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81 Palmer Ave Between Route 28 and the Village Green, Falmouth, MA 02540-2857
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#5 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Falmouth
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A romantic Cape Cod bed and breakfast in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The Palmer House Inn is a well-loved mainstay of Falmouth’s picture-perfect Historic District, clustered around a quintessential New England Village Green. Carefully curated to preserve its historic character, the bed and breakfast has been updated to provide you with the modern comforts you would expect. Our Queen Anne Victorian inn offers 17 rooms (4 of them dog-friendly) each with private bath, air conditioning, and its own individual charm and unique architecture. Many even feature cozy fireplaces, jetted tubs and sitting areas to enjoy a favorite book. Falmouth is a Currier & Ives Cape Cod Victorian seaside resort with a storybook Main Street that features artisan shops, international fine dining, theatre, opera, a harbor and ten beaches! Main Street, bike trails, bus depot and a host of other destinations are within walking distance of our quaint Massachusetts getaway near Martha's Vineyard.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Electric vehicle charging station
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
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Shared lounge / TV area
Sun terrace
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Air conditioning
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Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
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Whirlpool bathtub
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English, German, Portuguese
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Jennifer H wrote a review Sep 18
Houston, Texas557 contributions85 helpful votes
Had a great stay at Palmer House. The staff was incredibly helpful and so nice. Shoutout to Mary who was so friendly and accommodating upon checking in, and I am sad I did not learn his name, but the gentleman working the desk the next morning gave us some great info on biking and the ferry! I very much appreciated the call from Tom in advance of our visit making sure we knew about Mass’s rules regarding travel during COVID. Service was really unmatched. Inn is in a GREAT location - walking distance to many restaurants and shops and very close to the Shining Sea Bikeway. The breakfast was delicious and I appreciated them finding a way to serve hot breakfast in a COVID friendly manner. The room was great. It would be 5 stars to me with a more renovated bathroom, but that may be just personal preference and it really was a great stay!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Tom von Zabern, Owner at Palmer House Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Jen Thank you so much for the awesome review! It was a pleasure to have you and Lan with us, and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the inn. One thing we'd like to note, concerning the bathroom. When we bought the inn 2 years and 3 months ago, it needed an awful lot of work, and we've been addressing the issues one phase at a time, always focusing on the weakest areas to bring them up to speed. We are about halfway through the overall renovation program we set, and about 80% through the urgent stuff. The more long-term renovation plan does include renovations for each bath, and we are thinking that in 3-4 years we will have much of that accomplished. The arrival of Covid earlier this year slowed the program to some degree but did not bring it to a stop, so maybe we're looking at 4 1/2 years on the baths :-) Please stay well, and we hope to have you with us again the next time you visit the Cape. Warm regards, Billy, Tom, Mary and the rest of us at Palmer House Inn
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j1000000 wrote a review Nov 2019
Glastonbury, Connecticut692 contributions225 helpful votes
Property's Favorite Review
Great stay at a friendly family-owned & operated inn. The room was large, well-furnished and very clean. The breakfast was a full breakfast with lots of options, good coffee, and great attention to celiac/gluten free diet. The inn is right in the town of Falmouth, on the same block as the bike rental shop, 1 block from the bike path, and very close to the ferry parking. Free parking on site. Lots of restaurants and shops within walking distance.
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Date of stay: November 2019
Response from Tom v, Owner at Palmer House Inn
Responded Nov 23, 2019
Hi j1xxx Thank you for writing such a wonderful review! We are awfully glad that you were comfortable and that you enjoyed your stay. Do come back any time -- we'll look forward to welcoming you back! With warm holiday greetings Billy, Tom and the Crew at Palmer House Inn
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Dream55711 wrote a review Sep 14
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We had never stayed at a bed and breakfast before so we didn't know what to expect. From the moment we arrived we felt welcomed. Mary who is at the desk is so helpful and friendly and so are the owners. The inn is beautiful. And I can't forget to mention the big beautiful dog named Brody who spends part of his day at the Inn. One day when we were having tea and the delicious cookies that are made every day, Brody sat beside us in the sitting room. He even sat when he was asked to sit. The Inn is in a great location. It is within walking distance to the center of town where there are many restaurants and also to the shuttle for the Martha's Vineyard Ferry . The day we took the ferry we ordered the picnic lunch from the Inn. It was amazing. Delicious Italian sandwiches, plums and brownies to die for. Breakfast was awesome. You had your choice. One day I had scrambled eggs and bacon and the next quiche and sausages with fresh fruit, one day watermelon and the next day pineapple and the coffee was the best I have had!! The room was beautiful. The bed and pillows were very comfortable.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Response from Tom von Zabern, Owner at Palmer House Inn
Responded 1 week ago
Hello Dream What an awesome review! Thank you ever so much! We are so happy that you enjoyed staying with us, and that your first bed and breakfast experience turned out well. We also love, that you enjoyed the Martha's Vineyard picnic, a new feature this year, and one that turned out to be more popular than we had expected, perhaps given its inherently private and socially distanced nature. We're continuing to work on the inn to always improve it, and we hope we'll have you with us again! Please stay safe and well in the meantime. All the best Billy, Tom, Mary, Brody and the rest of us at Palmer House Inn.
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Donna Pucciarelli wrote a review Sep 6
Boston, Massachusetts2 contributions
I felt compelled to write a review of this place after seeing the owner on the local news recently. While, my stay was in 2019, the fact that the owner was speaking about how great his business is this year (in fact, far better than 2019, his words), in spite of Covid19, while others in the hospitality industry are suffering far worse fates, or closing. Kind of seemed like bragging and surely being on the local news is like free marketing! I visited late last summer with my sister. I chose this Inn after reading great reviews and it looked so lovely. We had a beautiful room. When we first arrived there was no one at the desk so we rang a bell several times and finally a woman appeared, looking quite annoyed. I asked if we could check in and she informed me I should have read the sign about late check-ins. I apologized as I was not aware of their “late check in policy” and I believe it was 7 pm! Having worked in hospitality myself, I found her to be bothered by having to be disturbed by a guest wanting to get into their room. Anyway, after returning from dinner the second night my sister asked me if I could help her look for her bracelet, as she had worn it when we arrived then put it in the box at bedtime. Needless to say, we tore the room apart looking for it, to no avail. Once we got home my sister, being convinced that the bracelet must be in that room, called and spoke to the owner who immediately replied, “No, bracelet.” Not showing any concern or even asking her to describe it. After hearing him on the news, all I thought was, “how fortunate he was to have great business” even though he cares nothing about how he and his staff treat guests.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Response from Tom von Zabern, Owner at Palmer House Inn
Responded 2 weeks ago
Every day teaches us something new in our lives as innkeepers. Before today, it never occurred to us that anyone might feel moved to publish a critical review, depicting us as callous monsters for surviving a pandemic. In the TV newscast mentioned, (which we were told was intended to celebrate the survival of the Cape as a dynamic vacation destination) one line about us being busy in July and August was featured without further context from a total of ten minutes of interview time. It was immediately followed by a detailed report on a shop owner who tragically is closing her business. Dramatic newscasting? Perhaps. Accurate reporting? Not so much. Lesson learned: no more interviews when asked by reporters. Then the reviewer goes on to bash our receptionist Mary, one of the most loved mainstays of our inn. Those guests who have met her know her as warm, caring, funny and above all, helpful. It is beyond us why this reviewer would attempt to paint her as the exact opposite. About the lost bracelet: A crude lie, so easily disproved. The guest's stay dates were September 6-8, 2019. September 10 we were notified of the missing item via e mail "I was staying at your Inn this weekend and lost my sterling silver bracelet with black stones. We were registered under name I’d Donna P.... . Please check the room for me. Thank you in advance?" Five days of emailed (not telephone) correspondence followed, documenting our detailed search of the room, unfortunately not finding the article in question and agreeing to keep looking. Everything is contemporaneously documented. Enough about that. One part of the review is true. Palmer House Inn has been successful since its reopening in June. That didn’t just happen. During the three-month shutdown as did other business owners in Falmouth, we had our sleepless nights, our doubts as to whether the inn would survive, our struggle to deal with hundreds of cancellations without new bookings. Instead of sitting still however, we worked, investing in Covid combatting technology, in assembling new systems and procedures designed to keep guests safe, developing ways to safely serve breakfast, reconfiguring dining room and porch spaces to enable our guests to safely enjoy the amenities of the inn and to have the restful, relaxing experience of previous years. We planted dozens of trees and flowering shrubs. We mulched, scraped, painted, refinished floors, added oriental rugs, guest room refrigerators, restored the rental cottage, learned how to shrink wrap our freshly baked afternoon cookies to be able to continue serving them to our guests, and made dozens of additional improvements and operational changes in the pursuit of Covid safety as well as the fun factor for our guests. At the same time we met twice weekly with the Falmouth Village Association board to search for ways to help village businesses survive this unprecedented climate, to try to figure out ways to navigate these uncharted waters. Are we proud of how the summer has turned out for us? No. Grateful, yes. Happy, certainly, but not proud. It's the trust our guests placed in us, and the warm response they showed towards the changes we made that has enabled us to survive and we are deeply thankful to each guest. Most Falmouth businesses have survived. Tragically, a number of our business friends and neighbors have not. Far from engaging in gratuitous nit-picky bashing, we understand the struggle our neighbors have endured and support every business in town that has made it through the maelstrom and wish everyone the continued success for which they have worked so hard and which they deserve unconditionally and without qualification. Peace and safety to all.
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keithsNYC wrote a review Aug 2020
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My wife and I loved our stay. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The breakfast was delicious and the daily cookies were amazing! The rooms and common areas were also very clean and the COVID precautions were take. very seriously. We will hopefully be back soon!
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Tom von Zabern, Owner at Palmer House Inn
Responded 4 weeks ago
Hi Keith Thank you so very much for the wonderful review. We are very happy that you and Krisja enjoyed your stay with us. We loved having you here, and are looking forward to your next visit! Please be safe and well in the meantime. All the best Billy, Tom and the rest of us at Palmer House Inn
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Frequently Asked Questions about Palmer House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Palmer House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Falmouth Museums on the Green (0.05 miles), Corner Cycle (0.02 miles), and St Barnabas Memorial Church (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Palmer House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Palmer House Inn?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a fireplace.
What food & drink options are available at Palmer House Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Palmer House Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Palmer House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Glass Onion, Pickle Jar Kitchen, and Añejo Mexican Bistro & Tequila Bar.
Is Palmer House Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Falmouth.
Are pets allowed at Palmer House Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Palmer House Inn?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, and Portuguese.
Are there any historical sites close to Palmer House Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Highfield Hall & Gardens (0.5 miles).
Is Palmer House Inn accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.