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The 7 Best Gloucester MA Hotels

7 Best Places To Stay in Gloucester MA | Gloucester MA Hotels

A trip to Gloucester, Massachusetts is a trip to quintessential, no-frills, coastal New England. It provides a front row seat to a working fishing port with an incredibly rich history.

There is so much to do when visiting Gloucester including fresh seafood, beautiful beaches, a vibrant downtown, an active whale population, and some incredible fishing.

Thinking about a trip to Gloucester but no sure where to stay? In this article we will discuss the 7 best places to stay in Gloucester, MA.


Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks

To kick things off we head to the Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks. Perched across the street from the rocky oceanside, on scenic Atlantic Ave, the Ocean House has offered travelers to Cape Ann a relaxing coastal respite since 1899.

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The historic Ocean House offers guests updated, comfortable rooms with private patios overlooking the ocean. You can even relax and take a dip in their outdoor heated pool or indulge in a drink or two by their firepit.

The Ocean House Hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned and operated by the Newport Hotel Group which has several hotels throughout New England.

The Ocean House is a larger facility with over 51 rooms so they are a great choice for guests coming up for a Gloucester wedding

The views alone make the Ocean house a gem and one of the best Gloucester MA hotels.

CLOSEST ATTRACTIONS: Bass Rocks Golf Club & Good Harbor Beach

Why Stay Here: You’ll love looking right out onto the Atlantic Ocean. The builders back in 1899 chose such a perfect location for guests to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the sea. Plus, having the heated outdoor pool right on site makes it that much more special.  Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Expedia

The Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks
107 Atlantic Road
Gloucester, MA 01930


Blue Shutters Inn

If you’re looking for a seaside escape that harkens back to childhood memories of your family’s beach vacation in a coastal cottage, the Blue Shutters Inn may be the perfect choice.

In terms of location, it’s hard to beat! Located across the street from the popular Good Harbor Beach, you can park your car on site and not worry about the $30+ parking fees at the beach or the traffic jams getting in and out of the crowded lot.

The Best Places To Stay in Gloucester MA

The Blue Shutters Inn offers over a dozen different rooms that all have unique layouts and design and some of the rooms can be bundled together to create suites.

The inn has a cozy coastal vibe and traditional New England cottage feel. At night you can enjoy the firepit, roast up some s’mores by the cool ocean breeze. What better way to wind down the perfect summer day…right Smalls?

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Why Stay Here: The location right across from Good Harbor Beach is really fantastic. You are not just on the ocean, but across from one of the best beaches on the North Shore.  Plus, you cannot beat the hospitality of a locally owned Inn. Customer service can be a lost art, but it’s still alive an well at the Blue Shutters Inn. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Visit Website 

Blue Shutters Inn
1 Nautilus Road
Gloucester, MA 01930


Addison Choate

If you’re looking for Gloucester MA Hotels, another popular option is heading next door to the quaint seaside village of Rockport, Massachusetts. One of the best places to stay in Rockport, MA is the Addison Choate.

Addison Choate Inn

This stylish 1851 property has been fully renovated and combines historic charm with modern amenities.

The attention to detail is evident throughout the property with marble bathrooms, cloudlike mattresses, complimentary streaming TV services including Netflix, Hulu and YouTube TV, free parking, high speed WiFi, free coffee & bottled water, and a fun and whimsical design.

A stay at the Addison Choate also comes with a delicious fresh-baked breakfast each morning.  The inn is walking distance to all of the shops, galleries, restaurants and the Shalin Liu Performance Center so you won’t have to spend time hunting down a premium parking spot in downtown Rockport. 

Addison Choate Best Gloucester MA Hotels

Addison Choate is the perfect place to call home as you visit Cape Ann. The owners are attentive to guests needs, accommodate almost all special requests and are always up for adding a magical touch to make a special occasion that much more special. 

It’s about a 7 minute drive to downtown Gloucester making Addison Choate a great choice for travelers on the hunt for the best Gloucester MA hotels.

CLOSEST ATTRACTIONS: Bearskin Neck Shops & Galleries & Shalin Liu Performance Center

Why Stay Here: You’ll love the combination of historic charm, eclectic design, and modern amenities.  Plus Addison Choate likely had the most comfortable beds on Cape Ann. It’s all of the attention to detail that makes a stay at the Addison Choate so special. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Visit Website 

Addison Choate
49 Broadway
Rockport, MA 01966


Harborview Inn

If you’re looking for a classic New England Inn experience, you may want to consider the Harborview Inn. Aptly named, this 200-year-old home is beautifully maintained and located directly across the street from Gloucester’s Western Harbor.

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You can walk almost directly across the street to the Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial. Completed in 1925 to commemorate Gloucester’s 300th anniversary, the 8-foot bronze statue serves as a poignant reminder of all of the mariners lost to the Atlantic.

In addition to the Fishermen’s Memorial, the Inn is just around the corner from Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park, home to a variety of festivals and concerts, such as the 92.5 Riverfest. There is also a fantastic beach on site called Half Moon Beach which is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer day.

The inn itself has an historic feel with traditional wallpaper, antique furniture, and historic fixtures. The stay comes with a complimentary breakfast, free parking, and the owner, John, is a Gloucester native with vast knowledge of the local area and worthwhile attractions.

CLOSEST ATTRACTIONS: The Gloucester Fishermen’s Memorial & Stage Fort Park

Why Stay Here: The Harborview Inn is like taking a step back to a quieter, more peaceful. The location right on the Boulevard also places guests right in the heart of Gloucester and provides for some magnificent sunrises. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Expedia

Harborview Inn
71 Western Ave
Gloucester, MA 01930


The Beauport Hotel

With 94 waterfront rooms, the Beauport is one of the largest hotels in Gloucester. Opened back in 2016, the Beauport was the brainchild of developer Sheree Zizik and New Balance CEO, Jim Davis.

The Beauport Gloucester MA

The development of the Beauport was controversial, with many in the city hoping to preserve the working waterfront. But most will now agree that the hotel was a fantastic addition to the city’s landscape providing a great gathering space for the community and creating many needed jobs for Cape Ann residents.

In addition to 94 rooms, the Beauport offers guests a restaurant on site. The 1606 Restaurant has a beautiful new oyster bar which has made our list as one of the best oyster bars on the north shore of Massachusetts.

CLOSEST ATTRACTIONS: Pavilion Beach & Downtown Gloucester

Why Stay Here: The lobby of the property is beautifully decorated with coastal décor and the Beauport is  truly a full size luxury hotel that is perfect for wedding parties and other larger gatherings. You will also love grabbing a drink on the hotel deck and the convenience of having a restaurant on site if you’re not in the mood to venture into town. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Expedia

The Beauport
55 Commercial Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


Cape Ann Motor Inn

If nothing matters more than proximity to the water, then Cape Ann Motor Inn must be your number one choice!

Located right on beautiful Long Beach on the Gloucester/Rockport line, all of Cape Ann Motor Inn’s rooms overlook the beach. Just slide open your sliding glass door, step out on the deck and breath in that thick, salty ocean air.

Cape Ann Motor Inn

The property is also very dog friendly so your furfriend will be able to make some new furfriends during your stay at this Gloucester MA Hotel.

Just down the road from the Cape Ann Motor Inn is the Dairy Maid. It’s a fantastic spot to pick up some pizza, a lobster roll (discounts on Tuesdays) and they have a fantastic selection of soft serve and hard ice cream that are served up in incredibly generous portions.

CLOSEST ATTRACTIONS – Long Beach & The Dairy Maid

Why Stay Here: It’s classic beach vacation lodging at its finest. No frills, just walk right out onto the beach enjoy the sun and surf all day then head back to wash off and grab some delicious seafood in Gloucester and a delicious ice cream at The Dairy Maid. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Visit Website 

Cape Ann Motor Inn
33 Rockport Road
Gloucester, MA 01930


The Vista Motel

The Vista Motel is up on a hill overlooking Good Harbor beach and has 70’s vibes in spades. The grounds are immaculate and showcase the owner, Laura Dow’s, incredible attention to detail.

A stay at the Vista Motel comes with complimentary parking, balcony views of the beach, use of their heated outdoor pool, continental breakfast, and a fantastic location close to Good Harbor

Gloucester MA The Vista Motel

Beach and just down the road from the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Rockport’s Bearskin Neck

The Vista has 3 different types of rooms: standard, deluxe, and premium. They all come equipped with necessities like coffee makers, microwaves, minifridges, and free WiFi to make your stay more comfortable.

The location, the incredible staff and the attention to detail make The Vista, one the best Gloucester MA hotels.


Why Stay Here: You’ll love the cleanliness, the immaculate grounds, the heated pool and the views of Good Harbor Beach. Reviews: Trip Advisor | Get Rates and Booking Info: Expedia 

The Vista Motel
22 Thatcher Road
Gloucester, MA 01930

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