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
The accommodations were beautiful and customer service was excellent. They anticipated your needs prior to having to make any requests. We had a wonderful weekend. The resort was decorated beautifully for the holidays and it was a wonderful way to start the season with friends. We would definitely return to the Chatham Barr’s Inn
Courteous staff greets you as you arrive at the beautiful inn. The lobby is quaint with it’s adjoining Veranda and Sacred Cod restaurant. Check in was handled perfectly by Henri. We stayed in an oceanfront cottage at Mooncusser Cottages on the property; the grounds and planting’s are impeccable with hydrangea and hostas that are in perfect condition. Four Adirondack type chairs are outside of the cottage from which you can hear the sounds of the sea and the seals on the Chatham Bar. The first evening was perfect on the beautiful Veranda Sacred Cod overlooking the sea and grounds. The cottage is perfectly appointed with great amenities including top notch bedding, TVs and Bose sound. Yenny our service maid kept our cottage filled with products and beautifully cleaned. The gym is excellent with Peleton cycles and free weights. The beach experience is tops and matches experiences in Miami and Longboat Key: the wait team including Daniel,Msgenty, and Nikoleta made our times on the beach awesome. The boat ride over to the Bar reserve with the seals is a must; go early in the morning to take advantage of it’s beautiful setting.Returning to our cleaned cottage by Alexandra made the day’s end always splendid. The Inn is an easy walk to the quaint and Cape Cod’s amazing town of Chatham. There are numerous restaurants and shops in town. A nine hole links course adjoins the Inn. Every morning after our workout, a quick trip to the lobby for coffee was accented by the great smiles and welcoming valet team. Walking from the lobby to the beachfront cottages is incredible. This is an incredible haven for a very special experience. Even the melancholy of checking out to return home was tempered by the most helpful Faith. One final note, the concierge was spot on suggesting the Freedom Ferry from Harwich for the day trip to Nantucket.
We had a great time at the Chatham Bars Inn. My son absolutely loved the pool and we spent fair amount there. My daughter preferred hot tub as it was breezy. Still such a great place. Now summary of good and not so good.
Good: lovely setting, cottages are beautiful. When we arrived we learned that people who were staying in our room had a 4 pm check out! Lucky them. But it meant we would not get into our room until after 5 thus, missing the check in time of 4. To solve the issue the receptionist put us in a temporary room so we could change and head for the pool. We were in 434 room and it was well maintained. The view is beautiful. The bed was very comfortable to sleep in. Good mattress. The maid arranged kids stuffed animals in a cute way every time she cleaned. Everything worked. Pool was the best. Excellent for kids and adults. Lobster roll was the bomb.
Not so good: paper thin walls so they may want to provide earplugs as I had hard time falling asleep by hearing a conversation in the next room; felt like I was there with two ladies catching up.
This is the place where a lot of students from other parts of the world come for summer of Work&Travel. I came myself like this to the US almost 20 years ago. The cultural differences in hospitality are very different and I think hotel and Chatham as a whole could do some orientation on how to provide hospitality services in US. Plus these are just 19 and 20 year olds from other countries most of whom know nothing about good customer service. I recall being constantly reminded to be more upbeat and now I see Eastern European students talking quietly, head held down, not making an eye contact, not making a small talk, just like I did. Very task oriented and not customer.
A few weeks ago, I got my mother a room for her birthday at a discounted rate, which was amazing. I booked her a beautiful spa suite so she could have immediate access to the spa and the spa pool. She said the staff was very polite and attentive to her needs. Inevitably, I got the bill and was absolutely furious when I found out that there was over two hundred dollars worth of fees that I had no prior knowledge of. I called the hotel and asked what the deal was and they told me that I agreed to these extra fees when I made the reservation. I looked back over all the information regarding my reservation and nothing in the fine print stated I would be charged an extra two hundred and fifty dollars in fees. Also, I should mention that I personally talked with the reservations manager, who told me a completely different price for a three-day-two-night stay and told me ALL the fees were already factored into said price. I tried to get in touch with the assistant director of rooms to talk about this problem via email, but it's been almost two weeks since I sent the email and I have yet to hear any response from them. I would not recommend staying here because they might try to pull a fast one on you
We stayed for two nights in a cottage. We arrived just before 4, and our room was not ready. They could not tell us when it would be - the manager, Elizabeth Kennedy was wonderful, she took us to the restaurant and we had some appetizers as we waited. We got in around 515 to the room/cottage. The cottages are outdated, for the price, chipped bits and pieces, fridge held up with a towel. Not what you would expect for the price.
We ordered in that night as we were late, food was disappointing.
Breakfast was in the stars restaurant, super food, great service and really lovely views (see photo). We took the boat to the beach, and the captain and staff were just lovely. We saw the seals and the beach is gorgeous.
We spent a day by the pool and service was excellent. Pool is gorgeous, well laid out and food was superb. We ate in the bar that night and food was lovely - flatbreads recommended!
We left the next day - and were allowed a late check out. I do really want to compliment Elizabeth Kennedy as she went out of her way to make sure we were ok.
All told, a super time. Place is stunning, gardens manicured, little rabbits... my son loved it. Just not sure it’s worth the steep price for two nights!