The Inn is absolutely lovely and situated very well...don't think there's a bad room in the place. The rest of the reviews pretty much say it all...but I don't think I'd stay again for a couple of reasons.
First--and the only reason directly related to the hotel itself--is the size of the bathroom and general crowed nature of the room. The bathroom's size was a problem since there is only one tiny shelf and nowhere to store toiletries and make-up, mirrors, etc. I used the end of the ironing board which I put up and kept outside the bathroom door. This only worked because there were only 2 of us in the room--my husband and I--and this arrangement did make getting in and out the door interesting!
The other reasion is the area in general. Yes, Gloucester and surrounding towns are interesting--each in its own way--but restaurant offerings were lacking if you are looking for something that doesn't just take advantage of the ocean location, but does it well and upscale without being ridiculously impressed with itself, if that makes any sense. We routinely eat at white tablecloth restaurants and others that are well decorated and employ a well-trained waitstaff...I don't know how to explain this without sounding stuffy, which I'm not...but let's say there aren't many restaurants, at all, that are listed as inns or are the kind you'd want to go to for a lovely evening out. There are some very good restaurants that are larger, a bit noisier, kind of casual, and situated on the water...there are some that are clearly impressed with themselves...but there are very, very few others. There are a couple in Manchester, but that's all we found. For us, this is a deal breaker, unfortunately.
I would absolutely recommend Bass Rocks to anyone who wants to eat some exceptional seafood and sleep in a wonderful location...but wanted to give you my "read" on the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The premier oceanfront hotel and historic inn, Bass Rocks Ocean Inn was built on the rocky coastline of Cape Ann, home to America's Oldest Seaport. Beautifully restored Stacy House (1899) suites with pillow-top beds, flat panel t.V.'S, and Jacuzzi tubs. Individual suites offer gas fireplace, separate sitting and sleeping rooms or wrap-around view. Modern Oceanfront House and Seaside House open onto patios or balconies with sweeping views across the lawn and out to sea ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bass Rocks Ocean Hotel Gloucester
- Bass Rocks Ocean Gloucester
- Bass Rocks Ocean Inn Gloucester, MA - Cape Ann