PRINT PREVIEW
send to printer

Concierge.com

Cape Cod Hotels

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Belfry Inne & Bistro
8 Jarves Street
Sandwich , Massachusetts
02563
Tel: 800 844 4542 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 888 8550
info@belfryinn.com
www.belfryinn.com

Situated in a great spot for people-watching—close to restaurants and shops—the Belfry Inne encompasses three neighboring buildings in Sandwich: the Federal-style Village Inn; the Victorian Painted Lady; and our favorite, the Abbey, a converted Catholic church that's one of the Cape's most distinctive guesthouses. A second-floor addition at the Abbey makes space for six unusually shaped rooms with exposed beams, archways, balconies, and headboards constructed from old pews. A stained-glass depiction of Michael the Archangel overlooks one room, and Gabriel keeps an eye on another. The nave now houses a trendy bistro (wine is kept in the one-time confessional), and in warm weather, guests can eat breakfast on a brick patio surrounded by flowers and statuary. The Painted Lady received a renovation in 2005 and has nine small rooms (some with just enough room for a queen bed and dresser) with whirlpool baths and gas fireplaces. The sitting area in the turret has unrivaled views of Sandwich Village's pretty (and resurgent) historic center. The seven-room Village Inn—built as a boarding house in the 1830s—is neat and tidy but otherwise isn't distinctive compared with many other Cape Cod B&Bs.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Brass Key Guest House
67 Bradford Street
Provincetown , Massachusetts
02657
Tel: 800 842 9858 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 487 9005
ptown@brasskey.com
www.brasskey.com

This longtime Provincetown fixture was starting to look worn when new owners—who also bought the Crowne Pointe Inn across the street—took over in 2008 and shined it up like new. Comprised of nine buildings surrounding a private courtyard with a pool, the Brass Key has a pleasantly compoundlike feel that makes it an unlikely oasis in P-town's densely populated downtown. Its almost entirely gay clientele includes many regulars who have returned for years, elevating the guests' average age. So, in the hope of luring a younger crowd—not too young, though; no children are allowed—the owners have brought in new furnishings and replaced the bathrooms in nearly half of the 43 units (so far). Also in the works are two new suites. The rooms are masculine and tastefully decorated with reproduction furniture, but guests spend less time in the rooms than around the pool and in the many public spaces, including a high deck in a turret that's popular at sunset, and a living room–like lobby with comfortable couches and a piano.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Captain's House Inn
369–377 Old Harbor Road
Chatham , Massachusetts
02633
Tel: 800 315 0728
info@captainshouseinn.com
www.captainshouseinn.com

This handsome former sea captain's estate turned B&B—near Chatham's classic retail district and a short drive from the beach—is impeccably maintained by the enthusiastic young couple who bought the place in 2006. The 16 rooms are divided among four buildings: the Greek Revival–style main house, built in 1839, with beamed ceilings and walnut plank floors; a historic cottage relocated from Nantucket; a carriage house; and a converted stable. The best room is the Lydia Harding Suite, which takes up the entire second floor of the stable and has two fireplaces, a whirlpool, and a balcony. Several other rooms have whirlpools, too, and all are bright and tastefully decorated in colonial style. The friendly staff—composed almost entirely of hospitality and tourism students recruited from England—serves breakfast and afternoon tea in the airy dining room, which has patio tables overlooking the quiet lawn and garden. Subtle modern amenities, including Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a heated pool, don't detract from the old-world charm.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Captain Farris House
308 Old Main Street
Yarmouth , Massachusetts
02664
Tel: 508 760 2818
thecaptain@captainfarris.com
www.captainfarris.com

A restored 1845 mansion, the Captain Farris House puts you in the middle of a Yarmouth neighborhood populated with homes on the National Register of Historic Places and just steps from pretty Bass River. Three of the ten guest rooms have private sundecks, and two have fireplaces; all have an especially nice bathroom (most with two-person whirlpool tubs). The common areas, however, outshine the rooms—especially the glass-covered greenhouse courtyard, the particularly pretty garden, the formal dining room with its Waterford chandelier, and the antiques- and velvet-filled parlor, where guests gather to sip complimentary sherry in the evenings. The modern age intrudes in the form of traffic noise from busy Route 28, so ask for a room off the garden. And if you're a late riser, avoid the first-floor rooms beside the courtyard and dining room: The buzz of your fellow guests enjoying their three-course breakfast will make it hard to spend a lazy morning in bed.

Closed November through early April, except on Valentine's Day weekend.

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Chatham Bars Inn
297 Shore Road
Chatham , Massachusetts
02633
Tel: 800 527 4884 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 945 0096
welcome@chathambarsinn.com
www.chathambarsinn.com

The grandest of the classic Cape Cod hotels, and by far the best, the Chatham Bars was built in 1914 by a Boston stockbroker. In 2006, another Boston mogul, Richard Cohen (formerly Mr. Paula Zahn), bought it for $166 million and spent another $30 million on renovations and an expansion. With 18 room types to choose from—there are 40 rooms in the main inn, and an additional 176 in the surrounding cottages—making a reservation can feel like choosing a college. Rooms in the main inn, Cranberry Cottage, and Privet Cottage were renovated in 2009. Each room has a Bose Wave radio, plasma TV, espresso machine, and a new bed enveloped in Frette linens; the best one of all is the two-bedroom, 1,500-square-foot Presidential Suite, with a deck overlooking the ocean. For privacy and direct access to the quarter-mile hotel beach, book a room in one of the cottages along the water; ocean-facing rooms in the main house have the best views. Avoid the rooms in the Beach House—they're above a restaurant and bar that can get noisy. The Chatham Bars is a ten-minute walk from Chatham's quaint downtown and 20 minutes from picturesque Chatham Light—but with a private beach, poolside minibar-equipped cabanas, a wide veranda overlooking Pleasant Bay, a 52-foot Viking yacht for deep-sea fishing, and on-site spa treatments, you'll find plenty to do right here. There are also children's programs during the summer—including etiquette classes!—and an adjacent nine-hole public golf course. (Many of these services cost extra, on top of the $9 daily resort fee.) The dining options, all overseen by chef Anthony Cole, are equally diverse: seafood-centric formal dining, comfort food in the tavern, tapas-style snacks from the Veranda, or a clambake and a drink on the beach at the Beach House Grill. At peak season, a staff of 460 employees is on hand to make sure your stay is flawless—they'll hover but not intrude.

The Veranda and Beach House Grill close in the winter, but the inn stays open year-round.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn and Spa
82 Bradford Street
Provincetown , Massachusetts
02657
Tel: 877 276 9631 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 487 6767
welcome@crownepointe.com
www.crownepointe.com

The Crowne Pointe's 36 rooms are among the most luxurious (and most expensive) in P-town. A total makeover completed in 2008 exhibits strong attention to detail: Housed in six adjacent 19th-century buildings, the rooms combine historical accuracy—reproduction Victorian furniture and color schemes—with hip design and lavish comfort, including modern bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. The best is the Penthouse Residence, which the owners—an engineer and a wine-savvy former MTV executive, who also own the Brass Key, across the street—designed for themselves. It includes a top-of-the-line kitchen and is one of the few rooms with a view. (The hotel is set back from the ocean, but the location, a block from Commercial Street, P-town's main drag, makes up for the lack of scenery.) A diverse crowd—including celebrities such as Quentin Tarantino—mingles around the pool and is served by a staff that's refreshingly friendly for a town not known for genuine hospitality. If you're on a health kick, you'll appreciate the spa and the restaurant's Asian-inspired menu—everything except the obligatory clam chowder is prepared without butter, cream, or trans fats. Guests can use the steam room, sauna, and mineral soaking tub without additional charge, and breakfast is included. Note that children are not permitted.

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Josiah Sampson House
40 Old Kings Road
Cotuit , Massachusetts
02635
Tel: 508 428 8383
stay@josiahsampson.com
www.josiahsampson.com

Built by a wealthy importer in 1793, this secluded Upper Cape mansion on the National Register of Historic Places is a hip combination of old (broad-board wooden floors that slope noticeably, a fireplace in each bedroom) and new (modern art on the walls, solar panels on the roof). Most of the six guest rooms have girlie lace canopies and antique furniture; radios, but no TVs; and relatively small bathrooms that the owners are gradually renovating. Book the Sampson Room for a view of the garden and a big bathroom that includes a full tub. Breakfast (blueberry waffles, smoked salmon omelets) is served on a deck overlooking the garden; a guest pantry is stocked with coffee and tea, and there is port and sherry in the living room, which also has a working player piano. Outside, there's a hot tub—unusual for a Cape B&B—and a gazebo hung with paper lanterns. Guests can also use the private tennis club next door for a fee ($8 for 90 minutes), or borrow a bike and ride to one of the several beaches nearby (the closest is a mile away). But the highlight here is the peace and quiet—and rates lower than most comparable inns.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Land's End Inn
22 Commercial Street
Provincetown , Massachusetts
02657
Tel: 800 276 7088 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 487 0706
info@landsendinn.com
www.landsendinn.com

One of the Cape's most idiosyncratic hotels and a true hidden gem, the Land's End Inn is a cacophony of stained glass, fringed lampshades, original artwork, hand-carved wooden moldings, ornate wallpaper, and overstuffed antique furniture. The hotel dates to 1904, but the unique look—more reminiscent of a game lodge than a New England B&B—is the contribution of the newest owner, who bought the place in 2002. The mixed straight and gay crowd that gathers on the veranda for breakfast (included in the room rate) is as interesting as the building. P-town's buzzy downtown is a ten-minute walk away, but the hotel's well-manicured grounds and secluded beach are peaceful and uncrowded. No two of the 17 rooms are alike; we particularly like the octagonal Bay Tower Room for its domed ceiling and wraparound windows overlooking the water—the hotel's location on Gull Hill in Provincetown's West End affords some of the grandest views you'll find on the Cape.

$200-$299
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Surf Side Cottages
Ocean View Drive
South Wellfleet , Massachusetts
02663
Tel: 508 349 3959
stay@surfsidecottages.com
www.surfsidevacation.com

Located in the Cape Cod National Seashore, this quiet neighborhood with scrub pines and sandy streets is a throwback to family vacations past. The 23 cottages on and near the ocean have full kitchens, barbecue grills, screened porches, and outdoor showers. The decor is '60s retro, the only air conditioning is the ocean breeze, and while there are no TVs, there's a drive-in movie theater in nearby Wellfleet. The residents-only LeCount Hollow Beach is just over the sand dunes; if you rent a cottage here, you're considered a resident. Provincetown is a 20-minute drive away. Since there's no housekeeping service, come with your own linens (or rent them for an additional $15), and remember to clean up for the next guests. There's a one-week minimum in the summer.

Closed November through March.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Hotel Photo
Wequassett Inn Resort & Golf Club
2173 Orleans Road
Chatham , Massachusetts
02633
Tel: 800 225 7125 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 432 5400
info@wequassett.com
www.wequassettinn.com

Expect white cedar siding, English-style gardens, fire pits with Adirondack chairs and a "very nice private beach." Rooms in soft ocean palettes with custom-designed bedding are "comfortably furnished, and the bathroom is very spacious and well appointed." Twenty-eight Atlantic brings a fresh interpretation to old classics, and is "one of the finest restaurants on the Cape." Libaytion, located under a beachfront pergola near the water, is "a fun spot for drinks or snacks during the day."

(120 rooms)

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.