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The Cove at Yarmouth
Ranked #4 of 20 Hotels in West Yarmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 25, 2013

A good start was had at check-in. We were expected, the clerk was friendly, and we were on our way to the room of our choice in about two minutes. Finding the room was less than intuitive, however. The layout of interconnected buildings was a bit daunting and signage tended to be scarce and poorly placed. Friendly tip for management: Guests shouldn't need a compass to navigate the hallways! Back on the positive side of the ledger, the room, a two-level affair whose large lower space included a kitchen area w/fridge, m'wave, coffeemaker, silverware and tableware, as well as a full bath w/tub and moderate closet space. The bed was a sofa-bed. Upstairs--and there were a lot of stairs--was a second sleeping area with its own bathroom featuring a walk-in shower. Also a second, smaller closet. Upstairs and downstairs were both immaculate and the overall condition of the room I'd classify as "new" in appearance. There was a large TV downstairs and a mid-size set up in the loft. Phones on both levels.

Pleasant as the room was to look at, it wasn't terribly comfortable. The full-size bed in the loft was a bit softer than my wife and I care for and we both felt achy on arising. The sofa-bed downstairs was what you might expect from such a contraption--and not an iota more.

Our trip being mid-winter, we relied on the forced hot air system for warmth--and it failed us. Cold downstairs, warm upstairs. One thermostat served both levels. Poor planning resulted in the thermostat's placement right next to the incandescent under-cabinet lighting in the kitchen, giving the thermostat a false indication of room temperature, which further exacerbated the room temperature problem. And the entire living area was serviced by only two hot-air outlets, whose necessarily high output velocity made for a LOT of noise.

An interior court features a decent-size pool and a hot tub. Lots of chaises there. I understand that there's also a exercise place on-campus, but I didn't look for it.

Atmosphere: The guests reminded me of a Carnival cruise; that is to say, many seemed to be a bit rough around the edges. This may have had to do with the undeniable fact that our stay was during a public school vacation week. It was loud. Lots of kids running through the halls, shouting, banging on doors, etc. Fun for them, but cost us sleep.

Some more plusses: The Cove is not lacking in facilities: outdoor tennis, indoor and outdoor pools, and perhaps more stuff not previously mentioned or known to me. The housekeeping staff was intensely courteous and efficient. Everything we saw was spotless.

Factoring the good things, the disappointments, and the price, we can give The Cove a C+.

Room Tip: Many rooms overlook and are almost directly above the indoor pool. They've got to be extremely n...
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  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I've stayed at the Cove at Yarmouth countless times - with and without my children and have never been disappointed. I'm not a time share owner but simply someone who wants the comforts of home wrapped in a hotel stay.

A few years ago The Cove began renovating the rooms and they look fantastic. The nautical theme has been pulled off with aplomb and the level of comfort is impeccable. The indoor pool is generous in size and comfort.

We will continue to return.

Room Tip: The Cove's complex is large. If traveling with children, ask for a town home on the second floo...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 3, 2013

This is my second time staying at the Cove as we stayed in March of 2007. We decided to go to the Cape for New Years eve and get out for a couple of days. The first impression of the front desk was pleasant as they were smiling and welcoming. The second was the awful parking situation. Yes there were at full capacity, but it would be helpful if they had enough parking for rooms, assigned parking, something. We had to unload in a handicapped spot and park over in the parking area near the rec center. Its not that big of a problem, however, with the temperatures being so low, it wasn't exactly pleasant. Our room was nice and clean, just enough space for the 2 of us. The sheets were so soft and the bed, comfortable. The towels could have benefited from some kind of fabric softener as they were stiff and itchy. We tried to pull out the couch bed so we could watch tv in the living room, but it was dusty and the springs were poking out. Those certainly could be updated, or just don't offer pull outs if they are going to be of that quality for that kind of room. Was disappointed that, for the price, we had to pay $1.50 from a vending machine for coffee. At least 1 free bag would have been nice. Also, it is rare where you have to pay for WiFi anywhere anymore, even the most mom and pop hotels that I have stayed in recently did not require payment. We decided to use some of the things offered on this trip as we didn't much last trip. The indoor pool was so chlorinated that I didn't wish to put my head under, also it was COLD! We used the whirlpool, which was fine, but again, highly chlorinated. The free ping pong in the rec center was nice. This place seems to be geared more towards families as we were afraid to smoke anywhere near the building (which isn't really a problem) and quiet time is at 11 - which is fine, but it was New Years eve and still all day and night we heard children running up and down the hallways. I would stay here again as the rooms are really clean and that is just a comforting feeling. Also, I like the that doors lock at nighttime and no one can get in unless they have a key card. I wish that check out was around 11 instead of 10am, like most places.

Room Tip: although the townhouses are nice, we enjoyed staying in a suite this time. It was a much shorter wal...
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

We had a suite close to the pool. It was very nicely decorated, and had a mini fridge, toaster, small microwave, 2 flat screen tvs, a dvd player and plenty of storage. It was very clean. The bed linens were a little stiff, and the bath towels could have been bigger and softer, but the bed was comfy and the master bath was huge. My biggest complaint would have to be the uncomfortable sofa in the living room - I just couldn't get comfortable watching tv on that sofa.
We used the pool and huge jacuzzi one evening, and they were really nice, although the pool could have been a little warmer. I wish they would assign a parking space to each unit, because finding one each evening was a bit challenging. Overall, The Cove is very nice compared to most of the other lodging on Rt 28.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed here for 6 nights during the Thanksgiving week. The location is good for exploring the Cape. The property has activities everyday which was nice although we only signed up for one night. The racquetball courts and the rental equipment were definitely a plus. The room was very clean, but small as noted by other reviewers. The pool looked nice, but with a strong chemical scent, which is expected. We didn't use it, but it seemed to be a popular activities for the vacationing families. One drawback was that the upstair bedroom did not have a door. There were two bathrooms in our unit, which was also a big plus. We didn't eat at the on-site restaurants since there were many good restaurants that were still open during the Thanksgiving week, although many were closed for the season. Embargo's tapas were good, which was less than 15 minutes away. Trade Joe's was about 10 minutes away and we got fresh fruits and snacks there for our day trips around the Cape. We booked it through Interval World and the rate was very reasonable. It was nice to get a feel of how the people on the other side of the coast vacation as you cannot find this type of resorts out in the west.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms have a view of the cove, but since we booked the room through Interval World, we d...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

I stayed at the cove with my girlfriend and it was perfect. It was cozy and comfortable. The only downside was that it didn't have a full kitchen, but there are great restaurants nearby. Also, it is not big enough for a large family, but it is comfortable for 3 people to stay. We would have nothing against going back to the cove. It was very nice for the price we paid.

  • Stayed: November 2012
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were able to get this as an extra vacation through our timeshare company. If I had traded, I might have been disappointed as the bedroom was small and up a flight of stairs. I thought that there was plenty to do nearby and lots of good restaurants in the area. It was a nice enough place and we enjoyed the activities offered and took advantage of the gym and the pool aerobics. The woman who taught the class gave us a good workout.

We thought it would be fun to go up to the 4 Brothers restaurant in the resort for Sunday football. When we first arrived, there was no one there despite the fact that the game was almost half over. The bartender would not let us sit where we wanted to sit because he was "saving the seats for regulars" -- who never showed up. Towards the end of the game, he did let some other people sit there. The dollar hot dogs were not very good -- but what do you expect for a dollar? There was not much variety in beer and the Cosmo I ordered was $11 -- I had had one two nights before in a more upscale bar restaurant for $7. It really surprised me to see the bartender who had refused us seating to pass out betting slips to the regular patrons -- I assume they were regulars because he didn't offer one to us – even though we sat where we were told to.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 183 Route 28, West Yarmouth, MA 02673-4653
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > West Yarmouth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in West Yarmouth
Price Range: $135 - $202 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Cove at Yarmouth 3.5*
Number of rooms: 229
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Cod's premiere resort warmly invites you and your family to experience the charm of New England. Stroll through the antique shops in the quaint villages of Cape Cod, walk among the dunes and sample some of the finest "Chowdah" Cape Cod has to offer. Whale watching, day trips to the famous islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, fishing, bike riding, sailing and quiet moments await you here on Cape Cod while staying at The Cove at Yarmouth ... more   less 
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