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Cape Ann Motor Inn
Ranked #4 of 17 Gloucester B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We found this a great place to start, and finish, our trip along the New England coast. Only 30 miles from Boston and located right on the beach. Clean, comfortable rooms, super-friendly staff. Excellent walks on the beach or along the sea wall. This is not the Ritz, but what it lacks in luxury it makes up for with good, caring comfort. Coffee, juice, donuts and muffins in the a.m. All rooms with superb views and easy access to the beach. If I lived in Boston (rather than France) this would definitely be my weekend getaway place.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Location, location, location. There are few places in the Gloucester area that are any closer to the ocean than the Cape Ann Motor Inn. In fact, when we were there it was a little closer than the owners might have liked it to be. The effects of Hurricane Sandy reached to the New England coast and took most of the beach away from the bay on which the hotel sits, so a good high tide would still come back to the foundations of the hotel. But the area is prone to substantial beach change, and although we've not been back since April, odds are the beach has grown back to what it should be by now. The hotel is rustic and simple, but clean and well maintained and is a good value for where it is. The beds are haven't been updated any time recently, but all the same they are just fine. Don't expect to be able to walk to any restaurants or attractions, but that suits us just fine. There is a seasonal ice cream stand at the turnoff from the main road to the hotel, so what else does anyone need? (and good ice cream I might ad). No private balcony, but the windows/sliding glass doors can be opened and secured so that the air and ocean sounds can come in, but no uninvited visitors can get through. The isolation and quiet is a quite welcome benefit of this property and its location. If you want a nice quiet getaway close to the hubbub of the big city, this is your best choice.

Room Tip: Request a higher floor. It's a better view as expected (and further from high tide)
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

You are paying for the awesome location right on Long Beach ... the standard two queen bed room is a bit shabby except for the views at sunrise and sunset. The staff are nice enough and we enjoyed our stay. The owners could remodel these rooms and charge more ... I would gladly pay. No other commercial inn resides on this wondrous beach so it doesn't get too touristy or crowded. Love the location, can live with the accommodations.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

After reading many of the reviews, I felt compelled to write my own. While the Cape Ann is an older hotel, you cannot get a better value for your dollars especially with a location of being direclty on the beach. We stay at the hotel several weekends out of the year, mostly October through May, and most often stay in the honeymoon suite. The suite is very comfortable and private. We travel with our two dogs and consider the Cape Ann our home away from home. When the Honeymoon Suite is not available we will stay in the standard rooms and/or kitchenettes. While the standard rooms are a bit dated, they are clean and well kept. One review talks about dirty hallyways - there are no hallways - there are open air decks leading to the rooms on both the front and back of the hotel. For under $200 (and considerably less off season) this is the best value you can get and the people who work there are wonderful and eager to help if you need anything. While this may not be the premier luxury hotel on the east cost, the Cape Ann is a wonderful place to stay for the average individual - especially if you travel with your dog or are a dog lover.

Room Tip: Rooms located on either end of the building are generally the best since you share a deck with all t...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Although dated, it is very pleasant, clean and comfortable. If you want fresh sea air, walks on the beach and your juices rejuvenated stay here. The rustic atmosphere adds to the New England coastal experience.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

The only positive thing about this motel is its location right on the beach. All the rest is in need of urgent replacement. Outdated and noisy rooms, dirty hallways, dogs returning from a beach swim in the place were breakfast (only danish that is) is made available, uninterested staff. Truly the most horrible place we have ever stayed at.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 20, 2013

This motor inn is pretty dump-y, but that wasn't what bothered me, because the motel is in a great location. No, what bothered me was that my room's "deck area" was located right in the path of the wooden staircase, located on the beach side of the motel, that everyone used, constantly. So when I sat in my room, trying to look out, people passed by every few seconds, often stopping to look IN! (Whats that all about? do people have no boundaries or sense of etiquette?) And i couldn't comfortably sit in a chair out on the deck without people trying to squeeze by, did I mention, CONSTANTLY, to go up and down those stairs? Finally, the staircase blocked a good portion of the view.
I couldn't ask for a different room, as I got the last one available. Now I know why!
So whatever you do, DON'T book rooms 15, 25, or 35 (first, second, and third floor) or even the ones on either side.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Additional Information about Cape Ann Motor Inn

Address: 33 Rockport Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930-1917
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
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Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
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Ranked #4 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Gloucester
Price Range: $110 - $149 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 31
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