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
Jonathan and his team made us feel right at home during our weekend in Provincetown. The breakfast was terrific and all members of the staff were friendly and helpful. The room was clean and comfortable.
My wife and I spent the Memorial Day weekend in Provincetown. We fell in love with the place, and especially glad that we stayed in the Salt House Inn.
First, the place is clean, cozy, and nicely decorated. Our room is on the small side (given it's Provincetown, no complains there :-), but it has everything we need, and their placements and decorations are well thought and coordinated.
The big picture we saw in the website does NOT do justice to the place. The picture was taken from the street side. The entrance is actually on the backside where parking, the beautiful gardens / patios / decks are. It was so relaxing to sit on the deck or in the garden on a warm summer day.
Second, the location of the inn is impeccable. It is right off Bradford Street, a block away from Commercial Street. But it is tucked away, so we were never bothered by the crowds of tourists. After a day of excursion, my wife and I loved to take a stroll on Commercial Street where we find all kinds of treats, gifts, and galleries.
We had a car. Of course, parking is free at the inn (it was $20 right next door at the Far Land Provisions :-).
The inn is also right off Conwell Street which connects to Rt.6. This makes going on and off Rt.6 so much easier. If you have driven in Provincetown, you would know how difficult it is to drive in the crowded streets :-).
Last, but not least, we loved our host Jonathan. He sent us a personalized email days before our trip, made the arrangements for our early check-in. He took care the problems during our stay, and even sent us a bottle of wine to enjoy.
We would love to stay at the Salt House Inn again on our next trip to Cape Cod.
I stayed at the Salt House Inn during P Town's recent fashion weekend. I usually don't write reviews but this is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful place to stay at. The perfect cosy and quiet hide-away after a fun night out.
The tastefully decorated rooms (with very comfy bed) and beautiful ground are only toped by a delicious breakfast and the manager Jonathan Peters who was incredibly attentive and knowledgable. THANK YOU for a wonderful time - I am sure to return!
Very cosy, clean and welcoming Inn in the center of Provincetown. Jonathan and his staff were extremely friendly and recommended us perfekt dining and shopping possibilities! The breakfast was delicious and beautifully presented. We felt like we were very special guests! Thank you!
Immaculate grounds. Not only was our room fantastic with a claw foot tub in the bedroom, but the breakfast by the in house chef Kai was unbelievable. Best of all was how comfortable and welcomed we felt from the host Jonathan! This truly was a five star experience! I would highly recommend the Salt House Inn to anyone visiting Provincetown. Can't wait to go back!