My wife and I, along with another couple, stayed here for one night to celebrate our friends birthday.
I chose this hotel mostly due to its location but also due to the price for the area. We paid $199 plus taxes for a Saturday night stay (8/7/10). Portsmouth is a great "walking" city with very few hotels in the waterfront/downtown area. I found this hotel to be a little cheaper than the others nearby and the location lived up to its hype. Everything you would need, or want to see, is within a block or so.
Check-in was quick and efficient as I would expect for hotels these days. The desk manager was very nice; he asked what our plans were and if we needed any suggestions just ask and they would be happy to point places out.
The hotel is only a couple months old and you can almost smell the "new-ness". We had a studio room and it had everything you would need and more. It was equiped like a small apartement with a fridge, microwave, 2 burner stove, dishwasher, etc. The kitchen had dishes and everything you would need. Little things, like a platic pitcher came in handy so we could have cold water waiting for us after a night out. The rest of the room had a nice sitting area, flat screen TV, and a king size bed. The bathroom was also quite large with a very large shower. We only really needed a place to sleep so most of the stuff was not needed for us but it would be really nice if you were staying for an extended period of time.
The hotel offers free breakfast everyday and dinners such as pizza, burgers, wings, etc on most weeknights. Portsmouth has a lot of great places to eat, and we were there only one night, so we didn't take advantage of either. Also, they will get some groceries for you if you leave them a list which is a really nice service.
The only issue I had with the room was with the shower. It had a half glass "wall" instead of a shower curtain. The wall only goes half the length of the shower and does not move. It gives a nice, clean, modern look but did not do well in keeping the water off the floor. The shower head is also mounted in the corner too which made it awkward. I felt like I was too confined in the corner when it was such a huge shower. Due to the combination of how the shower head was mounted and the glass wall design I ended up with a puddle outside the shower. The water ran down the glass, onto the ledge of the shower, and then onto the floor. The mat I had put down was almost completely soaked along with my towel that was on the floor. I didn't notice it until I got out but I am not sure if there was much I could have done to prevent it. Overall, the shower looked nice but there was a definite design flaw.
Check-out was really easy in that you don't have to do anything. They dropped off a bill/receipt to the room that morning. When we went to the desk to "check-out" he asked if we were checking-out but didn't actually do anything further. He was the same guy that we checked-in with and he just asked how our night was and where we ended up going. He rememebered the couple of places that we mentioned we were going and asked how they were. He thanked us for the stray, hoped we would be back, and we were on our way.
As other reviews have mentioned, we paid $12 for the night to park in the lot next to the hotel.
So overall this was a very nice hotel in a fantastic location! It is has a ton of great amenities for staying for an extended period of time but is also great for one night. We would definitely stay here again if we wanted another overnight getaway in a fun town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located next to the new Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, Residence Inn Portsmouth Downtown is Portsmouth’s only LEED Certified Hotel. Steps away from a wide variety of boutiques, theaters, galleries, historic homes and waterfront gardens, plus, dining options are endless with Dolphin Striker, Oar House and Portsmouth Brewery just a block away. Our all-suite, extended-stay hotel is pet-friendly, offering such amenities as an indoor pool, fitness center, on-site bar and complimentary hot breakfast. ... more less
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