This was the fourth consecutive year we've spent a winter weekend at the Chatham Bars, and while it is still a very pleasant place to stay, some of the more charming touches have been done away with. The complimentary afternoon tea in the lounge--which used to be a very pleasant break in the day (we're not there for the beach in late March, after all)--has been scrapped in favor of high tea in the dining room. My three-year-old doesn't have much use for $30 cucumber sandwiches, so we had to take a pass on that.
Also, several ancient pieces of furniture (including a red velvet chair/throne that was ridiculously large, and another furniture set that was sized for kids) have been removed. My kids loved that stuff and were devastated that the pieces were gone.
We asked, and were told that these moves were intended to make the hotel more "upscale". Perhaps they succeeded--there were plenty of fashionable Range Rover types staying there the weekend of our stay. However, we can seek out that crowd in Boston if we so choose.
We missed the sense that the hotel had some history. It used to feel like an old-school beach house or ski lodge, but much of the character of the place has been stripped away. I will, however, say that the food at the Tavern improved dramatically since the previous year.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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