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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

The hotel's knotty-pine paneling and vintage furnishings channel a Maine camp.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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.