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  • The attitude was there from the second we walked in. We felt as though we were on a class trip and she was going to be watching us to be on our best behavior. It was so uncomfortable and off putting to say the least. It was my bf and I's one year anniversary, and instead of relaxing and being at ease, the owner made it everything but that while in the house. The moment we walked in she asked us to close the screen door behind us, rather than welcoming us in she was already scolding us. It was so rude! Not to mention, the screen door was open upon our arrival. She was already in a pissy mood that we were coming after our expected time due to Friday night traffic out of the city. 8pm was our arrival, which I would think to be pretty early considering how much we rushed from work. I called to make her aware that we would be a little late to be courteous and she said ok, well if it's later than 8pm you need to let me know because we need to eat too ya know. Who says that? Especially to someone who is paying a pretty good amount to stay at your bed and breakfast. From our arrival her behavior just continued to go on. I would have to say that I strongly believe she has some kind of stigma with younger people. Particularly her comments about not spilling red wine on her sheets and then being shocked that we wouldn't bring flip flops for the hot tub (so awkward.) It just went on and on. We also decided that the second morning there, our last, we wanted to skip out on breakfast so we could sleep in. Since it is OUR vacation, I didn't think that this would be a big deal. She was in shock that we weren't coming to breakfast, "Oh realllllly? Wow." Chill out lady. It's our vacation and we were courteous enough to let you know the night before rather than just not showing. We had a feeling she was going to react like considering her behavior prior, and we should not have felt that way. Again, OUR vacation, we will do as we please while still be courteous to your home, as we were. Everyone else at the inn seemed to have a great experience although they were all 35 up. Mind you I'm 28. Clearly an adult and should have been treated as everyone else. End result, I will not be returning and would not recommend anyone under 30 to go here, unless you want to feel like you are at boarding school. Oh, and when we were leaving, she said "you owe me money." I say, you need to learn some manners. My poor boyfriend having to deal with that from her after he booked a wonderful surprise for me.

    (2)
  • This was a superb massage, very professional and relaxing. The hot tub felt great in the cool Maine air. Highly recommended.

    (5)
  • We stayed overnight here a few years ago to celebrate Valentines day. We were met in the dining area with offers of port or sherry, detailed descriptions of local area restaurants, and friendly faces. Our room was cozy, a very homey feeling moreso than many B&B's I've stayed in, since they seem to be becoming more trendy and sterile (which is an aesthetic I like as well) and had a big claw foot tub in it, perfect for soaking in. The next morning we woke up to a fantastic breakfast prepared by the owners, and then it was on to spa time. My husband had a hot stone massage, which he loved, and I had a sugar and spice body massage coupled with an aromatherapy facial. Bliss, bliss, bliss. All the treatments took place in this large, sun soaked, warm barn (and it was in February, but it felt like spring inside the barn). They were able to tailor the treatments to adapt to my sensitivities, which I thought was fantastic. I just loved that both the quality of the treatments and the environment in which they took place in were just so above par. Sadly, we did not have time to sit in the outdoor hot tub, and let me tell you, if there is one thing I've learned from two trips to Iceland (other than the fact Iceland is awesome) is that sitting in hot water in cold weather is the best. Aside from the fact that the inn and spa are awesome, they are very very close to both Portsmouth (I really love Portsmouth) as well as the outlet stores in Kittery, if that's your thing. I loved this place, it's absolutely in my top 3 for both B&Bs and Spas, and I really need to get moving on getting back up there soon.

    (5)
  • Its a very lovely spa, quaint and very relaxing. far away from the noise and the hustle and bustle. I went there to get a massage and a pedi. When you get there they give you a neck warmer, which is nice, and they give you tea/coffee/water. I had a deep tissue back massage and the sad part was it was only for 30 minutes. I have a lot of knots in my back and I would of liked it if the massage was for an hour instead of half. Also for just that half it was extremely expensive. But the masseuse gave me a free little hot stone massage, which was very nice of her. totally good to remember if i want to come back and splurge on that. Any who, you go upstairs and are in this room with the sun beaming on you and its very tranquil. it was incredibly nice and relaxing and i was doused in the smell of lavender, which i love. After the massage I got squeezed in to get a pedi. I felt as if the lady just wanted to get home and she just wanted to make a quick buck. It was extremely nice of her to stay after her shift to give me a pedi. But for the price I was paying, I expected her to actually do a great job and give me what I was paying for. over all it was relaxing and really expensive.

    (3)
  • We stayed two nights over Labor Day weekend and had a great time. Location is fantastic and makes for easy walks around the quaint coastal neighborhood, over the Memorial Bridge, and to Portsmouth downtown. Room was very nice--clean, cozy, and plenty of room to spread out and relax. Nice comfy pillows. The highlight was breakfast. On day 1 we had roasted plums with marscapone and then spinach quiche with sausage. On day 2 we had a fresh fruit cup with double berry sauce and then orange and cardamom french toast. Delicious and as well prepared as presented! When we arrived we were greeted by Leslie who was a friendly host throughout. There are some little details beyond the rooms and breakfast that really make this place special: cookies, friendliness, port and cherry downstairs :), good selection of travel books, the journals in each room going back 4-5 years with fellow traveler's tips, etc. It's on the pricey side but we knew that going in and both feel that it was worth it. And the spa...on the last day my pregnant wife got a massage at the Spa and was feeling fabulous all day. Hesitant going in, she raved about it all day and it really made her feel more comfortable. We'll be back!

    (4)
  • Had a lovely weekend girls get away here! The rooms were cozy and beautiful, the spa was comfortable and the staff friendly. Every detail was taken care of here, you lack for nothing! The spa treatments were amazing! The hot tub was super clean and easy to use. I really can't say enough nice things, this place was great!

    (5)
  • Had a wonderful massage today with Barbara! I hope to be able to visit her again soon!

    (5)
  • We didn't stay at the inn. Instead we went directly to the spa. I'm not a spa expert by any means, but we had a great time. Very relaxing facials and massages. Very homey and family feeling. I would say it was more of a country setting versus trendy but don't let that scare you - the services were very professional. I would definitely recommend checking it out.

    (5)
  • My husband currently is in the stressful position at work where he really cannot take any time off for a vacation, long weekend, spend a day sleeping, nada. A while ago our friend Bridget M. recommended this place, so I rifled through my old email to find the name... And it certainly delivered! My plan was to take a weekend and pack it with massages and such (because really, spas are for people who don't have the time to relax!), to try and get him a concentrated dose of relaxation. The inn is a gorgeous building, and the innkeepers Lynn and Nat are pretty much awesome. Breakfasts were great, and there is a ton of good eating just across the way in Portsmouth. The massage therapists we worked with were really talented, and very adaptable to our needs and wants (yeah, they can do Swedish, but they can also get right in and get some real work done!). The spa's in a restored barn attached to the inn, and it's really quite charming and cozy with all of the exposed beams and wood. There's also a Jacuzzi on the grounds, and I had never sat in a hot tub in cold weather before... I can see the appeal now and in fact, it's so damn chilly today I wish I had one outside right now. In sum, this inn is owned by a pair of wonderful folks and is so convenient a getaway from home or Boston (it's practically in Portsmouth) that I am sure we will be back!

    (5)
  • Amazing facility! The Dido room was immaculate and the attached bath was clean and modern. The views of the private gardens (in springtime bloom) and the partial view of the harbor were wonderful. Quiet, clean and beautiful. Other rooms afford breathtaking views of the river and of Portsmouth, NH. Fantastic service! Due to a delayed flight, we arrived horribly late. The inn keepers were gracious and accommodating, we got settled in with no fuss or drama! During our 1 week stay, we never skipped fresh coffee in the morning or the elegant breakfasts prepared by the inn keepers. The food was nutritious and ever changing, we were always pleasantly surprised and never disappointed. The inn is easily accessible from the interstate and until the bridges are repaired in summer of 2013, a free shuttle (just a few minute's walk from the Inn) will bring you into the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The Inn is only a few driving minutes from the Kittery Outlets, Old Town Kittery and the Interstate. Well worth the stay, if even for a night, and an exceptional value for the long term guest.

    (5)
  • I'm sure I'd have added another star had I stayed at the inn, but I've only been here for a massage. I brought my now-ex-boy here for a facial, and while my massage was good, his skin nearly made me gasp with its peaces and cream-like glow. I was so wowed. I'd love to come back here soon.

    (4)
  • what a nice introduction to the world of b &b. The staff, super nice, the breakfast, yummy. Would highly recommend the accommodations to anyone going that way for some r & r. However, cannot say the same of the massage treatments unless you ask for someone specifically- my mother's masseuse was more of a "petter " than a true massage therapist :-( she didn't even inquire if the pressure was good or not- not a sign of a professional! My therapist- Amy was a doll. I would definitely recommend her ~

    (3)
  • We just stayed here for our weekend honeymoon, and it was perfect. Absolutely lovely, homey, comfortable, well-kept inn that's just a delight to stay at. All of the staff, from the innkeepers, Lynn and Nat, to the girls that make the yummy breakfast, to the masseuses and manicurists at the spa, were so accommodating and friendly. Very clean, comfy, sweetly decorated room (we stayed in the Dido room; it has 2 twin beds, which would be great for friends to stay in, but they can also attach the beds so it's like a king), with a good-sized bathroom, and hardwood floors. Nice little touches, like the fridge on the 2nd floor with complementary bottles of Poland Spring water; a journal in each room for guests (past and present) to record their activities and recommendations, which was fun to look through; amazing *I am serious. AMAZING...* chocolate chip cookies that are baked by the innkeepers fresh every day @ 4pm; port and sherry that are offered every evening at your leisure, and staff that will go out of their way to make recommendations, or anything else that you need. *Did I almost forget to mention the hot tub outside? What a treat!* And that's just the inn. The spa is phenomenal. Beautiful, warm, welcoming converted barn that's so relaxing just to sit in. Everyone is at the top of their game here; I had a fabulous brown sugar scrub, manicure and pedicure, and my husband had a truly wonderfully relaxing hot stone massage. (Let's put it this way; the man was totally falling asleep at dinner.) Amy and Sue were awesome, very sweet, professional and sooo good at what they do! The Inn is so conveniently located in Kittery, and it's about a 5 minute drive to all of the cute shops and great restaurants in Portsmouth. *Just drive over the 2 little bridges and bam! there you are in Portsmouth!* Check out the website for great, very affordable seasonal package deals. Totally the way to go, and nice relaxing weekend excursion, any time of year. (Thanks to the Yelpers that reviewed this place before me; it's one of the main reasons I chose it when looking for a cute bed and breakfast in Kittery/ Portsmouth. We're already planning our next visit back! *Um, bring some warm clothes if you stay when I did, late Feb./early March. I should've brought a parka and boots. Brrrrr*)

    (5)
  • Very nice place with a wonderful staff only too willing to be of any help they can. If we go back to the area we will certainly stay here again

    (5)
  • Now why would you travel across the bridge to find a massage? Because this place has clean , large inviting massage rooms with showers. Quiet, serene and relaxing! I treated my sister (Shawn)r and myself to a sugar scrub (all over) massage and a facial. I was there 2 1/2 hours of bliss. Katina is a calm and strong therapist.I came here in 2008 and she was here then so I think she enjoys her work and it shows through with her massage. Barbara is a soothing but very strong massage therapist as well as a physical therapist.. I have been to Portsmouth's offerings downtown and on the west side but I have never gotten the attention to detail and the best massage around. If you are going to spend you hard earned money on something that makes you feel wonderful go here. it is the best I have found anywhere. They do have a hot tub outside so bring your suit if you want a dip. The whole place is in an old house with beautifully done woodwork that is clean and inviting I think human touch and massage is definitely good for the soul. It made my whole week more peaceful and productive.

    (4)
  • the pros: clean, eclectic, seemed to cover all the bases with thinking of what we might need as a guest. the outdoor hot tub. walking distance to town. the rest of the not so great things to say: I'm kinda with gabrielle on this one. We are a 38 year old couple. I'm not going to say anything negative about the house, the linens, or the hospitality, but there was def. a strange vibe from the Inn keeper, started when she showed us to our room. We were perhaps a tad late, too, but that shouldn't matter, it was well before 7pm. I had asked about the history of the house and she pointed to the plaque on the wall in the 3rd floor room (most expensive) and she said, "there he is." We stayed in the house alone, which was nice. We booked couples massages but Lynn, didn't ask, she stated, "is the tip in cash or charge." Massages were $100each, and the setting was, nice, but not great, we heard all the outdoor noises and the therapist above me talking to my partner was a distraction, she could perhaps get some white noise machines and eliminate that annoyance. He went to go check out and she said, "should we leave the tip for housekeeper on the card, or are you going to tip her in cash." At over $300/night, she didn't need to nickel and dime us and make us feel like we weren't going to tip. Also for breakfast she served a baked apple covered in sweet sauce and whipped which i thought was excellent, but my dear honey, doesn't like his fruit, cooked or covered in sugar. She seemed offended that he wouldn't even try it, and she took it away and said she would eat it, "so it didn't get wasted". I felt that was rude and out of line. He humored me for a BB getaway, and will try another one next time. ALL IN ALL PORTSMOUTH IS A GREAT GREAT PLACE TO HANG OUT FOR THE DAY, THE EVENING, THE OVERNIGHT, ETC. we will def. go back to portsmouth, just not this inn. all in all, i do have to say she was nice and conversing after the awkward breakfast scolding, but then she did that awkward tip thing.

    (2)
  • Lynn was the most accommodating inn keeper anyone could ask for! I stayed here with my boyfriend and when my sister found out she didn't have a place to stay, Lynn made up a cot for her in our room. The room was lovely and the bed was oh so comfy. My sister even said the cot was the most comfortable cot she's ever slept on! A million high-fives to Lynn and the Portsmouth Harbor Inn!

    (5)
  • I stayed here for my very first bed & breakfast experience, and I was very pleased! Everyone was very friendly, the breakfast was lovely, and our room (the Minx room) was clean & cute. I found the bed extremely comfortable and it had tons of pillows! It wasn't kitschy at all, but it was more personal than a standard chain hotel - the perfect balance! There's no mini fridge in the room, but there's a shared one on the second floor, stocked with free seltzer water. There's also a small library of books and movies to browse and borrow during one's stay, which is a nice touch. Even though the bridge to Portsmouth is currently under construction, there's a free hourly shuttle to the town that leaves from a spot less than five minutes from the inn. For folks like me who don't like driving a lot, it's extremely convenient. My only regrets are that I didn't stay longer, and that I didn't make a spa appointment! I will absolutely stay here again next time I visit Portsmouth.

    (5)
  • I'm one of those people who reads the negative reviews of a B&B and gets a little nervous, but I'm happy to report that our experience here was fantastic! We got stuck in traffic for three hours coming out of Boston, and we didn't arrive until 6:30 - about two hours after we expected to get there. Lynn greeted us when we came in the door and pointed us to the cookies - Neiman Marcus and brown butter - and encouraged us to try one of each. She pointed out the port, sherry, and accompanying chocolate, and then showed us to our room, the Valora. It was lovely. Breakfast on both days was outstanding: blueberry french toast casserole with sausages on Saturday, and blueberry compote blintzes with bacon and a baked amaretto peach on Sunday. It's a short walk across the bridge into Portsmouth (12 minutes, max.), and Lynn is great about making recommendations if you need them (we already had plans). We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

    (5)
  • Have stayed here 6 times over the past 18 years. While the inn has changed hands several times during this time we keep returning because of the location (proximity to Portsmouth and ME towns north of Kittery) and each and every owner has kept this establishment in pristine condition. Lynn is a fabulous host and Rick her innkeeper couldn't be more accommodating. You won't miss by choosing this Inn as your place to stay while visiting the area.

    (4)
  • This was our first time to the Inn & Spa (also first time to Kittery/Portsmouth). We experienced the "Ultimate Couples Getaway" (a gift from my company !!!). Our room was great (Valora Room) -- views of Portsmouth Harbor, plus a very comfortable bed. We spent two nights. The breakfasts were fantastic -- far beyond a "basic bacon & eggs" and bordering on gourmet. In the afternoon, after lots of walking around Portsmouth, when we got back to the Inn, there were fresh-baked cookies in the dining room. Before we arrived, our Innkeeper, Lynn, sent us a detailed list of Portsmouth restaurants (many require reservations), plus a list of local attractions. We were able to use her list to plan our visit since we had only two days to see it all. Once we arrived, she also had several restaurant recommendations. Downtown Portsmouth is a easy walking city. In fact, from the Inn you can walk across the Veterans Bridge and avoid the parking hassle. Portsmouth is loaded with lots to good restaurants -- we'll need to come back again to try more of them. Our Spa visit was a new experience for both my wife and I (a couples massage is part of the Package). Once we got past our initial hesitation, the massage staff made us comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed it -- Verrrry relaxing and a great stress reliever. The Inn is nicely restored, and surrounded by well-tended gardens. Our Innkeeper is quite knowledgeable on the gardens and willing to share her gardening secrets. Definitely a place to come back to again.

    (5)
  • had a perfect spa day here. hot tub, amazing massages-- i couldn't ask for anything more. at first i thought the location was a bit out of the way, but the walk back across the memorial bridge was absolutely beautiful. plus, the hot tub outside would be a lot more awkward if there was any traffic on the road in front of the house. overall, i wouldn't change a thing and i can't wait to go back

    (5)
  • fantastic stay - comfy beds, yummy breakfast, gracious hosts. highly recommended.

    (5)
  • My favorite place! In the headlong rush to Maine, people zip right through Portsmouth -- what a mistake! And the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa -- just a walk across the river in Kittery, ME -- is a fantastic find! It is that perfect place that becomes whatever you need it to be, but first and foremost, coming in is like coming home. Actually better, because they take much better care of me than I ever take of myself! Five comfortable, distinctive rooms, all named after gundalows that used to ply Portsmouth Harbor in the past. My personal favorite is Dido -- tree-shaded windows on three sides for marvelous light and cross ventilation -- but all are worth the trip. The staff will make reservations for you at any of the high-quality restaurants in the area and advise about activities -- an entire week is not enough time to sample all the wonders -- and when your exhausted from savoring the delights, the spa is there for rescue. All of the therapists are excellent, and I have dubbed one a 'living national treasure'" for the way she retunes my back. Innkeepers Lynn and Nat and recent addition Kismet have created a haven. Comfort, peace, quiet, and great breakfasts. Traveller, stop here and rest a while -- ye shall be restored.

    (5)
  • I wish I could give this more stars! Several years ago, my friend and I were VERY single in St Valentines Day, so we decided to pamper ourselves with a weekend away in Portsmouth and we enjoyed the "Best Friends" package. Two night, two breakfasts, and two spa treatments. The Inn is beautiful, the owners delightful. They have a huge VCR/book library on the second floor. Parking was a challenge but we managed to squeeze my SUV into a spot and walked everywhere. The walk over the bridge in Portsmouth was windy, but only about 10 minutes. Breakfast was amazing, and so was the outdoor hot tub. We both had massages, I opted for the hot stone and she the deep tissue. We got to watch the sun set as we slipped away into a blissful coma. We also enjoyed herb tea and warm, soothing herbal neck wraps. I even bought one and still use it. This place is amazing---and the home baked cookies they offer around 4PM are totally snarfable.

    (5)
  • I hesitate to even write this review as this is one of my favorite places on earth. I've been going here for years and I'm a little afraid the word is going to get out. However, it looks like it's not quite a hidden jewel anymore. The inn is nice but the real gem here is the spa. Having lived in and around Boston for years, I have quite high expectations, and this place goes above and beyond. You are met at the door of the spa with white robes and "neckies" (heated neck pillows that melt away all your stress). After changing into your robe, you are offered tea and snacks (often homemade cookies from the inn). The spa is in a renovated barn so think country rather than sleek. However, there's nothing rustic about the services. This place has some of the best massage therapist and facialist I have ever encountered. An added benefit of the spa is that you are encouraged to use their outdoor hot tub before or after your treatments. Really...trust me..make an appointment today! The best part is it's only 45 minutes from Boston so if you can't stay at the inn, it can easily be done as a day trip.

    (5)
  • My favorite place! In the headlong rush to Maine, people zip right through Portsmouth -- what a mistake! And the Portsmouth Harbor Inn and Spa -- just a walk across the river in Kittery, ME -- is a fantastic find! It is that perfect place that becomes whatever you need it to be, but first and foremost, coming in is like coming home. Actually better, because they take much better care of me than I ever take of myself! Five comfortable, distinctive rooms, all named after gundalows that used to ply Portsmouth Harbor in the past. My personal favorite is Dido -- tree-shaded windows on three sides for marvelous light and cross ventilation -- but all are worth the trip. The staff will make reservations for you at any of the high-quality restaurants in the area and advise about activities -- an entire week is not enough time to sample all the wonders -- and when your exhausted from savoring the delights, the spa is there for rescue. All of the therapists are excellent, and I have dubbed one a 'living national treasure'" for the way she retunes my back. Innkeepers Lynn and Nat and recent addition Kismet have created a haven. Comfort, peace, quiet, and great breakfasts. Traveller, stop here and rest a while -- ye shall be restored.

    (5)
  • I wish I could give this more stars! Several years ago, my friend and I were VERY single in St Valentines Day, so we decided to pamper ourselves with a weekend away in Portsmouth and we enjoyed the "Best Friends" package. Two night, two breakfasts, and two spa treatments. The Inn is beautiful, the owners delightful. They have a huge VCR/book library on the second floor. Parking was a challenge but we managed to squeeze my SUV into a spot and walked everywhere. The walk over the bridge in Portsmouth was windy, but only about 10 minutes. Breakfast was amazing, and so was the outdoor hot tub. We both had massages, I opted for the hot stone and she the deep tissue. We got to watch the sun set as we slipped away into a blissful coma. We also enjoyed herb tea and warm, soothing herbal neck wraps. I even bought one and still use it. This place is amazing---and the home baked cookies they offer around 4PM are totally snarfable.

    (5)
  • I hesitate to even write this review as this is one of my favorite places on earth. I've been going here for years and I'm a little afraid the word is going to get out. However, it looks like it's not quite a hidden jewel anymore. The inn is nice but the real gem here is the spa. Having lived in and around Boston for years, I have quite high expectations, and this place goes above and beyond. You are met at the door of the spa with white robes and "neckies" (heated neck pillows that melt away all your stress). After changing into your robe, you are offered tea and snacks (often homemade cookies from the inn). The spa is in a renovated barn so think country rather than sleek. However, there's nothing rustic about the services. This place has some of the best massage therapist and facialist I have ever encountered. An added benefit of the spa is that you are encouraged to use their outdoor hot tub before or after your treatments. Really...trust me..make an appointment today! The best part is it's only 45 minutes from Boston so if you can't stay at the inn, it can easily be done as a day trip.

    (5)
  • Have stayed here 6 times over the past 18 years. While the inn has changed hands several times during this time we keep returning because of the location (proximity to Portsmouth and ME towns north of Kittery) and each and every owner has kept this establishment in pristine condition. Lynn is a fabulous host and Rick her innkeeper couldn't be more accommodating. You won't miss by choosing this Inn as your place to stay while visiting the area.

    (4)
  • This was a superb massage, very professional and relaxing. The hot tub felt great in the cool Maine air. Highly recommended.

    (5)
  • I'm one of those people who reads the negative reviews of a B&B and gets a little nervous, but I'm happy to report that our experience here was fantastic! We got stuck in traffic for three hours coming out of Boston, and we didn't arrive until 6:30 - about two hours after we expected to get there. Lynn greeted us when we came in the door and pointed us to the cookies - Neiman Marcus and brown butter - and encouraged us to try one of each. She pointed out the port, sherry, and accompanying chocolate, and then showed us to our room, the Valora. It was lovely. Breakfast on both days was outstanding: blueberry french toast casserole with sausages on Saturday, and blueberry compote blintzes with bacon and a baked amaretto peach on Sunday. It's a short walk across the bridge into Portsmouth (12 minutes, max.), and Lynn is great about making recommendations if you need them (we already had plans). We would stay there again in a heartbeat.

    (5)
  • The attitude was there from the second we walked in. We felt as though we were on a class trip and she was going to be watching us to be on our best behavior. It was so uncomfortable and off putting to say the least. It was my bf and I's one year anniversary, and instead of relaxing and being at ease, the owner made it everything but that while in the house. The moment we walked in she asked us to close the screen door behind us, rather than welcoming us in she was already scolding us. It was so rude! Not to mention, the screen door was open upon our arrival. She was already in a pissy mood that we were coming after our expected time due to Friday night traffic out of the city. 8pm was our arrival, which I would think to be pretty early considering how much we rushed from work. I called to make her aware that we would be a little late to be courteous and she said ok, well if it's later than 8pm you need to let me know because we need to eat too ya know. Who says that? Especially to someone who is paying a pretty good amount to stay at your bed and breakfast. From our arrival her behavior just continued to go on. I would have to say that I strongly believe she has some kind of stigma with younger people. Particularly her comments about not spilling red wine on her sheets and then being shocked that we wouldn't bring flip flops for the hot tub (so awkward.) It just went on and on. We also decided that the second morning there, our last, we wanted to skip out on breakfast so we could sleep in. Since it is OUR vacation, I didn't think that this would be a big deal. She was in shock that we weren't coming to breakfast, "Oh realllllly? Wow." Chill out lady. It's our vacation and we were courteous enough to let you know the night before rather than just not showing. We had a feeling she was going to react like considering her behavior prior, and we should not have felt that way. Again, OUR vacation, we will do as we please while still be courteous to your home, as we were. Everyone else at the inn seemed to have a great experience although they were all 35 up. Mind you I'm 28. Clearly an adult and should have been treated as everyone else. End result, I will not be returning and would not recommend anyone under 30 to go here, unless you want to feel like you are at boarding school. Oh, and when we were leaving, she said "you owe me money." I say, you need to learn some manners. My poor boyfriend having to deal with that from her after he booked a wonderful surprise for me.

    (2)
  • Now why would you travel across the bridge to find a massage? Because this place has clean , large inviting massage rooms with showers. Quiet, serene and relaxing! I treated my sister (Shawn)r and myself to a sugar scrub (all over) massage and a facial. I was there 2 1/2 hours of bliss. Katina is a calm and strong therapist.I came here in 2008 and she was here then so I think she enjoys her work and it shows through with her massage. Barbara is a soothing but very strong massage therapist as well as a physical therapist.. I have been to Portsmouth's offerings downtown and on the west side but I have never gotten the attention to detail and the best massage around. If you are going to spend you hard earned money on something that makes you feel wonderful go here. it is the best I have found anywhere. They do have a hot tub outside so bring your suit if you want a dip. The whole place is in an old house with beautifully done woodwork that is clean and inviting I think human touch and massage is definitely good for the soul. It made my whole week more peaceful and productive.

    (4)
  • the pros: clean, eclectic, seemed to cover all the bases with thinking of what we might need as a guest. the outdoor hot tub. walking distance to town. the rest of the not so great things to say: I'm kinda with gabrielle on this one. We are a 38 year old couple. I'm not going to say anything negative about the house, the linens, or the hospitality, but there was def. a strange vibe from the Inn keeper, started when she showed us to our room. We were perhaps a tad late, too, but that shouldn't matter, it was well before 7pm. I had asked about the history of the house and she pointed to the plaque on the wall in the 3rd floor room (most expensive) and she said, "there he is." We stayed in the house alone, which was nice. We booked couples massages but Lynn, didn't ask, she stated, "is the tip in cash or charge." Massages were $100each, and the setting was, nice, but not great, we heard all the outdoor noises and the therapist above me talking to my partner was a distraction, she could perhaps get some white noise machines and eliminate that annoyance. He went to go check out and she said, "should we leave the tip for housekeeper on the card, or are you going to tip her in cash." At over $300/night, she didn't need to nickel and dime us and make us feel like we weren't going to tip. Also for breakfast she served a baked apple covered in sweet sauce and whipped which i thought was excellent, but my dear honey, doesn't like his fruit, cooked or covered in sugar. She seemed offended that he wouldn't even try it, and she took it away and said she would eat it, "so it didn't get wasted". I felt that was rude and out of line. He humored me for a BB getaway, and will try another one next time. ALL IN ALL PORTSMOUTH IS A GREAT GREAT PLACE TO HANG OUT FOR THE DAY, THE EVENING, THE OVERNIGHT, ETC. we will def. go back to portsmouth, just not this inn. all in all, i do have to say she was nice and conversing after the awkward breakfast scolding, but then she did that awkward tip thing.

    (2)
  • Lynn was the most accommodating inn keeper anyone could ask for! I stayed here with my boyfriend and when my sister found out she didn't have a place to stay, Lynn made up a cot for her in our room. The room was lovely and the bed was oh so comfy. My sister even said the cot was the most comfortable cot she's ever slept on! A million high-fives to Lynn and the Portsmouth Harbor Inn!

    (5)
  • I stayed here for my very first bed & breakfast experience, and I was very pleased! Everyone was very friendly, the breakfast was lovely, and our room (the Minx room) was clean & cute. I found the bed extremely comfortable and it had tons of pillows! It wasn't kitschy at all, but it was more personal than a standard chain hotel - the perfect balance! There's no mini fridge in the room, but there's a shared one on the second floor, stocked with free seltzer water. There's also a small library of books and movies to browse and borrow during one's stay, which is a nice touch. Even though the bridge to Portsmouth is currently under construction, there's a free hourly shuttle to the town that leaves from a spot less than five minutes from the inn. For folks like me who don't like driving a lot, it's extremely convenient. My only regrets are that I didn't stay longer, and that I didn't make a spa appointment! I will absolutely stay here again next time I visit Portsmouth.

    (5)
  • We stayed overnight here a few years ago to celebrate Valentines day. We were met in the dining area with offers of port or sherry, detailed descriptions of local area restaurants, and friendly faces. Our room was cozy, a very homey feeling moreso than many B&B's I've stayed in, since they seem to be becoming more trendy and sterile (which is an aesthetic I like as well) and had a big claw foot tub in it, perfect for soaking in. The next morning we woke up to a fantastic breakfast prepared by the owners, and then it was on to spa time. My husband had a hot stone massage, which he loved, and I had a sugar and spice body massage coupled with an aromatherapy facial. Bliss, bliss, bliss. All the treatments took place in this large, sun soaked, warm barn (and it was in February, but it felt like spring inside the barn). They were able to tailor the treatments to adapt to my sensitivities, which I thought was fantastic. I just loved that both the quality of the treatments and the environment in which they took place in were just so above par. Sadly, we did not have time to sit in the outdoor hot tub, and let me tell you, if there is one thing I've learned from two trips to Iceland (other than the fact Iceland is awesome) is that sitting in hot water in cold weather is the best. Aside from the fact that the inn and spa are awesome, they are very very close to both Portsmouth (I really love Portsmouth) as well as the outlet stores in Kittery, if that's your thing. I loved this place, it's absolutely in my top 3 for both B&Bs and Spas, and I really need to get moving on getting back up there soon.

    (5)
  • Its a very lovely spa, quaint and very relaxing. far away from the noise and the hustle and bustle. I went there to get a massage and a pedi. When you get there they give you a neck warmer, which is nice, and they give you tea/coffee/water. I had a deep tissue back massage and the sad part was it was only for 30 minutes. I have a lot of knots in my back and I would of liked it if the massage was for an hour instead of half. Also for just that half it was extremely expensive. But the masseuse gave me a free little hot stone massage, which was very nice of her. totally good to remember if i want to come back and splurge on that. Any who, you go upstairs and are in this room with the sun beaming on you and its very tranquil. it was incredibly nice and relaxing and i was doused in the smell of lavender, which i love. After the massage I got squeezed in to get a pedi. I felt as if the lady just wanted to get home and she just wanted to make a quick buck. It was extremely nice of her to stay after her shift to give me a pedi. But for the price I was paying, I expected her to actually do a great job and give me what I was paying for. over all it was relaxing and really expensive.

    (3)
  • We stayed two nights over Labor Day weekend and had a great time. Location is fantastic and makes for easy walks around the quaint coastal neighborhood, over the Memorial Bridge, and to Portsmouth downtown. Room was very nice--clean, cozy, and plenty of room to spread out and relax. Nice comfy pillows. The highlight was breakfast. On day 1 we had roasted plums with marscapone and then spinach quiche with sausage. On day 2 we had a fresh fruit cup with double berry sauce and then orange and cardamom french toast. Delicious and as well prepared as presented! When we arrived we were greeted by Leslie who was a friendly host throughout. There are some little details beyond the rooms and breakfast that really make this place special: cookies, friendliness, port and cherry downstairs :), good selection of travel books, the journals in each room going back 4-5 years with fellow traveler's tips, etc. It's on the pricey side but we knew that going in and both feel that it was worth it. And the spa...on the last day my pregnant wife got a massage at the Spa and was feeling fabulous all day. Hesitant going in, she raved about it all day and it really made her feel more comfortable. We'll be back!

    (4)
  • Had a lovely weekend girls get away here! The rooms were cozy and beautiful, the spa was comfortable and the staff friendly. Every detail was taken care of here, you lack for nothing! The spa treatments were amazing! The hot tub was super clean and easy to use. I really can't say enough nice things, this place was great!

    (5)
  • Had a wonderful massage today with Barbara! I hope to be able to visit her again soon!

    (5)
  • We didn't stay at the inn. Instead we went directly to the spa. I'm not a spa expert by any means, but we had a great time. Very relaxing facials and massages. Very homey and family feeling. I would say it was more of a country setting versus trendy but don't let that scare you - the services were very professional. I would definitely recommend checking it out.

    (5)
  • My husband currently is in the stressful position at work where he really cannot take any time off for a vacation, long weekend, spend a day sleeping, nada. A while ago our friend Bridget M. recommended this place, so I rifled through my old email to find the name... And it certainly delivered! My plan was to take a weekend and pack it with massages and such (because really, spas are for people who don't have the time to relax!), to try and get him a concentrated dose of relaxation. The inn is a gorgeous building, and the innkeepers Lynn and Nat are pretty much awesome. Breakfasts were great, and there is a ton of good eating just across the way in Portsmouth. The massage therapists we worked with were really talented, and very adaptable to our needs and wants (yeah, they can do Swedish, but they can also get right in and get some real work done!). The spa's in a restored barn attached to the inn, and it's really quite charming and cozy with all of the exposed beams and wood. There's also a Jacuzzi on the grounds, and I had never sat in a hot tub in cold weather before... I can see the appeal now and in fact, it's so damn chilly today I wish I had one outside right now. In sum, this inn is owned by a pair of wonderful folks and is so convenient a getaway from home or Boston (it's practically in Portsmouth) that I am sure we will be back!

    (5)
  • Amazing facility! The Dido room was immaculate and the attached bath was clean and modern. The views of the private gardens (in springtime bloom) and the partial view of the harbor were wonderful. Quiet, clean and beautiful. Other rooms afford breathtaking views of the river and of Portsmouth, NH. Fantastic service! Due to a delayed flight, we arrived horribly late. The inn keepers were gracious and accommodating, we got settled in with no fuss or drama! During our 1 week stay, we never skipped fresh coffee in the morning or the elegant breakfasts prepared by the inn keepers. The food was nutritious and ever changing, we were always pleasantly surprised and never disappointed. The inn is easily accessible from the interstate and until the bridges are repaired in summer of 2013, a free shuttle (just a few minute's walk from the Inn) will bring you into the heart of downtown Portsmouth. The Inn is only a few driving minutes from the Kittery Outlets, Old Town Kittery and the Interstate. Well worth the stay, if even for a night, and an exceptional value for the long term guest.

    (5)
  • I'm sure I'd have added another star had I stayed at the inn, but I've only been here for a massage. I brought my now-ex-boy here for a facial, and while my massage was good, his skin nearly made me gasp with its peaces and cream-like glow. I was so wowed. I'd love to come back here soon.

    (4)
  • what a nice introduction to the world of b &b. The staff, super nice, the breakfast, yummy. Would highly recommend the accommodations to anyone going that way for some r & r. However, cannot say the same of the massage treatments unless you ask for someone specifically- my mother's masseuse was more of a "petter " than a true massage therapist :-( she didn't even inquire if the pressure was good or not- not a sign of a professional! My therapist- Amy was a doll. I would definitely recommend her ~

    (3)
  • We just stayed here for our weekend honeymoon, and it was perfect. Absolutely lovely, homey, comfortable, well-kept inn that's just a delight to stay at. All of the staff, from the innkeepers, Lynn and Nat, to the girls that make the yummy breakfast, to the masseuses and manicurists at the spa, were so accommodating and friendly. Very clean, comfy, sweetly decorated room (we stayed in the Dido room; it has 2 twin beds, which would be great for friends to stay in, but they can also attach the beds so it's like a king), with a good-sized bathroom, and hardwood floors. Nice little touches, like the fridge on the 2nd floor with complementary bottles of Poland Spring water; a journal in each room for guests (past and present) to record their activities and recommendations, which was fun to look through; amazing *I am serious. AMAZING...* chocolate chip cookies that are baked by the innkeepers fresh every day @ 4pm; port and sherry that are offered every evening at your leisure, and staff that will go out of their way to make recommendations, or anything else that you need. *Did I almost forget to mention the hot tub outside? What a treat!* And that's just the inn. The spa is phenomenal. Beautiful, warm, welcoming converted barn that's so relaxing just to sit in. Everyone is at the top of their game here; I had a fabulous brown sugar scrub, manicure and pedicure, and my husband had a truly wonderfully relaxing hot stone massage. (Let's put it this way; the man was totally falling asleep at dinner.) Amy and Sue were awesome, very sweet, professional and sooo good at what they do! The Inn is so conveniently located in Kittery, and it's about a 5 minute drive to all of the cute shops and great restaurants in Portsmouth. *Just drive over the 2 little bridges and bam! there you are in Portsmouth!* Check out the website for great, very affordable seasonal package deals. Totally the way to go, and nice relaxing weekend excursion, any time of year. (Thanks to the Yelpers that reviewed this place before me; it's one of the main reasons I chose it when looking for a cute bed and breakfast in Kittery/ Portsmouth. We're already planning our next visit back! *Um, bring some warm clothes if you stay when I did, late Feb./early March. I should've brought a parka and boots. Brrrrr*)

    (5)
  • Very nice place with a wonderful staff only too willing to be of any help they can. If we go back to the area we will certainly stay here again

    (5)
  • This was our first time to the Inn & Spa (also first time to Kittery/Portsmouth). We experienced the "Ultimate Couples Getaway" (a gift from my company !!!). Our room was great (Valora Room) -- views of Portsmouth Harbor, plus a very comfortable bed. We spent two nights. The breakfasts were fantastic -- far beyond a "basic bacon & eggs" and bordering on gourmet. In the afternoon, after lots of walking around Portsmouth, when we got back to the Inn, there were fresh-baked cookies in the dining room. Before we arrived, our Innkeeper, Lynn, sent us a detailed list of Portsmouth restaurants (many require reservations), plus a list of local attractions. We were able to use her list to plan our visit since we had only two days to see it all. Once we arrived, she also had several restaurant recommendations. Downtown Portsmouth is a easy walking city. In fact, from the Inn you can walk across the Veterans Bridge and avoid the parking hassle. Portsmouth is loaded with lots to good restaurants -- we'll need to come back again to try more of them. Our Spa visit was a new experience for both my wife and I (a couples massage is part of the Package). Once we got past our initial hesitation, the massage staff made us comfortable and we thoroughly enjoyed it -- Verrrry relaxing and a great stress reliever. The Inn is nicely restored, and surrounded by well-tended gardens. Our Innkeeper is quite knowledgeable on the gardens and willing to share her gardening secrets. Definitely a place to come back to again.

    (5)
  • had a perfect spa day here. hot tub, amazing massages-- i couldn't ask for anything more. at first i thought the location was a bit out of the way, but the walk back across the memorial bridge was absolutely beautiful. plus, the hot tub outside would be a lot more awkward if there was any traffic on the road in front of the house. overall, i wouldn't change a thing and i can't wait to go back

    (5)
  • fantastic stay - comfy beds, yummy breakfast, gracious hosts. highly recommended.

    (5)

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