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Cape Ann's Marina Resort
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Gloucester
Massachusetts
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“Memorial Day weekend”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

First off, the price was good. I didn't feel overcharged for my stay. For that price though, please be warned that external noise is a problem. The sound proofing from floor to floor is not good and with people above, you can hear a lot of noise. Also, the hallways and stairs to all floors are pretty much open, and that adds to the noise problem.

Yes, the place is dated, but clean.

A good breakfast menu, though seating capacity does not accommodate during busy times. Nice to have such a long serving time. I think 7am to 11:30.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Red Bank, New Jersey
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Booked a 3 night stay at this "resort" for the wife and I. While I wasn't expecting a whole lot, because I had read previous reviews here,, I was not prepared for the construction noise either. The room was clean, even if dated. But the preseason construction noise was just a bit too much! Paving the marina parking lot in the rear, rebuilding the outside bar area in front, thin walls and what sounded like someone moving furnature on the third floor left no place to hide from the noise.
Pre Memorial Day weekend, the onsite restaurant was only open for Breakfast & lunch, no mention was made of that when I booked the room and asked if there was a restaurant on site? I will say we had breakfast there and the food was good.
Also thought they advertised Spa services, when my wife asked, at check in, she was told there were no services available until the following week.

Room Tip: I guess the third floor rooms would be a little quieter? At least no noise from above.
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Peabody, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

This place is so dated from the lobby to the stairs to the outdated rooms!
After our event we came back to have a drink in the pool/ bar area. Wow!!! Flashing lights with we believe this is where many locals hang out. We ordered drinks and went outside because of the loud music and decor. Out comes the crowd and the cigarettes start going....We flew put not even finishing our drinks.
Finally at about 7 am the next morning we were woken up to in consider it patrons in the hallways. My husband was so mad he got up and said we are leaving now... It was only 8 am.
I am sure you can find a better place to stay in this charming town. Nice view though...

  • Stayed May 2013
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 13 May 2013

I don't get it. Read so many reviews on this hotel that were wonderful but as soon as I drove into the parking lot got a not so good feeling about the place. Pictures shown on reviews are no representative. The exterior is deteriorating and old. The location over the water was really nice and the front desk personnel were exceptionally friendly and warmly accommodating, however as I climbed up a short flight of stairs my gut was saying "god, this needs help". Even though the ground level room numbers are in the 100's so is the 2nd floor! Very confusing. Each room has three exit/entrance doors, one to the front, one to the continuous (as in no privacy) balcony, and one to the adjacent room. On my first night the hotel had a lot of locals hanging out and I assume staying there. Weird noises throughout the night kept me up and checking the doors.

However, the location couldn't be better. Just 5 minutes to center of town and right next to a gas station. The marina surrounding the hotel gives it a real NE feel. The bar, situated on ground level just beyond the front desk, is right next to the pool and close to the Jacuzzi. What people find attractive about this configuration is beyond me. The bartender Gilly was phenomenal so that made up for the environment. I found myself escaping from the bar (which also has food service - try their fresh lobster roll!!) often just to get out of the humidity and heat. The balcony adjoining the bar/pool room is enjoyable as you can view boat activity and get plenty of sea air. The 2nd night (Friday) the bar was filled with local young people.

Had breakfast in their restaurant (Mile Marker One) and found, to my delight, there was only one other table taken. Sat down and waited, and waited! Two servers were on the job and only three people in the place and I finally had to interrupt their conversations in the service room and asked if there was anyone available to wait on me! After profuse apologies I finally got an average breakfast for an average price. Coffee was good though.

All in all it's their friendliness and strategic location that would make me go there solo again. Hope they can update their property in the future.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Windsor Locks, Connecticut
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Reviewed 7 May 2013

This place is in serious need of an update in terms of decor and mondernization but then again..maybe that was just part of the charm! It was clean just dated!

Overall we didn't mind the place. It reminded us of beach getaway when we were kids! The view overlooking the water was beautiful, especially in the morning.

The breakfast at the on-site restaurant was delish. The staff was OK..not overly friendly, but not rude either. There is an indoor pool which we didn't use but it appeared to be clean and well-kept.

I don't think I would hurry back but it was OK!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 13 April 2013 via mobile

Rooms need a good overhaul. Beds are comfy, fridge in room and TV. Bathroom is small with no ventilation. Could use a remodel. Nice that there is an indoor pool and hot tub. Bar in pool with a DJ on weekends. Fills up fast with a younger crowd. Bartender was great though.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

If you are looking for a clean room, in the middle of the Wicked Tuna fishing boats, this is the place you want to be. The rooms are very small, and quite dated, but they are clean. The beds were very comfortable, and the down comforters were great! We had 2 adults and 1 child in the room, and after we got our luggage in the room, there wasn't anywhere left to walk!
Pool was nice, very warm, and very clean. Same with hot tub.
We would stay there again if we are lucky enough to return to the Gloucester area.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Cape Ann's Marina Resort
Address: 75 Essex Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930-4908
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Gloucester
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 7 Hotels in Gloucester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Cape Ann's Marina Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our year-round hotel features on-the-water rooms with balconies overlooking beautiful salt water marshes. Walk from your room through our indoor skywalks to our lobby, Spa, pool, jacuzzi, and function room. Spend time relaxing at our indoor, glass enclosed year-round chlorine-free pool and jacuzzi or catch some rays on the sun deck overlooking the Annisquam River and marina. Enjoy a relaxing treatment from our Spa menu or participate in one of our Wellness Classes including Yoga, and Pilates - be sure to treat yourself, while you are here! Dine and unwind after a day of whale watching, fishing or shopping at our NEW waterside tent bar & cafe (seasonal), Mile Marker One. Enjoy your favorite drink, and watch the boats go by. All located on premise. A great place for couples, families, corporate business travel, reunions, clambakes, weddings, groups and tours, and get togethers. ... more   less 
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