Concierge.com's insider take:
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.
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