Portsmouth has long been one of our favorite cities – especial the number of old homes that have survived the years. Mostly we’ve been there in the warm weather months, but for a change we decided to go before Christmas to see what the holidays added to the old port city.
Downtown is a compact, mostly intact area filled with small shops, restaurants, pubs and historic house museums. In recent years developers have built three hotels in close proximity to take advantage of this center of activity. We chose the Hilton Garden mostly because of their points program and hopes of an interesting view from the room.
Reservations were made via the website, and a Friday and Saturday in a deluxe room cost $161 a night (taxes not included.) I think the difference between a regular and deluxe room is location – deluxe being on the ends of the building with large windows on the corners. Since we love the look of Portsmouth and unsure of the cold weather, we thought looking out at it might be worth the extra few bucks.
The room war large, bright and the third floor windows did give us an interesting view – although I suspect perhaps a little higher up and perhaps northeast facing, rather than northwest facing might have the best views.
The beds were very comfortable, there was a large work desk, and two plush chairs with an ottoman. Wireless internet worked fine, as did the heating system. There are no windows that can be opened – while not much of a concern in December, in warmer months the possibility of a little fresh air is always nice.
Rooms are equipped with a small microwave oven, coffee maker and refrigerator. I laughed to myself when I went down to the lobby area to get a newspaper and saw for sale frozen pizzas and other frozen meals. I guess the microwaves are used for more than heating water.
We did not use the restaurant, although a breakfast buffet was available at $15. We did use room service and the items were delivered very quickly, hot foods hot and cold foods cold and tasted very good.
With the limited space of the area, the hotel does not have its own free parking. On arrival valet parkers greet you and offer to park your car. There is a $15 per day charge, with no limit on the number of “ins” and “outs.” This does cause you a delay on leaving, as the valets must go and get your vehicle. Opposite the hotel is a city-run parking garage where you can park yourself. The rate is .75 cents an hour – I did not notice if there was a capped price of over a certain number of hours or not. You could also take your chance on street parking.
Overall we enjoyed our stay. The front desk staff, while not overly friendly, did their job efficiently and answered all questions promptly. Other staff members we encountered – valets, house keepers and service staff seem friendlier. The hotel and room were clean, nicely decorated and welcoming. We enjoyed our stay, and would recommend the hotel to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown is located in the heart of historic downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, surrounded by a wide variety of restaurants, attractions, shops, boutiques and waterfront gardens. Strawbery Banke historic neighborhood and Prescott Park are steps away, while The Kittery Outlets are just a 10 minute drive. New Hampshire and Maine coastal beaches, chartered deep-sea fishing, whale-watching tours, and panoramic tours of the Isles of Shoals are only a short boat ride from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown Hotel Portsmouth
- Portsmouth Hilton Garden Inn
- Hilton Portsmouth