My husband and I stayed at the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa for one night in early August, 2013.
Overall, it was a good experience. The inn is beautiful and is in a great location, and the rooms are quaint, clean, and nicely appointed.
Lynn, the innkeeper, called us prior to our visit to inquire as to what type of pillow we preferred--real feather or synthetic material and also to see if we had any food allergies. I thought that was a very nice touch.
But Lynn is a little off-putting, personality-wise. My husband, who is as easy-going as they come, even remarked that she seems like a stereotypical strict librarian. Prior to our visit, she asked our arrival time, and I explained to her that we'd be flying into Manchester, NH, renting a car, and then driving up to Kittery, and that I *thought* we'd be arriving between 6:30 and 7:00 PM, if all went well. She told me something to the effect of "I do have a life, too, and I would prefer not to spend *my* time waiting for guests to arrive. She asked that I call and keep her apprised of our arrival time, once we rented the car and got on the road. I did call her, and explain that the car rental experience in Manchester was horrific, and that we'd arrive between 7:15 and 7:30 PM. I could tell she wasn't happy. But 7:30 PM isn't the middle of the night, is it?
Anyway, we arrived, and I rang bell, and Lynn came out a greeted us. She gave us a basic tour of the property, some info about the inn, and made some restaurant recommendations for dinner. My husband and I each carried in one medium-sized suitcase, and upon seeing us, Lynn said, "what did you do--bring everything you own?" I thought that was a VERY strange remark, especially since she had never met us before. I replied, "actually, this is pretty good for us." We were told that breakfast was served PROMPTLY at 8:30 and that coffee would be ready at 7:30. What if I awoke earlier and wanted coffee before then? Oh well.....
Breakfast was served at 8:30. and it was if all the guests had to be there ON TIME. We were all standing around the dining area, and at some point, Lynn walked in and invited us to be seated. She asked a couple of the people to move, so that the final couple could sit next to each other. We sat around for a few minutes, drinking coffee and juice, waiting for the last couple to come down, and they were late, which wasn't well-received, so the breakfast began without them. There was a fruit course, quiche, a tiny bit of bacon, tomatoes, and a scone. My husband doesn't like quiche and doesn't like tomatoes, so he ate the fruit, bacon, and scone, but he was disappointed that there was no opportunity to choose what to have for breakfast. I was in luck because I like all of those things, but I felt badly for him, because he's a big eater, and I know he was disappointed. After we checked out at 10:00 AM, we stopped and got him something for breakfast in Kittery.
All in all, it was a lovely inn. Lynn could be a little more "customer friendly..." Would I recommend staying there? Yes, but with an awareness of the eccentricities of the innkeeper.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Five-bedroom Victorian bed-and-breakfast furnished with fine antiques; walking distance to downtown Kittery and over the Piscataqua River to Portsmouth; day spa on premises. All private en-suite baths; River and Harbor views. Gardens, porches. Delicious, two-course breakfasts, afternoon cookies, evening port & sherry. Outdoor hot tub. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Portsmouth Harbor Hotel Kittery
- Portsmouth Harbor Inn And Spa Kittery, Maine