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Reviewed 29 May 2014

My boyfriend and I stayed here in March for a brief getaway weekend. This hotel is definitely a historic hotel and charming. The views are breathtaking as you overlook the water. We had the bedroom on the 4th floor with a balcony. The room was quaint and charming. It's definiely not a ritzy nor is it modern. Again it's a Historic hotel!

We had dinner in the main dinnign room and the food was AMAZING. They also recently included a bar in room next to the restaurant. It's perfect for having a cocktail before dinner. The next day they served an excellent complimentary continental breakfast which included waffles, home made pastries, bagels, yogurt and you could also ask for scrambled eggs. Better continental breakfast than most places offer.

This Inn is great for a romantic quiet stay. Its comforting from the minute that you walk in. It's also located in a great location. We drove to the center of Rockport (howerver the ride is very close).

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank smiles12
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

We've now stayed overnight several times at Emerson Inn by the Sea in Rockport, MA, and have eaten summer dinners on its beautiful, airy porch. This is a first-class place, old and established, full of personality and charm, and still redolent of the old days when New England inns were a treat, a vacation, a respite. It's a big airy place, with a main salon (and a new bar), and a grand piano where local pianists come to entertain for an evening. (The Emerson String Quartet plays there too. Check the calendar.) The dining room is large and open, fairly formal but not stuffy, and complete with a generous continental breakfast in the mornings. (It reminds me of inns we visited when I was a child.) The rooms are spacious (there's a wonderful second-floor queen-size room with an ocean view -- with the biggest, lushest bed you can imagine, a big old four-poster, the likes of which you won't often see elsewhere, and a generous bath. The inn is a favorite wedding venue, as you'll guess when you're there -- big open lawn down to the ocean, plenty of parking, lots and lots of rooms, great space for dining, and no noise from traffic and neighbors. You do feel like you're back in an era when inns were really INNS and not hyped-up motels. The staff aims to please in every sense, and goes out of its way to make you comfortable. Mind you, our overnights there are always off-season because the room prices sky-rocket in summer (what else? It's on the ocean!). But the real test of a place like this lies in how they do OFF-season -- will they be as accommodating and gracious? At Emerson, absolutely yes. There is no cut in service or manners then. Of course, summer is the time to have dinner there, on the porch, and we do! And this summer will be no exception. On a warm summer evening, that porch is about as romantic as it gets on Boston's North Shore! Do yourself a favor and try this place, any time, in any season.

Room Tip: Ask for an oceanside room, even though the other side is lovely too. And take an upper floor. The one first floor room, a suite actually, is large and nice, but it's right behind the office, and right on part of an outdoor porch (NOT the dining porch!) and could be noisy in summer. Much more private upstairs. And make sure your room key works well -- sometimes they don't and you have to work at it.
  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

We spent one night at this historic hotel on Cape Ann--part of a trip celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary. We occupied an ocean view room and wow what a treat seeing the waters, hearing the waves, and seeing the beautiful landscaped gardens. The sun rise we witnessed will forever be etched in our memories. The award winning restaurant was simply fantabulous as the food and service were impeccable. Our server, Victoria, was very professional and friendly. This was a highpoint of our trip. Our room was next door to the room once occupied by Ralph Waldo Emerson.Walking in the area of the inn is very pleasant with trails to the ocean.
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Room Tip: Stay in an ocean-view room.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Emerson by the Sea was/is a nice hotel. We loved the location especially with the amazing lawn. The pool wasn't open yet, but that is just an added bonus. The hotel is an historic inn...so if you are expecting a Marriott you won't find it here. We walked into town, which is 2 miles, but sidewalk the entire way. And able to walk to Halibut State Park too. Perfect location.

The bed was very comfortable and towels are great quality, I would say that the rooms could use some freshening. Though it's historic, and furniture antiques, having some if the chairs in the rooms covered to freshen them would just make it that more finished,

The breakfast was included was nice and everyone at the hotel was really nice. Great customer service.

Room Tip: We traveled with our 8 month old daughter and stayed in the King Suite on the ground floor. It was perfect as we had a side door to go out on the deck and lawn and felt like we weren't going to disturb other visitors. We under stand others are on vacation so we don't want to ruin anyone's stay. It was a small suite, but we brought the pack and play and she stayed in the sitting room and had room to crawl around.
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

We stayed herd for two nights in March. We had visited Rockport before and wanted to stay on our recent trip to New England . It was out of Season but it was beautiful and although not all of the shops were open there were still things to see and a lovely coffee shop. This hotel is just outside Rockport in Pigeon Cove.
It is in a fantastic location over looking the sea. We had an ocean view room and we felt so close to the beautiful ocean and could hear the waves crashing in. Yes the rooms are on the small side but beautifully furnished and more than adequate . The bathroom had a jacuzzi bath from which I could see the sea through the window.
The hotel is stunning, beautifully maintained and it us like being transported back in time . It is simply stunning. The restaurant was only open at weekends which was a shame but our fault for not doing our research properly. We walked lots and enjoyed the rugged scenery and remoteness. Halibut state park is a short walk with lovely views and small and perfectly formed. The staff were helpful and happy to recommend places to go. We went to a restaurant in Gloucester for a meal as recommended and it was lovely. It was difficult to tear myself away from the view in the room and it was a shame that we couldn't hVe ordered a sandwich to have but that did not detract from our stay. The buffet breakfast is simple, fresh baked scones, waffles, bagels etc eaten in the beautiful dining room.I would recommend this hotel and we will definitely be back. We may come back to one of the cottages with our family . Thank you for a wonderful, quiet stay. I longed to sit on the veranda in a rocking chair so I will have to come back to do that in warmer weather

Room Tip: Have a sea view room. Well worth it x
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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