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186 Beach Road, East Orleans, Orleans, MA 02643
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 08/14/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 5 in East Orleans
Enjoy the warmth and charm of a 200 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 a 1 or 2 bedroom fully equipped ocean view "Captain's Quarter's" guest apartment. Our newest accommodation (2018) is the 300 sq ft Superior King Bedroom that includes white wainscoting, quiet, ductless HVAC, “driftwood” composite floors, a beautiful tiled bath/shower & a sizable seating area with a large flat screen wall mounted TV. All rooms include wi-fi , flat screen TV, AC, refrigerator & our sumptuous buffet style continental breakfast. Our 1 1/2 acre grounds include a seasonal in ground pool & our 1500 sq ft courtyard patio with a gas fire pit.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Golf course
Baggage storage
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Tennis court offsite
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Express check-in / check-out
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Room features
Air conditioning
Interconnected rooms available
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Seating area
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Turkish
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ARgat0r wrote a review Sep 2021
Arkansas237 contributions33 helpful votes
We spent 4 nights in room #4, a king room with an outside entrance from the courtyard. Everything was wonderful. The room was small, but laid out well so it didn't feel too small. It had a very comfortable bed and an updated modern bathroom. I was worried about having a room with a window unit a/c, but it cooled the room very well (too well) and was fairly quiet. The breakfasts were wonderful and filling with plenty of coffee, and they laid out some afternoon snacks and treats as well. We loved the location of the inn as we could go down to Nauset beach anytime we wanted - the inn provided beach chairs. Also, Orleans is just a great location on the Cape because you can get to so many places in a jiffy. Definitely recommend the Ship's Knees Inn!
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Date of stay: August 2021
Room Tip: All rooms seem great - their website provides accurate pictures and descriptions of each.
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canarsie69 wrote a review Sep 2021
New York City, New York35 contributions43 helpful votes
This was our second time staying at the Inn. It is such a lovely place; warm, inviting and made extra special by the owners, Peter & Donna. The breakfast is plentiful and homemade. There are great seating areas and a fire pit and one is made to feel so comfortable. Nauset Beach is a short walk from the Inn. We highly recommend staying here when visiting the Cape!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled
Room Tip: Parking onsite
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travelwhenIcan67 wrote a review Jul 2021
Brighton, Michigan1096 contributions77 helpful votes
Gals’ trip. Attracted to this place due to a room with 2 separate beds option, pool, breakfast included and walk to beach & central location on the Cape. We were both very pleased with our choice. Yes, it is an old house with some uneven floors, summer warm hallways and short steps, but that was part of the charm: decorated with area art/memorabilia made you feel like you went back in time, but with the comfort of a modern amenities room with window AC to stay cool. We were SO HAPPY to see they had breakfasts back to a buffet style (rather then COVID bag pickup) & being able to eat at outside tables (still a bit COVID conscious with individual servings and individual coffee carafe (no community coffee/coffee outside breakfast hours)) Fruit, yogurt, granola, oj, egg white “muffins” and fresh baked muffins or scones all readily replenished. (Only thing I personally missed was some sort of meat option (maybe bacon or sausage separate or added to some of the egg white muffins)) Hosts/owners very friendly and willing to answer any questions you may have. “Contactless” checkin/checkout key in room/leave key in room very easy. Still no maid service IN room, but you put trash/used towels out daily and they were readily taken care of. Would stay here again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Richard H wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions3 helpful votes
Beautiful location, immaculate grounds and pool area, well balanced breakfast. I need to address the finer details. Room #1 was missing electrical outlets (a power strip would have helped, legal). A mini-fridge was stuck in the corner next to one side of the bed that doubled as a night stand. The other side of the bed had no table. Extremely hot during a recent heat wave. The window AC unit to small to keep up with the heat. The toilet was loose and rocking, the shower stall and pedestal sink needed shelving for toiletries. At $300 per night, I think these are small items to make the stay exceptional.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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NonaG2011 wrote a review May 2021
Lunenburg, Massachusetts141 contributions39 helpful votes
Absolutely gorgeous! Peter and Denise have made every effort to make every detail thoughtful . We could not of picked a better place. Nauset beach is just a 5 minute walk. At night you are lulled by the roar of the waves . The breakfast in delicious and plenty. Our room was clean and comfortable. You won’t go wrong staying in this spectacular inn.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled
Thilo K wrote a review Oct 2020
Georgetown, South Carolina10 contributions8 helpful votes
The Ships Knee's Inn is one of the most beautiful and cozy and neatest and friendly and smallest hotels we have ever seen. Peter and his wife are attentive and great hosts - and they have developed a perfect system of contactless check-in and check-out - even the breakfast is excellently arranged considering the COVID-19 conditions: every day there is a small breakfast package with surprise specialties like poached eggs, fruit salad or pastries. A real recommendation! Thank you so much, Peter. All the best Thilo and Jeanette!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Traveled
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Carol B wrote a review Oct 2020
1 contribution
We have stayed at the Ship's Knees Inn 5 times, we try to come every fall if we can. Peter and Denise are great hosts. The breakfast is alway great and the to go breakfast bags due to COVID this year were very creative and still had the special touches. The fire pit is a great place to meet new friends. The location cannot be beat and the Nauset Suite is the best. A much needed getaway from the craziness that is 2020!
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Date of stay: October 2020
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Jk T wrote a review Sep 2020
8 contributions
We absolutely love the Ships Knees Inn! This was our third stay there. Beautiful rooms and property. Great breakfasts, too. The innkeepers, Peter and Denise Butcher, are lovely people and always make us feel welcomed. Wonderful location and proximity to Nauset Beach. We’ll be back!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled
ValerieHolmes wrote a review Sep 2020
Warwick, New York26 contributions8 helpful votes
I am a bit delayed in sharing my review. We stayed in late July/early August, and we had such a wonderful time! Ships Knees Inn is beautiful, cozy, spotlessly clean, elegant and refined without being the least bit stuffy or pretentious, and just has a really nice, relaxed vibe. The grounds were lovely and the pool was beautiful, and we used it every day, usually twice a day. Peter and Denise were both so friendly and nice and so helpful, and replied to texts very promptly, accommodating any needs and offering advice and suggestions for the area. We stayed in three different rooms (we returned to the inn after another inn we had booked turned out to be not as advertised) and all three rooms were lovely and clean and the beds were all very comfortable, but our favorite was the Master's Quarters! We hope to stay in this room again. One of the most awesome features of this inn is that it is literally down the road from Nauset Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches on the Cape! We could walk there and not have to pay to park or worry about the parking lot being full. It was perfect. We had never stayed in Orleans but discovered we loved it. We definitely plan on returning to Ships Knees Inn! Thank you Peter and Denise!
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Jennifer P wrote a review Sep 2020
Marion, New York64 contributions28 helpful votes
We spent four nights in mid-August and our stay was so relaxing that we never wanted to leave! We stayed in two rooms (#3 and #5) in the main house. Both rooms were very comfortable and nicely decorated. The Inn was very quite even though there were quite a few people staying there. We never heard any noise during the night. We took advantage of the early coffee service each morning which was served in small carafes with individually bagged creamer/sugar and stirrers. Breakfast was served by 8:00 AM in nice paper bags labeled by last name. There was also yogurt, juice and a hot item available. We spent quite a bit of time each morning with our coffee and breakfast in the lovely courtyard enjoying the flowers and the sun. The pool was a nice place to sit in the afternoon and enjoy the sun and a swim. There were plenty of chairs available and also pool towels. The water was a little chilly but not bad once you're in for a minute! We also spent time by the fire pit in the evening chatting with other guests. Nauset Beach is a very short and easy walk from the Inn. It's nice to be able to walk there and not have to pay the parking fee. Due to Covid-19 there was a limit to how many cars could park in the lot so walking was definitely an advantage. We love everything about the Ships Knees Inn and we would definitely stay there again!
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Date of stay: August 2020
Sleep Quality
$245 - $325 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ship's Knees Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Nearby attractions include Cape Cod National Seashore (3.9 miles), Coast Guard Beach (3.8 miles), and Salt Pond Visitor Center (3.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Ship's Knees Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Ship's Knees Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ice Cream Cafe, Hot Chocolate Sparrow, and the knack.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Ship's Knees Inn?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Ship's Knees Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Turkish.
Are there any historical sites close to Ship's Knees Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting First Encounter Beach (3.3 miles), Captain Penniman House (2.3 miles), and Crosby Mansion (4.7 miles).
Does Ship's Knees Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.