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Boatslip Resort
Ranked #12 of 15 Hotels in Provincetown
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Returned to P town after 30 years and stayed here at the Boatslip.We had a great room overlooking the harbour and deck area The room was large with a medium sized bathroom.It was very clean and had recently been up graded.The room service team were very friendly and nothing too much trouble.The breakfast was adequate and well presented The reception staff were very welcoming and friendly
The T dance is still a Ptown must and a great atmosphere every afternoon Loved the different themed days with the music and as we were guests at the Boatslip it was free to attend.
Loved our stay at the Boatslip and wont leave it another 30 years before we stay there again.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

This is my third time in 7 years to return to the Boatslip and I've had enough. The rooms are a bit above a HOJO, the bathroom so small you can't sit down on the toilet without swinging your leg around a wall, the tub is too big for the bathroom, and it's just right down nasty. The first time was the pits, but it's gotten up to nasty. What you do get for free with your reservation is admit to tea dance, a deck chair and towel, and the moderate continental bkfst which has shrunk in the 7 years I've been going there. All music from the hotel stops at 7 pm, but some from the rooms goes all night. We did get a special compensation later check out for one of our 6 rooms due to having 13 people and 26 pieces of luggage, which was wonderful. It's a little west of true center of town, but just 6 blocks. I'm ready for the next experience in ptown - a house rental with 16 of our closest friends.

Room Tip: Rooms that are pool side are more fun and some have huge balconies.
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank jacksondc
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Great location with on-site parking included(rare in Ptown), very clean, good-sized rooms with newly renovated bathroom & comfortable beds, huge deck on the bay, nice pool - we got a last-minute reservation for two nights and had such an enjoyable stay that we extended for one more. The manager offered us an upgraded room for the same price(our room was right off the lobby & street-side) but the room was quiet & conveniently located so we stayed put. All the staff were pleasant & accommodating. The complementary continental breakfast was very good. The Boatslip will be our first choice for future trips to Ptown.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Tea dance could be fun without a dozen sour guards lurking and yawning. We know it's a summer job but at least make believe you like being there. Bartenders were very friendly. Cover at $10 is excessive. Nice deck and view of water Make the location venerable. And have you heard of a Square. Take credit cards for goodness sakes.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
Thank navysuıt
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We stayed here fo a long weekend because pretty much everywhere else had a 1-week minimum stay. The rooms were average size and comfortable, but pretty standard. Our room had a mini-fridge, a small deck overlooking the harbor, and A/C. The breakfast consists of yogurt, oatmeal, coffee, tea, muffins, and other pastries and is served until 11am which is nice for late-nighters.

We faced away from the deck where the popular tea dance is held everyday from 4-7pm, which means you have to vacate lounge chairs by the pool around 3:45pm. Don't expect to nap during that time, but when it's over, the place is pretty quiet. There's the Buoy Bar in the lobby that stays open until 1am, but it wasn't ever very crowded.

The staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel is located on busy Commercial Street and you can walk anywhere in town pretty quickly.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank atltiger
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We stayed here Thursday-Monday, July 11-15, 2013. In all honesty we were expecting an average resort, but this place blew our minds! The room was huge, newly updated, and CLEAN, and the staff was professional, welcoming, and made us feel at home. At the same time the breakfasts, tea dances, pool chairs and towels are included with the price of the room, which in itself was extremely reasonable for this time of the year. The location is perfect and centralized, and they even have RARE underground parking spots onsite. Daniel was very welcoming at check-in, and we loved Janet. We considered staying an extra night, and Janet found us a room for that night if needed. We have stayed at quite a few Ptown hotels and resorts, and from now on the Boatslip will be our only choice. LOVED IT!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank charles f
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

This was my first trip to Ptown and it was incredibly memorable!!! Boatslip was a big part of that! I write this review with 11 years of hospitality experience in upscale lodging in Baltimore and DC.

I’ll start with the areas for improvement ---

Room towels aren’t the softest - invest in new ones?

Bath mat / rug had a big stain on it of something purple

Continental breakfast was the same each day and they may want to add fresh fruit and cereal / milk.

In room safes are a must. None at Boatslip

Bedspreads and hotel carpeting are outdated

Sheets were comfy but had piling of the fabric

Walls are thin! And people even walking below us caused the room to shake. At 1am on our
1st night the FD staff WAS very responsive in calling the room below us with the noise complaint and that was appreciated.

Cash only at the bars - even with plentiful ATM’s it’s frustrating for those of us that don’t carry cash much anymore. Secure smartphone apps exist that could be used for tab tracking.

Signage at the front desk - we didn’t know that yoga was offered! The sign is way off on the left side of the front desk somewhat obscured when you checked in by flowers and a digital picture frame.

More info on what to do and what’s available on property (chair policy, towels, ice machine, restrooms near pool so we don’t have to go back to our rooms, cash only at bars <we would have brought more if we had known>, etc.) for first timers would be helpful. If it’s there now we didn’t noticed and the FD staff may want to ask.

Morning breakfast staff that just stands there and stares at you while you eat. They definitely were on top of things with refills but they shouldn't stand right there near the food just stating.

Do not disturb sign was missing but replaced when asked

Light in the bathroom is filled with some dirt or something and quite dated looking in addition to not being very bright.

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Perfect check-in process!
Friendly staff everywhere!

Our room was very clean - tops of picture frames, line, bathroom floors, shelves, etc.

Location, location, location - you can’t beat it!! The views from the 2nd floor of the bay are amazing!

Tea Dances are excellent - music, enough bars, fun!

Room decks are very well kept and look new

Other that mentioned above about carpet and the bedspread the rooms are very nicely decorated and comfortable

Plenty of hanging space and drawers for clothing

Refrigerator is nice to have

LCD Televisions are bright and offer a good selection of channels

Heating / AC / Ceiling fan worked great!

High ceilings are nice and add a lot to the room
renovated bathrooms are very nice and especially clean

Hallways are unique with the ship's lamp

Pool deck, chairs, towels were all very nice and the pool itself was the perfect temperature and very clean.

I give 4 stars and not 5 because all the negative things are more cosmetic than anything and are somewhat inconsequential to the big picture of our stay. If you want a bit more luxury in your stay than you do have other options. If you want the view, the famous T-Dances and a nice place to stay than the Boatslip is the place!! I’d stay here again for sure!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Kevin B
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Address: 161 Commercial St, Provincetown, MA 02657-2101
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Provincetown
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Provincetown
Price Range: $194 - $234 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Boatslip Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Boatslip, the legendary waterfront landmark and home of the World Famous Tea Dance is located on Commercial Street steps away from historic Provincetown's retail shops, galleries, restaurants and nightlife. Situated in the West End on Provincetown Harbor, the Boatslip offers guests air-conditioned waterfront rooms with private remodeled baths, some with private balconies, limited on-site parking, continental breakfast, a heated pool and sundeck and of course, complimentary admission to Tea Dance! With more than 10 different bars on site, we are an over 21 years of age destination resort. Our wonderfully diverse clientele enjoy an open and inclusive atmosphere making the Boatslip Resort the number one Provincetown destination for the GLBT community and their friends. ... more   less 
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