We booked a last-minute stay at the Hawthorne Motel for 2 nights in September. We usually stay in B&B's when we go to the Cape for a short stay, but we had driven by the Hawthorne several times, and given its location - right on the water - decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised!
Why do I think it is better than a B&B? We had a kitchenette so we could have breakfast any old time we wanted (we're early-risers), and we could eat in our PJ's! Of all the nice B&B's that I know of in Chatham, none is right on the water/beach - a big plus for the Hawthorne! (The huge Chatham Bars Inn resort is close by, and is also on the water/beach, but their prices are beyond our budget.)
Our room was plenty big; we had a king bed that was very comfortable; we had sufficient room to stash our luggage and food; we liked having a TV; the bathroom was good-sized with excellent water pressure and plenty of towels -- even packaged toothbrushes and toothpaste (!!) in addition to soaps and shampoo/conditioner. Oh, and the unit had lots of windows, which I liked a lot, for sunshine and ventilation. And the place was CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN! Daily maid service was unobtrusive and appreciated.
The kitchenette has a teeny sink, a small fridge, a small stove-top (no oven), a compact microwave, and enough plates, glasses, utensils, pots & pans, etc. for assembling a simple meal. They even have a Keurig coffee maker and a variety of coffee pods! Sponge and dishwashing detergent were provided. I'm not sure if we were supposed to wash our own dishes, but we did.
Outside each unit were provided comfortable chairs, a chaise lounge, and small tables. It was so nice to sit on the lawn in the sunshine and read, people-watch, and watch the fishing boats. The motel is not far from the Chatham Fish Pier, an easy walk of maybe 15-20 minutes along the beach. The motel has its own private beach, which is also supplied with plenty of chairs and large sun umbrellas.
The owners couldn't have been nicer, as were the couple of staff people we met during our brief stay. Inside the reception area you'll find fresh fruit, and coffee and doughnuts.
Internet was free and worked great.
My only minor complaint is that the walls aren't soundproof; we could hear the gentleman in the next room as he talked on his phone, but by 7pm he was done and we never heard other noise, just the occasional scraping of chairs, and closing doors - not a big deal!
I would definitely stay here again. All of the rooms that faced the back looked good. I don't think I would want one of the front (road-facing) rooms - it was so nice to have a view of the water, and the lovely plantings on the property.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful waterfront lodging in quaint Chatham, Massachusetts. The Hawthorne is located on a private ocean beach and only a short 6 minute walk to downtown shops and restaurants. Standard ocean and non-ocean view motels rooms as well as rooms with a kitchenette. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawthorne Hotel Chatham
- Hawthorne Motel Chatham