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Emerson Inn
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Rockport
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 2, 2013

This hotel is right on the seafront but is a little way out of Rockport itself. It is part of the group of hotels "Historic Hotels of America". It is more like a country house than a hotel with antique style furniture. Quite small room and had a disturbed night due to the excessive noise from the central air conditioning unit and plumbing. Still well worth a visit as it is a one-off. Ate in the restaurant which was ok however, the steaks were a little tough. Licensing laws only permit alcohol to be served as part of a meal and there is no bar as such, but drinks can be brought through from the kitchen area by the waitress! A little antiquated in this day and age!!

Room Tip: Avoid room 206 as this may be the noisiest!
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Poorly decorated, and poorly maintained. A real travesty to see an "Historic Inn" poorly covered with aluminum siding. We paid top rate for a room and bathroom that was so small, you could hardly turn around. No place to sit, other than the bed.

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2  Thank dnh3155
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

We were apprehensive about our stay here after reading some of the reviews so were expecting the worst. We were in the Emerson room on the first floor in the old part of the hotel. It was small with a tiny bathroom, but it was clean, cosy and well decorated and we did have a sea view which was lovely. It was quite noisy being above the rear entrance and we could have done without the constant piano music from the lounge below. The staff were all friendly and helpful especially Gretchen on reception and Becky in the dining room. The food was good if a little pricey. The hotel is in a lovely location and great for visiting Boston if you don't want to stay in the city. We caught the train from Rockport (free parking) to North Station which takes just over an hour.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LmKSussex_UK
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Positives....Beautiful views.... Lovely antiques.... Good breakfast....
Negatives.... In my seventies and received no assistance with my luggage up 3 flights of stairs (no elevator).... Room so small we literally could not turn around.... Except for self-serve breakfast, dining was a disaster (over priced with snobby, if any, service).... Extremely pricey....
Such a shame...

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank twinkle0722
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

I would echo the concerns of the folks here who found this place wanting. I came with a business group of twelve who books multiple rooms, meals and conference facilities. My room was on the third floor of an elevator-less building, and as tiny as described in the other reviews. The view was of the garage of the house across the street, the bathroom tiny, and the sink infinitesmal. The shower head was clogged and barely functional, and the heating unit was broken--smelly and set off the smoke detector. One would think that a business group spending a large sum would be accommodated well, but not in my case. I'm 6'-4" and won't be attempting to squeeze myself into one of these closet-sized rooms ever again, despite the spectacular views (from the rooms that I wasn't offered).

PB

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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled on business
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2  Thank PGB1979
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We booked this 'historic inn' as part of our special vacation in the USA to celebrate our 25 th anniversary. We were expecting something special, especially as the photos and particularly the price of the rooms indicated this would be a luxury hotel.

On booking we stated that this was a special stay but were told that no rooms were available with a sea view, unless we paid the premium price. On arrival, we were greeted by an indifferent receptionist. No offer at all to help with our 4 suitcases( we had travelled from New Orleans via Dover NH) and there was no elevator. We had to carry our cases up 4 flights of admittedly beautiful staircases to our room....what a shock. To say our double room was small would have been an understatement. Admittedly this is an old hotel, with rooms adapted into en suites, but perhaps the owners should have thought about joining some rooms together rather than making them smaller to accommodate bathrooms? There was no where to put our cases, and we had to take it in turns to get dressed /navigate around the room. The bathroom had no shower gel, no shower cap and the smallest washbasin I have ever seen in a hotel. It was obvious that the room was not at full occupancy so we asked about being moved to another room. We were told that all the rooms were the same, and if we wanted a bigger room we would have to pay for it.

Dinner and breakfast in the Grand Cafe was soul less, over priced with the tiniest US portions I have ever been given..even smaller than UK offerings! Dinner was accompanied by a live
And extremely loud pianist. To add insult to injury we could not have a pre dinner drink as alcohol is only served in Rockport with a full meal - that is the town's licensing law......

We looked for information on local activities but no one was around to ask at reception. We had to go hunting for leaflets and found them down a corridor yards away from the reception area. If we wanted a souvenir t shirt or set of bath soaps with the hotel logo however, there were plenty available!

The setting by the sea is definitely lovely, but the owners have missed a trick in making this a much more welcoming and vibrant establishment.

Despite the beauty of the area especially the walking around Pigeon Cove, we were glad when it was time to leave.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea view, but be warned that all the rooms are very small
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

We only had one night to spend at the Emerson Inn by the Sea unfortunately. It is a beautiful historic Inn/Tavern set right on the coast. The staff was very curteous and pleasant and the room while small was quaint and comfy. We ate at the restaurant for dinner and breakfast and were pleased with the excellent meal at dinner from the service to the food. Breakfast was a buffet that had both healthy and heartier choices which is appreciated since I chose the healthy option and my husband likes a heartier breakfast. It is difficult to find in the dark so have a gps handy, but well worth it when you arrive.

Room Tip: Pay the extra to get a room with an ocean view, it is well worth it.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Emerson Inn

Address: 1 Cathedral Ave, Rockport, MA 01966-1102
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Rockport
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Rockport
Price Range: $169 - $300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Emerson Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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! ... more   less 
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