Samarkand Inn was the perfect location for me. I wanted to be on the water and the Inn is across the street from the beach. My room had a great view of the beach. I was also able to walk to dinner after my walk on the beach. My room was large but odly laid out. There was a nice variety of breakfast foods available. The apple coffee cake was very moist. There are a few nice areas to sit and read and still see the ocean. The Inn is only about a mile from the center of Gloucester.