Despite the fact that I live in Massachusetts, I haven’t visited Cape Cod very often. 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.
Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay at no cost to me. All opinions are my own.
Review of The Harbor Hotel Provincetown
Provincetown is a vibrant beach community located right at the tip of Cape Cod. According to the Chamber of Commerce, it’s Cape Cod’s most popular destination. Although it’s definitely further than many of the other popular Cape Cod towns and cities, it’s worth the extra drive.
The Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The Harbor Hotel, once the Cape Inn, has been completely renovated. It’s got a bright, retro feel, and is such a fun place to stay.
The Harbor Hotel Provincetown 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.
When you book your room at the Harbor Hotel online, you’ll have several options. These include Bay View Rooms, Courtyard Rooms, Pet-Friendly Rooms, and Suites. Connecting rooms are also available.
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 from the hotel, 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.
Driving down to the main area in Provincetown isn’t your best option, because there is typically a lot of traffic and it can be difficult to find parking. The shuttle or biking are definitely good ideas.
There’s also plenty to do right at the hotel. 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.
I just loved the fun atmosphere on the property. You can also walk across the street for beach access.
During our weekend stay, we ate dinner both evenings at the Whaler Lounge, which is right off the main lobby. Although the service at the hotel restaurant 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. It’s a great place to sit when the weather is nice.
The property itself isn’t large, but it’s a gorgeous location. There’s plenty to do at the hotel, but the beach and the nearby attractions ware definitely worth visiting as well.
If you stay at the Harbor Hotel Provincetown, I’d recommend bringing along waters and juices for the mini-fridge in the room – there really isn’t a convenience store nearby. Otherwise, you may need to take a drive to purchase them.
Also, during our stay, pool/beach 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. Otherwise, you may need to wait until the hotel brings more out.
Prices at the Harbor Hotel Provincetown are a bargain for Cape Cod, even during the busy summer season. It’s a great spot to visit with kids, and they will love the bright colors and fun atmosphere. To learn more, visit the Harbor Hotel Provincetown website.