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“Perfect Romantic Weekend Getaway”

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Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Chatham
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JohnCumberland114
1 review
“Perfect Romantic Weekend Getaway”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2009

My wife and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary and decided on a spa experience at Chatham Bars Inn. I had stayed at the hotel once before on a business trip and my wife was staying for the first time. We stayed in one of the spa suites. A better choice for a romantic weekend with your spouse or partner would be tough to make. The room included King Size Bed with wonderful linens, gas fireplace with two comfortable chairs, dry sauna, jacuzzi tub for two, double shower including steam, great lighting, Bose Wave Radio, plasma with high def and great bathroom products and two robes. They have thought of everything a couple would want for romance and comfort.

We also tried out the spa and did a couples massage. My wife got the signature massage and I went for the Sweedish Massage. One hour of pure delight. I would suggest the treatments for late in the day as you will be totally relaxed and not want to much more after. The spa staff was very attentive and friendly and the mens and women's locker rooms had everything you could possibly want. This was my first professional massage. I can't imagine getting a better one. My wife has had several and she said this was her best as well. We had dinner in the tavern at the resort and that was also great. Service in the restaurant was perfect. We give the resort, restaurant and spa our highest rating. My wife and I have traveled extensively and stayed in many fine hotels. I know the Inn can be expensive during high season. It is the perfect spot that winter getaway with small crowds,attentive service and great off season rates.

We asked for a late check out on Sunday a one hour extension and that was granted very easily. The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce also provided us with some great advice in making this selection and restaurants in Chatham.
Perfect winter getaway.

  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2009

We live on the Southcoast of Massachusetts and were looking for a place nearby to celebrate my wifes birthday. We looked at a few places and decided on the Chatham Bars Inn Spa because they claimed to have saunas, fireplaces, hot tubs, and steam showers IN EVERY ROOM. And it is winter so we planned on spending most of the time in the room. My wife also wanted to get a massage and the spa has a fully staffed wellness facility on the first floor. We arrived on Friday and from the start were very impressed! The grounds are gorgeous and incredibly maintained. Ocean views from the main hotel and restaurant are very nice and the size of the entire resort is impressive!
The spa guest rooms are the best we have ever stayed in and I can't imagine a better place to vacation. Our room had a sauna, a huge glass enclosed tiled room with his/her showers and steam unit, a gas fireplace, and an oversized oval hot tub! The spa downstairs also has an outdoor pool and hot tub that was still open even in January. Too cold for the pool but the hot tub was a toasty 105 degrees and we gave it a try. We got a couple of strange looks from bundled up guests and spa staff who walked by on the way to the spa. But it wasnt cold in the tub even though it was 10 degrees outside. We loved it! The fitness room is small but well maintained. We had afternoon tea and sandwiches on the first day which was very good and highly recommended. We ordered room service for dinner and it was amazing. We highly recommend the Baked Cod and the lobster roll. On Saturday we had a couples swedish massage which was outstanding! We went to dinner at the main dining room and again the food was very good. The lobster pie was in a tiny dish though and didn't have any side dishes with it. If you get the lobster pie get a salad with it or an appetizer. Prime Rib was very good. We had the same housekeeping woman the entire weekend and she was very friendly and helpful. Despite being a good ways away from the main hotel we did not have a long wait for service. We needed ice...they brought it inside 10 minutes! Towels? Robe? Room service? Whatever we needed we recieved quickly and with a smile. Everybody from the spa staff to the hotel and restaurant staff were first class all the way. We loved it and we are going back for my birthday in March. Oh and one tip...When you turn on the water for your in room hot tub...beware of getting soaked! The water flows down from the 10 foot ceiling!

  • Liked — In room hot tub, steam room, sauna
  • Disliked — It was very warm in the room even with the heat off.
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Sharon, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2009

I went there with my 2 kids who are rather rambunctious 3 and 6 year olds. I had read that it was family friendly but I was still worried that their running through halls and loud talking would upset other people. Far from it. This was the most family friendly place I have stayed in. It's upscale, yet not overbearingly so. Everyone was wonderful. The beach is spectacular. The town is a 5 minute walk from it and very lovely with restaurants, novelty shops and even a bookstore.
My 2 kids loved it so much, they begged me to come back in the summer. The rates are exorbitant but I just booked a 6 day vaction in June. They run a min-camp for kids during the high season which is included in a $28 resort fee. Which is in addition to the pretty high room rate. But I think it's totally worth it!!
For other reviewers who complained it wasn't fancy eneough, I don't what they were expecting. It's not ahotel, it's an inn. You can't expect it to be like the Ritz or the Four Seasons. As far as Inns go, it is as upscale as it gets.

  • Liked — Location, service, food, family friendly-ness
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
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Boston
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2008

First, the good news... it's a beauthful location. And when we reported we had no hot water, they addressed the problem within a half hour.

The bad news? We heard three other families echo our sentiments - we won't stay there again. Disorganized, dining experiences only fair, and things not as advertised (for instance, the premier cottage room was advertised as having a "direct ocent front view" and fireplace... but did not and when we inquired, we were told we had to "request that" - I would have thought reserving the room as advertised was request enough). Perhaps the Inn was not on its game given that it was off season - but we still paid nearly $500 per night for a very mediocre experience, and won't bother staying in season.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — Not as advertised - very mediocre
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Kitchener, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2008

My experience here was great - they even upgraded our room so we ended up right on the water. The room exceeded all expectations - the bathroom, the large living area & the bedroom. It was unbelievable. Our only (small) complaints were the lack of dining in the area - maybe a problem with this time of year - and the fact you're on a bay and can only see the ocean a ltitle ways away. The check-in process was wonderful but did feel slightly pretentious. We definitely like our luxuries but we felt like we were a little out of place. I think this would be a better getaway for romance & business rather than families.

  • Liked — room - spacious, clean & awesome
  • Disliked — location wasn't as good as expected
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with family
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Thank lilac7272
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New England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2008

This was a second stay in a year The first time was high season and this time was off season. Had great experiences both times. The place is not cheap - but what else is on the Cape with comparable location, character, and service? In contrast to families in the summer, there was a corporate meeting on site this time around. Staff were friendly and helpful on each visit and the different cottages we stayed in each time were delightful. Will be back!

  • Liked — Character and atmosphere
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed October 2008
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Thank hatipa
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NW England
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2008

Stayed four nights at over $900 per night. So we had high expectations.

Room was spacious but bathroom disappointly small without a separate shower. The web site description led us to believe it was located close to the ocean but in reality there was a main road and several other properties between us and the water.

Service was exellent. We had a couple of problems with the room which were attended to in minutes. Breakfast was disappointing and the coffe the worst we experienced in our three weeks in New England. It was weak and watery. On the basis of the breakfast experience we cancelled our dinner reservation and went to one of the many good local restaurants instead.

Overall, a mixed quality experience that didn't quite meet the hype.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa
Address: 297 Shore Road, Chatham, MA 02633-2358
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Chatham
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Chatham
#4 Family Hotel in Chatham
#4 Romantic Hotel in Chatham
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 217
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa has been an idyllic Cape Cod family vacation retreat noted for its excellent service, fine cuisine and beautiful surroundings since 1914. The Inn is nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 beautifully landscaped acres overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. This world-famous turn-of-the-century landmark has a remarkable ambiance. The expansive lounge, front veranda and main dining room have been returned to their original grandeur, affording panoramic ocean views and gentle sea breezes. ... more   less 
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