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
Visited for 4 nights in early Sept.
We were greeted by Shania, who was very friendly and welcomed us with a quick tour of the inn. Sadly, I have to say my initial reaction was less than stellar. We got a standard room on the ground floor. Nice, clean, on the ground floor with hardwood floors and a recently renovated bathroom, but nothing special, especially for the price. Ok, it was during labor day, but still... I'm guessing this isn't one of their bigger rooms.
Anyway, our biggest disappointment was the closet space, or the lack thereof. One tiny half closet (the mini fridge underneath) with the rack so high my wife needed a step stool to reach up and hang her clothes. Even I had to stretch to hang up my stuff. But we needed a bit more room and were thinking a rack or two of hooks would go a long way to help eliminate the need for closet space. Having to live for a few days with open suitcases and clothes all over the furniture goes against my need for neatness. Oh and no iron/ironing board. I'm guessing there might have been one available from the office, but I still think there should be one in each room. However that brings up the question... 'where do you put the iron and board with limited closet space?' What a dilemma!
Our windows faced Conwell street, with cars and people passing by constantly. Not terribly loud, but still sometimes annoying. (Motorcycles!) Kind of surprisingly the people walking by never looked in the windows... at least not that I saw. lol.
That all said... the place grows on you. They serve a very creative breakfast every morning, trying to accommodate people's dietary needs, so my hat's off to the chef. (Sorry... I never got your name)
We were only there for 4 nights and yes, it was annoying to deal with a tiny closet, but we survived. I wonder now, was only our room lacking that needed more closet space?
Would we go back to SHI? It is very centrally located in town, so there is that. Hmmmm... maybe if they put up a rack or 2 of hooks on the walls.
Not understanding the hype here. Malin and Goetz products do not elevate you to boutique status. The hotel is eerily quiet at night, owners could do with a happy hour for guests. The room was small as forewarned, however, you cannot properly prepare yourself for the Houdini positions you need to employ. Cracked my head more than once on the TV trying to get to bathroom. Cannot walk between wall and bed without going sideways. AC was on and gave the rug a damp towel feel. Biggest issue was the light outside that showered the room with light all night long. The wooden slats on window are not nearly enough. How much could a black out shade cost?
It's a lot of money for a very small experience.
A great location, however the traffic on the street was very noisy and the ear plugs provided unfortunately were not enough to block out the noise from the street or that of the neighboring rooms. The rooms were very comfortable otherwise and very clean. The bathroom was a good size. The staff was very accommodating and catered to our unique dietary needs daily during breakfast. The staff also recommended great entertainment options throughout town. Overall a pleasant stay in a great town!