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Inn on Onset Bay
Ranked #1 of 1 Onset B&B and Inns
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1 review
“Awesome!”
Reviewed 14 October 2009

I had a wonderful experience! I booked the hotel over the phone and received excellent customer service. Was even more pleased with the room itself when I arrived. It was on the second floor with a huge bay window overlooking the ocean. The towels could use some updating, but it was easily the best value of all the friends we knew, attending a wedding, who stayed in the area. I would definately go back!!!!

Stayed October 2009, travelled as a couple
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San Francisco
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 August 2009

I was a little leary about this place due to the mediocre reviews here, but it was the closest place to our event with enough rooms available. Pleasantly surprised when we arrived - great location, rooms were clean and the front desk people were very helpful with questions about the area, etc. They were also very on top of having our requested cots and extra towels in the room.
Apparently they had a switch in management the day we arrived so not sure what it was like a month ago but the new people seem to know what they're doing!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with friends
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Fort Lee, NJ
1 review
Reviewed 5 August 2008

While accomodations were adaquate, services left a lot to be desired. The rooms were moderately clean but spiders were nesting in corners and there was filth on the windows sills and baseboards..There was no room service so the beds never got made up and the towels that were available at check in had to be used throughout the stay.

The rates were very steep for the services that were afforded. The owner was rather 'ho-hum' when I pointed out the inn's deficiencies. So, while the location is fabulous, the next time we visit Onset Bay, we won't be staying at the Inn on Onset Bay.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Everything else
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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SF Bay Area
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 November 2006

I have been meaning to write this review for a while. We stayed here in August '06. We were in the main house, on a bottom floor room towards the back. I can't remember the number. I think it was 103 which is mentioned in another recent review. The room was pretty old and musty. There were no windows other than a tiny bathroom window that didn't really open. The one window in the room was filled with an old, rickety, loud air conditioner. The bed had plastic under the sheets and the mattress felt old. We couldn't switch rooms as our weekend was sold out.

On the plus side, every staff member we dealt with was extremely friendly and accommodating, both on the phone for reservations and when we arrived on the late side. They delivered a blow-up mattress for our child and re-arranged the furniture to help fit it in the small room. Our room was technically a "suite" though tiny, but having access to a fridge and sink is hugely helpful with a small child. We did not cook on the stove. The location is great - the beach is across the street and it is a quick walk to the downtown area.

Hopefully not all the rooms are as old as the one we had - if there were better renovated rooms we would consider staying there again.

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  • Stayed August 2006, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2006

This property is ok, not great but not terrible either. We were a party of 3 couples. Initially, our friends took room 103 which I would avoid. It has almost no windows and was extremely musty. They switched to the studio cottage, which was better but the A/C is in the kitchen area and not in bedroom.

The other couple took room 101 which was fine and not facing the street like the studio cottage or the room we took.

We took the 104+106 suite. 106 is a nice size bedroom as is 104. The bathroom is off of 104. So we set up 106 as our dining room for all 6 people to eat the meals over the weekend. The kitchen is in the back and is an ok kitchen, not great. Wasn't completely clean but we managed. The backdoor from the kitchen is good for access to rooms 101 as well as 102 since it is a covered porch so one can carry in the rain as well as on the Sabbath.

The Inn is walking distance to the Cape Cod shul on Locust Street (about 5 minutes).

The beach is secluded, and just across the street. White sands, clean beach, almost no one there.

Dunkin Donuts walking distance from the Inn.

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  • Stayed July 2006, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2003

A highpoint of my childhood was traveling to the Cape every summer with all my cousins to enjoy a week at the seashore. Last summer I reinacted that memory for my own children, nieces and nephews. The Inn On Onset Bay is across the street from the beach, within walking distance to the pier, the pizza shop, an outdoor pavillion where movies are shown weekly. Gas grills outside provided us with a great oppurtunity to sit down together and meet some fellow travelers. The rooms are varied and several even have small kitchens in them. Which is a great help when you have several mouths to feed. The inn is clean and freshly renovated. Although there is no a/c, the warm ocean breezes kept us quite comfortable. The kids loved sitting on the front porch and eating thier ice cream cones while watching the fire engine parade. And the adults in my group loved drinking coffee there first thing in the morning, before heading to the beach with a bunch of energetic kids. We all loved it and are returning this year to continue the tradition. The Inn is the Cape how I remember it.

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Additional Information about Inn on Onset Bay

Property: Inn on Onset Bay
Address: 181 Onset Avenue, Onset, MA 02558
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Onset
Amenities:
Beach Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Onset
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Inn on Onset Bay 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn on Onset Bay sits atop the bluffs in the village of Onset, a seaside community nestled on the west end of the Cape Cod Canal. Once a popular vacation destination for travelers the world over, Onset has become one of Cape Cod's "hidden treasures" with beautiful views, breathtaking sunrises and a place where serene beaches and quiet nights welcome visitors to step back in time. All of our rooms have private baths, air conditioning, flat screen tv's, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards. Many have kitchenettes with compact refrigerators, and microwaves. Please note that we DO NOT allow any cooking. We offer coffee and tea in the morning and a barbecue grill for use in our court yard. Onset is a pedestrian friendly village so you can choose to not get back in your car until departure if rest and relaxation is your goal! ... more   less 
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