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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 staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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#4 of 8 hotels in Rockport
Location
5.0
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.4
Travelers' Choice
The 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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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Game room
Hiking
Books, DVDs, music for children
Car hire
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Fence around pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Fishing
Patio
Board games / puzzles
Taxi service
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
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
Desk
Housekeeping
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Bathrobes
Interconnected rooms available
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa
Telephone
Wardrobe / closet
Iron
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
Suites
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English
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SlingerlandsTraveler wrote a review Sep 6
Albany, New York33 contributions17 helpful votes
Very old New England inn overlooking the ocean, with small but cozy and comfortable rooms. Great breakfast served on the porch. Quiet neighborhood location. On site parking. Contrary to Trip Advisor, this inn does accept pets for a fee. No elevator but staff will assist with luggage. Very nice for older couples.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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europeantravel-7 wrote a review Sep 6
Goshen, New York239 contributions101 helpful votes
A couple weeks ago, my husband and I took a mini vacation to Rockport MA. After checking various options for lodging we opted for The Emerson Inn. We were not disappointed. The Emerson is a charming inn situated overlooking the ocean. Our room although quite small (We knew this ahead of time) was perfect. The room was both comfortable and impeccably clean. The nice robes were an extra bonus to us. We asked for a refrigerator and it was delivered to our room without delay. Breakfast was superb. They had a variety of options, and every day a couple of different specials. Kameron and Mina did an exceptional job. Both are personable and skilled at their job. In the morning I got up at 5:15 and walked down to the foot path that winds around the ocean. Sun rise was spectacular and easy walk from the inn. The thing that really impressed me with this inn, was the guests. The porch was so inviting with a cocktail from their bar. The guests we encountered were the friendliest people. Felt like we were with friends. We will totally recommend the Emerson Inn to family and friends. If we return to this area we will definitely stay again.
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sue g wrote a review Sep 5
Maui, Hawaii9 contributions3 helpful votes
Outstanding customer service! Kimberly has assembled a team of staff that show their enthusiasm with every interaction. Thanks Crystal, Lynn, Janice, Kimberly and everyone else. Piano night was fun, socializing by the salt water pool with other guests and rocking on the porch. Sorry our stay was so short, but we received great value for our visit.
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Barbara M wrote a review Sep 3
Brooklyn, New York84 contributions33 helpful votes
The Emerson Inn is a marvelous, elegant old hotel, beautifully maintained, and yet very casual in feel. It is situated right on the water, in a residential neighborhood on Rockport's granite coast, within strolling distance of the village -- charming and filled with artists' shops -- beaches, and Halibut State Park with its trails, old quarries, walkable ledges, and views of Maine. It is also a stone's throw from the Atlantic Path, at first a beaten track with views of the water and then a quite easy walk on the ledges for a mile or so. And since we like old houses, it was fun to saunter in the neighborhood. A full breakfast on the high-columned veranda; relaxation on Adirondack chairs dotting the broad lawn that runs down to the rocks, or on rocking chairs on the long porch facing the sea; friendly, efficient management and staff; exquisitely clean rooms; brilliantly starry nights (Jupiter, Saturn, the Pleiades, the Milky Way, et al., courtesy of sky over ocean); and quiet -- as well as proximity to all the cultural, architectural, and outdoors attractions of the entire north shore -- the Emerson Inn is a gem of a place. When we were there, our fellow guests ranged from both older and younger couples to a family with two kids and a little dog. It felt like home.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: We had a "room with a view," but the sea-facing veranda would make up for the lack. The ability...
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Response from Kimberly Voltero, Owner at The Emerson Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such vivid details of your stay! I am really pleased that you were able to enjoy our special place. The ultimate compliment ---"it felt like home" -- score! Hope to see you back again!
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DT wrote a review Aug 2022
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Stayed for the weekend in August. Our stay was everything we could have hoped for. We had a queen balcony room - although you had to climb a lot of stairs to get there, it was totally worth it! The views from the room were amazing (if you can wakeup for the sunrise it is beautiful). Unlike most hotels, the windows and slider actually opened. On the cool nights we were able to keep the window open and listen to the peaceful sounds. Other reviews had mentioned staff and slow breakfast service. We didn't experience that at all! The breakfast views were amazing, the food choices were delicious and the service was great and FAST! The pool was beautiful and relaxing. Everything at the hotel was incredibly clean, fresh and the staff was very kind. We loved the history and charm of the Inn. It was a nice easy hike to Halibut Point, or drive if you would prefer and also close to downtown Rockport or Gloucester. A perfect relaxing, quaint getaway. Would recommend!!!!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Karen H wrote a review Aug 2022
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We loved the Emerson Inn by the Sea. It was a charming inn with a beautiful view and a lovely pool overlooking the ocean. The staff was wonderful, friendly, caring and so helpful with their suggestions for attractions and restaurants. We loved our peaceful evenings and mornings sitting in the rocking chairs on the porch listening to the ocean and smelling the sea air. We had a very relaxing, beautiful few days. We will be back again!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Bonnie D wrote a review Aug 2022
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Unfortunately, we were disappointed in our room at the Emerson Inn. Our room was located on the 2nd floor and as soon as we headed down the corridor, we could smell the mustiness. When we entered the room the air conditioning was sent to 68 degrees - it was literally freezing in there. We adjusted the temperature to our comfort level however, the unit's dehumidifier did not appear to be working. When we retired for the evening, the sheets were wet. We spent most of the following day out of our room and upon our return in the late afternoon, we were surprised that our bed was not made nor were the towels replaced. Apparently, this is done upon request. There is no mention of this in the room or on the website (that I could find). The breakfast was good and the wait staff engaging.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Sherry C wrote a review Aug 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania38 contributions9 helpful votes
Charming and quaint. Loved the location. Wonderful views. Great places to eat nearby. Shopping was fun also!! Good to sleep peacefully but get a king room. Queens are tight!! Breakfast is good. Hit the little places for the lobster rolls
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Rick wrote a review Aug 2022
Waltham, Massachusetts1 contribution
We visited in the middle of a pandemic and during an oppressive heat wave. Yet the staff did a marvelous job making us feel welcome and comfortable. Special recognition goes to Kameron in the breakfast room for his excellent service and attention to detail. Though a slightly limited menu due to staffing shortages (who doesn’t have staffing shortages these days!!), the breakfasts were excellent. The pool was a welcome addition to cool us down during the oppressive heat and humidity. Rooms were very clean and comfortable. And thanks to hotel managers Stephanie and Candace for suggesting things to do while in Rockport. Overall, a strong recommendation! We hope to stay there again soon.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Plenty of parking on the property. Children will enjoy the pool (supervised, as no lifeguard on...
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Jerome E wrote a review Aug 2022
Rochdale, Massachusetts4 contributions7 helpful votes
The room and hotel were very comfortable during our visit on an oppressively hot and humid weekend. Their investment in mini splits everywhere was the correct choice. The view from the porch, lawn, and pool were very soothing The staff is top notch. Exceedingly helpful at all times. This Covid era is challenging, but it hasn’t hurt the hospitality here at all.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Room Tip: Talise is our favorite local restaurant. Book early if you can.
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PRICE RANGE
$308 - $400 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
emerson inn by the sea hotel rockport
LOCATION
United StatesMassachusettsCape AnnRockport
NUMBER OF ROOMS
35
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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 Bean & Leaf Cafe.
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.