We spent six days at Chatham Bars with the entire family in the middle of July as a birthday gift to my husband's mother. It is a great place to go if you have children or if you're in a large group. We found the service to be very good - the bellboys are extremely helpful and will even drive you to restaurants or town and pick you up again if you dont' want to walk and the waitresses at the pool were great. The only exception were the waiters at breakfast - they were truly overwhelmed and it took forever to get anything. A little tip if you don't want to spend 2 hours at breakfast - get the buffet. At least you don't have to wait for your food. The lunch at the pool was by far the best food (try the upside down steak salad- awesome). We also did the clam bake (very good) and the tasting at the Chef's Table. The tasting was pretty good, not spectacular for what they charge but they do give you a LOT of wine. So if you're not a big wine drinker, it might not be worth it.
We stayed in the main inn because there was so many of us and let me tell you - the rooms are tiny. We had a lovely view of the air conditioners so if we ever go back I think I would pay the extra money for the view of the water. But the rooms are cute, nice bathrooms, flat screen tv's and a little fridge if you want to bring drinks, etc. We never had any issues with the cleaning staff, they did a great job every day and turndown was done while we were at dinner every night. The property is pretty spread out so if you're considering staying in a cottage, I would ask them to send you a map of the property to see where you are. Some of the cottages are quite a hike from the main building and pool.
We also did the boat ride to see the seals which was a lot of fun. The gentleman who took us out was great and the kids loved being so close to hundreds of seals. The beach itself is not so great so we spent every day at the pool. If you are not traveling with children, I would not recommend this place in the summer. It is all families with mostly younger children. But if you're looking for a well maintained, family-oriented, little more upscale than the typical east coast beach resort - you can't go wrong w. Chatham Bars.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa has been an idyllic Cape Cod family vacation retreat noted for its excellent service, fine cuisine and beautiful surroundings since 1914. The Inn is nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This world-famous turn-of-the-century landmark has a remarkable ambiance. The expansive lounge, front veranda and main dining room have been returned to their original grandeur, affording panoramic ocean views and gentle sea breezes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chatham Bars Hotel Chatham
- Chatham Bars Resort
- Chatham Bar Inn Cape Cod