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Governor Prence Inn
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Orleans
Norwalk, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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“3 times the charm”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

My wife and I have stayed at the GP 3 times now, heading back for a 4th visit soon. We have always loved the central location,pool and nice area outside for a quick breakfast. This past visit we were happy to see that the staff had been doing some small updates to the rooms such as new fixtures and new furniture during the off season. Still the best place to stay on the Cape for those with problems with allergies.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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, General Manager at Governor Prence Inn, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write your nice review of our motel.
We appreciate that you have noticed that we have replaced the furniture- in 20+ rooms over the off-season-- as well as installing 32" flat screen TV's in another 20 of our rooms.
We do spend considerable time and do invest in maintaining and improving the property each year. Its nice to see that this effort is recognized and appreciated by our repeat guests.
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Westwood, Massachusetts
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

We have stayed here every summer for > 12 years. Never had problems: clean, kind staff, big pool and great location. Can walk to 5-6 places at night, and short drive to Nauset beach. Free cereal, fruit and bagels in morning is a plus.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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, General Manager at Governor Prence Inn, responded to this review, July 13, 2012
We always appreciate when one of our many satisfied customers takes the time to write a positve review here. The staff, owners and I always strive to ensure that our customers have a great time here---- when they choose to stay with us.
It is especially gratifiying to know that someone has enjoyed their time here so much-- that they have returned to stay again year after year. This is a testiment to the fact that we do satisfy the needs of the vast majority of our guests--- as well as providing a good value.
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

We have been coming to Cape Cod for over 30 years now and had the opportunity to stay at the Governor Prence on several occasions. It is a very clean and hospitable place compared to some of the other resorts. It is close to Nauset Beach, Skaket Beach and a short distance to Coast Guard Beach. It is right on the bike trail and has some great shops and rerstaurants within walking distance. It is not a neon motel it has class. We love it ...Cooke's restaurant is across the street and so is the Christmas Tree shop which is always a good place to shop in. There is a great little bakery across the street too. The Gov is one of the best if not The best place to stay on the Cape. It has so much Cape charm ....Some people are absolutely rude making such terrible comments about the Gov....they don't understand the saltiness of the environment and just a little cloudiness on the windows is not dirt...these people must have OCD's and don't know the difference between climate and cleanliness. It is always clean with brand new mattresses and a lovely decor for a New England beach town resort. It is very well taken care of and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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David R, General Manager at Governor Prence Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to write a nice positive review of our motel.
Its great that you appreciate all of the many good qualities which our motel offers our guests.
Its unfortunate that too many people who post on this site choose to accentuate the negative--and that our ranking here is unchanged because we have elected to put our money back into the property-- rather than to purchase endorsement badges.
This year alone-- we have refurnished 20 rooms-- with new furniture and bedding--installed flat screen 32" TVs in another 20 rooms and done much general upkeep and painting --including repainting the outdoor pool and pool deck.
We always have customer satisfaction as our primary goal--and that has-- and continues to motivate our staff & owners-- to do everything which we can-- to ensure our guests have an enjoyable stay here at our property.
Its nice that this guest took the time to recognize and appreciate the efforts of our staff. Thank you!
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Reviewed September 26, 2011

First of all Orleans is trashy, so I didn't expect much. First walk in the thin door, which could be push down if someone tried to break in, and are overwhelmed with a mildew smell. Wallpaper pealing on walls, mold on bathroom walls and poor lighting. I was there for a wedding so I just booked the closest place, and since it wasn't a vacation trip I didn't switch motels, but by the looks of it every motel in Orleans looked scary. I will say staff was friendly and rooms were clean, but that should be expected anyway. Don't forget to try the solid bagels in the morning also.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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beachplumbr, General Manager at Governor Prence Inn, responded to this review, September 27, 2011
I'm glad that this guest had some positive experiences while he was at our hotel in Orleans.
Its great that he appreciated the clean rooms and good customer service,
I'm sorry to read that he didn't find much else to like about his accomodations --or the entire town of Orleans for that matter-
Its unfortunate that he chose to vent his criticism on the internet --rather than trying to resolve his issues in a constructive manner --when he was in a position where some remedy could have been offered.
Its too bad -that rather than appreciating what makes Orleans unique and attractive to most visitors--the authentic small town "old Cape Cod" -was perceived in such a negative light.
Since the entire town is surrounded by ocean water--things can become damp --however we do take whatever cleaning & maintenance measures are required to prevent visible mold and mildew from occurring.
I'm pleased to know that as another summer "season" draws to a close-- that the vast, silent majority of our guests and visitors-- do appreciate the charm of both a small town & motel which isn't part of the cookie cutter corporate world-- and which has survived and thrived for over 40 summers(under the same continuous ownership) by providing our many guests' --many of whom return year after year--with clean comfortable rooms at a reasonable price--This has always-- and will continue to be our mission!
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed August 25, 2011

I loved staying here - staff is very helpful - there is a lot of staff - near all the restaurants and bars. So for me, 4 stars.

Room Tip: Secluded rooms out back - but dont know what they are like.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
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syracuse
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Reviewed August 22, 2011

Our party (we were all going to a wedding in the area) had about 21 rooms here. the rooms are large, and many contain refrigerators and microwaves. Alas, no hairdryers (except to borrow at the desk) and skimpy toiletries, so bring your own. although the rooms are dated and a bit worn, they are clean and the beds are comfy. AC unit is loud, but I like white noise, and you need it to drown out anyone staying up late to party/come home late, etc. as the walls are thin.
The pool is advertised as GIANT and it is large. Clean pool although, again, it could use refurbishing.
Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Breakfast is advertised as "continental" but it is more than that, as it has fruit, oatmeal, cereal, along with the usual muffins and pastries.
Location was great, and there are restaurants and shopping within walking distance. You will need to drive to the beach.
The best part - it was very inexpensive for Cape Cod in August. So, a good deal overall.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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USA
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

Room was nice and big with two double beds, big bathroom. Continental breakfast included mini bagels, fresh fruit, english muffins, danish, cereal, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Place was very well maintained except the pool was a little dirty. Bottom could have been vacuumed and the top skimmers could have been turned on to remove the bugs from the surface. The location is great. Very close to beach and "The Christmas Tree Shoppe" is right accross the street. They didn't have blow dryers in the room, so I got one from the front desk. The only other issue was that the electrical outlets did not accept 3-prong plugs. The room had a refrigerator which we unplugged to use the adapter to plug in our laptop.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Governor Prence Inn
Address: 66 Route 6A, Orleans, MA 02653 (Formerly The Governor Prence Motor Inn)
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Orleans
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 8 Hotels in Orleans
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Governor Prence Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Swim in our oversized outdoor pool & relax in our spacious tree shaded courtyard with gazebo. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast served daily in our cafe. We are located directly on the Bike Trails & are a short walk to Main St. Orleans - with its many restaurants, shops and galleries. Free Wireless internet access now available. All rooms are smoke free and are equipped with refrigerators. ... more   less 
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