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“Moderately priced & great location but lacking in friendliness and amenities”

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Ampersand Guesthouse
Ranked #43 of 62 Provincetown B&B and Inns
Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews
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“Moderately priced & great location but lacking in friendliness and amenities”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

We have stayed at the Ampersand in the past so our expectations were set appropriately. We like the convenient West End location and the reasonable rates. It’s a comfortable walk from the restaurants and bars on Commercial Street and it’s walkable to the beach. The house itself is about 200 years old with quirky charm. The upper deck has a good view of the water. The rooms have not been renovated since the 90’s and the furniture is old, but functional. Bathrooms can be very tight, depending on the room, but are generally clean if not a bit rusty here and there. There are no toiletries so bring your own. Wi-fi is spotty and weak - more annoying than convenient. The owners/innkeepers aren’t as friendly and helpful as you would expect in a typical B&B. Don’t expect offers to help with reservations, directions, etc. like you might find at most B&B’s. Smiles and friendly greetings are rare. There are many times when you feel like an unwanted guest in their space. Breakfast is dismal: coffee (usually hazelnut flavored), a couple of juices, muffins and bread. One of our friends began calling it a “B&M” for bed and muffin. Luckily there is a great little to-go restaurant (Relish) only a few paces away. Get a good breakfast there and don’t bother with the free “breakfast” at the B&B. Lastly, the owners have put the house on the market; a good thing considering they seem to be ready to retire. Not sure how a sale would impact future reservations, but it might be a good thing to ask about so you’re not surprised.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 May 2013

My husband and I had stayed next door at the Oxford House for years and were devastated when they closed. We decided to try the Ampersand when we were in town one weekend during the off-season a couple of years ago. We stayed in the studio, and it was fine, nothing fancy at all, had the feel of an older beach cottage, whereas the Oxford was first class. One of the "armchairs" was actually made of foam, like something you might find in a dorm room. Very small, old-school tv. Definitely needed some updating. But it was an efficiency that was set apart from the rest of the house, with a fridge and stove and an eating area, that seemed perfect if we ever came back with a kid. I submitted an email inquiry earlier this week asking about availability in October for my husband and I and our 2 year-old son. No response. So I called today and was told, "We have no facilities for children." In other words, we don't want kids. That's fine, private businesses are allowed to discriminate however they want to, I suppose (*irony*).

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

This was our first time at the Ampersand, and the experience was everything we could have hoped for. The hosts were professional, gracious and extremely helpful and always respected our privacy. Our main goal on this vacation was to relax, so we didn't mind when it rained or when that fog rolled in. The house is in a delightfully quiet part of Provincetown, which suited us just fine; the commercial heart of the town was just a short stroll away. Our room was comfortable, spacious and beautifully furnished. Many of the other guests were regulars who had been coming back for years and we plan to do the same.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ohio
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

We have been coming to Ampersand for several years and it never fails to delight. I have never had the same muffins twice! The hosts/owners are delightful and what I love the most is the different group of people each time we are there. The conversations vary from the ridiculous to the profound...the grounds are beautiful, the house comfortable and I think its the best place in Provincetown.

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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Alameda, California
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Reviewed 16 September 2012

We stayed at the Ampersand while attending a wedding this past week-end. Owners were great-very friendly and helped us with directions to town and the event so no stress. The room was in a small building adjacent to main house with beautiful gardens all around so we had a lot of privacy and seemed like having our own apartment. Loved reading on the deck and enjoying the water views. Easy stroll to town and also appreciated being able to park the car in their lot. Nice place!

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 September 2012

The Ampersand is in a perfect location to experience Provincetown's West End. It's a quite street, but easy access to all the shops and restaurants on Commercial St. It's not a very bad walk to the beach either. Maybe a 15 minutes walk to the trail to the beach. The porch and the room I stayed in had great views. Above all, the hosts are great people - so helpful and kind. I plan to stay there again.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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New York City
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

Often, staying at a hotel / guest house maybe very good on the first visit, yet fall short on the second. I am happy to report that the Ampersand was as good as it was a year ago. All the positive comments still stand. The gentlemen who run the guest house do a great job. The house is beachy, pleasant, relaxed and entirely worthy of P-Town. We have booked again for next year.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Ampersand Guesthouse
Address: 6 Cottage St, P.O. Box 832, Provincetown, MA 02657-1925
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Provincetown
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Ranked #43 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Provincetown
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Number of rooms: 10

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