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Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel

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132 Main St, Essex, MA 01929-1304
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Contactless check-out
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Shea's Riverside Inn & 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 much 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 also welcome guests in the winter-time to 4 beautifully renovated motel rooms!
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Canoeing offsite
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
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Air conditioning
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Private balcony
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Microwave
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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Joy C wrote a review 25 May
Orlando4 contributions1 helpful vote
What a gem of a motel with a great view and restaurants within walking distance. We will be back as the value was also great. The location was perfect for us as we visited Ipswich and rockport during our stay. Only issue was limited Uber services.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Uber service was difficult to get
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Rebecca G wrote a review 11 May
Silver City, New Mexico9 contributions5 helpful votes
I spent 6 glorious nights at the Historical Inn, it was amazing!! All the in-room amenities were first rate, the softest, thickest towels and an accessible bathroom to die for!! The king size bed was just wonderful, thick and luxurious! There is even a remote-control fireplace for those chilly mornings and evenings. I didn't get to use the lovely beach as it was too cold and windy (thus the fireplace), but it is beautiful. I have never been so cozy and comfy! Let's not forget about the manager Gayle!! She is the BEST! She makes every guest feel like family and anticipates your every need. You will never stay at a more charming Inn in all of New England!!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: Sheas Riverside has it all, Charm, Luxury, Views and Value! It can't be beat!!
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Response from Gayle McKinley, General Manager at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you so much Pinky!! It was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us and I so appreciate the kind words and how appreciative you are to all the details we strive to provide to guests when they stay with us at the Inn and Motel! I look forward to seeing you again in October! Stay well. Gayle
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Shirley W wrote a review Mar 2022
Deering, New Hampshire141 contributions45 helpful votes
Our room was clean, very comfortable, quiet. Location enabled us to go out for a walk around town. Gayle, the owner, had to go out to buy a printer, so she left us a large envelope with all the instructions we needed. But, we managed to pull in just before she left. I’m glad we met her. Very nice & efficient.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Gayle McKinley, General Manager at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel
Responded 3 Apr 2022
Thank you Shirley! I'm so happy your enjoyed your stay with us (-: I do hope you'll consider staying with us again should your travels bring you back to Essex and the Cape Ann area. Stay well. Gayle
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Emily S wrote a review Nov 2021
Georgia Coast, Georgia8 contributions
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We had a great stay at Shea's Riverside Inn in Essex, MA! We were there for a friend's wedding in Gloucester. The bed was very comfortable, nice amenities and beautiful bathroom. Its an old Inn but has lots of updates! Very cozy with a working fireplace! Its right on the river and lots of restaurants nearby. 5 stars!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Gayle McKinley, General Manager at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel
Responded 18 Nov 2021
Hello! Thank you for chosing to stay with us and enjoying your stay in the Inn. She's a grand old lady but yes, the updates and attention to details in the room make for such a cozy stay! We appreciate your review and supporting us. Thanks again! Gayle
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Courtney B wrote a review Nov 2021
Fairfield, Connecticut1 contribution
We stayed in the original colonial Inn. The room itself was beautiful, lovely wide plank floors, antiques, comfortable bed, re-modeled bathroom and when you wake up in the morning an incredible view of the Essex River. We had a bit of confusion of what door to enter after check-in hours and the stairs leading up to our room were original colonial stairs, so they are very steep. With that said, the photographs did not do it justice, the room was a lovely surprise.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Room Tip: Gorgeous view, charming well decorated room.
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Response from Gayle McKinley, General Manager at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel
Responded 17 Nov 2021
Thank you Courtney! I am so pleased you enjoyed your stay with us and loved your Room! Room# 4 in the Inn definitely provides a breathtaking view of the Essex River. Thanks again! Gayle
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PRICE RANGE
$132 - $229 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
essex river house hotel essex
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Essex River House Motel
LOCATION
United StatesMassachusettsCape AnnEssex
NUMBER OF ROOMS
21
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Frequently Asked Questions about Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel?
Nearby attractions include Essex Shipbuilding Museum (0.5 km), Cogswell's Grant (1.1 km), and Old Burying Ground (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and off-site canoeing.
Is parking available at Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Windward Grille Restaurant, Village Restaurant, and Woodman's of Essex.
Is Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Essex.
Are there any historical sites close to Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Castle Hill on the Crane Estate (5.7 km), Long Hill (7.6 km), and Cogswell's Grant (1.1 km).
Does Shea's Riverside Inn & Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.