Everything's good on paper, right? Planning a trip to have a water view, a private deck... all seemed just lovely in the planning process.
Then came reality.
I stayed in #4 with my Great Pyrenees dog and though the unit was clean and comfortable, it wasn't the best experience for my dog. Let me say quickly though that I would absolutely stay there again but I wouldn't bring my dog.
The location is great -- easy walking distance to the main pier and shops.
The parking? Off street. Tight, but doable.
What staff I did encounter were friendly but I never actually met anyone to check-in or check-out with... kind of nice but kind of weird.
I did walk over to see the other building, Bayshore; it was really funky looking, in a good way. More units so more noise but they had a great lawn in the middle of the facility, really nice landscaping. The place totally looked like something out of the '60s -- all glass fronted rooms overlooking the center garden/lawn.
So, what with the dog?
Several units within the complex were accessed by passing along the side of Unit #4. Every time my dog would see someone passing by, she'd react with barking -- which I quickly stopped so as not to disturb the other guests. While on the private little deck, again, if people were around, even on the common deck area overlooking the water, if your dog is reactive at all, then there might be barking. There was one or two units above #4 and their staircase access was right beside our deck, so again...reaction from the dog.
In order to make sure it wasn't excessively stressful for the dog or other guests, I ended up closing the blinds. So much for the ocean view for me. At night, I put the dog's large crate in the bedroom (just fit) and luckily there was an a/c unit in the bedroom window so we were able to sleep in there with the door closed so the dog wouldn't react to anyone walking about at night.
Again, I would stay with the Bayshore/Chandler company again, but I wouldn't bring a dog, at least not one that's reactive in anyway or nervous.
That's not just for Chandler... it's actually for all of Provincetown. I had tried to pick a week when there would be no festival hoping there would be slightly less people. There was still a CRUSH of people every night.
Though it's considered one of the top dog-friendly towns... it's actually not dog-friendly from the dog's point of view. There really is no safe walking--no sidewalks except for one side of the main street walking to the pier. The beaches aren't that great -- rocky or scattered with shell/seaweed debris that makes for uncomfortable walking, even in water shoes. I did check out the dog park. It was lovely, but only good for a short visit. I finally ended up hiking in the trails along the highway but had to be very, very careful because you could seriously get lost in there because there are so many trail intersections.
Glad I went because I learned a lot about my dog on that holiday. But because of her reactions it was stressful for both me and the dog and not the restful holiday I was hoping for and again, NO reflection on Chandler for that.
- Also Known As:
- Bayshore/Chandler House Hotel Provincetown