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Ship's Knees Inn
186 Beach Road, East Orleans, MA 02643   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 East Orleans B&B and Inns
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Everything about the Ship's Knees including the warm and welcoming owners, their staff , location and extra amenities offers a completely satisfying stay on the Cape. The Inn provides many special touches, a breakfast unlike any I've experienced at an Inn or B&B before, availability of chairs & boogie boards to take to the beach, a pool, beautiful landscaping and a fire pit for evening gatherings.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

The owners, Peter and Denise, are very helpful and courteous, the place is impeccable, the breakfast are simple yet healthy, the yard is beautiful and relaxing, the room are cozy and clean. Would gladly recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Two lovely patios, one with a fireplace, for enjoying either in the evening or in the morning while you enjoy coffee and your breakfast. Beautifully landscaped. The room we enjoyed, a king bedroom graciously upgraded from a queen when there were just a few customers that day, was beautifully appointed without being overly elaborate.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nashua NH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We've returned to the Ship's Knees Inn during July for the past five years or so, and have to say we really have enjoyed our stays. Of course we love the cape, and in particular this area. There is so much to do, great beaches, dining and shopping. That said, it's nice to have a place that feels so welcoming at the end of the day. The owners Peter & Denise really go out of their way to make sure everything is in good order, and that you are comfortable. They are around when you need them, for tips or suggestions, but never intrude.

The continental breakfast each morning, which includes fresh baked scones and muffins is a real treat. We enjoy our breakfast with the newspaper on the outdoor tables. The pool area is also a nice retreat for us at the end of the day, when we've had enough time at the beach. The place is nice and quiet, and they also have a real nice outdoor gas fire pit which is fun to gather around in the evening.

Again, we've always found the rooms to be clean, neat, and the beds comfortable. Everything was in working order for us, and it's always great when the weather cooperates as well. We've already reserved "our" room for next July! This is a solid pick for Orleans, and is just a 10 minute or so walk to Nauset Beach.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

My friend and I chose one of the two rooms which share a bathroom as we are both budget-concious at the moment. I've stayed at a few B&B's in the past, one of which was right down the road from Ship's Knees but about a mile farther from the beach, and I still feel that it was the best value in Orleans before it was sold last summer. While I can't comment on the private bath experience, I believe that if you're willing to share a bathroom with another room, you will be beyond satisfied with your stay because you'll be paying much less but getting 99% of the experience everyone else is paying at least 50% more to have.

That said, everything is clean, well-kept, and the grounds are beautiful. There is a pool which is very uncommon at B&B 's, and they even provide towels and a fire pit. Between these and the .25 mile walk to the beach which saves $15/day on parking, this place can be great and affordable for even the budget-concious.

The owners are very nice and friendly, and it's great to see that they do some day-to-day work as it indicates they take pride in their property and their business. They had some good suggestions for my friend and me as to where we might find a crowd our age (not easy as single females in early 30's on the Cape.)

I would definitely stay here again, most likely in a shared bath room as everything else is the same. My only caution to those experienced and dedicated B&B visitors is if you're looking for a traditional breakfast that usually comes with a B&B, especially one that charges over $230/night, you might be disappointed in this area as there is no prepared hot item on the 'menu.' They have pretty much everything else including lots of fresh fruit, healthy cereal, bagels, English muffins, yogurt, coffee, tea, and pastries. It was more than enough for my friend and me, and we were very happy with the selection, however if you're looking forward to that 'special' item which most B&B's boast of, you won't find that here. They don't have a hot food license, and they have more rooms than most B&B's, so it would also be an undertaking.

Overall, a great place to stay, shared bath room was a great value, friendly owners, and a beautiful property. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

We absolutely loved the Ship's Knees Inn. It is in a residential area, about five minutes drive to downtown Orleans. It is serene, amid a lot of shade trees and some comfortable chairs (and two hammocks) spread around the property. The swimming pool is a good size is surrounded by trees that give it a serenity as well as some shade on hot days. The breakfast was fresh and healthy, although not a hot one. At least they included hard boiled eggs every second day or so. On nice days, the patio is a terrific place to have your meal.

My wife and I like to walk and run in the morning. She hit the (10-mile) beach that is located only a 5-minute walk down the road. I ran the neighborhood in early morning. It was quiet with lots of interesting houses to pass by.

Our room was spacious, clean and with comfortable chairs . The king bed was most comfortable. The inn is circa 1820 and has a lot of character with a rabbit warren effect in the narrow hallways on the second floor.

The innkeepers, Peter and Denise, could not have been more friendly and ready to please. Their assistants were equally service oriented. They helped us with restaurant ideas and Peter took special concern when, upon checking out, we reported having lost a wallet (later found in our luggage).

Room Tip: Not all the rooms are as spacious as ours was. I suggest you discuss this with Peter the innkeeper b...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Incredible location, characterful rooms, charming hosts. An excellent choice for anyone looking for value and and an AMAZING beach / pool combo on the Cape. Refuel with an ample breakfast every morning (gluten heavy!), warm up by the fire pit in the evening. We're already planning our next trip.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Ship's Knees Inn

Address: 186 Beach Road, East Orleans, MA 02643
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > East Orleans
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in East Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the warmth and charm of a 190 year-old restored Sea Captain's home, just 1/4 mile up the hill from the world famous Nauset Beach. 17 individually appointed rooms, 15 with private bath, and 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped ocean view "Captain's Quarter's" guest apartment. Our newest accommodation (2010) the "Nauset Suite" has a king bed, private bath and private entrance. ... more   less 
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