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“Better than staying in downtown Boston!”
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Harbor Light Inn
Ranked #1 of 19 Marblehead B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 16, 2012

Decided on a change from the usual hotels in Boston when up for our daughter's college graduation in May. We were not disappointed. Staff was wonderful, location was fun and it was worth being a little out of the way from Boston. Will do it again if up that way.

Room Tip: No elevators, keep away from the 3rd floor!
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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HarborLightInn, Manager at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2012

Many thanks for staying at the Harbor Light Inn during your celebratory visit to the region. We are pleased that you found our location to be a convenient and friendly alternative to Boston. We are located approximately 17 miles from the heart of the city and offer our guests detailed guides, maps and suggested routes for easy travel to and from.

It was a great pleasure to host you both and we look forward to your return to Marblehead in the future.

All the best to you and yours,

The staff at the Harbor Light Inn

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We found this inn when we fell in love with this town and decided to stay over night. We had started from the north to see the coast of the North Shore of Boston. When we came to Marblehead, we knew we wanted to stay longer.
The first inn that we came to was not down near the harbor and shops so we drove on until we found the Harbor Light down in the historic area. We luckily got their last room (32) which was on the trhird floor with king bed and great a/c. We enjoynd walking the area and found a restuarant right on the water for a late lunch. The more shops and back to the pool for the rest of the day. Nesdt morning a great breakfast out by the pool.
good breakfast an really friendly staff.
Loved the inn and the town.

Room Tip: room 32 was very comfortable. A/C ws fine.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Walter C
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HarborLightInn, Manager at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2012

Thank you for joining us and falling in love with Marblehead. We are happy to hear you had such a delightful stay and enjoyed breakfast by the pool in our garden area.

We are open 365 days per year and look forward to hosting you and yours again soon.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My wife and I recently stayed here for two nights, and liked the inn very much. We were recommended to the inn by a friend and found all the employees to be very friendly and accommodating. We did have one issue which we found out was caused by another guest; someone had changed the thermostat (which also controlled our room #31) so that the temperature on our first night was unbelievably hot! Apparently these other guests were cold, and changed our thermostat instead of the one controlling their room. (Why are guests allowed to change other people's room temperature?) After complaining the next morning, they assured us that it wouldn't happen again...and it didn't the second night. I didn't realize that I could have called someone at 2:30am, but honestly didn't get any sleep that night! They gave us a couple of complimentary glasses of wine the next day, but frankly I thought that wasn't as much as what they should have done considering the situation. That said, everyone was very personable, and the breakfasts were very nice, too. Our room was on the third floor, and the bed and bathroom were very nice. The TV was pretty small and hard to see around the posts of the 4-poster bed, but we didn't really go there to watch TV (although I needed it while we baked on our first night!). The location is great, and a short walk to the dock and to other parts of Marblehead. This inn is in very high demand, and I'm sure that there are many guests that didn't experience what we had. We just thought that responding with more than a couple glasses of wine might have been called for.

Room Tip: No elevator, so a low floor might be a factor for some.
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank PickyTraveler32
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HarborLightInn, Owner at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

Dear Picky Traveler32
Thank you for taking the time to post your comments regarding your stay of last week.
We were surprised that another guest was able to adjust the thermostat that has a lock on it, but it did happen. I am glad that the rest of your stay was enjoyable and that the inn staff was friendly and helpful. We are very proud of the people who work here and it is a great pleasure to know that it does not go unnoticed.
I appreciate your comment on the TV size in that room. Most of our rooms have 32" screens or larger and room 31 will get a new 32" TV ASAP. We hope that you will give us an opportunity to spoil you, on hopefully a return visit.

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Reviewed August 8, 2012

We just came back from a week of vacation in Marblehead at the Harbor Light Inn. The room and the bathroom were very spacious, clean and well appointed. Every morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast in the beautiful dining room: fresh fruit, yogurt, 2 hot dishes, bacon or sausages ,etc...We came back every afternoon to a freshly baked snack accompanied by ice tea, coffee or tea.
The room was always very clean.
But what made it even more special was the staff. Every staff member we met was polite, pleasant and helpful. We cannot wait to go back next summer.
A specail thank to Mary and her team at the front desk for always making us feel special every time we walked in.

Room Tip: If you do not like climbing stairs, ask for a room on the first floor.
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Martine M
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HarborLightInn, Manager at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

Dear Martine M,

It is a true delight to hear such positive feedback from our guests. Thank you kindly for taking the time to review your recent week-long vacation in Marblehead. Your gracious comments have already assisted travelers in their search for that special place to stay.

From the entire staff at the Harbor Light Inn, we extend our gratitude for your kind words. We cannot wait for your return next summer and all the fun ahead in 2013!

Best wishes to you and yours,

The staff at the Harbor Light Inn

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Reviewed July 21, 2012 via mobile

We recently stayed at the Harbor Light Inn for a weekend in Marblehead. We had a very comfortable room with a beautiful bathroom. I wish we could have stayed longer! If you get the chance to visit check out the cozy bar, the service was excellent!

  • Stayed: July 2012
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1  Thank MrBenJamin88
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HarborLightInn, Manager at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

Many thanks for reviewing your accommodations and time enjoyed at our cozy tavern. We hope you will return to the east coast again for a visit to the Harbor Light Inn & Tavern.

Cheers,

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

The Harbor Light Inn is a seductively romantic getaway, nestled in a picturesque, storybook town. I hope Heaven is nearly this nice.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank DrMarkDonnelly
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HarborLightInn, Manager at Harbor Light Inn, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2012

We need a word that is better than THANKS!

Your review was a delight to see following your recent romantic stay. WE look forward to hosting you and yours on a future getaway to historic Marblehead.

Sincerely,

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Reviewed July 4, 2012


The room was ok. I had a four post bed that was blocking the tv so I couldn't get a good line of sight. It was very clean which was a plus. Good experience staying at an inn but I wouldn't go back just bc it cost $550 for two nights.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Management response:Responded July 6, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at the Harbor Light Inn. Our new flat screen televisions are mounted and rotate in order to allow guests a directional preference for viewing.

We are sorry to hear about your television troubles, but hope you will consider the Harbor Light Inn during future visits to our historic region.

Sincerely,

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Additional Information about Harbor Light Inn

Address: 58 Washington St, Marblehead, MA 01945-3553
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Marblehead
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Marblehead
Price Range: $188 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harbor Light Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of Old town Marblehead and the harbor district, the Harbor Light Inn offers easy access to beaches, shopping, art galleries, historic homes, museums and a variety of great restaurants. The Harbor Light Inn offers complimentary parking, wireless Internet and an on-site Tavern. Within short driving distance to neighboring Salem, Massachusetts and less than 18 miles to Boston. Corporate retreats, small weddings and executive meetings. ... more   less 
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