Cape Cod

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.

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

The clapboard Chatham Bars Inn, in Chatham, was the first luxury hotel on Cape Cod and is still its toniest address, with prices (and a bit of attitude) to match.

On a sailboat-filled inlet, the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, on Pleasant Bay, is Chatham’s other top place to stay. A 1740’s Colonial with lanterns has been converted into the main reception area; most guest rooms are in clapboard cottages scattered throughout 27 acres of gardens.

The more recently built, privately owned Cottages at Maushop Village, in the New Seabury resort development, are handled by both owners and rental agents.

The boutique resort and spa is painted in warm pastels, and is just a half-block from the beach. Ask for the Oscar Wilde room, which overlooks the town’s emblematic Pilgrim Monument.

On a clear day you can see Martha’s Vineyard from the ten-room Inn on the Sound, atop a bluff in Falmouth Heights.

This 19th-century compound centers on a pool and gardens. The clientele is very social (and mostly gay).

This 19th-century compound centers on a pool and gardens. The clientele is very social (and mostly gay).

Captain’s House Inn feels like a village unto itself; besides its captain’s cottage, there’s a Greek Revival mansion and converted stables.

A step up from camping, these accommodations aren’t for everyone; the (nonworking) fireplaces bear graffiti marks from former guests, and the cast-iron beds probably date from the hotel’s opening in 1931.

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.