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“Disappointing room next to front entrance door” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Inn at Strawbery Banke

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The Inn at Strawbery Banke
Ranked #3 of 4 Portsmouth B&B and Inns
Chicago
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Disappointing room next to front entrance door”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2008

My issue with The Inn at Stawbery Banke isn't with the overall quality of the inn, which seemed very decent, it is with the room I was given which was directly beside the front entrance door. I stayed in the room for only about twenty minutes, long enough to realize that the doorbell's ringing was extremely loud. (If you don't have a key, the only way to gain entrance to the inn is by ringing the doorbell). In addition, once people were let into the inn their footsteps and voices were entirely audible inside my room. Not only was my privacy and ability to rest impacted, but as a single woman I felt unsafe there because I was near street level and near the entrance door. This room wasn't even less expensive than the other rooms! If you are a single woman thinking of booking at this inn, or a couple who wants to come back for rest during the day, make sure that you don't get this room.

  • Liked — location, cleanliness
  • Disliked — room lacked privacy
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled solo
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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11 Thank BlaiseChicago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2008

We spent a night here in late September. The Inn is lovely and our room (room 4) was great with sofa and 4 poster bed. Good location close to town, no need to drive anywhere. Excellent location for visiting Strawbery Banke itself. The owner was helpful. Only downside was no choice over breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank NLD28
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Romsey
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94 reviews
62 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2008

The Inn at Strawbery Banke is in an excellent position, close to the center of town and close to the Strawbery Banke museum, which has to be the main attraction of Portsmouth.

The Inn is very pleasant - clean and tidy, with a nice sitting room and great breakfasts.

For the price paid, the rooms are a little small, especially the bathrooms, where the shower was one of the poorest I've come across in the USA, with a very weedy supply of water.

  • Liked — Location, breakfasts
  • Disliked — Shower
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank Inglenook
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Portland, Connecticut
Level Contributor
12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2008

It's a nice inn. The room was comfortable and the breakfast good.... but we had a problem and it wasn't really resolved with much of a view to customer service. The problem was that because of a family issue, the owner had several family members staying at the inn and the family group were up late, making a lot of noise, well within earshot of our room. When we commented on this the next day, there wasn't a great deal of sympathy... in fact I got the feeling that we were supposed to feel sympathetic about the family issue they were having. The owner knocked a little off the bill, but the general attitude left an unsavory taste in the mouth and we won't go back to this inn.

  • Stayed April 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank Ian S
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Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2008

Excellent location: Right next to the "mini-Williamsburg" of Strawbery Banke, and in an "old enough" house that we really felt a part of it all. Close enough to restaurants and the rest of Portsmouth that you don't need to drive, yet far enough from the "center of the action" for peace and quiet.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed June 2008, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank BandBPerson
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Boston, MA
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2007

My husband I stayed at the Inn this past weekend and truly enjoyed our stay. The location is perfect if you enjoy walking. We didn't need to get in the car at all during the course of the weekend. Restaurants, coffee shops, and little stores are all close by. Sally was a wonderful host. Breakfast was amazing. Her homemade bread was delicious.

Our room was a nice size although there was very limited closet space. There was a stall shower which can be annoying but the room and the entire Inn were extremely clean. My only complaint was the location of our room which was right next to the front door. When other guests were coming and going it was a bit noisy when the old door was being shut but we didn't spend much time in our room and didn't feel the need to ask for a room change.

We enjoyed our stay and will definitely stay again at the Inn at Strawberry Banke.

  • Liked — The location
  • Disliked — The noisy room
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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6 Thank momtogo
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Columbus, OH
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2007

My boyfriend and I just returned from Portsmouth yesterday. We spent 2 nights at the Inn at Strawbery Banke for our 5 yr anniversary.
We loved it! The location is perfect-- so close to the water and the center of town.
The decor is very comfortable and classic B&B-- beautiful rugs and hard wood floors. It smells wonderful thanks to Sally (the innkeeper) and her good cooking.
Our room (#4) was up a very steep set of stairs (keep this in mind if you have heavy bags or a bad back), it was spacious and very quaint. Classic shutters on the windows, a big closet and the bed was really comfortable! The room was chilly during the day but cozy warm at night.
The first morning we had homemade sourdough blueberry pancakes and sausage-- it was the best breakfast I have ever had!!
Unfortunately, our flight left too early the next morning to enjoy a hot breakfast but Sally was so nice that she packed us muffins and apples to go!
Sally's dogs were adorable and friendly as was the other staff member (don't know her name) - they really added to the experience but we never felt like we were being watched or hovered over. We had a really late night one night out at the bars but no one seemed to mind-- and we never heard a peep from the other guests except for the showers going in the morning.
We can't wait to go back and stay there again. Thank you Sally!

  • Liked — The comfortable New England feel, the decor, and the staff
  • Disliked — the shower was really small
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank lmcdougald
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Property: The Inn at Strawbery Banke
Address: 314 Court St, Portsmouth, NH 03801-4642
Region: United States > New Hampshire > Portsmouth
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Ranked #3 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Portsmouth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bed & Breakfast in an early 1800s sea captain's house in historic Portsmouth. ... more   less 
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