Ship's Knees Inn

Ship's Knees Inn

186 Beach Road, East Orleans, Orleans, MA 02643
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Twin Bedroom room #5
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Ship's Knees Inn, Orleans Massachusetts
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5.0
#3 of 3 inns in East Orleans
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.9
Service
4.9
Value
4.6
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)
Pool
Free breakfast
Canoeing
Hiking
Baggage storage
Newspaper
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Windsurfing
Bowling offsite
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
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
Room features
Air conditioning
Fireplace
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Refrigerator
Cable / satellite TV
Sofa bed
Bath / shower
Seating area
Sofa
Iron
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Ocean View
Business
Languages Spoken
English, French, German, Turkish

Location

186 Beach Road, East Orleans, Orleans, MA 02643
Getting there
Car recommended
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J McCabe wrote a review Aug 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Peter and his family, and staff, made my wife and my stay relaxing, safe and carefree. With an extremely liberal cancellation policy due to C19, they removed all financial concerns about committing to a week long stay early in the pandemic. The property is quaint, but updated and you can be as cut off or connected as you desire. Morning buffet was replaced with individual room food bags with all that was needed for a great start to the day. Only a 1/4 mile from the national seashore, we enjoyed the short walk eliminating the $20 daily fee, but also enjoyed the quite of the pool some afternoons. We're looking forward to returning in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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travelwhenIcan67 wrote a review Jul 2021
Brighton, Michigan1,179 contribution82 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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Jennifer P wrote a review Sep 2020
Marion, New York74 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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ARgat0r wrote a review Sep 2021
Arkansas364 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms seem great - their website provides accurate pictures and descriptions of each.
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Michael H wrote a review Sep 2020
Albany, New York35 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Last week we enjoyed another relaxing & enjoyable visit to the Ship's Knees Inn. Things are different than usual due to the pandemic, but the owners have done all the right things from a hygiene perspective, yet retained the charm & amenities available to guests. Pool & gas firepit are still available and bagged breakfast is still provided. Owners are still very responsive through text & email and any request is addressed promptly.

We always enjoy our visits to the Ship's Knees and this time was no exception.
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Date of stay: August 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ConnecticutTwin wrote a review Jul 2020
Hartford, Connecticut140 contributions117 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
In the midst of the pandemic this property makes you feel safe and secure the minute you arrive. Even though you don't check in to your room, you just enter and key is waiting and your breakfast is bagged and waiting for you, we felt "normal". The property is perfectly located for a walk to the beach and upon return a swim in the pool. The grounds are beautiful, the bed comfortable and we will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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ValerieHolmes wrote a review Sep 2020
Warwick, New York58 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Richard H wrote a review Jul 2021
3 contributions6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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old sturbridge wrote a review Jul 2020
Charlton, Massachusetts5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I just returned from 3 days of R & R at the Inn as my wife needed a break during the Covid 19 era. Peter & Denise have done a wonderful job adapting to all the new rules. Denise has not missed a beat with her breakfast even though she has to do a bagged breakfast everything you could ask for is still there. Kudo's to you Denise. Pete is as welcoming as ever and both take great pride in the property they own. We will once again not hesitate to return.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Peaceful and Relaxing
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Jodi F wrote a review Oct 2022
Desert Hot Springs, California5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There is no finer place to stay on Cape Cod than the Ships Knees Inn! Within walking distance to beautiful Nauset beach, the Inn itself is full of character and beauty. Innkeepers Pete and Denise have left no detail unattended. The rooms are impeccably appointed, the grounds have lovely sitting area including an outdoor fire pit, and the homemade breakfast buffet is one of the most delicious I've tasted. You will not be disappointed by your stay in this unique, gorgeous Inn. So grateful I had the chance to experience the deep hospitality of Pete and Denise.
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Date of stay: October 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Douglas S asked a question Mar 2022
Pittsfield, Massachusetts3 contributions
Are gas grills available on property?
Answer from Deana D
Saratoga Springs, New York31 contributions9 helpful votes
I'm not really sure of how strong the connection is, I would recommend calling the Inn directly. The service was fine for phones, iPads etc...
Answer from Peter B
Massachusetts2 contributions
Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately we are not pet friendly but thank you for considering us. Sincerely, Peter
Mason M wrote a tip Sep 2023
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go anywhere else! This inn has it all... "
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Janet H wrote a tip Oct 2022
Milton, Massachusetts4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It’s Not busy in the fall!"
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old sturbridge wrote a tip Oct 2022
Charlton, Massachusetts5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are outstanding"
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Judy M wrote a tip Jul 2022
Ossining, New York1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms that I stayed in were small but sufficient. (I stayed in a queen bedded room and in a twin bedded room)."
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ARgat0r wrote a tip Sep 2021
Arkansas364 contributions36 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms seem great - their website provides accurate pictures and descriptions of each."
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PRICE RANGE
$285 - $371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
ship`s knees hotel east orleans
LOCATION
United StatesMassachusettsCape CodOrleansEast Orleans
NUMBER OF ROOMS
17
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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), Salt Pond Visitor Center (3.7 miles), and Skaket Beach (3.8 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 Hot Chocolate Sparrow, the knack, and Ice Cream Cafe.
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 built in 1888 (4.7 miles).
Does Ship's Knees Inn have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
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