Pleasant Bay was a perfect ground base for our brief trip to the Cape. Our room was just as we envisioned, we got a King with a rollaway for our 10-year old. The room (King Deluxe) was very spacious, big closets, large flat screen, large bathroom, refrigerator, the quietest most efficient A/C I have ever experienced at a hotel, lots of light and a PERFECT step out onto our own outside porch with 2 chairs that overlooked the pool.
The well-manicured grounds were very peaceful, and yet somehow just the right pace for us with a 10 year old, as there were many other families here. After a day at the beaches, we often swam for an hour or so, and the pool got active then, around 4-5pm. We took advantage of shuffleboard, outside ping pong, and great coffee each morning in the lobby. We never ate breakfast here, but saw others enjoying it in the lobby.
Each room has an assigned parking space, which was nice. Housekeeping seemed to come and go without our noticing it, and they did a great job.
They had 2 laptops in the lobby for guests, and I used the wireless nearly every day from our room, which was fine, albeit a littel slow.
In the lobby, there are sample menus for local restaurants, whom, for the most part, do NOT take reservations. This surprised us. We're used to making reservations for dinner, but most places here do not take them. Our best seafood dinner by far was Chatham Squire, we also went to other Main Street restaurants listed on the hotel recommendation list, all were good, but Chatham Squire was the BEST.
We did a day trip to Provincetown, ate a great lunch at Bubolo's, took in the "culture." We visited many beaches, both National seashore side (cold!) and inside cape side, and watched meteor showers for 2 nights, a delight. I saw the Milky Way for the first time since I was 10, I think.
We found it true that many daytime beach parking lots fill up early, by 10am, and those with shuttles worked well. The ONLY beach where we found shells (and lots of them) at low tide was Lighthouse Beach right in Chatham. You can go online and look up tidal times to plan shell-finding with your kids. The small parking lot at Lighthouse beach only allows 30-minute parking from 9-5, but if you plan it right, you can get a whole hour in before 9am for collecting shells. The week we visited, there were TV station trucks taking up spaces, due to great white shark spotting off-shore, so the beach was closed to swimmers. You can also see all the seals off-shore, and the sound is amazing.
If you haven't been to the Cape before, pack some patience for traffic. About 8 miles closer to mainland from Chatham, Rte 6 dwindles down to 2 lanes, nearly all the way up to Provovincetoen, and it's a tough ride nearly always. But we planned for this.....
Pleasant Bay Village was a great place, we'd definitely go back if we get to the Cape again, we just loved it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Pleasant Bay Village is a unique and beautiful hotel/resort offering luxurious accommodations including rooms, efficiencies, and suites; located on 6-acres of exotic rock gardens and waterfalls in Chatham, just a short drive into town and seconds from Pleasant Bay beach. Enjoy a gourmet breakfast in our dining room or relax by our outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi. All rooms are decorated with original art from local artists, are non-smoking and have free wireless internet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pleasant Bay Village Chatham, Cape Cod, MA
- Pleasant Bay Village Hotel Chatham