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“Incomparable view. Perfect balance between land and sea. Gracious, New England cottage-style hospitality.” 5 of 5 stars
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2.0 of 5 Cottage   |   44 Marmion Way, Rockport, MA 01966 (Formerly Seaward Inn)   |  
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CaseyRain
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“Incomparable view. Perfect balance between land and sea. Gracious, New England cottage-style hospitality.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2010

Ok I'm biased. I love this place. Have for years and so thrilled to have the chance to go again last week. Seaward Inn is the sort of place you look forward to when you are ready to completely unwind. Yet, for those of your party who want more besides gorgeous views, friendly people and an old family sort of place by the sea, downtown Rockport is just a seaside amble away.
The day at Seaward begins at dawn, where there's nothing between you and the first tip of sun over the water (early risers rejoice!). Visit the Inn's complimentary coffee station and go back to the waterside benches for more sea or go on in for the House breakfast buffet in one of the charming dining rooms, windows all around to bring in the light and views. The buffet is plentiful and well prepared, and the chef and waitstaff couldn't be more accommodating.
Next you can put yourself at the mercy of the tides - high tide with the waves crashing (my favorite) or low tide (my family's), when they can go climbing on the rocks, searching for treasures. The Inn has a park-like spot directly across from the main house that rims the waterside and it's perfect for either tide.
When you're ready, take the 20-minute walk to town via the Old Garden foot path that winds along the water and over the Headlands. While in town there's shops, galleries, restaurants and the new Shalin Liu Performance Center, which is reported to be one of the finest performance spaces for music in the world. There are also kayak rentals, boat charters, beaches and art classes. Or, Seaward's location is convenient enough to be a short drive to so many other activities on Cape Ann (bicycle tour or whale watching anyone?) or into Boston for the day.
At the end of the day, return home to your quiet, immaculate cottage-style rooms, a la 1940's, very "New England" in their simplicity and comfort. The linens are crisp, the towels soft and thirsty. We were in unit 206, which had ample space for all of us, an outside deck area with a water view.
The Inn and it's guests have been cared for by members of the same gracious family for almost 60 years, who take pleasure in helping to make your seaside visit the most comfortable it can be. Seaward Inn is a special place you shouldn't miss.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

The Seaward Inn is a cozy, wonderful inn with spectacular views of the sea. Our room didn't specifically look out at the water, but it was large, clean, beautiful, and had a great feel. The TV wasn't particularly fancy, but frankly, if you're spending a lot of time in Rockport watching television, you probably ought to get out a bit more.

The Sunday breakfast was wonderful! The food at the Inn is yummy and they had light entertainment was nice too. Not in downtown Rockport but not too far.

A trip back in time, to when Inns were a lot nicer than they are now. Go there!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

Now a review from an European perspective:

We staid at the Seaward Inn a Sunday and a Monday night. Both mornings breakfast was served and included in the room rate. The breakfast menu gave a lot of options. The quality was decent. We found no indication that the restaurant was open at night.

The location is quiet and peaceful though there is a street between the Inn and the ocean. But morning joggers and occationally a maintainence truck are the rare interruptions.

The staff was very friendly and helpful as was Nancy the innkeeper who showed us alternative rooms as we did not like the first one. It is not our right to comment to historic US old home style but we prefer normally larger rooms with working appliances. The friendly staff made up for it, though. You need to like the style.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

The inn is located about a mile out of town, extremely quiet area. Beautiful views. Only downside was that the room in the carriage house was outdated and had a musty smell to it. Also, there was no remote control for the t.v. Breakfast was buffet style and enjoyable. The inn is a bit far from the town, it could probably be walked but may take a while. We drove in and it took about 5 mins.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2008

We spent this past weekend on a quick trip to Vermont and decided to head back to Boston on the last day to be close to the airport. We found the Seaward Inn by accident — having tried other places in the area with no reservations — and WHAT A FIND! The view is spectacular, the rooms are cottage 1940ish in a nice way...and VERY comfortable...and an easy walk to the the shops in downtown Rockport and the Bearskin area. Breakfast (included) was great...what more could you ask for...a sea view...your own adirondack chair on the ocean...and a cozy room. Note that Rockport is a dry town and you have to go to Gloucester for a take out bottle of wine...but having a glass by your own private Atlantic rocky cove is worth it...it's rustic...relaxing...and has a welcoming staff...we thoroughly enjoyed the Seaward...will return if we can!!!!!

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — having to leave
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Smithtown, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2008

My brother and two of my sisters came to Rockport to celebrate the 4th of July weekend and have a mini family reunion. One of us came from Long Island, one from Miami, one from Boston, and the other from Washington. Most B&B properties were trying to capitalize on the three day weekend and were forcing a three-night minimum. Since we were driving in on Friday and staying through Sunday, we were only interested in two nights. Enter the Seaward Inn, who were more than willing to accept our business for just two nights.

The Property:
The property is located at 44 Marmion Way right on the water. The property at first glance looks well kept and rustic, which is the way we liked it. There is a restaurant in the main building and breakfast in the mornings is free. There is a breakfast menu, but since we were there over the weekend, it was a brunch style breakfast with scrambled eggs, bacon & sausage, hash browns, pancakes and French toast, muffins, bagels, toast, fruit, yogurt, granola, coffee, and juice. Everything you need to start your day right. The restaurant also serves dinner, but we didn’t take advantage of that.

The Rooms:
We were able to check in early and we were given room 206, which was a suite on the upper level with a deck. We had a wonderful view of the ocean and our room had two single beds and on larger full size bed. The room had that rustic wood-paneling look to it, but it was very comfortable and just what we needed. Amenities in the room included a TV, phone, A/C units, and a small refrigerator. An earlier posted said that this property was in need of an "update," and while the rooms don't look like they were built yesterday, they offered everything that was needed for a comfortable stay. We kept our windows open at night, but our suite had two air conditioners as well.

The Location:
The Seaward is just far away enough from “downtown” Rockport so that it’s not that much of a hike to walk to town and it keeps things quiet in the neighborhood where the Seaward is located. The walk to town will take approximately 20 minutes and its through a very nice neighborhood with gorgeous homes right on the water.

The Staff:
During the check in process, during any interaction with the staff, whether it be the housekeeping crew or the wait staff in the restaurant, everyone was extremely friendly and cordial and always greeted us with smiles. This place is run right!

All in all, this was a great place to come to and experience that small-town America feeling, especially watching the annual 4th of July parade. The bonfire on the beach was quite the spectacle and recommended if you come here during the 4th. The town of Rockport is very nice little harbor town, and there are plenty of shops and a few restaurants to keep anyone happy. Our favorite stop was the Roy Moore Lobster company, which is this little shack in the Bearskin area where you come in amongst all the lobster & crab tanks, you place your order, they give you what you want, then you can either take your food to go, or make your way back through the kitchen and eat your food on their back deck. Fanciness would NOT be an appropriate term to use for this place, but for what it lacks in fanciness, it more than makes up for it in quality and price!

All of my family members were very happy with our choice to stay at the Seaward Inn and we will certainly stay here again and recommend highly to everyone.

  • Liked — The location, the staff, the quietness
  • Disliked — Having to leave!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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roseville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2008

My friend and I had just crossed America on our motorcycles. It took us 14 days from the Golden Gate Bridge to Rockport. We arrived in Rockport at sunset and needed lodging. The Seaward Inn was recommended to us. We stayed the night and found the room, the Inn, its peole, the owner, the views all a "10". Loved it! Wow. So cool. If you are a motel 6 type person, stay away. if you ENJOY beauty, history, quiet, and more, book a room at this incredible, beautiful Inn. A moment in time.

In the early morning, I listend to the quiet and watched the sunrise from the porch of the Inn. it was poetry. I read the guest signature books from the 1940s and could almost feel the era and the emotions of those staying at the Inn.

What a place! PS I have travelled, extensively, as an IBm sales exec over the last 30 years. I'ved stayed at the best resorts, hotels, and spa. The Seaward Inn will always be memorable and unforgettable. - John E. Roseville, CA

  • Liked — The ambience
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Seaward

Address: 44 Marmion Way, Rockport, MA 01966 (Formerly Seaward Inn)
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Rockport
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Rockport
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Seaward 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Seaward Inn, nestled on the outmost edge of Cape Ann, has taken many shapes and forms over the past 65 years while remaining in the Cameron family. Although the main building and restaurant were sold in December 2013, the building formerly known as Spruce Cottage or Gulls Nest will now be available for weekly rentals for the 2015 season.  Guests can choose from our Cottage, Lover's Cove ( King Bedded unit), or Gully Point (Suite with Deck). Each unit has a private bathroom, Direct TV, free wireless internet, air conditioning, a refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hairdryers and plenty of free parking. There is also be an outdoor gas grille for your convenience and pleasure. The Seaward offers a refreshing, rustic seaside alternative to vacationing in Rockport with four unique choices of accommodations. Guests who visit The Seaward comment on the restful atmosphere, while still being close to a wealth of attractions including gorgeous nature preserves, great shopping, boating, whale watching, museums, and sandy beaches. We also offer bicycles to enjoy the winding rocky coastal roads and pathways with stunning vistas and breathtaking sunrises and sunsets. The Seaward is located on Marmion Way, known for its lovely homes, gardens and ocean views. Here you can relax to the soothing sound of waves lapping the rocky shore and distant fog horn while watching the lobster and sailboats pass by. We are a short & scenic mile to downtown Rockport which can be accessed along an ocean path. Along the way you will pass Old Garden Beach; a good spot for a dip, and "headlands" for an outstanding view of Rockport Harbor. Spruce Cottage -Enjoy two bedrooms - a queen sized bed in one room and 2 twin beds in another. The kitchen offers a stove, sink, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. Although most folks prefer to relax on the front lawn, the cozy living room includes a kitchen table, fireplace couch and flatscreen TV.   Gully Point - Enjoy a deck with ocean views and rocking chairs. Gully Point offers accommodations for up to 4 people comfortably. One bedroom has a queen sized bed, while the rather spacious living room has accommodations for two more on a comfortable (full size) sleeper couch. Loblolly Cove - has a similar set up as Gully Point and can adjoin it to accommodate up to 8 people. Enjoy a deck with ocean views. On it's own Loblolly Cove offers accommodations for up to 5 people. One bedroom has a queen sized bed, while the living room has a twin day bed and pull our (full) couch.  Lovers Cove has ocean views, a king sized bed, newly conditioned hardwood floors and a small private courtyard garden. ... more   less 
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