I grew up in Rhode Island, and pretty much had the ocean right outside my window. But I was never a beach person – I always preferred hanging out by a pool rather than sitting in the hot sand. It wasn’t until the past year or so that I began to appreciate how fabulous a good beach day is. All I need is a chair, towel, sunscreen, umbrella, and a good book, and I can sit on the beach all day. The salty air, crashing waves, the warm sun…. I can’t believe I never appreciated it before.
One thing I don’t like about the beach is the hassle getting there. Although I live just minutes from the coast now, it isn’t so easy to spend the day at the beach. Traffic to the popular beaches can be a nightmare, and these beaches often fill up, sending car loads of disappointed beach lovers home. So all summer, I looked forward to a long weekend at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Falmouth, Cape Cod – a hotel that is located directly on the beach.
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A Review of the Family Friendly Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Location of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is located in North Falmouth, MA, on the world-famous Cape Cod. The hotel sits right on Old Silver Beach, on a gorgeous stretch of sand. Those visiting Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket may want to stop for a night in Falmouth, as that’s where the Steamship Authority sets sail from.
The Sea Crest Beach Hotel is convenient to many Cape Cod restaurants, shops, and attractions. Although there’s plenty to do at the resort, you can also easily drive to find other things to do during your vacation.
Amenities at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
The obvious draw of the Sea Crest Beach Hotel is the access to the beach, but there is so much more than that. Prefer to enjoy some pool time? The Sea Crest has two saline pools – both an indoor one and an outdoor pool (which is open seasonally). There’s also a hot tub. Even in the summer, we enjoyed some pool time in the indoor pool, when it had started to rain a bit.
The hotel also has a spa, an arcade, and a gift shop. Complimentary parking is offered for hotel guests, but additional vehicles do have to pay a fee from Memorial Day to Labor Day, which is the busy season.
Beach lovers will definitely appreciate the private stretch of Old Silver Beach. In season, there are employees available to help set up beach chairs and umbrellas. We would have everything set up for us, and then spend most of the day right on the beach. In season, you can also rent paddle boards and kayaks to enjoy in the water.
For a special day at the beach, cabana rentals are also available. These include food and beverage service WiFi, bottled water, a shaded area, and more. They have to be reserved in advance, and currently cost $75 per day.
The customer service is great – from the beach staff to the front desk staff, everyone is very helpful and friendly.
Restaurants at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
We celebrated my daughter’s 9th birthday during our weekend away, and she requested dinner at the on-site Red’s Restaurant for her special birthday dinner. The food is great, and you can’t beat the view. We also ate both of our lunches beach side, and had breakfast in the gorgeous Ocean View room, which offers a hot and cold buffet with made-to-order waffles and omelets.
Restaurants at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel include the following:
Red’s Restaurant: Named for the legendary Celtics coach Red Auerbach (a former owner), Red’s is a casual but nice restaurant with a gorgeous view of the beach. It’s one of my kids’ favorite restaurants. In the off-season, Red’s is only open during the weekends. In season, it’s open daily, and there’s also a to-go window where you can grab food to take with you.
Red’s Outdoor Bar: This outdoor bar is open during the summer season. It’s a great place to get a drink or a quick bite. We always love getting a drink at the outdoor bar while watching the sunset.
Ocean View Room: This beautiful restaurant offers a huge breakfast buffet, as well as gorgeous views of the beach. We don’t always eat a big breakfast on our vacations, but did enjoy the one breakfast we had here.
The Scoop: From mid-May through mid-October, you can enjoy ice cream from The Scoop, which is located right near the pool.
Rooms at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel
I love any place with a clean, coastal decor, so I always enjoy seeing the beautiful style at the Sea Crest Beach Hotel. All of the rooms are modern and clean, with bright calming colors.
The hotel offers several different room types. These include:
- Standard room: available with both one king bed or two double beds. These rooms don’t have a view, and may be located upstairs in one of the buildings (with only stairs access).
- Ocean view rooms: these are similar to the standard rooms but have a view of the bay. These rooms are only accessible via stairs.
- Oceanfront rooms: These rooms, which include a balcony or a patio, face Old Silver Beach. They are available with both one king bed or two double beds.
- Sundeck rooms: These rooms are right off the pool or the private beach. These are offered with one king bed or two double beds.
- Dog-Friendly rooms: If you are traveling with your pets, you’ll need to book one of these special rooms. An additional fee applies, and only one or two dogs are permitted.
- Family Suites: If you’d like to have more room for your family, these suites can be a great option. They include a king bed, double sleep sofa, and fireplace.
Room amenities at the Sea Crest Beach hotel include flat-screen televisions, comfortable beds, Keurig coffee makers, a desk, hairdryers, and complimentary WiFi.
When choosing a room type, think about how you plan to use the room. We never really spend much time in the room, so we don’t need much space or much of a view. But if you are staying for a longer time, and may spend more time in the room, you may consider a more premium room.
Recently, the Sea Crest opened a new, private 3-bedroom beach cottage. It features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, a large living room, open kitchenette, washer and dryer, deck, and a private backyard. The cottage is perfect for a family reunion, a group of friends, or for a family that would like some extra space.
Updated in 2019