Chatham Bars Inn
What We Love
- The classic New England look and feel
- A quarter mile of private beach
- A family-friendly atmosphere that also makes room for romance
- Just a few minutes from Main Street in Chatham, with free rides in one of the hotel’s Range Rovers
What To Know
- A resort fee of $10 per night plus tax from September 1 through June 12 and $22 (plus tax) from June 13 through August 31 will be collected by Chatham Bars Inn upon checkout
- The waterfront facilities, including the Beach House Grill, are closed during winter months; they reopen Memorial Day weekend
- Reservations are recommended for Stars
- Book spa appointments in advance; weekends get particularly busy
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The main inn has an expansive patio and several comfortable common areas outfitted in a variety of styles. Large Joel Meyerowitz photos of the beach hang in the main hallway, while the opposite wall holds a charming 19th-century map of the area’s ghosts. The inn is also home to a top-notch indoor and outdoor spa that features Balinese-style landscaping and a wide range of treatments.
Bed and Bath
The 271 guestrooms are split between the historic main inn and 26 cottages scattered over 25 oceanfront acres. Deluxe Cottage Rooms and Suites are done in subdued beach-themed tones and feature L’Occitane bath products, Bose Wave radios and flat-screen TVs. Some even have fireplaces, to complete the New England fantasy.
Inn activities include tennis, golf, fishing and guided beach walks. When mealtime comes, there are four restaurants to choose from. The main dining room serves a selection of fresh-caught items, including two-pound lobsters, Wellfleet oysters and perfectly seared scallops. Reserve a table by the window and you might spot seals on the beach. For a more laid-back meal, the inn’s Sacred Cod Tavern has lighter pub fare. If it’s chilly outside, afternoon tea is served in the South Lounge, where you can curl up by the fire with a book or a game from the library.
In the Area
Take the milelong stroll along the waterfront to the Chatham Lighthouse, where you can look for seals lounging in the cove. Then head to the Squire, a pub on Chatham’s Main Street that’s always packed, for a bowl of velvety lobster bisque or a pint and some live music. On weekend mornings the inn’s naturalist leads nature walks and short hikes along the coast. There are also opportunities to bike, boat and fish. The ground seldom freezes on the Cape, so you can book a tee time year-round at the Chatham Seaside Links golf course, which is right next door.
How to Get There
Chatham Bars Inn
My boyfriend and I enjoy traveling around New England on the weekends discovering beautiful areas and finding great places to stay. We have stayed at a couple of great bed and breakfasts around Chatham, but decided to try Chatham Bars Inn, which always tops the list of places to stay on Cape Cod. We had high expectations going into the weekend and looked forward to the experience. There was a nor’easter going on when we arrived but the area still looked beautiful as we approached. We had chosen a “spa room,” which was more expensive than some of the standard rooms and were so excited for our cozy fall weekend get away. Unfortunately, when we got to our room we found the heat was not working. This was disappointing, considering the cold weather. It took a few hours for maintenance to repair our heat, but it did disrupt the start to our weekend. The following day was rainy and windy and we decided to make use of our “spa room” features: bathtub, steam shower and sauna. However, when we went to turn on the steam shower it didn’t work, and after trying to troubleshoot on our own we called the front desk who sent maintenance. My boyfriend had to explain to the maintenance attendant how the steam shower worked, as he wasn’t aware, and after a couple hours of attempting to resolve the issue, and coming back and forth to our room, he told us he had exhausted all possibilities except for taking the shower apart. By this point our afternoon had been, once again, disrupted and we told him not to worry about it as it was nearing dinner time anyway. We asked him to have the manager call, as we felt our “spa room” wasn’t living up to its expectations or higher cost. When the manger called she said the maintenance attendant told her we had turned down his offer to resolve our issue. This was surprising, and entirely untrue, as he wasn’t even sure he could resolve the issue, and we did not appreciate being somewhat thrown under the bus as we had been very nice to him and appreciative of his service. The manager offered to comp us our tavern meal for our troubles, about $80. This hardy seemed adequate given the troubles we had experiences this far. But our issues would not end here. We noticed it seemed very hot in our room after we returned from dinner. The heat in the room was set to 70 degrees, but the temperature in our room read 80 degrees and was very hot and humid. We turned the heat off, figuring it would bring the heat down, but it didn’t. The room was 80 degrees for the duration of our stay making for a pretty uncomfortable sleep that night. There were many friendly staff members, including the cleaning and restaurant staff, who made our time at Chatham Bars Inn pleasant and enjoyable. We also had some delicious meals and enjoyed the beauty of the property and it’s ocean views, which is undeniable. However, the issues we experienced during our stay and the way they were handled by management make it impossible for us to justify the nightly rates. We would not feel confident going back after this experience, which is unfortunate because the setting and area is one of the best on Cape Cod. We will also not be recommending the Chatham Bars Inn to our family or friends, but will be happy to return to the area and stay at some of the lovely bed and breakfasts we have discovered there.
We stayed 3 nights. Had a 3rd floor suite which is smaller than depicted in photos. View of bay is nice but lots of wedding activity out front. If you are tall watch out not to hit your head on doors to terrace.
Room is ok housekeeping was very good. America was very gracious.
The living area and bedroom connect THROUGH THE BATHROOM! This is just bizarre and impractical. Bathroom is very small so only one person at a time. Vanity is small and no counter space.
Views are ok if you look out standing.
Noise level is high with wedding traffic.
We came in October and expected outdoor areas to be closed etc.
HOWEVER service was a major issue. We ordered room service. The coffee pot however did not have any coffee. They did then bring coffee. Refrigerator helps to have water. Coffee nespresso unit was good in room.
Gabriel in valet was SUPERB! Handled our baggage on checkin and out. Drove us to town. Very positive and service oriented an asset. The valet staff was excellent!
If you want to sit in the lounge and get a drink it is fully self serve. After asking we were directed to the bar in the sacred Cod. I waited 20 minutes at bar but never could connect with bar keepers. Others were waiting. I went out to ask Concierge where there was another bar. She stated that was it. She made no apology about access or service.
I went out on porch as I saw a server. She said she could not help as they were closed. It’s about 5 pm. She also said go to Cod Bar. I quit! My wife felt it could not be that bad. 45 minutes later she had 2 drinks and a high level of frustration! It was insane.
We even asked servers in Cod but they explained they could not help. SUGGESTION BRING YOU OWN BEVERAGES AND SELF SERVE. it is faster. One hour for 2 drinks is not a 3 star resort.
It is even more frustrating when the resort fee is $53.00 for what? Taxes are about 14%. On a 1000 room the tax and resort fee is $200. Now I do not object if service was good or easily accessible. Rooms are not great, bar service terrible but Valet, housekeeping were great.
The Sacred Cod restaurant servers were also great. Food was very good as were desserts. They are super.
Thus why is bar and lounge service do awful? They had lots of people waiting in line. Not able to relax. Sun was gone before you could get a drink.
Overall I will not return. Overrated and overpriced for our experience. I was sorely disappointed. I however commend the valet, housekeeping and Cod staff. The bar was overwhelmed and they were clearly understaffed.
An apology would have gone a long way but I suspect this is the usual.
It does not get any better , plan your trip early, this is a very nice stay !Lots to do in the area , take a bike trip,explore the harbor ,Beaches and Beaches to explore, so many Great restaurants in the area , You will hate to leave . The inn really caters to your needs ,Have a Great time , or just Relax in luxury.