The Dan’l Webster Inn and Spa
What We Love
- The step-back-in-time suites, with their four-poster beds and antique furniture
- The comprehensive treatment menu at the Beach Plum Spa offers organic facials and signature seashell massages
- The meticulously landscaped gardens
- A choice of four dining rooms, plus a convivial tavern that offers dishes such as filet mignon and spring duck with wild mushrooms, as well as gluten-free options
What To Know
- The swimming pool is open seasonally
- There's no gym on-site, but guests have access to a local fitness center
- The spa is open to outside guests as well, so reservations are recommended
- The lobby of the inn is currently under renovation
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Situated at the heart of the charmingly named town of Sandwich, this historic 48-room Cape Cod inn has been welcoming weary travelers for 300 years. Named for Daniel Webster, the prominent Boston lawyer and U.S. senator who used to lodge here in the early 1800s, the property exudes traditional New England charm, from the four-poster canopy beds to the antique furniture — all without sacrificing 21st-century must-haves such as WiFi and whirlpool tubs. The elegant fire engine–red inn is set among manicured gardens, with a swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. There are four dining rooms, so guests can choose to eat in a classic candlelit room, by the fireside in the Music and Webster Rooms, by moonlight in the romantic conservatory, or on the patio. Expect refined comfort food such as filet mignon and spring duck with wild mushrooms, but the kitchen also prepares entire gluten-free and vegetarian menus, as well as using lots of organic and sustainable produce. Other sybaritic diversions await in the Beach Plum Spa, which offers a slew of treatments, from organic facials to signature seashell massages.
In the Area
Summer visitors will want to hit Cape Cod’s atmospheric beaches: Sandwich has two ocean beaches and three freshwater ones, all suitable for swimming and beachcombing. Or if you’d rather just watch the action, hit the Cape Cod Canal Bike Paths, which run along the canal separating Cape Cod from the rest of Massachusetts — the paths run seven miles each way and are popular with bikers, fishermen and boat spotters gawking at the vessels navigating the canal. Auto aficionados should make a beeline for the Heritage Museum and Gardens in Sandwich; the museum houses a jaw-dropping collection of classic cars, from a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Derham Tourster owned by Gary Cooper to a 1909 White Steam Car Model M owned by President William Howard Taft.
How to Get There
Nicholas, Kate & I were so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Jen P. & Rob at the Dan’l Webster Inn. Miss. Palazzolo & her team were extremely professional and accommodating to everyone’s needs. I began speaking with Jen a year prior and was completing all planning from Florida. We did one meet & greet in December, and she assured me she was right by my side to help with all the venue details. Jen is very detailed in her work and left no stone unturned; she was always one phone call or email away. I knew I was in good hands when we met. Everyone who works at the Dan’l Webster went above and beyond to help create a wedding with the least amount of stress. We were provided an event coordinator by the name of Rob, who was the man to get the job done. He took over where Jen left off, creating a magical wedding with mine & his ideas combined. He handled the rehearsal & rehearsal dinner, the placement of the decorations, flowers, favors, proper timing of the wedding, & keeping the bride happy. He was attentive, kind, creative, funny, and an all-around hard worker. Rob & Jenn’s professionalism allowed us to enjoy the wedding to the fullest. We received so many compliments about the Dan’l Webster being such a beautiful location & very accommodating for our guests. The staff, which included the front desk, housekeeping, bartenders, waitresses, & maintenance, were all so kind & helpful. We were there for four days in total, and every meal was fantastic. Not one plate went out cold for our wedding, and everyone was impressed with the flavor combinations. We really can’t say enough good things about this inn. For anyone who’s suggesting a Cape Cod wedding, I would highly recommend the Dan’l Webster Inn in Sandwich, MA.
We spent two nights. At first the deluxe room looked better than expected considering the reviews we had read regarding the Inn needing remodeling. The room was clean although the wood doors showed their usage. The carpets in the common areas , specially the restaurant, have to be updated or replaced by a wood or tile floor. On our first evening we arrived at the restaurant (the conservatory) at 8pm. We were served by Justine, she was very pleasant and efficient , food could be warmer but it was delicious. She blamed the kitchen for the food not being warm enough. We had the cod with lobster crust and the scallops, both dinner sizes.
Next evening, at 7:15pm we asked at the restaurant front desk, at what time they closed. The manager and a lady besides him (she acted as the property owner!) said it would close at 8:30pm. So we asked if we would be served if we arrived at 8:15pm. She replied at that time we would have to sit at the tavern, not the conservatory. Most of all it was in a rude way. That lady said “we’ve been working for 8 hours already”.
We checked the info on the inn website and it said the restaurant closed at 9pm, even at “Open table” there was a reservation available at 8:45pm. We were lodging at the Inn so my wife came back and showed that to the very same lady. She just replied “we changed it just now for 8:30pm”.
We decided for going out instead of rushing and begging to be served by them. We went out and had an amazing lobster dinner at the “Fishermen Ville”, which we definitely recommend. Good service, nice view and great food.
In regards to the Dan’l Webster Inn , it was a very disappointing and rude service! Not coming back at all!
We stayed here for two nights on our tour of New England.
We were given a room in the main hotel which meant carrying 4 cases and two bags up a flight of stairs. The lady on reception offered to help, but she didn't look capable. There should be someone on hand to carry the luggage since there is no lift.
Our room was comfortable, but the bathroom was minute with the tiniest loo I've ever seen. Toiletries were not replenished on the second day which surprised us. The cleanliness was average though the heater under the window was thick with dust.
The first morning we went for breakfast, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. What an appalling breakfast it was. They had run out of English Breakfast tea. I ordered the Greek Yoghurt and was horrified to be given a pot of yoghurt such as one buys in the supermarket. I also ordered a banana and was presented with a tiny dish with about half a black and over ripe banana slices. The hotel tried to charge $2.50 for this, although the menu said fruit ordered with cereal was $1. Why charge so much more for it to accompany a plastic pot of yoghurt? My husband had the granola (which apparently is not a cereal) and was also charged $2.50 for blackened banana slices. We had a very long wait for the food to arrive. We spent over an hour in the breakfast room for juice, tea, granola/yoghurt and inedible banana. We didn't bother with breakfast the second day.
We ate dinner both nights and the food was nice, though the service was very slow and the server gave the impression of utter boredom.
At the end of our stay, once again my husband had to carry all the luggage back downstairs. There was no help offered or given.
I am sure there are better places to stay.