Salt House Inn
What We Love
- No-rules check-in policy tailored to guests’ arrival time
- Fresh white sheets and featherweight duvets atop plush mattresses
- The spontaneous social vibe encouraged by the owners
What To Know
- Located in a residential area, two blocks from Commercial Street
- The rooms are clustered in groups of two or three, sharing an entrance and hallway
- Checkout time for guests (and cars) is 11 a.m.
- Standard Rooms range from a cozy 125 to 200 square feet
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tucked behind white picket fences and flowering hedges, just two blocks from the bustle of Commercial Street and a bike ride from Cape Cod National Seashore, this intimate inn artfully melds colonial history with modern beach cottage style. Constructed in the 1850s as a series of cottages to house salt miners, today it exudes classic Cape Cod style, with a weathered cedar shake exterior, rambling stone paths and comfortable outdoor spaces to lounge in the sun or shade. Sophisticated yet fun, the Salt House Inn’s personality is driven by its owners, an experienced hotel executive and a creative interior designer and chef.
Bed and Bath
A crisp white palette accented by texture and art sets the stage for the rooms. A wall of white slat board serves as headboard and canvas for a quirky collection of what interior designer Kevin O’Shea calls “curiosities,” collections of antique and found items such as oars and artwork that reflects the location and its history. Honey-colored hardwood floors, simple black and white furniture, white duvets and tidy bathrooms with pedestal sinks, rainfall showerheads, and shiny nickel hardware give the rooms a polished and comfortable ambience. The spaces range from cozy 125-square-foot doubles to ample kingsize accommodations with separate reading nooks.
The social center of the inn, the reception area and dining room is handsomely outfitted with rustic hardwood floors, oil paintings and an elaborate chalkboard wall that details menu items, weather, tides, sunset time and tips for what to do. Serving breakfast only, guests have the choice of dining at the communal table, at a private table for two or alfresco beneath a pergola interlaced with twisting wisteria. O’Shea’s core breakfast menu consists of such items as freshly baked pastries, granola, yogurt and fresh fruit. While the inn does not have the amenities of a large resort, it offers a curated collection of local services. Guests can call ahead to have bikes waiting for them upon arrival — which is essential during busy summer weeks. For those in need of spa time, the inn has a relationship with the Namaste Spa at Carpe Diem, located two doors down. While traditional happy hours are not part of the inn’s agenda, the owners are prone to spontaneously opening a bottle of wine or preparing light snacks for guests when they’re gathered on the sun deck.
In the Area
Provincetown is three miles long but only a few blocks wide, making it the perfect town to explore by bike; Ptown bikes has rentals by the hour, the day and the week. If you’re looking for diversion beyond the beach, head to Commercial Street for an artsy afternoon of gallery hopping at William Scott Gallery, Schoolhouse Gallery and Packard Gallery. For a jolt of history, you can’t miss the Pilgrim Monument, which commemorates the 1620 Mayflower arrival; it’s the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. Local dining favorites include the Red Inn, one of the town’s oldest and best-loved restaurants (the lobster and artichoke fondue is a must), Victor’s for quality seafood in a casual setting, and Relish for top-notch cupcakes and sandwiches on the go.
How to Get There
This Inn is incredibly well run. It was a breath of fresh air from where we staying the night prior. Our room was spotless and decorated in such a unique and charming way. Teddy was very accommodating, and a fantastic conversationalists. The breakfast was AMAZING. The location is perfect. I would definitely stay here again.
Great little hotel in the center of Provincetown. One block off the main drag and the waterfront.
We were in town for the weekend, exploring the town and clubs on foot. The Salt House Inn could not be better located and parking is available on site.
The property itself - like P'Town - is unique. Full of personal touches. Very friendly, low key - yet we felt that everything we might want had been anticipated. Staff was helpful, friendly.
We stayed in a small room - it had the feel of a small guest bed room in a house. Attractive, home like and comfortable, but not spacious. Perfect for an overnight get away. This was as advertised and they have other rooms that would allow one to spread out if in town for an extended stay.
A fantastic weekend and we will certainly stay here again when we return.
I read about the Salt House Inn in the Conde Nast Traveler so I didn't hesitate in booking a room for my 3-night stay in Provincetown this past September. This was a great experience, even better than I expected!
The check-in process was very easy and the staff was very welcoming and attentive all throughout our stay. Our room (The Loft) was very spacious and comfortable - the design is a perfect balance of minimalism and beach house vibe. Although the hotel is located just steps away from the very center of the town, it is perfectly quiet at night.
The breakfast was delicious and different every morning with fresh juices, homemade pastries and all the breakfast essentials.
Will definitely recommend to my friends and family and will certainly go back to the Salt House Inn next time I'm in P-Town!
Provincetown is brilliant - and this guest house represents everything that is good about it. Luxurious and beautifully designed. Not pretentious. Comfortable. The breakfasts are creative and delicious. Calm and relaxed. Great information sheet available about what to do, where to eat and drink and where to shop. And Jonathan - who I know others have complimented - was a fantastic host. Helpful and interesting, thank you for all your tips. Can’t wait to return!
The service, the atmosphere, the decor, the food, and the location are beyond fabulous! Parking is so convenient and on-site. The grounds are superbly landscaped and refreshingly private after a long day on Commercial Street. We will definitely be back.