Martin Hill Inn

404 Islington Street , Portsmouth, NH 03801-4208 USA (Show map)


Portsmouth's first bed & breakfast has been welcoming guests from around the world since 1978. Our guests enjoy choosing from our seven unique rooms located in two 19th century houses connected by a brick and gravel walkways through our lush water and perennial gardens. You can walk 10 minutes to downtown Portsmouth's many attractions including restaurants, boutiques, historic homes & waterfront. For on-line availability and booking, please visit our website.



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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Warm service in cold Portsmouth

5 on February 01, 2015

My wife and I stayed at the Martin Hill Inn this past weekend for short vacation. Everything about our stay was wonderful! Right when we arrived, the innkeepers were incredibly friendly, accommodating, and helpful with all aspects of our stay. The room itself was cozy, clean, and comfortable. The breakfast served in the morning was top notch. You also can't beat the location - only a short walk to downtown. 5 stars all around!

A very pleasant experience

4.8 on October 09, 2014

The hosts were charming and friendly. Breakfasts were delicious and the location meant easy walking distance or trolley ride to the centre.

Excellent place to stay

5 on October 14, 2012

The place was lovely. The innkeeper (Margot) was so nice and dedicated. Breakfast was spectacular. I would strongly recommend this place is you want to have the whole New England experience.

Close to Everything & Quiet and Serene

4.8 on October 02, 2012

We stayed in the Cathedral Room in the main house and it was a treat to return to at day's end. The breakfast was delicious and we were given excellent recommendations for places to eat for lunch & dinner. Worth a return trip!

Wonderful Atmosphere

4.0 on February 06, 2012

Very quaint and classic inn. Wonderful homemade breakfast with a welcoming atmosphere. great location, few miles from downtown Portsmouth. Recommend to all who need a quiet getaway.


2.8 on February 06, 2012

Small room, tiniest bathroom ever served a purpose -- a good night's sleep and a safe, clean place to stay as we explored charming Portsmouth. The price was right and breakfast yummy. We will return to this beautiful area.

Two Fiddlers have taken their annual winter R&R at this great B&B for over15 years!s

5 on January 07, 2012

Charming rooms, very accommodating hostess, delicious breakfasts with local foods as much as possible and great conversations. We love to walk, often hiking through the snow around Odiorne Point in the afternoon before our arrival at the Inn where we are greeted with a hot cup of tea and homemade cookies. Conversation abounds of the latest movies and books and happenings in the port city of Portsmouth. Margot is a great resource for culture and dining options; she truly listens to our interests and needs, always making our stay like a home away from our home in Canterbury, NH.

The best jumping station to the north

5 on December 04, 2011

We've stayed twice in this lovely inn in the past year, and our opinion hasn't changed - it's a gem. The rooms are big and well furnished, the dining room filled with antiques, good coffee at all hours, and a most welcoming landlady. We'll pick this inn again whenever we're in the region.

Excellent base in Porsmouth

4.0 on October 06, 2011

A great & convenient place to stay for exploring Portsmouth. Welcoming staff. Clean rooms - great value. Lovely breakfast. Knowledgeable hosts. All we could have wished for.

Charm, charm, charm

3.6 on August 01, 2011

The ambience was one of total relaxation. Beautifully appointed rooms and an innkeeper who worked at making our weekend comfortable.

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Rooms & Rates


One of our most requested rooms for romantic escapes, this large second floor room has a canopy bed with English bed dressings. The wide pine board floor is original to the house. Furnishings include an antique English mahogany armoire, mahogany writing table with century series chair and antique lamp stands. A camelback loveseat and wingback chair provide ample room for relaxing with a good book.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


This light, airy, second floor room has a four-poster bed, antique armoir and a writing table. Relax in the two wingback chairs under ample lighting for reading or writing home. The wide pine board floor is original. Guests keep returning to this room for the elegant quality created by the Williamsburg wallpaper. The private bath has an oversized shower stall.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


The easy first floor access welcomes our guests to this large, formal, room with two antique mahogany beds and a large armoire. Whether you are writing a post card home at the antique writing desk with a mahogany shield back chair or relaxing on the love seat or wingback chair, this spacious room is sure to please. The twin bed, in addition to the queen bed, is perfect for friends traveling together.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Dashing Wave

This sunny second floor, corner room in the Guest House has an iron and brass bed, a large closet and lovely sitting area. The traditional painted wood floors were discovered in a recent re-modeling. The private bath has a stall shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Sea Witch

This lovely second floor room in the Guest House contains a wooden spindle bed, but it is the sitting area and enamel claw foot tub with European hand-held shower that draw guests to this room time and again. The overstuffed loveseat and a Governor Winthrop secretary desk make the sitting area the perfect place to relax with a book or start writing your memoir.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen


A formal, first floor room in our Guest House, the room has a colonial decor with oriental accents. The room contains a king size bed, antique mahogany armoire, sofa, writing table and chair, and plenty of reading light. The private bathroom has a stall shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


Our most popular room from spring to fall, this first floor room in the Guest House has a beautiful bed hanging framing the king-size bed. There is a writing desk and an Empire style bedside table. The adjoining sitting room with two arm chairs opens into the private solarium and entrance overlooking the water garden. Relax with friends in the solarium before going to dinner.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type



Manchester, NH (MHT) 50 miles

Directions to property:

From Boston: I-95 North to exit 6 - Portsmouth. Right on Woodbury Ave 1/2 mile to stop sign. Right to traffic light. Left on Islington St 2/10 mile to Martin Hill Inn.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Odiorne State Park, Downtown Shops + Resteraunts, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Amenities Basket, Board games, Telephone , Seasonal Garden Seating, I-Pod Docking Stations

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Billiards, Boating, Cross-country ski trails, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Brewery Tours, Brewery Tours, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 4-6 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:30 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Call for availability
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Deposit of 1 night, or 50% for a stay of 4 nights or more, due at booking
  • Cancellations: When you book a room with us, we make a commitment to you and you make one to us. Unlike hotels, we do not overbook. The Inn will make a full refund of deposit, less a $20 processing fee, if the cancellation is made with a minimum 14-day advance notice. If a full or partial cancellation is made with less than 14 days notice, the deposit will be returned (less the $20 fee) if the Inn can rent the room for the period canceled. If the room is not rented, the deposit shall be retained. If a reservation is cancelled within 24 hours before the scheduled check in, the guest is responsible for full payment of the reservation, less any nights that the Inn successfully re-books.
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Meg Hunter & Russ Levreault

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8:00 - 9:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Allergen-Free


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