After years and years of living and visiting Cape Cod, you would think I would know the best places to stay. Unfortunately, since Chatham is one of the "gems" of Cape Cod, they can also charge "gemlike prices" for rooms. The Chatham Seafarer was a last choice after finding out most hotels, inns and B&B's were booked. The Seafarer, taken over by a kind french couple a number of years ago feels like an old horse with a new saddle. Yes, it provides shelter, the owner is friendly and rates are ideal (from $95 and up), but only parts are clean and up to date, while the rest of the animal is tired and in need of some TLC. Their location is ideal but unless you know enough to ask for one of the renovated rooms, you're really out of luck. The renovated rooms are modern and clean, with new baths, new kitchen area, fridge, furniture, pergo laminate floors, etc. However, there's not a lick of soft furnishings unless you count the polyester comforters and sheets. Could a rug be places or curtains to absorb the vibrating sounds from fellow guests walking on their floors or having personal conversations? Also, there's no curtain in the bath, with the bath window at eye level, so unless you plan on giving a show to your fellow guests, its best to cover it up with a hand towel. It would have been nice if the owner said that a major residential construction development was happening across the road, which resulted in all kinds of construction machinery, trucks and landscapers filtering in and out directly in front of the hotel, causing all kinds of disruptive sounds.
I think the hotel has potential, but in reality it feels like a half hearted effort. The Chatham tourist market is ripe for the asking. If this hotel was to renovate all its rooms, spruce up the office (very old), and finished the job it set out to do, they could get the business and the rates they've always wanted. You get what you pay for.
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