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Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We visited in the off-season and even though it was cold, the view was so amazing I enjoyed just looking out the windows at the water. The sunset was gorgeous. We had room #1 at the Inn. I could live there, I loved it so much! The room is more like an apartment with a large bedroom and comfy king...

Thank sunandwater4me
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Shea's Riverside Inn and adjacent restaurant is a 5 star experience. GM Gayle Grady is charming, witty, talented and beyond accommodating. We were celebrating a birthday and arrived to find a beautiful spring floral arrangement in our room! The newly renovated inn has kept its antiquity and charm and added beautiful bed linens, oversized showers, and cozy fireplaces-- all this...

Thank Sherrie V
Newburyport, Massachusetts
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We love it here. This is our second stay and looking forward to our next. The rooms are beautifully decorated, comfortable and very clean. My hats off to the staff for putting together a wonderful Valentines Day Special, which included a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Shea's, where the Food and Service is always outstanding!

Thank pfallonf116
Beverly, Massachusetts
Reviewed 3 January 2017

We had the large suite which is absolutely gorgeous. Views of the River were beautiful. Room was exceptionally clean and nicely decorated. Big King size bed. We also had a terrific dinner at Shea's Restaurant. Loved every moment of our little getaway.

2Thank tiegansnana
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We needed a place to stay for our grandson's wedding. We stayed in Essex because it was located half way between our son's house and where the wedding was to take place. We were pleasantly surprised by how comfortable and clean the rooms were. Both had a large deck that looked out over the river. Had the weather been slightly...

Thank LindaG2
Portland, Connecticut
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Great location on the river with access for small boats. Several resturants nearby but only Dunkin Doughnuts(across the street) for breakfast food. We stayed in a corner room in a older style motel building. The room was clean and comfortable. Parking is right outside the rooms. WiFi is free but signal in our room was very weak. The room has...

1Thank robincauble
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Room had a great view of Essex River. No coffee maker but did have fridge and microwave. (Dunkin Donuts across the street). Room was a good size and comfortable. Room had mini blinds on Windows which did not darken the room enough - outside lights very bright.

1Thank Ann C
Vernon, Connecticut
Reviewed 25 October 2016

My mom and I have been traveling to Cape Ann for about 7 years, and now I have two rescue dogs that we try to bring with us. They have been traveling with me since the day I adopted them, and they are so well behaved and travel beautifully. We were excited to check out Essex since we normally stay...

Thank jlwebb737
Reviewed 6 October 2016

My husband and I were visiting Salem Massachusetts for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. Not only did we have a wonderful trip. This motel was very nice, clean and romantic. The view of the river and dock was located right there only steps away from the rooms. The parking lot was nicely lit and not at all over powering. All of...

Thank DrUmMer G
Sandown, New Hampshire
Reviewed 24 September 2016

Surprised my wife with a romantic boat ride, dinner and night out at this beautiful Inn. Major points!! Launched boat at nearby ramp, toured Essex River, docked at Sheas for outstanding local seafood, then walked over to our room at the newly renovated Inn. My wife loved everything about our room. Wow - what a view!

Thank luv2flyboat

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
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  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
  • Suites
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Free Parking
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel (formerly the Essex River House Motel) is a 21 room property comprised of the Inn and the Motel. The Inn is an 18th century colonial that was fully renovated in 2015 and given a new life as the most romantic place to stay in Essex.This 6 room Inn is open year round and has retained all of its original charm. From hardwood floors to inviting sitting areas, each room is quintessential New England. The Motel is a 15 room property that just couldn't be more delightful! Open for the spring and summer, we welcome you to bring your dogs along for your trip and offer a variety of bed configurations to best fit your family's needs. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel

Address: 132 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304 (Formerly Essex River House Motel)
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Ann > Essex
Price Range: RM527 - RM1,090 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
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Essex River House Hotel Essex
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“Well the suite we had is exceptional.”
 of 5 bubbles tiegansnana, 3 Jan 2017 | Read review
“If you want coffe in your room in the morning,bring your own coffee maker”
 of 5 bubbles robincauble, 2 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Bathroom in room#12 was a little small”
 of 5 bubbles 320drummerg, 6 Oct 2016 | Read review
“2nd Floor Inn Rooms have the best views, but hotel rooms are closer to the river”
 of 5 bubbles luv2flyboat, 23 Sep 2016 | Read review
“The cabin is not worth the price due to location.”
 of 5 bubbles mfran22, 12 Sep 2016 | Read review
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