We ended up at the Harbor Hotel through an Expedia search for an affordable place in PTown. With great caution, I booked at room for $199 night, unsure if it would be a good experience because I have seen the place over the years and it used to be kind of dumpy. I read that they'd done an extensive reno, so I thought - why not?!
First, the location is excellent. Right on the water right outside the town. Parking is plentiful and free.
When we arrived, my 13 yr old son said, " Uh, what have you done, Mom? This place looks sketchy..." I have to say, the exterior is still old looking - but to my eye it is just the right "old" to make it retro. The lobby is funky and furnished well - way nicer than you'd expect upon first impressions.
I had booked a room with two queen beds and our first room was a ground floor exterior room. We opened the door and were hit by a very strong cigarette odor, so I went to the desk to ask for a non-smoking room. They told me the facility is all non-smoking and that they'd check out the smell and bill the previous guests a surcharge. The two men at the desk were WONDERFUL. Not only did they switch our room, but they upgraded us to a second floor, pool-view room. Really nice, helpful guys.
The room was large and had great light. We had a large balcony overlooking the courtyard and pool. The furnishings were modern and simple. The beds and pillows were very comfortable.
The pool area is great. There's a cabana bar, though we didn't spend enough time there to try it.
This is a very family-friendly place.
The renovations at the hotel are pretty superficial, though. Furnishings and paint are fresh and new but the skeleton of the place really needs work. The sliding door to our balcony did not work; with lots of effort we were able to open it enough for us to slip through sideways. The screen door had holes, so we were assaulted by mosquitoes on a daily basis, particularly bad at night. The water pressure in the shower was fantastic, but the bathroom really needs a tlc facelift. Think avocado tiles and a gold-flecked formica vanity. The carpets throughout the property were pretty yucky. It is all clean but old.
None of this bothered us and we felt the $199 price was a decent value. We had a great time and tried to extend our stay by one night, but the price would have jumped to $500 for the night! There is no way I would ever consider spending $500 for this place, but we would return for the $199 price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This contemporary hotel facing Provincetown Harbor is half a mile from the Cape Cod National Seashore and 1.5 miles from the Pilgrim Monument. Brightly decorated rooms and suites (some with water views) feature flat-screen TVs and free WiFi. Some connecting and pet-friendly rooms are also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Hotel Provincetown
- The Cape Hotel