Aparthotel opens in historic New Hampshire building

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US: The Inn Downtown aparthotel has opened in the 1809 Nutter-Rymes House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The project, which features 10 apartment-style rooms is owner Doug Palardy’s fourth historic renovation. He described the concept as an unstaffed, high-end inn, with studio-apartment style living spaces.

Palardy bought the property last November and spent nine months and nearly $2 million renovating it. He previously renovated the former Bow Street Inn into the Ale House Inn and the former Sise Inn into the Hotel Portsmouth, then sold both properties. He currently owns and operates the six-suite Great Island Inn in New Castle, where the decor is in the style of a beach cottage. That opened in 2016, in an 1820 home he renovated across from the Town Hall and a short walk to the shore.

At The Inn Downtown he offers “invisible” concierge service by phone because travellers are now more independent and most have smartphones.

“People coming here already have reservations for Cava or Black Trumpet” restaurants, he said. “They’ve done their homework. We’re nearly sold out every night. It’s so unique here. It’s unlike anything Portsmouth has to offer.”

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