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
- Eco friendly
- 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
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.
I'm a repeat customer, which immediately says how great I think this place is. It's quaint enough that you know all the hosts by name. Craig and Josiah are always friendly and helpful. I look forward to seeing them on each return visit.
The inn is located in one of the most picturesque locations in Portsmouth. There are at least a dozen great restaurants and tons of shopping all within a short walk from the inn, which is great since you don't have to drag your car along with you and hunt for parking places. Parking is free and located in the church lot immediately across the street.
The rooms are always clean and in like-new condition. The beds are large and comfortable. It's quiet, cozy and home-like. For me, it's like home-away-from-home.
This is a relatively small place tucked into the middle level of a mixed residential/commercial building near the water. It consists of a small sitting room with a fireplace and an endless supply of cold brew draft coffee (served hot). From our room on the end, you could see the harbor, but I'm guessing this isn't true for all rooms. Everyone who works here is wildly friendly and a source of great recommendations (e.g., happy hour at Franklin oysters, Portsmouth Brewery and Moxy). They offer convenient parking across the street. Everything is clean and updated. We'll definitely stay here again.
My sister's Portsmouth home was full of relatives for Thanksgiving, so my husband and I reserved a room here for the night. We found it to be an excellent alternative to the chain hotels. The ambience is laid back yet professional- a bit of urban chic. The room is small and cozy with all you might need: a fantastic mattress (!) which is not always the case when away from home, a fridge, a t.v., a tiny bathroom. The excellent nitro coffee in the morning dispenses through beer draft levers which brings home the experience of the "ale house." We loved it and will stay again if ever the family nest is full. We were told that it's often used as an "extra bedroom," and we highly recommend it.