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The Clarendon House
Ranked #32 of 62 Provincetown B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Boston, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
89 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Simply Perfect”
Reviewed 25 July 2011

The Clarendon House is my Provincetown home. It is a charming old house right in the heart of Ptown (kitty corner from Town Hall on Bradford Street - right under the Pilgrim Monument). The decor is classic and comfortable. I will go on record as saying that this is not the fanciest place to stay in town, but the price reflects that. If you're looking for uber-fancy, there's plenty of places you can pay $300 a night for. The rates that The Clarendon House charges are reasonable and represent great value for what you get. But I don't want that to sound like a Holiday Inn review. The Clarendon House is special. The rooms are all individually decorated. There is a warmth that you would never find in the more "affordable" or even the more "stylish" lodging options around town.

Dale is the perfect host. He is friendly, accommodating, charming, gracious...the list goes on and on. He takes such great care of his guests.

The room rate includes a daily homemade breakfast which would easily cost you $20 or more per person at most restaurants in Provincetown. It also includes coffee 24/7; one of the biggest selections of teas I've ever seen; a fridge stocked with sodas, water, juice, yogurt, fruit, and breakfast leftovers; a selection of homemade cookies and scones available day and night; popcorn; sunscreen; beach towels; a fully outfitted picnic basket; wi-fi; TONS of cable channels; a DVD library. Between breakfast, Diet Coke, water, coffee and snacks, I saved $30 or more a day by staying here.

The house has a generous sized roof deck that gets sun all day, a hot tub (which I didn't have an opportunity to use on this visit), a relaxing garden in the back perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee and reading a book.

The combination of the charming accommodations, the extremely reasonable rates, the amenities, and the Dale - the perfect host, I would recommend The Clarendon House to everyone.

Room Tip: If you're a little more budget minded, get one of the "shared bathroom" rooms.
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Belgrade Lakes
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

Clarendon House remains the best value in Provincetown. Dale is an exceptional host and looks after his guests. Where can you find the combination of price, parking, location and a full breakfast, not to mention the roof top deck for sunning and the hot tub to relax in after a day in town or the beach? Dale is always available to help and answer your questions. I can't think of a better B&B in town for the price. Pets are allowed in the cottage is another plus for those of you with pets !

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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Linz, Austria
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2011

Dale has to be the nicest host of a B&B we've met. The rooms are spacious, clean, beautiful and very affordable (at least in the off-season), but the real perk is that you feel very, very welcome: We were picked up from the ferry, the breakfast was always delicious and plentiful, there's complimentary scones and tea all the time, and Dale is always around and happy to chat.
Also, you can't stay much closer to the centre of Provincetown.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Belgrade Lakes
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37 reviews
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Reviewed 24 July 2010

Dale is an exceptional host! I've stayed at numerous places in P'town, and this has to be the best. The combination of price and location can't be beat. However it was all the small details that made the stay wonderful. Cookies fresh from the oven and lemon squares all day and night, soda, water, and coffee available all of the time. And don't forget the full breakfast every morning! I must say, imported jellys, greek yougurt, fresh fruit, bagels, toast, etc were nice, but the hot breakfast items were exceptional, the menu was posted for the week in the kitchen showing each days special, eggs and bacon, french toast, pancakes with blueberries, quiche to name a few. The hot tub was clean, and the outside areas (roof top deck and patio) even had bug spray to keep the bugs away. One guest needed an additional night lodging and as the Inn was booked, Dale found several other places for him to look into, he also checked the traffic conditions for us before we headed off the cape. You can spend more in P'town, but will not find a better value and a great Inn keeper to boot. Thanks Dale !

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 31 December 2009

I recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone staying in Boston it is very well located, and the staff is the most friendly and courteous I have encountered.

Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
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north carolina
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Reviewed 31 August 2009

Very pleasant experience. Everything was clean, the host is very friendly. There is a steady supply of scones, cookies, and baked goods and a full breakfast including lots of fruit; then throughout the day there is unlimited soda, water, popcorn, and other goodies, again without charge. So I saved a lot of money on the expensive food in town where a can of soda cost 1.75.

The house may be a little casual for some (the towels are not color matched, for example), but everything is immaculately clean, and the host goes out of his way to make the guests feel at home. I have stayed at 2 other guest houses in ptown, and the biggest difference in this one was the level of service and friendliness of the staff. There is a hot tub and parking onsite as well as rooftop deck. . :)

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Montreal
1 review
Reviewed 24 August 2009

Nice place, very good breakfast with fresh meals, fruits, cereals, etc., great location...
Always water and soft drink in the fridge, cookies on the table with coffee and hot water.
The owner gives great advices for things to do in P-Town. He is respectful, caring but never invasive.
Nice calm and relax atmosphere in the yard.
We will surely go there again!!!

  • Stayed August 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Clarendon House
Address: 118 Bradford St, Provincetown, MA 02657-1427
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Provincetown
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Spa
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Ranked #32 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Provincetown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
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