Having viewed the website for the inn, I was prepared for a rather "quaint-yet-elegant" experience. In full disclosure, we selected among the least expensive rooms offered. What we ended up with was far from even those expectations!
Let me say that the staff was WONDERFUL! We encountered not a single act of rudeness or unfriendliness during our stay. In fact, the young lady who checked us in noted that we hadn't been given our AAA discount and promptly recalculated our stay with the discount included. The breakfast was better than most offered at B&B's. It was a refreshing change to be able to order a cooked, hearty breakfast and still have the option of cereal or fresh fruit. The service area was lovely, on the veranda overlooking the sea. Portions were generous and the service was friendly.
Now....our room was EXTREMELY tiny (especially the bath). It had a rather pungent, bad smell. The furniture was badly marred and the towel rack kept coming loose from the bathroom door. In the closet, an empty space indicated that an iron was "supposed" to be provided, but wasn't. Upon opening the sliding door to the outdoor balcony, it was clear that the only "lock" was a metal bar between the door frame and the door itself. Once on the balcony, a dangerous (unmarked) step caused both me and my partner to stumble more than once! The balcony itself seemed "askew" and "weak"...almost frightening that it wouldn't support much more weight than we applied to it! Once we sat outside, our view consisted of neighbor's backyards, a cupola in bad need of painting and repair, and a tiny slice of ocean. The cheap air conditioning unit mounted in our room was filthy on the outside. (I wanted to take pictures of the room from outside, but refrained because I found it "embarrasing").
On the plus side, the room appeared quite clean, and the bed was very comfortable; in fact, we had some of the most restful sleep we've experienced in some time! The neighborhood is very quiet, and the nice ocean breeze and rolling waves allowed us to open our windows and just bask in the quiet evening tranquility.
In a nutshell, the Yankee Clipper Inn was a major disappointment. What a shame, considering the service and friendliness of the staff! PLEASE! Get it together, folks! You are sitting on a wonderful piece of property! Please make us want to come back again!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Yankee Clipper Inn is a 1929 art deco mansion that sits on a rocky bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in Rockport, MA. The inn is conveniently located 60 miles north of Boston. There are 8 guest rooms and an ocean front function room. Most of the guest rooms provide spectacular ocean views. Famous celebrities such as JFK, John Lennon, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, and countless others have been guests at the Inn. The Yankee Clipper Inn has won countless awards over the years. Arrington's Bed and Breakfast Journal has voted the Yankee Clipper Inn as "The best inn on the eastern seaboard," "One of the best inns in the country," and "Most panoramic ocean views." Boston Magazine named the Yankee Clipper Inn "Best Nearby Escape." The inn has been featured in Country Living Magazine and on The Country Inns television program. The Yankee Clipper Inn continues to be an award-winning establishment. In 2012, the Inn won the Editor's choice award for Best Bed and Breakfast in North Shore Magazine August 2012 Best of Issue. Spacious, manicured grounds and flowered gardens surround this great Rockport inn. Guests can sit and relax on our oceanfront patio or spend a quiet moment in the oceanfront gazebo, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and the town of Rockport. A salt water pool is located on the property for guests to enjoy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Yankee Clipper Hotel Rockport