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New Hampshire only has 18 miles of coastline, and Hampton Beach is the fun, jovial beach town with arcades, funnel cakes, a casino with concerts, fried seafood, and good beachy fun! When booking your Hampton Beach hotels stay, try to include a Wednesday night to include fireworks at the beach!
The boardwalk is the draw of Hampton Beach NH, which offers a looser feel than the typical colonial towns of rural New Hampshire. Other local attractions include the Hampton Beach State Park, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom which hosts almost 70 shows each season, and playing miniature golf.
If you go on a hotel booking site, you might notice that a lot of the hotels are poorly rated. There isn’t much of a selection of consistently well-rated properties, so a more private vacation rental may be just what you’re looking for. We’ve included our recommendations for those as well. But you definitely want something with easy access to the beach and Atlantic Ocean, close proximity to the board walk, and free parking. You may even be able to snag a house that offers an ocean view room or two and private balconies!
Hampton Beach FAQ
All of the action is centered around the boardwalk on Ocean Boulevard. Hampton Beach hotels, dining, shopping, and live entertainment are all along this strip!
The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast is regarded as one of the best and most romantic hotels in Hampton, NH. The service and rooms are impeccable!
The Marguerite Motel hits the mark on price and location. If you don’t mind a no-frills stay, The Marguerite is a fantastic choice that will keep you on your budget!
Ashworth by the Sea is a fantastic find for families vacationing at Hampton Beach. The location can’t be beat, and onsite dining options are both unique and scrumptious!
Best Luxury Hotel in Hampton Beach: Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast Pavilion
The Victoria Inn Bed & Breakfast is a historic carriage house that was converted to lodging in the early 1900s. It’s technically in Hampton and not on the beach, but it’s the best hotel in the area. It’s located a quick jaunt up the shore from the bustle of the boardwalk, so this could be a gem if you’re looking for a more relaxing and remote hotel.
The rooms at the Victoria Inn are tastefully furnished with antiques and an abundance of toile. A few modern touches like small televisions feel out of place in the room but are nonetheless welcome. The staff at the Victoria are incredibly accommodating and offer higher touches like a snack basket or champagne when ordered ahead of time.
Do be careful when booking if you are expecting a private bath. While most of their suites do have a private bath, several do have shared facilities. The Victoria Inn is known as a picturesque backdrop for New Hampshire weddings, with a white, spindled gazebo and pavilion for your guests, and considered the best Hampton Beach hotel.
Best Mid-Range Hotel in Hampton Beach: Atlantic Breeze Suites
The Atlantic Breeze Suites are at the north end of the boardwalk and directly across from the beach. We like that it’s just a scurry across the beachfront Ocean Boulevard to reach the surf.
While it’s out of the way of most foot traffic, it’s still not exactly a quiet location because of the beach parking directly across from the hotel. Several rooms offer ocean views which, at this price point, can’t be beat.
Rooms are unpretentious, simply furnished, and recently updated. We also love details like a Keurig coffee maker, toaster, and microwave are all provided in the guest rooms, which makes for a more comfortable stay.
Best Budget Hotel in Hampton Beach: Marguerite Motel
The Marguerite Motel is located a block from the sands of Hampton Beach, but when the stroll is through the quaint streets of Hampton, we don’t mind the commute. The Marguerite is also only three blocks from the free, open air concerts of the Seashell complex.
Some might find the Marguerite Motel a bit outdated, but it’s a clean and reliable stay for a great price. (And really what more can you ask for when looking for cheap hotels?) Rooms have a microwave and refrigerator in the small kitchenette, which is helpful for preparing meals for a long day on the go.
The Marguerite Motel is probably best for those looking for activities outside of the room, where its combination of location and price make it a real winner. It does have a outdoor swimming pool, which is lovely during the summer, but other than that, the price does reflect its lack of on-site amenities. The fact it’s a short walk from the beach does make up for it, though! Not to mention it’s where you’ll get the best rate in town.
Best Hotel for Families in Hampton Beach: Ashworth by the Sea
Hampton Beach is great for families, and Ashworth by the Sea is a great choice for those with active little ones. It’s immediately across Ocean Boulevard from the beach via a dedicated crosswalk. Talk about scenic ocean views!
The hotel rooms appear to have been recently updated and have a more modern feel than what you might expect. We love that some rooms have a separate sitting area for relaxing, taking advantage of the free WIFI, and watching tv while the rest of the family kicks back in the bedroom area.
We love the onsite restaurants, including offerings of local haddock and other seafood. You can choose from indoor dining or a rooftop lounge to watch the waves while sipping on a handcrafted cocktail. Families also love the heated indoor pool when the chilly Atlantic waters just aren’t cutting it and the friendly staff is always there to help with any concerns. What more could you ask for in a family friendly hotel room?
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If you’re day-tripping to Hampton Beach or are open to a short drive into town, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express Seabrook. Seabrook is just south of Hampton Beach and home to more affordable places to stay. It’s easy to find just off highway 1, which can carry you back into the New England countryside at a moment’s notice.
The Holiday Inn Express has a corporate feel to it, which offers clean, streamlined rooms. You’ll also find features like microwaves, coffee makers, and mini fridges in each room.
Guests are treated to an indoor, heated pool, hot tub, and fitness center. We also love the option of free, grab-and-go breakfast to get our day started.
Best Rentals in Hampton Beach
Serenity by the Sea is a private apartment that can sleep up to six adults. The galley kitchen is well-equipped and perfect for preparing a meal for a night in. We especially love the little nautical details like the octopus wallpaper and mermaid sculpture. There is an outdoor pool on-site as well as on-site parking.
This little unit is an efficiency apartment in the heart of the action. According to the owners, it is “approximately 263 steps to the beach.” It is worth noting that bedding consists of a murphy bed and a sleeper couch, so comfort may be the tradeoff for its highly-desirable location The unit does have a full-equipped kitchen, although it may be unnecessary with so many dining options outside your front door!
If your family is looking for a place to stretch out, this three-bedroom house is a great option to settle in. It’s a few blocks from the beach with ample parking and a hammock to enjoy. The kitchen is fully equipped with often overlooked appliances like a stand mixer and air fryer. This home is pet friendly and an ideal choice for a Hampton Beach launching pad.
This beachfront condo is sleek, freshly remodeled, and centered on the Ocean Boulevard boardwalk. At night you can hear the live music from your balcony, and in the morning, you can sip your morning coffee while watching the waves lap the shore. It’s also remarkably affordable considering its location and amenities like the stackable washer and dryer! This host simply did not have to go this hard, but they did, and we can’t wait to book this unit.
Only steps from Ocean Boulevard, this condo has two separate bedrooms and sleeps a total of six adults. It’s well maintained and modern with nautical touches that bring the beach to you. We like that it’s just off a sidestreet, making it accessible and drivable when the main promenade is closed for events. The galley kitchen is great for families, as well as the small, separate dining and lounging areas. If you find yourself in Hampton during the winter months, they also offer longer, month-long stays at steep discounts!
If you are expecting a larger group, this three bedroom condo has plenty of space to stretch out. We love that it’s walkable to most of Hampton’s boardwalk and beach attractions. It’s newly renovated and modestly furnished. The kitchen is equipped with all the necessities to make your Hampton stay comfortable. This is a great option for the offseason when some lodging closes for the colder months.
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