I saw a lot of negative reviews on this hotel prior to taking a chance on booking a long weekend here during the period of 11-Aug – 14-Aug., 2013.
The location is perfect if you want to be near all of the”action” of the harbor and downtown Hyannis. A beach is nearby. The Hotel claims a 10 minute walk but I would assume 15+. In the spirit of full disclosure, I did not walk to this beach but drove there just to look around.
The hotel does charge $15 per night to park which I could not understand. Somewhere in a past review the management commented on the beach that is “10 minutes away” charges $20 to park there so they in the end saves you money. Not sure I agree with this. With that logic they could charge for the bed and save me from sleeping in my car! If you want more money out of me, just add to the bill and save yourselves from me questioning my stay the next time based on charging for parking.
The breakfast buffet for $11 was very good. I saw some complaints about the selection and could agree if not for the price. What you get for $11 is very good. It carried us through lunch. The cook behind the counter was very helpful.
The room was very clean. The mattress, pillow, and sheets were very comfortable. The only issue we had with the room was that the air conditioning unit was leaking water onto the carpeting. The management offered to move us to a different room but we were all settled in and declined.
We were not in a harbor view room, which was more money but the room did overlook a very nice courtyard. The balcony was an added bonus.
Two negatives with this property were the indoor pool. It was not opened if the outdoor one was . Saving on lifeguards I presume. The other was the overall layout of the building. It seemed a little disjointed. For example to get from our room (411) to the main lobby, we went down a flight of stairs, to the indoor pool area then up a half flight to get to a walk way that crossed over to the lobby area. Perhaps there was an easier way but we never found it. There is no elevator on this property.
On a positive note, the bar area was very, very nice. An outdoor patio area with a fire pit and several outdoor “fire lanterns” was a welcome respite with our favorite drink (or two) after a day of activities. We also enjoyed walking across the street to watch the clam boats unload at night with their daily catch.
In the end this is a good three star hotel will good access to the ferries to the islands just across the street. The staff was very helpful and courteous. The only thing that would keep us from coming back is the price. At $219++ per night, I would look for a better value. If I could not find one, I would come back to the Hyannis Harbor Hotel.
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