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Vista Motel
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Gloucester
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East Greenbush
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“Good value & great location”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

4 1/2 Stars! I have been to the Vista four times in the past 10 years (I'd go yearly if I could!) and I've been very happy every time. Rooms are clean, staff is friendly and helpful and you can't beat the cost, even in season, for access to Good Harbor Beach and all that Gloucester/Rockport has to offer. I recommend the Vista (and Gloucester) to everyone as a great vacation spot, and the Vista especially for the fridge/micro in every room, the fabulous breakfast and the clean, warm pool for when you want a more relaxing swim. The only thing that keeps this from being 5 stars is: (1) no exhaust fan in the bathroom - window opens but that doesn't help the "steamies" after showers, by the 2nd shower the room is practically dripping; and (2) maybe I'm just getting older, but the beds seemed unusually hard/uncomfortable. Even a $20 "egg crate" would be a huge improvement. Still, I'll go back again and again, until I win the lottery and buy my own place in Gloucester!

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Marstons Mills, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

On a spur of the moment trip to Rockport we decided to stay over. Rates in Spetember still high many places, even on Sunday. Vista had one of the best rates and we were pleasantly surprised with the property. Exceptionally clean room and the view of the morning sunrise over the coean was amazing. Excelent continental breakfast in morning,

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We were very happy with this motel. It was great value for our money. The room was spotless, the staff very efficient and location was great for us. The lady working in the continental breakfast room kept it well stocked and clean. She was very friendly and treated everyone like family. If you do not have a vehicle the location might not be good for you. There is a small shopping center nearby with a grocery store, liquor store and a few other shops. It is too far to walk to downtown for restaurants etc. overall I would highly recommend this motel!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Towson, Maryland
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

A friend and I visited the Vista for a one night stay after Labor Day. The cleanliness and amenities of the room - an obstructed view - were as complete as a much more expensive one. I say the same for the welcome and the service while we were there. Every question was answered with a welcoming and detailed response, for example my desire to walk the beach at Good Harbor. The owner quickly and pleasantly responded to a concern about the lock. The breakfast was complete and delicious and carefully attended by a staff member who saw that beverages, yogurt and muffins, etc., were quickly replenished . The breakfast space was the most attractive that I've seen in a motel. My friend enjoyed the pool. All in all, we could not have asked for more. I would certainly recommend it to others and would be delighted to stay there if another trip to the North Shore comes up.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

Took a chance on this hotel as it received good reviews on this website. I was pleasantly surprised as it boasted key conveniences that every traveler looking for good value would love.

The rooms are clean and well-kept and the bathroom stocked with enough soaps, bottles of shampoo and conditioner. Towels were clean and of relatively good quality. Not thinned out at all. We were placed on the second building but the hotel was designed in such a way that all rooms would get a good view of the beach and ocean. We had a balcony with two plastic chairs and a table that was wiped down. No need for dusting. Cable TV had lots of channels, including HBO.

Check-in was fast and efficient. Wifi was fast and easy to access.

A continental breakfast was served in a cute sunroom in the main building and had a good selection of cereal, juice, coffee/tea, donuts and muffins. Across this was the pool that was heated. I did not use this but the front desk staff was quick to let us know of this feature.

Location is pretty good. It's only a 3-minute drive to Good Harbor Beach and about 5 minutes to downtown. It is around the corner from a shopping complex that includes Shaws and CVS. Very convenient.

Stay here, I doubt you will be disappointed.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Courtenay, Canada
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

When I visit Gloucester, I stay at the Vista. It has an excellent location close within walking distance of the main attraction - Good Harbor Beach! For a motel, this is a really good value. This trip I got to stay in Room 10 - it has windows on 3 sides, making it feel brighter, and airier. The breakfast room and outdoor seating is so relaxing, with free newspapers to read. I appreciate getting a free breakfast, but am hoping in the future the selection is expanded as not everyone likes cold cereals, sweet donuts and baked goods plus yogurts and fruits = need something salty - maybe toast? Boiled eggs? The folks who work here are consistently friendly and extremely accommodating. Beds are firm, nice pillows. Not the most modern facility, but definitely has character, and is kept very clean. Can even walk or take a bus into the downtown area, but I suggest just laying back and relaxing.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

This is a great motel and just what we needed for a one night stay in Gloucester. Although somewhat dated, it's very clean and well maintained. The light breakfast in the morning, microwave and refrige and the room and the beautiful views are additional benefits. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. This was my second time staying at the Vista and will be my first choice if I visit Gloucester again. I will surely recommend this motel.

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Property: Vista Motel
Address: 22 Thatcher Rd, Scenic 127A, Gloucester, MA 01930-3196
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 7 Hotels in Gloucester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Vista Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on a high knoll overlooking beautiful Good Harbor Beach, the Vista Motel is your Gloucester, Massachusetts getaway. We offer Standard, Deluxe and Efficiency rooms all with gorgeous ocean views, DirecTV with HBO, individual air conditioning, and mini fridge/microwave and coffeemaker. Additionally there is an outdoor heated swimming pool, free WiFi along with free local and long-distance phone calls. Also complimentary is a lovely continental breakfast, ice for you cooler and the USA Today. And, the Vista has the most friendly staff on Cape Ann! See for yourself and you, too, will become a Vista regular! ... more   less 
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