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
My wife and I stayed here in MAY 2019. Upon arrival we were greeted by Tim, desk manager who carried my 50 lb suitcase up to the 2nd floor. We had an amazing breakfast the next day. The staff made sure we had plenty to eat. I can't wait to come back here.
The rooms are Salt House inn are beautifully appointed - chic and in keeping with the feeling of the "Cape". The breakfast area is light and beautiful and the food is DELICIOUS with lots of offerings.
This is my fourth trip to P-Town and I’ll never stay anywhere else except at the Salt House Inn from now on! Clean, beautifully appointed, comfy beds, the most friendly and accommodating staff — and an incredible chef from Johnson & Wales who made the most exquisite and delicious breakfasts every morning.
Lots of privacy and the gardens and deck are a great place to begin and/or end the day.