Despite the fact that I live in Massachusetts, I’ve only visited Cape Cod a few times. Two weeks ago, we braved the busy Friday afternoon traffic to head down to the Harbor Hotel Provincetown for the weekend. It was absolutely worth it – the kids loved the pool and the beach, and my husband and I enjoyed the food and the relaxation.
The Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The Harbor Hotel, once the Cape Inn, has been completely renovated recently. It offers 119 guestrooms and 10 suites, many of which are pet friendly. The rooms, although standard-sized motel rooms, are brightly decorated and offer refrigerators, flat-screen televisions, in-room Keurig coffee makers, and comfortable beds. The suites have a living room attached to the main bedroom, and perfect for families staying for longer than a weekend. Guests enjoy complimentary WiFi access, as well as a free basic Continental breakfast each morning.
After checking in to the hotel in the vibrant and bright hotel lobby, we decided to visit downtown Provincetown. The city is eclectic and very busy, but the hotel is nicely located just 2-miles away. Free bike rentals are available, or guests can take the Cape Cod shuttle bus which stops right outside the hotel. I actually enjoyed being a bit tucked away from the action. There’s a great, quiet beach across the street from the hotel, and other public beaches right in town.
The Harbor Hotel offers an outdoor pool, a pool bar, a restaurant, and an outdoor fire pit. The pool was busy during the day, although it was nice and quiet when we were there in the mornings. The Cabana Bar was packed during the afternoons, and we enjoyed grabbing a cold drink to bring back to our room.
We ate dinner both evenings at the Whaler Lounge, which is right off the main lobby. Although service was a bit slow, the food was great. In addition to the main menu, they offer some great in-season specials and a kids’ menu. Many guests choose to outside on the adjacent patio, where food and drink service is available. There’s also a gorgeous fire pit right on the corner of the property with beautiful views of the beach.
If you go, I’d recommend bringing along waters and juices for the mini fridge in the room – there really isn’t a convenience store nearby. Also, towels were at a premium, so bring along your own beach towels for the beach and pool. The rooms have lots of hooks around the room to dry them.
Prices at the Harbor Hotel Provincetown are a bargain for Cape Cod. It’s a great spot to visit with kids. To learn more, visit the Harbor Hotel Provincetown website.
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