Ale House Inn
What We Love
- Free bottles of beer from Smuttynose Brewery upon arrival
- Museums, restaurants, boutiques, cafés and a riverfront park are all just steps away
- Free parking and use of the hotel’s Trek bicycles to ride around town
What To Know
- Located on the Piscataqua River; some rooms have views of the water or the Old Harbor
- Bathrooms have tub-shower combos
- There’s no restaurant on site, but snacks such as apples, pretzels, popcorn and Goldfish crackers are available in the lobby
- No fitness room, but guests get 40 percent off at the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club, which is a 15- to 20-minute car ride away
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Around the corner from a nondescript entranceway there’s an elevator that brings travelers to the second floor of 121 Bow Street, where a vintage lightblub sign spells “A-L-E,” a clever nod to the building’s former incarnation as a keg storage facility for the Portsmouth Brewing Company. And in spite of occupying a handsome 19th-century warehouse with exposed brick walls, framed antique maps and a collection of old-fashioned beer bottles, the Ale House doesn’t feel the slightest bit dated.
Bed & Bath
Tasteful nautical artworks and a serene blue-gray palette in the light and airy guestrooms evoke the sea coast, while potted bamboo plants and marigold-colored throw pillows add a splash of color. The desks are big enough for a laptop, and every room has an armchair or loveseat. The bathrooms, although on the small side, have Harbor Linen cotton towels and 100 percent vegan bath products from Lather, such as a mint-thyme hair wash and a lavender-lime moisturizer.
The Ale House shares its home with the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, and with advance notice you can usually score some free tickets. Although there’s no on-site restaurant, the lobby has a few snacks such as apples, pretzels, popcorn and Goldfish crackers. Or plan ahead and order a box of decadent chocolate truffles (think bacon-maple and stout beer) from Kilwins to await your arrival. Guests also enjoy a discount on excursions aboard the Piscataqua, a reproduction of a flat-bottomed gundalow river barge.
In the Area
It’s hard to imagine a place more walkable — or bikable — than Portsmouth. When hunger strikes, follow Bow Street down to the Old Harbor and choose from more than half a dozen restaurants serving steak and seafood, all with views of the red tugboats that handle the city’s river traffic. For more indulgence, drop in on Annabelle’s for a scoop of Maple Walnut, Triple Chocolate or Peachy Peach ice cream. But here it’s all about the suds — don’t miss the chance to sample one of the inventive beers on tap at the Portsmouth Brewery, New Hampshire’s oldest brewpub. And if shopping’s your thing, flex that plastic at Ganesh Imports, N.W. Barrett Gallery or Market Square Jewelers. History buffs should spend a little time at the Strawberry Banke Museum, the state’s premier American history museum.
How to Get There
Very nice getaway in downtown Portsmouth. Comfortable bed, all the amenities, and helpful staff. Very nice option if you want to do something other than the typical chain hotels. Delicious coffee as well.
My husband and I stayed here on a Saturday night. Our room was well lit, clean and the bed and linens were very comfortable. The bathroom was clean and modern with excellent water pressure. There is also a mini refrigerator with a small freezer. Craig who works the front desk is very welcoming and helpful. I would stay here again. There is no on-site parking. We parked our car about .2 mile in the main garage on Hanover Street. This garage allows overnight parking— so parking ended up being mostly convenient. There is no breakfast but there is coffee and filtered water and a handful of lite snacks.
A very well maintained Inn. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The location was perfect for exploring the town. The room was small, but comfortable. We will certainly stay here again. We are also planning to visit other Lark Properties.
The experience as a whole was 5 star! The room was clean, just the right size, especially comfortable bed and pillows!... And had everything we needed as far as extra amenities including a fan, hair dryer, robes, a mini fridge, a draft bar area in the cozy lobby lounge with hot and cold fresh draft pours of delectable coffees... teas and snacks too!
Centrally located, we walked everywhere even in a snowstorm because it was 5 to 10 minutes to the many shops and restaurants of downtown Portsmouth.
All 3 staff members we met were extremely helpful and friendly.
We will definitely stay here when we return to Portsmouth...beautiful even in the winter off-season next time we will try maybe autumn! Thank you!
The staff was exceptional, room was pleasant, very clean, quite and all that we hoped for. There was no view of the water which would have made it perfect. Local to all of down town Portsmouth, Craig at front desk was extremely helpful.