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+.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Cove At Yarmouth Hotel West Yarmouth
- Cove At Yarmouth West
- Cove Ma Yarmouth
- Cove At Yarmouth Hotel West
- Cove Yarmouth
- The Cove At Yarmouth West Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA