My partner and I have been staying at the Watermark Inn every summer for 16 years, and I always book for the next year before I leave. There just isn't anything else quite like it in town. The waterfront rooms with sliding doors out to private terraces are the best feature. The view of Provincetown Bay with views from Truro to the point to the harbor are magnificent! Sometimes we just sit all day and watch the tide come in then go out. Peaceful, relaxing, quiet. The rooms are decorated in a light and airy scandanavian style, and all rooms have galley kitchens. This is critical in a town like Provincetown where eating out 3x a day for 7 days can get very pricey, and tiring. To wake up and brew your own coffee and watch the sun rise over the bay - unbeatable. The kitchens are handy and perfectly suitable for making breakfasts, lunches and simple dinners followed by eating them on your lovely waterfront deck. And when you do desire to dine out, town is a pleasant 15 min walk either on Commerial Street or on the beach.
If you do have the misfortune to have a rainy day, then the rooms are spacious enough, with sofa, dining table and charis, to stay inside looking out at the ocean with a good book, unlike many places in Ptown where the rooms are so small that you really can't stay in them other than to sleep. We've done many a jigsaw puzzle on that table on rainy days.
The housekeeping staff come in every day, are completely respectful of your privacy and totally trustworthy. Most have worked at the Watermark for years. They will load your dishwasher and tidy the kitchen as well as making the beds and cleaning the bathroom. Fresh towels are available every day. One tip: if you're staying for a week and like plush towels, bring your own and be green, saving all that laundry water from the Ptown system. If you get chatting, you may just get a local tip or recommendation too.
I can't disagree enough with the negative review on this site. This is a charming inn run by the owners, who are often on site. It is not a chain that runs all night long. They inform you of their desk hours and leave keys and instructions if you're checking in late. The lofts are lofts - which are fine for children or a hearty adult who is staying over for a night or two. If you have a problem the office is open during the day. This is part of the charm, staying somewhere where the people care and you are left alone if you want to be. No fuss here. If you expect the Ritz, go to New York City. There is no restaurant or bar, but then again that is all in Ptown. I personally love the beach atmosphere, the simplicity and the consistency year in and year out. We even see some of the same people every year.
We stay at the Watermark several times a year and look forward to every stay. We recommend it without reservation, and I have told many a good friend about our little treasure.
J&L (Arlington, MA)