The Emerson Inn

1 Cathedral Avenue , Rockport, MA 01966 USA (Show map)

About

Emerson Inn, located in scenic Rockport and just feet away from Halibut Point, is Cape Ann's only historic grand hotel. Thirty-six beautifully appointed rooms have been restored to reflect the quality of yesteryear with amenities that discerning travelers seek today, including private baths, spa tubs, private enclosed balconies, televisions, complimentary Wi-Fi, and telephones. Under new ownership as of 2015, our Massachusetts oceanfront hotel is the choice for those seeking Rockport vacations, Cape Ann getaways, wedding and conference facilities on the coast or upscale yet casual dining by the sea. Our on-site restaurant, Pigeon Cove Tavern, reopened in May of 2015 renovated and rejuvenated, featuring a selective wine list, craft brews, locally-sourced seafood and other delectable dishes. From a leisurely stroll through Rockport or nearby Gloucester, to a marine-life adventure, to a hike among the fall foliage or along the shore of Cape Ann, the Emerson Inn is surrounded by a diversity of summer and winter activities. Experience the unparalleled romance and comfort of this classic Rockport hotel this year.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.5

A step into peace ....

5 on July 10, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to spend one night at the Emerson Inn by the Sea in July, 2014. We were enthralled. The Inn's staff were friendly - remembered our names immediately ... coffee and tea was available 24/7 in the living room .. the dinner was one of the best we'd had in months (and we're tough judges of food) and the spectacular breakfast -- can you think ham and cheese quiche with Hollandaise sauce, French toast with just-made raspberry sauce? was included. Sitting on the porch or lawn in one of the many chairs facing the ocean ... our only complaint was we were only able to spend one night. We'll be back.


Emerson Inn By The Sea

5 on December 19, 2013

Lovely surrounding. Great staff.


BEST EVER!

5 on December 18, 2013

After being burned at The Bates Hotel, called the Ocean View Inn, we found this little historic gem- Emerson Inn. Beautiful- Historic- CLEAN- Great Food- FREE Bkfst & Great Help! "Simply the best we had stayed at"


New favorite place to stay in Rockport

3.6 on September 18, 2013

This was our first stay at the Emerson Inn and it wont be our last. The seaside setting is magnificant and the old inn takes you back to a bygone era. There is a sense of peace and calm that prevades the entire property inside and out. The amenities throughout make this a place where you can do it all without leaving the property. Was particularily impressed with exceptional cleanlienss of the rooms and inn in general.


So Relaxing!

5 on August 13, 2013

The decor, service, amenities, music, spa tub and overall tone of the Inn relaxes you from the minute you arrive and the ocean views only help!


EXCEPTIONAL

5 on June 17, 2013

I had the pleasure of staying at the Emerson Inn at Rockport, Mass.on June 4th and 5th, 2013 after booking a room for my sister and I, and a room for two of our friends. We could not have been more pleased! The rooms were small, but delightful. And, extremely clean - with plenty of towels. We had a room on the second floor, and our friends were on the first floor, due to physical disabilities. Every member of the staff could not have been more accommodating, in every capacity. We were first greeted by Carol who couldn't have been more pleasant, and welcoming. We were made to feel at home in every circumstance. The Grand Cafe ( which I do not hesitate to give 5 stars) was wonderful! We ate there the first night, and had originally thought we might try some place different on the second night, but it was so delicious and the staff so friendly, we had to go back again on the second night. It did not disappoint. It was absolutely fabulous. The Maitre d' was exceptional in his kindness to us, and his efficiency. He monitored the dining room staff with great skill. The complimentary breakfasts were not the normal muffins and cereal., (although there was that). At the Emerson Inn you received fluffy pancakes, egg & ham sandwiches, home fries bacon, etc. etc. The chefs, both in The Grand Cafe and at the breakfast buffet, are so talented. The food was wonderful. To highlight our little vacation, when we left to go back home, I asked Carol if she would have someone bring our bags out to the car, and as always she pleasantly contacted someone to do so. When I attempted to tip the gentleman, he smiled and said that it wasn't necessary. To my surprise, he was the owner of the property! Now I understand why everything was so perfect. We can't wait to go back.


Wonderful

5 on September 18, 2012

My wife and I spent the first night of our honeymoon at this beautiful Inn along the sea. Turns out there was a wedding taking place that day. We checked in around 3 p.m. and enjoyed the most beautiful afternoon in the sun by the sea swimming in the heated pool. Later we came down for a lovely dinner in the screened in porch, with views of the sea. Later yet we strolled down to the rocky coast and watched the sea life and sunset. The next morning we were served a great breakfast buffet with so many choices. Another swim in the pool before checking out and heading to our next location as we were doing a East Coast crawl up to Bar Harbor.


Wonderful

4.8 on August 20, 2012

It was a wonderful experience even though it rained. The breakfast was amazing and the service was superb. We loved it and will return next year.


Wonderful Hospitality With An Ocean View

4.8 on August 12, 2012

We have been staying at The Emerson By The Sea every summer for six years now and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. The owner and the staff are exceptionally helpful and personable... always available to answer questions, offer touring suggestions, help with any situation...and in six years we have had a few while touring the many fascinating historical and beautiful scenic sites on Cape Ann. Owner Bruce Coates and his staff have never let us down. Accomodations are beautiful with sweet touches of home. Plenty of spacious and restful sitting areas for conversation and reading in the comfortable parlor, the front porch where rocking chairs wait, and the large back veranda where you can sit overlooking the grounds, gardens, and an unbelievable ocean view. Talk about serenity! My favorite activity was scampering along the rocky seacoast only yards away from the Inn or sitting on the porch and just gazing at the lobster boats and sailboats dotting the ocean. The food was scrumptious: delicious breakfasts and the evening dinners were as good or better than restaurants in Chicago...delicious!


Beautiful Wedding & Stay

4.4 on August 12, 2012

The Emerson Inn by the Sea provided the perfect venue for our July wedding and reception. Melissa Hobbs and the Inn staff made it all happen. The food was delicious, the rooms were clean, and the scenery was perfect. Melissa is meticulous in her planning and had every detailed covered. it is important to have someone watching out for the details and keeping everyone moving, and Melissa conducted herself with the utmost professionalism. Lastly, the Inn and the surrounding backdrop were provided for an emotional, fun, and unforgettable experience, both for those who had been and for those firs timers to Rockport.


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Rooms & Rates

Balcony Room

Relax with endless views from your personal, glass-enclosed Juliet balcony. With one queen bed and spa tub, these rooms have the best ocean views at the inn. Additional Amenities: Private bath, spa tubs (measuring 66” x 36”), hair dryer, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi access, air conditioner, signature bath products, fabulous ocean views, glass-enclosed Juliet balconies/porches with rockers, comfortable reading chairs, complimentary breakfast daily, award-winning dining room, complimentary coffee, tea and cookies (afternoons), outdoor oceanfront heated pool open seasonally, business center, gift shop.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Pigeon Cove Rooms

Our best ocean view rooms, with all the amenities, including spa tubs, these room are ideal for romantic getaways, and travelers loving the spaciousness of a king bed. Additional Amenities: Private bath, oversized spa tubs (measuring 66” X 36”), hair dryer, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi access, air conditioner, signature bath products, fabulous ocean views, comfortable reading chairs, desks, complimentary breakfast daily, award-winning dining room, complimentary coffee, tea and cookies (afternoons), outdoor oceanfront heated pool open seasonally, business center, gift shop.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Historic Room

A classic room with queen-sized bed in the historic wing of the Inn with ocean views. Additional Amenities: Private bath, hair dryer, telephone, cable TV, free WiFi access, air conditioner, signature bath products, ocean view, Queen bed, comfortable arm chair, complimentary breakfast daily, award-winning dining room, complimentary coffee, tea and cookies (afternoons), outdoor oceanfront heated pool open seasonally, business center, gift shop.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Charming Room

A little larger than our Cozi rooms, Charming rooms offer a full bath, queen bed, and view of a residential street.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Oceanfront, Oceanview, Rural, Secluded, Small town, Waterview

Airport

Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.) 40 miles

Directions to property:

Take Route 128 North to Gloucester, following Route 128 through to two rotaries and turn left onto Route 127 North at the traffic light. Continue approximately 4 miles (staying on Route 127) You will take a sharp left at Rockport's five corners (again remaining on Route 127). Follow signs to Pigeon Cove. Continue approximately 2 miles and turn right on to Phillips Avenue at the Emerson Inn Sign. From Boston's Logan Airport: Take Route 1A North to Route 60 West. 60 West to Route 1 North. Route 1 North will get you to 128 North, then follow directions at the top. Distances: Boston, MA: 40 miles/64 kilometers Gloucester, MA: 5 miles/8 kilometers Portsmouth, NH: 40 miles/64 kilometers Providence, RI: 90 miles/144 kilometers Rockport Train Station: 2 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Boston, Gloucester, Portsmouth, Salem, Newburyport, Concord, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, Pool, Wedding Facilities , Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool, Meeting Facilities

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Swimming

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Policies

  • Check In:: 4 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved children welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night minimum on weekends, May - Oct; 3 night holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 2 night deposit required at time of booking
  • Cancellations: Deposit refunded if reservation cancelled with 14 or more days advance notice, less a $25 processing fee.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Jesse, Paul R., Olga Z., Migis Hotel Group

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8 am - 10 am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room, On-site restaurant

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian