Hotels in Cape Cod
Cape Cod specializes in a variety of quaint accommodations, including charming cottage rentals, locally owned bed and breakfasts, and quaint cabins and campgrounds, in addition to an assortment of sumptuous spa resorts. For some of the most luxurious Cape Cod hotels, head to Chatham, Hyannis and Provincetown, where you’ll find a selection of plush resorts – including the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Chatham, a Travel + Leisure favorite. Keep in mind that many hotels in Cape Cod are only open seasonally, from April through October, and can be extremely pricey during the summer months. If you’re more interested in roughing it when you visit Cape Cod, bring your tent or trailer to the Bourne Scenic Park, one of Cape Cod’s many campgrounds.
Some of the best Cape Cod hotels and guesthouses include the Captain’s House Inn in Chatham, a charming captain’s cottage that also includes a Greek Revival mansion and converted stables; the Carpe Diem Guesthouse in Provincetown, a boutique resort and spa just seconds away from the beach; the Colony of Wellfleet in Wellfleet, a refurbished former art featuring ten Modernist cottages with distinctive Midcentury furnishings; and the historic Land’s End Inn in Provincetown, which offers lovely views of the beach and downtown Provincetown, as well as 15 rooms done up in themes like French country, English garden and colonial Caribbean.
Popular with families and couples alike, these comfortable accommodations are a smart, affordable choice for those wanting to be close the shore (and who don’t mind walking)—a 3/4-mile path leads directly from the property to Marconi Beach. There’s an indoor pool, too.
Facing the beach and Cape Cod Bay, all 21 bright suites at the Crow’s Nest Resort have kitchens, fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, and unobstructed views of the ocean, two lighthouses, and the lights of Provincetown—just two miles away.
The hotel's knotty-pine paneling and vintage furnishings channel a Maine camp.
On the "knuckles" of what looks like the curled arm of Cape Cod is the Race Point Lighthouse, established in 1816. The 1840's white Keeper's House with a red shingle roof offers three bedrooms for up to 11 people; lace curtains, braided rugs, and paintings of seascapes fill the rooms.
The hilltop location of Land's End Inn provides clear views of the beach and ocean as well as downtown Provincetown. Built in 1904, the octagonal towers of the weathered-gray, shingled inn are surrounded by gardens and intimate patios.
In the center of Sandwich, the Belfry Inne occupies three restored buildings, including a former church and the Painted Lady, a turreted 1882 Victorian house.
Originally built in 1912 for one of Brewster’s wealthiest residents, the property has 338 recently spruced-up rooms inside a stately stucco mansion. Families can also opt for stand-alone villas, set either on the waterfront or around the Jack Nicklaus golf course.
Set just off the Cape Cod coast, the Club at New Seabury reflects the classic local style: free-standing villas with white picket fences, wooden clapboard siding and stone walls.
At the Red Inn in P-town, the view of the sun setting over the bay is so spectacular that you almost don’t even notice how good the food is. (But try the pan-roasted cod with a lemon-garlic confit, served on a bed of rosemary potatoes and applewood bacon.
Little Inn on Pleasant Bay in South Orleans is down the road next to a cranberry bog, and sits high on a hill with fantastic views of the shoreline. White slipcovered furniture and pickled-wood ceilings create a beachy vibe.
The inn has eight units in the 1836 Greek Revival mansion and an additional two garden cottages.
Once run by the Coast Guard to protect boats navigating the Cape Cod Canal, the Wings Neck Lighthouse, in Pocasset, can now be booked by families or other groups.
The Colony of Wellfleet was originally an art gallery and hostelry for collectors. Ten Modernist cottages with slightly worn Midcentury furnishings are tended by owner Eleanor Stefani, who feels like your eccentric great-aunt.
Sprinkled throughout the dunes and neighboring woods, the one- to three-bedroom accommodations aren’t much to look at—straight out of the 1950’s, they have knotty pine walls, bamboo furniture, outdoor showers, and screened-in porches—but the price can’t be beat, with rock-bottom weekly rates, eve