking across the street. However there are thirteen steep steps to enter the inn, with no elevator access from the ground floor. Navigating the steps with suitcases is not easy. The room ( #6) is small, with an even smaller bathroom. The sign in the bathroom leave towels To be replaced on the floor. The towels did not dry overnight so they were left on the floor to be replaced. The room was not serviced, so the towels remained on the floor when we returned that afternoon. We had to search out clean dry towels. The the bathroom was damp. The sink was partially blocked. After experiencing this lack of housekeeping, we were glad that we wiped everything down upon arrival during this pandemic. The bed is just ok. The walls are thin.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
3 Helpful votes
Response from AbbeyHybl, Public Relations Manager at Ale House Inn
Responded Jul 13, 2020
We're sorry to hear that your stay with us was not entirely what you had hoped for. While it sounds like you were able to enjoy our close proximity to downtown and all that Provincetown has to offer, we do wish your overall experience with us had been more satisfactory. We do state in our guest communication emails that housekeeping services are to happen only before and after guests stays and not during, as added safety protocols during this time. We'd love to welcome you back for another stay, as we're sure we can offer that 5-star experience you're looking for.
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allison surasky wrote a review Jun 2020
boston2 contributions
Let me start by saying we stayed in the Ale house when the stay at home orders were just lifted. the customer service was beyond great ! he was so helpful and even gave us a discount because we are first responders. the Ale house is in the middle of everything, you can walk all over portsmouth in just a short time, the rooms were emaculate and the bed was very comfy. I would 100% stay here again.
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Date of stay: June 2020
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Response from Abbey Hybl, Owner at Ale House Inn
Responded Jul 8, 2020
We are so grateful to you and all of the other first responders and those on the frontline during this unprecedented time. We're just thrilled that you were able to get away and enjoy a relaxing stay with us Portsmouth and it's so wonderful that you felt so at home. It sounds like you were even able to explore Portsmouth by foot (our favorite way!) and discover all that it has to offer. We hope to see you again!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ale House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Ale House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Market Square (0.2 miles), Strawbery Banke Museum (0.2 miles), and Prescott Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ale House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a concierge, and bicycles available for guest use.
Which room amenities are available at Ale House Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
Is parking available at Ale House Inn?
Yes, free private parking nearby is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ale House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ristorante Massimo, Cure, and Durbar Square Restaurant.
Are there any historical sites close to Ale House Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Strawbery Banke Museum (0.2 miles), Moffatt-Ladd House & Garden (0.2 miles), and John Paul Jones House, part of the Portsmouth Historical Society (0.4 miles).