We just retuned from a (shortened) stay at Clapp's. We planned a 3 night weekend there, based on the fact that we didn't have a huge budget and the only review listed was positive.
As we were travelling with a small child, we booked the 'efficiency suite'- billed as 2 adjoining rooms with a kitchen. Sounded perfect for our needs. When we arrived at Clapp's we were warmly greeted by the owners. They went over a few policies and showed us to our room. Well, instead of the 'charming' room that the website advertised, we were brought to a room that looked like it had not been updated or throughly cleaned in at least 30 years. The bathroom shower was mildewy. The blinds and curtains were filthy. The carpeting was so atrocious that I didn't want my feet to touch the floor. To make matters worse, the 'suite' was two rooms separated by a hallway and a staircase--not adjoining at all, or suited to our needs with a small child.
Things went from bad to worse our first night, as the bed was one of the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on, I'll bet that the mattress also was over 30 years old. And as I clicked off the lamp above my bed that night, I was literally showered with dust.
No, don't get me wrong, there were some very nice things about the property. It is very close to the beach, which was great. It also has a lovely yard with lots of sitting areas, and a nice outdoor kitchen with a grill. One irksome thing about the yard though--the property has a beautiful inground swimming pool. It is, however fenced off and labeled as 'private'. The owners told us that they couldn't adhere to all of the town's regulations on swimming pools, so they had to "close it off to the guests". So the two of them sit behind the fence poolside, sipping wine, and smiling across the fence at the guests. Even though I believe that there is likely some truth to their stories about the regulations, I found this highly annoying.
Needless to say, we did not complete our three night stay at Clapp's, and left after the second night when I saw a suspicious bug in the kitchen. Of course, due to the "policy" there is a three night minimum-cash/check only, and no refunds, so we lost our money.
The bottom line is that this is an old place, run by old people, with lots of 'rules', that is showing its age. I would stay somewhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a homey, peaceful, walk-to-everything guest house in the heart of a seaside village. Guests appreciate our convenient location, moderate rates, charming rooms and old-fashioned hospitality. Our cozy informality, proximity to both village life and the beautiful, warm waters of Nantucket Sound make this the perfect place for those who want to walk, shop, play golf, swim or just curl up in the hammock with a good book.Our small, private guest house offers 3 bedrooms and 1 efficiency suite. All rooms have a private bath, Cable TV, A/C, original art by local artists, and are attractively decorated and complemented by fresh flowers from our gardens.The Common Areas are for all to enjoy. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Clapp's Guest House Harwich Port, MA, United States