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Review of Good Harbor Beach Inn

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Good Harbor Beach Inn
Ranked #9 of 17 Gloucester B&B and Inns
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Location, Location, Location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014 via mobile

As the other reviewers have stated, Good Harbor Beach Inn is a modest hotel, with friendly staff and clean rooms, but the main reason people come back here year after year (and some families have been returning for 40 years!) is that you walk out your door and you're on the best beach in Gloucester. (Some would say the best beach in New England!). Smelling salt air, listening to crashing waves as you drift off to sleep, waking to the surf and enjoying an early morning walk on a quiet long stretch of beach-- playing in the waves and walking to the island at low tide-- that's why my family has been returning for 10 years. The hotel is quaint, clean, old school and perfect if you're there to enjoy the beach and all Cape Ann has to offer.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank LittleSunflower
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Albany, New York
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49 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

On Wednesday, my Wife and I decided to try our luck at booking a last minute deal on a room at Good Harbor beach in Gloucester. We have relatives who were staying at the Vista up the street, but that was booked, so I tried the Good Harbor Beach Inn. Lucky for us, there was a room available for Friday night only which was just what we were looking for. The desk agent advised us that the available room was very small, but had a view of the beach, so we made a reservation.We arrived at 11:30am which we knew was ahead of our check in time, but our room was ready, so we moved our luggage in. The room (number 13) was small. Very small, similar to a cabin on a cruise ship. We had of course, checked out the hotel's website and reviews and photos on trip advisor, so we expected pine paneled walls and outdated furniture. Instead, we were greeted with white painted walls, obviously new furniture, and new bathroom tiles and fixtures. The room was very small, but also very clean and neat. The window bay window over the bed opened onto a wonderful scene of the beach and Salt Island. The entire time we were there we kept the window open and listened to the soothing sound of the surf. Our room had no closet but included a wardrobe with three drawers and an area to hang clothes. There was no telephone, but in these days of cell phones, that is not an issue. The room included a microwave and a 1/2 sized refrigerator set in a mini kitchen cabinet. There was also a 27" flat screen TV with plenty of channels, Most importantly, the room did have an air conditioner. We also had an assigned parking spot with our room number painted on it, and a traffic cone to save it when we went to dinner. There was plenty of decent furniture (chairs, table and table umbrellas) in the courtyard and we were able to sit whenever we chose to. In general, the hotel was not new, but showed obvious signs of regular maintenance. There was a new stair railing recently replaced as it was fresh, unpainted wood. The other guests were friendly, and nearly everyone greeted us when we walked by. They mostly appeared to be regulars. Breakfast was include and in the lobby in the morning starting a little after 8am. There were donuts and bagels, plus small pre-packaged bowls of cereal. Hey, it's free, what do you want? I did find out that all of the rooms have Air Conditioning. WI-FI was sort of a game: The given password did not work, but another service was available and worked in some parts of the hotel and not others.It worked when we stood right next to our room door, but nowhere else. It worked in the courtyard, but not in the office. We were on vacation anyway... Which brings me to: This motel is an old school privately owned place. There is no way to book rooms online, and in fact it can be hard to get rooms as it is often booked up weeks in advance. The staff is nice and friendly if you are friendly to them, but I get the distinct impression that if you are not nice, you may get it right back. When I asked for more soap, the desk clerk was very nice and helpful. If you want someone to carry your bags and valet park your car, this is probably not the place for you. If you want to stay at a classic, locally owned motel with an unbeatable location right on the beach, then give it a try. We enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Room 13 is very small, but OK for a couple.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank slotrod65
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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38 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2014

Went recently with my boyfriend, not flashy, somewhat outdated but the room was quaint with a beach cottage feel…knotty pine paneling, 2 queen beds , and an air conditioner and refrigerator in the rooms (a plus). Outside courtyard area with many tables very nice to sit and eat breakfast or have a snack. Snack bar right there …. and this hotel is literally on the beach. Many rooms have a view of the ocean, with the calming sound of the waves …… very nice. I would return! Only negative was they wouldn't give you a discount if you stayed a full week.

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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Llamafocs
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2014

Went recently w/ my hubby for a long weekend, it was quite nice, this is a quaint little inn/motel, w/ a cozy lobby, they have coffee and poptarts/donuts in the mornings. The rooms aren't bad, basic, all are super clean, especially the bathrooms, they do a nice job. Knotty pine walls, 2 beds in most of the rooms (double beds), with a little fridge and freezer too. I would only suggest updating the TV's for larger flat-screen ones. This place is literally right on the beach which is why they do get the higher prices come summer weekend. We have noticed that some folks rent a few rooms in larger groups and tend to be a little loud at night, and quiet time is 10:00 PM to 8:00 AM, the weekend we were there some folks were very loud, but the Inn did take care of that the next day by talking to the group, and it was quieter that night.
All in all, it's a great place to stay, we'd come again. You can hear the waves crashing at night, and it's just wonderful.

Room Tip: Stay away from room 17, it's super small, even for one person it's too small. It's reall...
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisa G
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Oakland, California
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193 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

This modest inn of 14 rooms is situated right, and I mean right, on Good Harbor Beach. A number of rooms have spectacular views looking right down the beach. Each room is very simply furnished with knotty pine walls, small bathrooms and somewhat outdated furniture. But, the location more than makes up for the lack of amenities in the rooms. Long time staff will go out of the way to accommodate your needs. A modest breakfast of bagel, cereal, donuts,coffee, tea and hot chocolate is provided in the small lobby, to be taken back to the room. The beach itself is pretty spectacular. At low tide you can walk to Salt Island. During late July, August and early September the Atlantic, while a challenge due to high 60 degree water temperatures, can be a place for a swim. Soft sand and small waves make the beach a friendly place to visit. All around the views are spectacular. The Inn has regular guests, lots of them, who come back to the same rooms, the same times each year. It is a very good idea to make reservations well in advance.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank RingoGilkey
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Woodstock, New York
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30 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

On several ocassions we have chosen the Good Harbor Beach Inn as a spot to explore the Rockport/Gloucester area with our dogs. The location is superb, the views and sounds of the ocean omnipresent. Although the rooms are simply furnished, they provide the necessary comfort.
The prices are reasonable and the staff at the front desk are always helpful.
A wonderful choice for dog owners who want to stay near a beautiful setting.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank Eric W
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
20 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

The beach itself is beautiful, the sand is clean and soft, there are good waves in the (very cold) water, there's an island you can walk to and an area of shallow water with rocks (kids enjoy finding crabs etc there). There are rinsing showers and clean restrooms. There are lifeguards on duty but they don't really help and serve, they actually enforce stupid laws (like kids are not allowed to enter the water with floatation devices, even with a parent holding their hand).

The big problem on a weekend is- parking is a hassle and pretty much impossible. The parking lot is limited and residents have the priority, so if you get there between 11am and 2pm you're out of luck. They let you drop off your family and tell you to drive downtown. That's over two miles away in slow local roads, then you look for the visitors center to find out the shuttle only leaves once an hour... there are several large parking lots close to the beach, but those belong to shopping centers, and there are many signs that prohibit beach parking. It took me about an hour (!!) till I finally found a legal parking spot in a nearby residential area. So it was a hassle for me and my family, and Gloucester missed out bcz we didn't pay anything to enter the beach, and we didn't buy anything at the shopping centers that did not welcome us.

Overall the Good Harbor beach is beautiful and fun, good for building sand castles or playing volleyball, or just relaxing. But you have to get there early (before 10am) and bring your own beach umbrella or tent as there are no shading structures. Enjoy :-)

Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Good Harbor Beach Inn
Address: 1 Salt Island Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930-1926
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
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Ranked #9 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Gloucester
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Good Harbor Beach Hotel Gloucester

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