Hotel Thaxter is a full service upscale hotel & restaurant, located in the heart of Downtown Portsmouth, NH. The main edifice, built in 1860, was originally home to The First Congregational Church of Portsmouth before becoming The Salvation Army. The handsome brick and wood building has stature and boasts amazing floor to ceiling windows on its elevated ground floor, a large footprint for spacious, comfortable guest rooms and a second to none downtown location. The current restoration is converting this historic building into 15 guest rooms featuring luxurious accommodations, wet bars and local art. Locally inspired, Hotel Thaxter gets its name from Portsmouth native Celia Thaxter, whose father opened the Appledore House in 1848 on the Isles of Shoals, one of the first resort hotels on the New England coast. Celia cultivated a unique multidisciplinary artist colony at the shoals by befriending and inviting several highly regarded musicians, artists and writers to enjoy and be inspired by the remote islands.
Here, you are welcomed to the new hotel as though you are family. Our lobbies are the beating heart of this hotel. Guests can relax and enjoy two beautiful spaces alongside fellow guests, and locals alike. We invite guests to find a cozy spot and stay a while. At Hotel Thaxter, guests feel immersed in Portsmouth and its culture; the lobby and the library are brimming with local art, photos and literature. We are big on supporting and celebrating the local community, working closely with artists and makers from The Seacoast to incorporate their touch in the design, artwork and products we offer. Our restaurant, guest rooms and public spaces are inspired and designed to feel cozy, relaxing and welcoming. We take pride in our surroundings, culture and history and weave it all into these spaces.
15 rooms of all shapes and sizes to meet your travel needs. The grandeur of the historical church building is echoed throughout the curved staircase, crown molding and arched windows in various parts of the building. All guest rooms include smart TVs, comfy beds, soft linens, plush towels, contemporary bathrooms, your personal digital key and Celia Thaxter inspired décor. Room Sizes: Nook, Appledore Double, Celia’s King and Island King