We stayed one night here at the end of a two week trip. We couldn't fault the downtown location, and also the detailed instructions to reaching the designated hotel parking!
We booked a "cosy queen", so we knew the room would be small. It was indeed, but there was plenty of storage space. The bed was very comfortable and the room was well kitted out (large TV, ipad etc).
The inn itself is located above a theatre, and it was slightly strange to enter and walk through a mezzanine level, which overlooks the entrance hall of the theatre, and then take the elevator to the inn,which only occupies a floor of the building. (this is not criticism, just something I've not experienced before!!)
There is no restaurant on-site, and no breakfast (but fresh fruit and snacks in the lobby area) - in a town like portsmouth, this isn't an issue, and there are lots of places to eat nearby! The receptionist was very friendly, and able to give directions and recommendations of where to eat.
Since we stayed, the Inn has been acquired by Lark Hotels. This wouldn't necessarily put us off staying in the future, but the original owners plan to open a new boutique hotel in Portsmouth, which I would be interested in checking out, as I feel they put a lot of thought into the Alehouse Inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ale House Hotel Portsmouth