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121 Bow Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
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#3 of 4 in Portsmouth
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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Non-smoking rooms
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Kelli W wrote a review May 2022
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I was under the impression that this place had something special or unique to offer. I thought it was going to be historical or have a pub. It’s 10 very simple rooms above a community theater. You must climb many (12?) stairs to get to the elevator. There’s no staff, which I did know about. The rooms are minimal and small. It is close to town but not the most centralized. The positive: the room we had was cheap and clean.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled
Response from A C, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi there! Our property is located in the historic Portsmouth Brewing Co. building (c.1880). While we trust that you enjoyed some of our modern amenities, we hope that you had a few moments to discover the rich history of our location as well. Happy that we were able to offer such great value and comfortable accommodations for your travels. Hope to welcome you again soon!
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leajoy4 wrote a review Sep 2020
Cumberland, Rhode Island12 contributions3 helpful votes
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
1 Helpful vote
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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RachelS1689 wrote a review Oct 2021
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania165 contributions62 helpful votes
This place had a very Airbnb/hostel kind of feel. There was no staff present when we arrived so it was self check-in. The lobby/common area on our floor was very cute. The decor was very cozy and had a nautical feel. Unfortunately there was an alarm going off in the hallway which was kind of annoying (thankfully we couldn't hear it in our room). The room itself was nice. It was clean and decorated nicely. I ended up sleeping on the pull-out sofa bed, which was kind of lumpy but ok. There were plenty of nice restaurants nearby, and thankfully a few of them were open till 9pm because we got in pretty late. A word of warning: there's limited parking so we ended parking at a garage a few blocks away (it ended up costing about $30 for the night). For those with limited mobility, keep in mind that there are stairs at the entrance.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled
1 Helpful vote
Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded Dec 20, 2021
Hi Rachel, It was a pleasure to welcome you to Portsmouth and to find your helpful review of the Ale House Inn experience. It’s nice to see that you enjoyed our cozy accommodations and welcoming shared spaces and took advantage of our convenient location by exploring the local dining options. Thanks, too, for letting us know how we can make your next visit even better and for spreading the word about us to your fellow travelers. Come back anytime!
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jansage wrote a review Sep 2021
New York City, New York6 contributions
I'm a huge fan of Lark hotels and was excited to book this one. Could not be more disappointed. This is downright creepy, on the 2nd floor of a multiuse building with no staff on duty at all. You check yourself in and never see a soul. Tonight we came back from dinner to a drunk person outside the entrance and the whole budimg smelling like weed. Spend your money age a real hotel or inn. This is a bad idea.
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded Sep 3, 2021
Hi Jansage, We love hearing from our guests, especially those familiar with some of our other Lark properties, and we appreciate you sharing your feedback. While many of our visitors enjoy the novelty of staying in a former brewery with a convenient location, we’re sorry to learn that The Ale House Inn wasn’t your cup of tea. Thanks for letting us know how we can ensure the comfort and safety of our future visitors. See you on your next lark!
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Leslie S wrote a review Aug 2021
Little Rock, Arkansas4 contributions
We had some housekeeping and amenity misunderstandings but they were all fixed and/or resolved quickly and in a very friendly manner. Excellent location. Of special note to us was the excellent hot and iced coffee machine in the lobby/sitting area.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: About 10 stairs to entrance and elevator required. Website says free parking but we were...
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Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded Aug 23, 2021
Hi Leslie, It was a pleasure to host you while in Portsmouth and to see that our team took good care of you and made you feel at home here at Ale House Inn. We’re so glad you enjoyed the coffee on tap, and we hope to see you again on your next trip to town. Our doors are always open for you!
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johnt123456789123456 wrote a review Aug 2021
Okatie, South Carolina35 contributions41 helpful votes
Let’s begin with the front steps. If you can’t carry your bags up 12 steps, you can’t stay here. Access is difficult for older folks. The “hotel” is not staffed. Prior to arrival, they give you the code to the door, you head to your unlocked room and pick up the key. If you’re one of the 6 people who reserved parking (10 rooms) you get the pass for parking at this time. If you have any problems, you are directed to text or call the number given. I had a problem….I’ll get to that later….so I texted and the reply text stated “Thanks for you message! We are able to respond to texts between 8am and 6pm. If you are guest with an emergency, please call……”. Really?!?! Why bother telling me to text. After two text messages, they did respond. Let me tell you about that! First, the AC for every room in the hotel is controlled by ONE thermostat located in the hallway. When we arrived it was set at 66 degrees. The outside temperature was mid-70s and went down to 58 in the night. Our room was FREEZING. The solution I was given was to turn on the heat in my room. THIS WAS AUGUST. After several more text messages, I was told to close the ceiling dampers. Good thing I was able to stand on a chair and close them. IF not, it would have been a really cold night. In all fairness, they did turn the AC to 68 degrees. To add to our frustration, the free WiFi didn’t reach our room (#6 at the end of the hall). Not a place that I will ever return to.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled
1 Helpful vote
Response from K P, Guest Services / Front Office at Ale House Inn
Responded Aug 9, 2021
Hi John, We always appreciate guest feedback and we thank you for sharing your first impressions of Ale House Inn. First off, allow us to apologize that your recent stay wasn’t what you’d had in mind. We’re sorry that the temperature wasn’t more comfortable and that you had difficulties connecting to our Wi-fi signal. We appreciate you letting us know about these issues, as we continually strive to improve for our visitors. We understand that the inn experience wasn’t your cup of tea, and we hope you’ll consider visiting The Hotel Portsmouth for a full-service experience in the heart of our charming city. Happy travels!
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Francoise1948 wrote a review Jul 2021
New York City, New York191 contributions145 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 Jul 20, 2021
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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Lisa C wrote a review May 2021
Ringgold, Georgia25 contributions3 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
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
Hackettstown, New Jersey4 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
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 Prescott Park (0.2 miles), Market Square (0.2 miles), and Strawbery Banke Museum (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ale House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, bicycles available for guest use, and free private parking nearby.
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 5 Thai Bistro.
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).