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The Port Inn 2.5

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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  • A short drive to downtown Portsmouth, the harbor and beaches, and outlet shopping
  • Clean, modern "green" hotel with bright rooms decorated in nature photography
  • Some rooms have kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges
  • Outdoor heated pool has lounge chairs and barbecue area
  • The free breakfast includes hot and cold items
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking (including for RVs and trucks)
  • Pet-friendly (for a fee)
  • On-site laundry room available for guests' use


  • Situated on busy Route 1 and adjacent to I-95 (a pro for some due to the convenience)
  • Self-regulating air-conditioning units can be noisy
  • Rooms facing the highway pick up traffic noise
  • No fitness center or meeting facilities

Bottom Line

The Port Inn is a traditional two-story motor inn built in 1955 and renovated in 2004. Primarily a mid-market economy hotel, it caters to all types of guests with rooms that are average in size but charming in decor; some come with kitchenettes. Freebies include Wi-Fi, parking, and breakfast with hot and cold items. The inn's highway location offers quick access to local sights and activities, but there's no on-site gym or meeting facilities.

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With generally low rates and a convenient location, The Port Inn caters to a broad range of travelers.

With its location on busy Route 1 and proximity to downtown Portsmouth, this mid-range "green" budget hotel offers great value. Housed in an inviting white building with matching balconies and fences, the hotel mixes the warm tones of brown, gold, and gray.

Cozy lounge chairs around the heated outdoor pool offer a great place to relax. During the summer months, guests can take advantage of the outdoor pool and barbecue grilling station. Guests are generally budget-minded travelers, ranging from couples to families, from business travelers to those with pets.


On busy Route 1, within easy driving distance to downtown Portsmouth and outlet shopping

The Port Inn is smack on Route 1, a two-lane highway with restaurants, hotels, and shops. The route is adjacent to I-95, which means it's a short drive to the harbor, beaches, and historic area of downtown Portsmouth.

The Port Inn is about three miles from the Fox Run Mall and the Kittery Outlets. The Manchester/Boston RG Airport, about 30 miles away, is the closest; Boston's Logan International Airport is about 50 miles away. Nearby sightseeing includes Strawberry Banke Museum, the historic Portsmouth waterfront (two miles away), and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (five miles away).


Average-size rooms with clean, modern decor; some have kitchenettes

Rooms are average in size with decorative accents, including nature scenes captured by local photographers, colorful pillows and blankets, and patterned carpeting. There are 12 different room types and four room categories. Rooms are clean, quaint, and welcoming, regardless of their category. Some have small kitchenettes with microwaves and mini-fridges. Bathrooms are bright and clean with vanity mirrors, and light-wood and granite fixtures. Part of the Ascend Collection, The Port Inn is a "green" hotel, offering Green Natura toiletries packaged in recycled materials.

Rooms closer to the highway pick up traffic noise, so light sleepers might want to request rooms in the back. Air-conditioning units are self-regulating, and can become noisy.


A "green" hotel with nature photography, a heated pool, and a small area for barbecuing

A green hotel, The Port Inn offers toiletries packaged in recycled materials and beautiful, scenic nature photography. The free Wi-Fi, parking, and continental breakfast (with hot and cold items) are nice perks. There's a small barbecue area with two grills, as well as tables and umbrellas surrounded by trees. The outdoor pool is heated, and has plenty of sun loungers. The on-site laundry room is tiny but convenient.

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505 US Highway 1 Byp, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801-4175, United States

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