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Belfry Inn and Bistro
Ranked #4 of 7 Sandwich B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 28, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here in July of 2012. The room was very nice and extremely clean. It's a bit creepy because you are staying in a renovated church. There are reminders everywhere; even our headboard was a church pew. It was a bit weird. The breakfast was nice but it didn't start until 9 on Sundays which was a bit late for us because we wanted to get on the road. Also the back entrance to get to the rooms is a bit unfinished and the stairs are not so stable. The exhaust from the restaurant below blows on you as you walk by the stairs which is a bit gross and uncomfortable. As for price the room is nice and has a fancy shower that plays music and has lights but with the weirdness factor not sure it's worth the money; especially because there isnt much to do in the town.

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Thank Gewont
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Belfryinn, Owner at Belfry Inn and Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2012

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us feedback on your stay. At the Belfry, we love to go above and beyond to give our guests the highest quality of service, and hearing from them post-trip helps us to learn what we can do to make future guest's stays more enjoyable.

That being said, we apologize for any discomfort or inconvenience you experienced while staying with us. It's true, The Abbey is a renovated church, but if church pew headboards and stained glass aren't for you, we have two other non-church buildings that have a much different feel: The Painted Lady (a fun, light, and artistic Victorian chateau) and The Village House (a clean, calm, old-fashioned Federal style house).

We're glad you enjoyed breakfast, and we apologize if was a bit too early for you. We only start serving at 9 on Sundays, but we serve breakfast from 8-9:30 on Monday-Saturday. Not to mention, coffee and our standard continental breakfast (pastries, fruit, etc...) is available every day (including Sundays) at 7. So no matter if you're an early riser or a bit of a night owl who likes to sleep in, there will always be a breakfast time slot that works for you.

As for the "fancy shower" you mentioned, that is our newly installed Vedana Spa Unit. It offers aromatherapy, light therapy, and other amenities that our other rooms do not. It can definitely be tough to figure out at first and we apologize for any "weirdness". We would be more than happy to turn the lights and music off for you so that you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing shower without all the extras.

And while it may not seem like it, Sandwich is filled with hidden gems and fun things to do. At our front desk, we have dozens of pamphlets, magazines, and activity recommendations if you find yourself a little lost or overwhelmed: whale watches, beaches, museums, outdoor activities, stores, historic sights, concerts… the list goes on and on and we would be happy to help you fill your vacation agenda with loads of Sandwich fun.

Thanks again for staying with us and being honest about your experience. We will keep your suggestions in mind in order to better the stays of future guests.

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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We recently stayed at the Belfry Bed and Breakfast and were very impressed with the inn. There are two buildings owned by the establishment; one is an old house called Painted Lady and the other is a small church, both have been converted into a bed and breakfast.
We stayed at the William room on the first floor which had a two bedrooms, the larger one had a queen bed and the smaller one had two twin beds. Both had an attached bathroom of course the larger one had a more spacious bathroom. The rooms had a pleasant ambience and were well appointed with all the amenities like TV, a/c and were very clean with crisp white linen. The bathrooms were spotless too with white towels, a hair dryer. Our room had a spacious balcony too.
The breakfast was scrumptious with a choice of two hot entrees like waffles or omelettes served with toast. There was banana bread, fresh fruit, freshly squeezed orange juice as well as a choice of teas and drip coffee. The breakfast/dining hall was located on the ground floor of the church building; its expansive ceilings, woodwork ceilings and stained glass windows brought a charm of its own to the space.

There is a wonderful wine tasting event that is held every Wednesday in the dining hall. They sample about 4 to 5 wines with different appetizers. You have to reserve a spot in advance. It is $25 per head which we were not aware of and were under the impression that it was complimentary for the guests. This bed and breakfast has a full service restaurant that is open to public hence we thought that it was complimentary for guests. Our mistake as we did not read the fine print on the bottom of the wine tasting menu. I noted it so people are aware and do not end up spending unnecessarily.
The only negative: Attitude
In this place where so much attention was given to detail there was only one where the management could certainly improve on. As its not a full service hotel they have a coffee machine and an ice-maker on the ground floor of the Painted lady building where we stayed. There is also a small refrigerator where they put the milk for the coffee. This is great!
But the glitch is that the coffee is can be made in the machine with espresso coffee pods only from 11pm to 7am. If its past 7am then one has to go across to the breakfast hall located in the building next door to get the coffee.The point is that when so much attention is given to all the things in the bed and breakfast they should not overlook such details. This place is not cheap and charges $250 per night.
The second day when I went to get the coffee downstairs around 6.30am, I did not find the pods at the coffee machine, so I went to the building next door to see if I could get some over there. As it was before 7am I was told by the owner (he also makes the breakfast) that I would have to wait for twenty more minutes to get the coffee which was okay. The thing that bothered me was the unwelcoming attitude of the owner, he could have simply said sorry for the inconvenience. He did not say anything verbally but his expression was enough to send the message across. But yes he did put two coffee pods for me after he got to know about the situation. But it could have been done with a smile.
It would be nice if they just let the people have coffee on the house, its not too much to ask for. Also in a small town like Sandwich coffee shops don't open very early.
People are on a vacation to relax and generally would have liked to have the facility to have coffee any time of the day in their own building where they stay. An old gentleman came down to get the coffee and then I had to tell him the rule for coffee. He probably lost interest in his coffee the moment he heard about the "coffee timings"; I did not see him when I went to get my coffee from the breakfast room past 7am. I am sure he would have enjoyed the convenience of having the coffee being available anytime of the day.
But overall Belfry Inn is a quaint place in a quaint town. One negative experience doesn't take away anything from this wonderful place. I hope the management takes note of this and is on top of things.
And Sandwich is one of the best towns to stay while exploring the Cape as it is nestled in its old world charm. Its like being in present yet being in past!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

My husband and I were just there for a quiet getaway. The room we stayed in was adorable and comfortable and very clean. The breakfasts were delectable especially the daily serving of banana bread. Chirs, the innkeeper, and all of the staff were so nice and acommodating. We had a wonderful stay. It was the perfect place for us to relax and also to feed our foodie inclinations. We absolutely recommend the Belfry Inne and Bistro.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank GLu26
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a charming B&B consisting of three different buildings all on one site. One is an old Victorian house, one is an old church called the Abbey that also has the Bistro and the third is called the Village. We stayed in the Village. We had a first floor room with a porch and a large bathroom with a jacuzzi tub and sitting area. The building is in need of a little updating, but it is clean and quaint. The grounds have beautiful gardens. The Bistro food is good and they have a wonderful outdoor seating are surrounded by gardens. The staff was very friendly and helpful. It is a bit of a walk to the beach, which is very rocky. The town is VERY small and lacks any real restaurants other than the Bistro -- which was perfect for us. There were some cute shops about a block away, but we were there on a Sunday so they were mostly closed.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 25, 2012

I booked the Belfry Inne for an overnight stay without knowing much about it and my husband and I were very pleased with the location, the accommodations, the dinner and the breakfast. Our reservations for our room and dinner were handled without a flaw at check in by Chris (not the owner). This quaint inn is located less than a mile from Sandy Neck Beach in the beautiful, historic town of Sandwich, MA. Our room was located in The Painted Lady building, one of the three buildings that make up the Belfry Inne. The room was very well appointed with fine linens, sitting area, a working gas fireplace, nooks and crannies in the bathroom and appropriately fitting and placed accessories.
For cocktails and dinner we ate on the patio surrounded by lovely lush gardens. Our waiter was friendly, courteous, attentive and easy to talk to. We had a great memorable meal...slow paced and very tasty. For breakfast, we ate inside the Bistro and had the same excellent service and great food.

Room Tip: Our room on the top floor in The Painted Lady building was borderline hot during the night even thou...
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We have just concluded an absolutely wonderful 5-day stay at the Belfry Inne in Sandwich, MA, the oldest town on the Cape and one of my favorites .I must confess that I arrived at the Belfry feeling uncertain, even somewhat apprehensive. My wife had booked two rooms at a very reasonable rate for a Monday through Friday stay during the first week of the summer season. But several negative reviews in Trip Advisor made us wonder if this was going to prove to be a “too good to be true” deal. Well, it wasn’t. In fact, within a very short time after our arrival, all three members of our party--my wife, my sister-in-law, and myself—came to the same conclusion: the Belfry was truly among the most unique Bed & Breakfast in which we have stayed in this country and it most certainly added to our enjoyment of the Cape. Here’s some highlights : Our receptionist, Alex, provided an excellent introduction to the Inn, patiently answered all our questions, and gave us a knowledgeable local’s spot-on suggestions about interesting sights and good restaurants in the area. Especially helpful to me were his suggestions about where I might enjoy taking photographs in Sandwich as well as in several other nearby towns. Our rooms were in a building called The Abbey, which was built in 1900 and had formerly served as a Roman Catholic church. In addition to being tastefully furnished and having very up to date fixtures and appliances, both rooms were filled with interesting, well preserved architectural details, including some of the original stained glass windows from the church and a true and very beautiful vaulted cathedral ceiling. Our room also featured an especially dramatic, visually stunning Rose or Wheel window which filtered the outside light into the room in ways that never failed to delight me . Breakfast were always delicious and served by wonderfully attentive and accommodating servers in a beautiful dining area which also had a lovely adjoining outdoor terrace. The dinner we had the next evening at the Inn’s on site restaurant was far and away the best I had anywhere on the Cape on this holiday and was excellent by any standard. Finally, each day when we returned to our room after breakfast the maid had already finished cleaning the room and providing fresh linens and sundries Like every one of the staff we met, she too was very courteous and very good at her job.

As for the negative reviews, I do not doubt the sincerity, veracity or the motives of any of the naysayers. My stay at the Belfry, however, convinced me that the negative reviews were essentially outliers, best treated as the result of the kind of miscommunication or “bad-day” problems that every inn and every innkeeper may sometimes experience. I would urge all Trip Advisor readers not to be dissuaded from staying at the Belfry because of a handful of negative comments. Give this charming Bed & Breakfast a try; draw your own conclusions, and, hopefully you will have as enjoyable a stay there as we have just had.

Room Tip: For a truly dramatic room choose the Tuesday in the Abbey. The Thursday in the same building is lar...
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3  Thank Jerry M
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We chose Sandwich as our base for a week in Cape Cod, and we chose the Belfry for our hotel. The inn is actually comprised of 3 buildings - the original chapel, and a pair of large colonial houses called the Village House and the Painted Lady. From the excellent website we chose the Kristina room in the Painted Lady, which is at the top of the house up a couple of steep and narrow staircases, so not the best for anyone with mobility problems. This gorgeous room is all corners, angles, and sloping ceilings, with a roof window which floods the room with light. The large and supremely-comfortable bed has its head made from a church pew. Ther's not a lot in the way of furniture, but a decorated chest did stand out. Tmeperature control was provided by a small but efficient aircon unit, and a large ceiling fan. There was the usual iron, hairdrier, and TV, but no fridge. The bathroom was dominated by a huge jacuzie bath, and a separate shower cubicle. This is definitely not your standard hotel room!
Breakfast is taken in the Belfry Bistro, and provided another change from the ordinary. Enough has been said here about the architecture and the conversion from a church - for the record, we thought it was extremely well done - and breakfast too is a little different, offering a daily choice of one of just 2 entrees which can vary from bacon and eggs to chicken sausage scramble. We also had an evening meal in the Bistro. Whislt we found both the food and the service very good, it all felt a little formal for our tastes - we are, after all, on holiday - but the place is undoubtably very popular, and was packed over the weekend.
Comments have been made about the staff, and we found them pleasant and courteous. But we didn't see much of them.
If your idea of perfection is large hotel with corporate fittings, and everything the same and in the same place, then the Belfry may not be for you. But if you like things a little different - quirky, even - then do try this inn. We like quirky, and we loved the Kristina and the Painted Lady.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Samol
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Additional Information about Belfry Inn and Bistro

Address: 6 Jarves St, Sandwich, MA 02563-2219
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Sandwich
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Spa
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Sandwich
Price Range: $167 - $308 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Belfry Inn and Bistro 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Cod’s jewel, a small boutique Inn, set in the center of Sandwich Village, is an architectural masterpiece; the Abbey, (ca.1901) a former church with six guest suites above the Bistro. Imaginative interiors, soaring space, stain glass windows. Offering a host of amenities, decks, whirlpools for two and fireplaces. Full gourmet breakfast. Offering hospitality year round. ... more   less 
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