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
We booked this reservation last minute for a quick getaway. Josiah took our reservation and was super friendly! Upon arrival Craig checked us in, super friendly. Our room was very clean and comfortable. The lobby is cozy with fresh brewed coffee on tap, a fireplace and a sitting area. In our room we had a welcome note with a bag of delicious cookies and a complimentary amber glass grumbler ( baby 32 oz growler) for a fill at the Portsmouth Brewing co. At a refill charge. An ipad loaded with things to see and fo and places to eat. The location is within walking distance of a wide variety of food and shopping. When you park do not pay for parking before checking in. They have special parking privileges for your stay so ask about that. We found out that Ale House Inn was actually one of the brewery’s that did not survive prohibition. Its a beautiful building in a great location, great over the top service. We had planned on staying just 1 night but because we loved it so much we inquired about staying another night. Craig did not have any availability for the extra night stay but would let me know if he had a cancellation. Just a short time after asking he called us to let us know he had a cancellation and rearranged the reservation to allow us to stay in our same room. There was really no issue with noise or doors. Im adding that this was also a quiet stay. I give this gem a 5 star for customer service and a 5 star for cleanliness!
The Ale House isn't fancy. It's kind of dated - the ipads are really old and don't really function, the bathrooms are in need of a make-over, etc. I'm sure the big corporate hotel just outside of town would be more modern. But that isn't really the vibe or the point at the Ale House. People who live on hotel points just aren't the demographic. This is for people who want a place to stay that isn't corporate America - this is really like staying in the guest house of a friend, if you had a friend with an available room in the heart of downtown Portsmouth. But they make up for it hospitality. As best I can tell, only one person works there - Craig - and he works business hours so you are on your own before and after that, but he makes sure you have everything you need and know who to call if you have any concerns. So, if you hate hotels and sleep better in a friend's guest room, this is the place for you.
Great for a hotel in the heart of Portsmouth. Right near the water and all the fun shops and eateries. We got a free upgrade when we arrived because we were part of the Lark club. Josiah was so sweet, got the room ready early for us. Room was super clean, had everything we needed. Had a great time. Would highly recommend.
I stayed here for just one night, (too short). I was tired after a long day and arrived after the reception was closed. However, their instructions were spot on and got into my room with no problem.
The room was very well appointed. They provided everything one would need for your stay. The room and bathroom were spotlessly clean. The bed was one of the most comfortable hotel beds that I've slept in recently. Lastly, it has a great location.
The description on their web site is one hundred percent accurate. I would stay here again and recommend the Ale House Inn to anyone!
Wonderful stay in Portsmouth. The Ale House Inn sits above the Repertory Theater, and the shared space gives the hotel an individual spirit. The common room is inviting and cozy. The rooms are not large, but they are not cramped either. The manager was welcoming and lovely. Great attention to detail by this boutique hotel group.