This is a charming setting for a motel. However, there were several reasons that we slept poorly. First, the outside lights are extremely bright, and there were no curtains over the windows, only cheap plastic blinds (not light filtering).
The mattress (one queen) was absolutely miserable and sagged to the middle. Every time one of us moved it woke the other one up. But the mattress hurt my back and neck so badly that I tossed and turned all night.
And just in case that was not enough, the air conditioner made a terrible racket. It was so loud that I downloaded an app that measures the sound nearby. It measured 52-57 decibels with no other noise but the air conditioner running. So each time that the air conditioner cycled on the horrible noise woke us.
And did I mention yet that there is NO COFFEE in the room? There was no way to heat water and no refrigerator either.
We were really wishing we had not booked two nights there after our first sleepless night.
What a shame too! It would take so little to make the place much more welcoming and comfortable.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Essex River House Hotel Essex