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
I just stayed at the Chathman Bars Inn and there not enough positive things to say. From the moment you pull up the valet (you can also self park), to check in I knew I was in for a 5 star experience.
The location, views and high level of service were some of the best I have had. Once you check in and walk into your cottage or room, classical music greets you in the background on a Bose system. You would be hard pressed to find fault with anything here. The entire team makes you feel like family. I wish there were more hotels like this! I look forward to my return visit and can't say enough, thank you for one of the most relaxing and enjoyable experiences.
My boyfriend and I decided to change it up and veer off from our dinner+movie plans, so we booked a couples massage at the spa. It was amazing, I know we both enjoyed the service, especially hanging out in the outdoor hot tub and taking a steam/sauna inside beforehand. We visited in the dead of winter, but it was still super romantic and fun. I can't imagine how beautiful the grounds must be in peak season. We ate ate the Sacred Cod afterwards and had an amazingggg lobster flatbread pizza and expertly made espresso martinis. Not the most healthy meal after getting a detox massage, but hey- it was great. We'll most certainly be back to the resort, we had a great experience. Service was great all around too.
Wonderful stay...beautiful rooms & views...grandchildren loved the pool & ocean. Dinner was superb , as were all the meals and staff. Waitstaff at the pool even remembered my granddaughter by name! Hotel has a lot of history. A little pricey, but well worth it!
As a seasoned traveller, I know it is everyone’s worst nightmare to have made a reservation through a third party, only to find on arrival that the booking had not been made. This is what happened after I arrived with my wife and 15 month old daughter for a planned birthday weekend.
It is easy to feel embarrassed and an inconvenience in this situation but the front desk staff, especially the manager Elizabeth, were so understanding and professional. They quickly sorted out a room for us and made us feel very much like valued guests. I have rarely come across such dedication to ensuring guests feel completely looked after. In fact, all of the staff that we encountered during our stay were polite and welcoming.
The room was beautifully decorated and clean. The location of the hotel was perfect for the beach and only a 10min walk from the centre of Chatham, with a shuttle if needed. We were lucky the weather was lovely for the time of year! We had such a relaxing stay. Highly recommended!
We have a house on Cape Cod, which is open in the summer. As such, we sometimes head to Chatham Bars Inn for dinner or drinks but it would make no sense to stay there. However, we were starting to experience cabin fever this winter and wanted a quick little getaway to the ocean so we decided to check into staying here as it always seemed so classy and fun when we visit in the summer.
We booked an oceanfront room (there were several offers on discount traveler websites but we booked through the hotel so we could pick our room. no way were we staying in an off-property cottage) and because I am a member of Leading Hotels of the World, we were offered a free breakfast and room upgrade. Off to a good start.
We were surprised at how crowded the resort was on a Saturday night in the middle of winter. It was supposed to snow and rain the following day but we had blue skies for the first part of our stay. Not sure if all the people in the common room/bar/restaurants were staying on property or were locals. We wanted to eat in the bar but it remained packed until around 9 p.m. when two seats opened up.
The rooms here are not what I'd call fancy at all. While the lobby has the 'Ritz Calrton' type of wow ... the rooms are a bit more quaint and vintage. They are not by any means big ... but the balconies are sizable and on a beautiful day, what a view they offer of the ocean! The view and balcony are the star of the show. The rooms, not so much ... except for the fact that the bed was comfy and everything was spotless.
Service was great and everyone was very friendly and helpful. The bartenders were a bit overworked/brusque but it was packed, so that is understandable. The only problems we had during the stay were with the 'resort fee'. I can understanding charging this when pools, beach, etc. are open. But in the dead of winter when there is snow on the ground and it's too cold to go outside ... what does the 5% resort fee go towards? We have unlimited data plans and don't need wifi and ate on property so didn't need the town car service. I think in the winter, it should be customary to waive the expensive resort fee.
The breakfast buffet in the morning was amazing. Sure, it was $35 per person but it was literally like that on a cruise ship. Everything tasted quality too. Members of Leading Hotels are given a $48 voucher for breakfast for two. That basically paid for one of our buffets. There are a la carte options as well but a bowl of oatmeal was $14 so we opted for the full buffet.
We really enjoyed our stay here and would love to come back sometime in the winter again. It was comfortable and classy and we felt the staff were appreciative that we stayed.