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1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport, MA 01966-1102
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from The Emerson Inn
Updated 08/18/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#4 of 8 hotels in Rockport
Travelers' Choice
Emerson Inn is a historic oceanfront hotel nestled on Pigeon Cove in beautiful Rockport, Massachusetts. Renovated & rejuvenated in 2016, the property has been refreshed to perfectly blend the historic charm of the hotel and modern amenities travelers seek today, including private baths, flat-screen HD televisions, complimentary WiFi across the property, and new comfortable beds and linens. Featuring stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Emerson Inn is perfect for romantic getaways, family vacations, or business travelers!
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Full view
Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Car hire
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Seating area
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Pool view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Historic Hotel
Great View
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Valerie B wrote a review Sep 2020
Cambridge, Massachusetts2 contributions
We stayed at the Emerson inn 3 different times this Summer for 2-4 nights at a time The Covid 19 protocols were in place and worked well We felt comfortable but safe The pool was wonderful and so so clean with testing .and guests respected the suggested limits The restaurant did have a limited menue but with options to meet the needs of the guests The view was as always spectacular and service without a fault We will return for the next season for sure
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Meghan Oakley, General Manager at The Emerson Inn
Responded Sep 30, 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review. The team has worked tirelessly this Summer to ensure our guest felt safe and comfortable so thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We hope to see you again soon!
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csed123 wrote a review Aug 2020
Framingham, Massachusetts25 contributions3 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Had a wonderful two night stay at the Emerson Inn, Rockport Ma. Had a 3rd floor room with a wonderful view of the Ocean. It was so relaxing. The view, the porch, and the room was comfortable clean, and we had a wonderful spa tub. They also are handling COVID very well. Guests are physically distancing, the wait staff and guests are appropriately wearing masks. The tables, chairs S&P shakers are sanitized after every guest. We had two breakfasts there and a dinner at the Pigeon Cove Tavern - all outside on the deck that is overlooking a fantastic ire of the ocean. The are clean the banisters regularly in the staircases. They are not cleaning rooms during your stay, but have a system of you indicating what you need and leaving the dirty towels in a plastic bag and they then provide you the clean- towels soap etc in a bag by your door. I felt safe the entire time. Would definitely visit there again.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Meghan Oakley, Other at The Emerson Inn
Responded Aug 2, 2020
Hi, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review! I will certainly share this with the staff, as we all working so hard to ensure everyone not only enjoy their stay but also feel safe in our building. Please come back again soon! Meghan
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Sue wrote a review Sep 2020
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We just spent 3 nights at the Emerson inn. We found It to be relaxing sitting by the ocean. It is a very old style inn. nothing updated. Bathroom was very small. The floor was slanted, The mattress was not comfortable. Breakfast was included, but old and cold. probably should not been included. No microwave or coffee maker, We ended up eating elsewhere. Premium price but not premium service. Would not recommend going there.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Rooms and bathroom are small
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Response from Meghan Oakley, General Manager at The Emerson Inn
Responded Sep 30, 2020
Hi, We are so sorry to hear you did not enjoy your time with us. Being a historic building does have its quirks and challenges such as smaller bathrooms as well as slanted floors and ceilings for some guests that is the charm of staying here. I also want to apologize that breakfast was lacking, I will certainly bring your comments to the chef and the rest of the breakfast team. We again apologize for your less than perfect stay.
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EDC wrote a review Sep 2020
2 contributions
Can’t say enough about this blissful place! The location is beyond beautiful especially with an Oceanview room which Candice who was on top of everything, booked for us! Breakfast on the front porch had a varied DELICIOUS menu and Kam was the hardest working, pleasant,efficient, young man we have come across. Dinner was lovely and delicious as well! Lounging poolside overlooking the water, a jaunt down the boulders for a front and center ocean view, beautiful old inn charm everywhere, gorgeous sunset spots just around the corner and an easy ride to downtown Rockport. We will definitely return to this spot
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Meghan Oakley, Other at The Emerson Inn
Responded Sep 15, 2020
Thank you for your kind words! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed your time with us! We hope to see you again soon!
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Gms99 wrote a review Sep 2020
Freehold, New Jersey1 contribution1 helpful vote
My husband and I stayed at Emerson Inn to celebrate our anniversary in early September. We arrived on a rainy, chilly day and were pleasantly surprised when the inn upgraded our room to water view and left a complimentary bottle of chilled champagne in our room. We enjoyed an outdoor water view dinner under cover on the deck. We also enjoyed the complimentary full breakfast on the deck the next morning. If it had been better weather, we would have taken advantage of the rocking chairs on the porch. For us, the main “amenities” are the waterfront location in a quiet residential neighborhood and the ambience of an old New England inn.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Room Tip: Having a water view room is great.
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1 Helpful vote
Response from Meghan Oakley, General Manager at The Emerson Inn
Responded Sep 3, 2020
Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write this review. We are so glad you joined us, and enjoyed your stay! Please come back and visit us again soon! Thank you, Meghan
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$158 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Emerson Inn
Which popular attractions are close to The Emerson Inn?
Nearby attractions include Shalin Liu Performance Center (1.5 miles), Cape Ann Museum (4.9 miles), and Halibut Point State Park (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Emerson Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Emerson Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and blackout curtains.
What food & drink options are available at The Emerson Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Emerson Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Emerson Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Roy Moore Lobster Co, Helmut's Strudel, and Nate's at Front Beach.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Emerson Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Emerson Inn offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to The Emerson Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Annisquam Village Church (2.8 miles).
Does The Emerson Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is The Emerson Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.