I visited the Chatham Bars Inn with my family. For the most part, our stay was pleasant however, based on the price alone I was expecting much more.
The grounds were lovely - they were manicured beautifully. The staff was welcoming and very hospitable.
The room was dirty. The carpet was absolutely filthy. It was wet and stained when we arrived. I was concerned about letting my children walk and play on the carpeting. The room was extraordinarily small and austere. The floors were buckled. The bathroom was tiny - two people could not fit in the bathroom and the door blocked the toilet when opened. No HBO, no Disney Channel, no premium cable - I thought premium cable was vailable in most budget hotels. There was a Nespresso machine in the room which was delightful and the L'Occitane bath products were also lovely. Espresso and soap, however, do not a good room make.
The balcony / deck had the prior guests' dirty glass cocktails waiting for us when we arrived; my toddler found them first. More concerning, the deck was dangerous for small children as a child could easily fall off the balcony. We were very careful not to allow the children near the deck and did not enjoy the deck at all.
The pool was dated - a throwback to the 1970's Catskill resorts. Ditto for the lounge chairs, cabanas and beach accessories. At one point, I stepped on a tomato slice while walking around the pool area. The hotel beach towels were so tattered they looked like an old pair of terry cloth socks with severe pulls and holes in them.
Moreover, the mediocre food and average cocktail menu simply did not warrant the exorbitant prices. We wound up eating most of our meals off property which defeated the purpose of staying at a resort.
I expected much more and was disappointed.
- 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:
- Chatham Bars Hotel Chatham
- Chatham Bars Resort
- Chatham Bar Inn Cape Cod