The Best Cape Cod Beachfront Hotels

The iconic Chatham Bars Inn is our top choice for your Cape Cod getaway

Best Budget : The Chatham Motel


Why We Chose It

The Chatham Motel, family-owned and operated since the 1980s, offers all the classic hallmarks of the Cape’s charm and character at an affordable rate.

Pros
  • Clean, quiet, large rooms

  • Walking distance to Chatham attractions and the beach

  • Family-run property with an emphasis on friendly and accommodating service

  • One of the most affordable accommodations in the area

Cons
  • This is a true motel, with relatively few amenities and facilities

  • Rates increase significantly during the summer tourist season

  • Can be hard to book on short notice, especially during the summer season

Description

The entire economy of Cape Cod revolves around the tourist season, and prices around the peninsula skyrocket during the sunny summer months. It is still possible to have a lovely vacation to the Cape on a budget, and the Chatham Motel is an excellent option for those looking to enjoy the area without spending a ton of money. Rooms are no-frills but clean and charming and include refrigerators, coffee makers, and kitchenettes.

The outdoor barbecue area and pool are idyllic spots to unwind after a day at the beach, and the hotel is 1 ½ miles to downtown Chatham for evenings when you don’t feel like grilling. Reviews for the Chatham Motel are full of guests who have returned year after year, and almost all of them make mention of the exceptionally friendly and helpful owners. This is a particular favorite for weddings and fishing trips, or for anyone seeking a convenient and affordable place to stay after action-packed days.

Notable Amenities
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • Outdoor eating and gathering areas

Best for Golf : Wequassett Resort and Golf Club


Why We Chose It

The Cape Cod National Golf Club is ranked as one of the 20 best golf courses by Golf Digest, and play is limited to members and Wequassett resort guests, making this a must-visit hotel for travelers planning their vacation around golf.

Pros
  • Access to 18-hole Cape Cod National course, an award-winning championship course

  • Multiple on-site dining options, including Twenty-Eight Atlantic, one of 74 restaurants worldwide to hold the coveted Forbes five-star rating

  • Daily summer programs for kids

  • Range of accommodation options, from cottages to suites

Cons
  • Room rates are pricey

  • Not all rooms have views

  • No spa on site

Description

With large swaths of green land that eventually turn into beaches, it makes a lot of sense that Cape Cod is home to some of the oldest and most storied golf courses in the U.S. Cape Cod National Course is not among the oldest on the peninsula, but in its 20-year history, it has risen in fame and renown and is now a destination for serious golfers around the world. One of the club’s hallmarks is its tightly controlled membership quotas, and one of the only ways to play the acclaimed course is to stay at the Wequassett, making this luxurious resort the perfect choice for visiting golf lovers.

The Wequassett has offerings beyond golf, of course. Of note is the signature restaurant Twenty-Eight Atlantic, which is housed in an 18th-century sea captain’s home and considered one of the best fine dining options on the Cape. There are extensive offerings for families, from an outdoor pool and pirate ship that feels like an upscale water park, to movie nights, and a vintage ice cream truck that drives around the property. The golf course is the resort’s crown jewel, but between the beautiful grounds, elegant rooms, and other recreational offerings, golfers and non-golfers alike will find something to love at the Wequassett.

Notable Amenities
  • Golf course
  • Event spaces
  • Outdoor pool
  • Shuttle service
  • On-site dining

Best for Walkers : Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast


Why We Chose It

Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast's prime placement in the midst of Cape Cod National Seashore makes it the perfect accommodation for those looking to enjoy the Cape’s stunning natural splendor.

Pros
  • Great location within protected Cape Cod National Seashore

  • Cozy, well-appointed rooms, furnished to play up their historic charm

  • Daily complimentary breakfast

Cons
  • No spa or fitness center

  • Adults only

  • On-site dining is limited to breakfast only

  • Limited number of suites mean bookings must be made far in advance

Description

Cape Cod National Seashore is a treasure of preservation, stretching nearly 40 miles and over 40,000 acres of sandy beach, marshes, and ponds providing a home to more than 450 species of animals. For those placing outdoor adventuring at the center of their trip to the Cape, the Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast offers an opportunity to stay in a historic building within the park itself.

The natural beauty surrounding the B&B is stunning, and the property itself has picturesque charm in spades. The main building dates to 1864 and is decorated in classic New England style with features like wood stoves and wall-to-wall bookshelves. There are two suites in the main building and a cottage with a private patio and garden adjacent. Complimentary breakfast is a gourmet affair and features produce sourced from the owner’s garden. For those who feel most at peace in nature, this B&B offers a chance to enjoy warm hospitality in one of the most remote and serene locations on the Cape.

Notable Amenities
  • Complimentary coffee
  • Kitchenette in the cottage
  • Access to walking trails

Best Spa : Crowne Pointe Historic Inn


Why We Chose It

Shui Spa at the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn is the top-rated spa in Provincetown, making this hotel the perfect choice for those who want to put some serious R&R at the center of their Cape Cod travels.

Pros
  • Daily complimentary wine, beer, and cheese hour

  • Award-winning on-site spa

  • Rooms feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private decks

  • The hotel’s bar is a lively nightlife spot, frequented by both locals and visitors

Cons
  • Minimum stay requirements at peak tourist season make this property difficult to book at the last minute or for shorter stays

  • Strict cancellation policy

  • Small room sizes

  • Pool is small

Description

Provincetown is perched on the very tip of Cape Cod. Given the town’s relatively isolated location, it’s expected that many tourists are drawn to the area for its promise of total escape. For travelers hoping to spend some of their vacation hours unwinding on a massage table or in a steam room, Crowne Pointe Historic Inn is home to the area’s most lauded spa, Shui Spa. The spa offers an extensive menu of massages, facials, and energy work. Reviews often commend the professionalism and skill of the staff, with many commenting that the massages at Shui Spa are the best they’ve ever experienced. Beyond the quality of the treatments themselves, the facilities are top-notch, and guests are encouraged to linger and take full advantage of their visit. Use of the mineral tub, Himalayan salt sauna, and steam room are free for those who have booked a treatment.

Beyond the excellent spa, the hotel is charming and perfectly situated for access to both the beach and P-Town’s lively downtown. Rooms are cheerfully decorated, and some feature gas fireplaces. Provincetown is a social town, and the hotel’s Pointe Restaurant and Wine Bar is a favorite for both locals and guests to enjoy conversations and cocktails after a long day basking at the beach.

Notable Amenities
  • Event spaces
  • Meeting facilities
  • Outdoor pool
  • On-site restaurant
  • Coffee makers
  • Adults (ages 18+ only) hotel

Best Design : Salt House Inn


Why We Chose It

The Salt House Inn, which opened in 2013, is a B&B reimagined for the Instagram generation. Its playful and charming take on nautical style has earned it recognition from design and hospitality outlets alike.

Pros
  • Charming modern décor

  • Daily complimentary breakfast, made fully in-house and featuring seasonal, fresh, local ingredients

  • Suites include claw-foot soaking tubs

  • Many guests note exceptional, friendly service from owners

Cons
  • Guests note that some rooms are small

  • Guests note that noise sometimes travels between rooms

  • On-site dining is limited to breakfast

  • No fitness center or spa facilities

Description

Salt House Inn was born out of love for both the vibrant Provincetown community and interior design. The building once served as cottages for salt-mine workers and has been revived as a B&B with chic, Instagrammable décor. Rooms are whitewashed with a few pops of color and texture, including objects from local antique shops that hang above beds. For those who prefer a more modern atmosphere to the traditional Victorian-style New England inns and B&Bs, the atmosphere at Salt House Inn is fresh, bright, and breezy—like going to your coolest friend’s beach house. Reviews rave about the complimentary breakfast, which features local ingredients, and the friendly service from the hotel’s owners and managers.

Notable Amenities
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Outdoor seating areas

Best Queer-Friendly : Brass Key Guesthouse


Why We Chose It

For those looking to take advantage of Provincetown’s famous queer nightlife and cultural scene, the Brass Key is as much a vibrant social hub as it is a luxury hotel.

Pros
  • Complimentary daily wine and cheese hour

  • Infinity pool with poolside bar service during the summer

  • On-site Shipwreck Lounge is one of the most popular gay bars in Provincetown

Cons
  • Minimum stays at peak tourist season

  • Strict cancellation policy

  • Lively atmosphere might not be the right choice for those seeking a quiet environment

Description

Provincetown is considered one of the best-known queer summer communities and has a rich history of queer culture dating back to the early 20th century. The Brass Key has been gay owned and operated since the 1960s and sits right at the center of downtown Provincetown. It is a hub for the laid-back party culture which draws so many visitors to the area year after year.

A scroll through the Brass Key’s online photos tells you all you need to know about this accommodation, which is as much the site of a summer-long party as it is a hotel. Whether you’re in town for a romantic getaway, on a group trip with friends, or just getting away from the daily grind, the Brass Key experience is all about basking in good vibes and sunshine, poolside, with a drink in hand.

Notable Amenities
  • Outdoor pool
  • On-site restaurant and bar
  • Pet friendly

Final Verdict

Speaking of his beloved Hyannisport, John F. Kennedy once mused, “we are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.” The beauty of Cape Cod is that you are never far from the beach. Planning a trip to the area really depends on what most excites you about the natural beauty and vacation culture “down the cape.” The luxury resorts offer extensive activities and private beaches, Fort Hill B&B sits at the heart of one of the most beautiful preservation areas on the East Coast, and the Brass Key Guesthouse is the best home base for enjoying legendary Provincetown nightlife. There’s a reason people from all around the world choose to return to the Cape summer after summer, and each of the hotels on this list offers unique options for visitors to take advantage of everything this special place has to offer.

Compare The Best Cape Cod Beachfront Hotels

 Hotel  Resort Fee Rates  Rooms  WiFi
Chatham Bars Inn Best Overall  $164.67  $$$$  217  Free
The Villages at Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club Best for Families  $28.61  $$$  337  Free
The Chatham Motel Best Budget  No  $$  32  Free
Wequassett Resort and Golf Club Best for Golf  $28  $$$$  120  Free
Fort Hill Bed and Breakfast Best for Walkers  No  $$$  3  Free
Crowne Pointe Historic Inn Best Spa  No  $$$  35  Free
Salt House Inn Best Design No   $$  15  Free
Brass Key Guesthouse Best Queer-Friendly No   $$$  35  Free

Methodology

In determining the best hotels in Cape Cod, we evaluated hundreds of options in each of the Cape’s 15 towns. Because there are so many choices for where to stay when visiting the Cape, we focused on accommodations that offered beach or golf access, recreational offerings, or specially curated experiences. We paid special attention to properties that have been in business for years, and where guest reviews mentioned returning year after year. We noted industry accolades, as well as countless consumer reviews.

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