Chatham Bars Inn

Cape Cod, New England

The hotel

Greeting guests since 1914, Chatham Bars Inn is a world-famous turn-of-the-century Cape Cod landmark. With public rooms returned to their original grandeur, it’s a fabulous place to enjoy a very comfortable stay, just minutes from the picture-perfect streets of Chatham itself. Overlooking a private stretch of golden beach, we highly recommend upgrading to take advantage of stunning ocean views – watching the waves come gently rolling in across the sand is nothing short of bliss! Also highly recommended is a trip to the spa – very Zen-like in atmosphere, it’s an oasis of peace and calm, complete with an outdoor relaxation pool and Vichy Shower Room. Choose from treatments such as Summer at the Shore and Citrus Sunset, guaranteed to chase your cares away. Whilst adults are at play, children will be having fun too at their very own kids' clubs. Beach Buddies is for younger children and The Clam Diggers is for those slightly older. Both offer an exciting array of activities including swimming lessons, tennis, sailing and themed parties. There’s plenty to do in the immediate area but not to be missed is a trip to Outer Beach, conveniently reached by complimentary shuttle and hailed as one of the most beautiful barrier beaches in the world! There are also lobstering cruises to join or hire a bike and cycle (rentals available nearby) the Cape Cod Rail Trail – 35 miles long, it winds its way through some very charming towns and villages.

Amenities

  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Kids Club
  • Room Service
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Overlooking Pleasant Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, just a short stroll from Chatham. Transfer time from Boston Logan International Airport: 1 hour 30 minutes.

Hotel information

All rooms are air-conditioned and have cable TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, mini-bar*, Nespresso coffee maker, bathrobes, slippers, safe and hairdryer. Deluxe Cottage Rooms are located behind the Main Inn with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds plus rollaway bed if required, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

Ocean View Cottage Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds plus rollaway bed if required, sleeping maximum 5 adults (no children under 16).

Deluxe Cottage Suites have a separate living room for additional space, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds plus rollaway red if required, sleeping maximum 5 adults or 2 adults and 3 children.

Spa Suites for adults only (18+) with sauna, steam shower, Bose sound system, jetted tub and either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Stars (premier steak restaurant). The Sacred Cod (seafood restaurant). The Beach House (oceanfront dining). The Veranda (light fare and cocktails). South Lounge (afternoon tea). Harbour View Room (open seasonally, intimate and romantic). Outdoor heated swimming pool. Fitness centre. Spa* with wet and dry treatment rooms, Vichy shower room and outdoor relaxation pool. Classic clay tennis courts. Croquet lawn. 18-hole golf courses nearby*. Nature and beach walks. Beach Buddies kids' club* (4-7 years) and The Clam Diggers kids' club* (8-12 years, Jul-Aug). Room service*. Complimentary WiFi. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. 24-hour front desk. Free valet parking.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: Children under 16 are not allocated in Ocean View Rooms.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Huge Disappointment

Oct 15, 2019 amnapoleone Boston, Massachusetts

Chatham Bars Inn My boyfriend and I enjoy traveling around New England on the weekends discovering beautiful areas and finding great places to stay. We have stayed at a couple of great bed and breakfasts around Chatham, but decided to try Chatham Bars Inn, which always tops the list of places to stay on Cape Cod. We had high expectations going… Read more
Chatham Bars Inn My boyfriend and I enjoy traveling around New England on the weekends discovering beautiful areas and finding great places to stay. We have stayed at a couple of great bed and breakfasts around Chatham, but decided to try Chatham Bars Inn, which always tops the list of places to stay on Cape Cod. We had high expectations going into the weekend and looked forward to the experience. There was a nor’easter going on when we arrived but the area still looked beautiful as we approached. We had chosen a “spa room,” which was more expensive than some of the standard rooms and were so excited for our cozy fall weekend get away. Unfortunately, when we got to our room we found the heat was not working. This was disappointing, considering the cold weather. It took a few hours for maintenance to repair our heat, but it did disrupt the start to our weekend. The following day was rainy and windy and we decided to make use of our “spa room” features: bathtub, steam shower and sauna. However, when we went to turn on the steam shower it didn’t work, and after trying to troubleshoot on our own we called the front desk who sent maintenance. My boyfriend had to explain to the maintenance attendant how the steam shower worked, as he wasn’t aware, and after a couple hours of attempting to resolve the issue, and coming back and forth to our room, he told us he had exhausted all possibilities except for taking the shower apart. By this point our afternoon had been, once again, disrupted and we told him not to worry about it as it was nearing dinner time anyway. We asked him to have the manager call, as we felt our “spa room” wasn’t living up to its expectations or higher cost. When the manger called she said the maintenance attendant told her we had turned down his offer to resolve our issue. This was surprising, and entirely untrue, as he wasn’t even sure he could resolve the issue, and we did not appreciate being somewhat thrown under the bus as we had been very nice to him and appreciative of his service. The manager offered to comp us our tavern meal for our troubles, about $80. This hardy seemed adequate given the troubles we had experiences this far. But our issues would not end here. We noticed it seemed very hot in our room after we returned from dinner. The heat in the room was set to 70 degrees, but the temperature in our room read 80 degrees and was very hot and humid. We turned the heat off, figuring it would bring the heat down, but it didn’t. The room was 80 degrees for the duration of our stay making for a pretty uncomfortable sleep that night. There were many friendly staff members, including the cleaning and restaurant staff, who made our time at Chatham Bars Inn pleasant and enjoyable. We also had some delicious meals and enjoyed the beauty of the property and it’s ocean views, which is undeniable. However, the issues we experienced during our stay and the way they were handled by management make it impossible for us to justify the nightly rates. We would not feel confident going back after this experience, which is unfortunate because the setting and area is one of the best on Cape Cod. We will also not be recommending the Chatham Bars Inn to our family or friends, but will be happy to return to the area and stay at some of the lovely bed and breakfasts we have discovered there. Read less
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Oct 15, 2019 Bluff99

We stayed 3 nights. Had a 3rd floor suite which is smaller than depicted in photos. View of bay is nice but lots of wedding activity out front. If you are tall watch out not to hit your head on doors to terrace. Room is ok housekeeping was very good. America was very gracious. The living area and bedroom connect THROUGH THE BATHROOM! This is… Read more
We stayed 3 nights. Had a 3rd floor suite which is smaller than depicted in photos. View of bay is nice but lots of wedding activity out front. If you are tall watch out not to hit your head on doors to terrace. Room is ok housekeeping was very good. America was very gracious. The living area and bedroom connect THROUGH THE BATHROOM! This is just bizarre and impractical. Bathroom is very small so only one person at a time. Vanity is small and no counter space. Views are ok if you look out standing. Noise level is high with wedding traffic. We came in October and expected outdoor areas to be closed etc. HOWEVER service was a major issue. We ordered room service. The coffee pot however did not have any coffee. They did then bring coffee. Refrigerator helps to have water. Coffee nespresso unit was good in room. Gabriel in valet was SUPERB! Handled our baggage on checkin and out. Drove us to town. Very positive and service oriented an asset. The valet staff was excellent! If you want to sit in the lounge and get a drink it is fully self serve. After asking we were directed to the bar in the sacred Cod. I waited 20 minutes at bar but never could connect with bar keepers. Others were waiting. I went out to ask Concierge where there was another bar. She stated that was it. She made no apology about access or service. I went out on porch as I saw a server. She said she could not help as they were closed. It’s about 5 pm. She also said go to Cod Bar. I quit! My wife felt it could not be that bad. 45 minutes later she had 2 drinks and a high level of frustration! It was insane. We even asked servers in Cod but they explained they could not help. SUGGESTION BRING YOU OWN BEVERAGES AND SELF SERVE. it is faster. One hour for 2 drinks is not a 3 star resort. It is even more frustrating when the resort fee is $53.00 for what? Taxes are about 14%. On a 1000 room the tax and resort fee is $200. Now I do not object if service was good or easily accessible. Rooms are not great, bar service terrible but Valet, housekeeping were great. The Sacred Cod restaurant servers were also great. Food was very good as were desserts. They are super. Thus why is bar and lounge service do awful? They had lots of people waiting in line. Not able to relax. Sun was gone before you could get a drink. Overall I will not return. Overrated and overpriced for our experience. I was sorely disappointed. I however commend the valet, housekeeping and Cod staff. The bar was overwhelmed and they were clearly understaffed. An apology would have gone a long way but I suspect this is the usual. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Location , Beautiful views, Beautiful landscape, Best place in the Cape !

Oct 10, 2019 IMKEVINFROMBOSTON Boston, Massachusetts

It does not get any better , plan your trip early, this is a very nice stay !Lots to do in the area , take a bike trip,explore the harbor ,Beaches and Beaches to explore, so many Great restaurants in the area , You will hate to leave . The inn really caters to your needs ,Have a Great time , or just Relax in luxury.
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Oct 9, 2019 andrewrmorse

Chatham Bars Inn (CBI) is unpretentious but at the same time luxurious. My family has enjoyed a summer vacation there for each of the last ten years or so. We will always return. We take a cottage which is near the splendid beach facing the famous sand bar, The beach area (as well as the fishing boat mooring) looks as it did when the Mayflower… Read more
Chatham Bars Inn (CBI) is unpretentious but at the same time luxurious. My family has enjoyed a summer vacation there for each of the last ten years or so. We will always return. We take a cottage which is near the splendid beach facing the famous sand bar, The beach area (as well as the fishing boat mooring) looks as it did when the Mayflower sailed by in 1620. The large pool are is nearby--kids love it as do I. There is nothing inexpensive about CBI but in no regard do I feel we have overpaid. One eatery is better than the next. If you like traditional New England fare--lobster nights at the beachside restaurant are superb as is the service. If you prefer a creative continental menu the main dining room is perfect. (The chef supervises a nearby organic vegetable garden that adds to the flavorful meals.) The tennis facility as well as instruction are first class. The Chatham public golf course (nine holes) is adjacent. While it is far from world class and the greens keeping primitive, its views south and east from the high dunes upon which it rests are spectacular. The rooms (at the cottages) are very comfortable and lush. The bathrooms are small but well appointed. Overall CBI is a national treasure (it was established in the 19th century) and truly worth the visit. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Hotel but high prices mean high expectations!

Oct 6, 2019 robinjn1 Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom

For our 3 night stay, we were in an ocean view cottage with a king bed. What exactly does this mean? The inn has a large main building with the main hotel facilities - restaurant, reception, bars and guest rooms. In addition to this, the inn owns a number of other houses in the surrounding area. The houses are then divided up into a number of self… Read more
For our 3 night stay, we were in an ocean view cottage with a king bed. What exactly does this mean? The inn has a large main building with the main hotel facilities - restaurant, reception, bars and guest rooms. In addition to this, the inn owns a number of other houses in the surrounding area. The houses are then divided up into a number of self contained units, in our case (Breakwater) there are six, three upstairs and three downstairs. Our unit consists of a large bedroom with king size bed, safe and storage space, a bathroom with basin, loo and bath with curtain around it for use of the shower. We have a small kitchenette, with coffee machine, fridge, kettle and a small sink. We also have a large sitting room with a sofa plus single chair, TV and a gas operated fire. The gas fire is lovely if the weather is cool or wet. Finally, we have an outside balcony / deck with chairs. I would have no hesitation describing this as a suite. Our cottage is a 5 minute walk from the main building and breakfast area. Some, like us, will not see this as a problem but I appreciate that if the weather is wet, this might not be to everyone’s liking. Talking of breakfast, the self service buffet is $36 per person if not included in your package. There is also an à la carte option. From our cottage we have a great view of Tern Island just in front of us, but between us and the island there is Chatham fish market where some of the catches are landed. Be aware that there can be a fishy smell, and some of the lorries can be noisy when reversing there early in the morning. The hotel has 2 or 3 restaurants including fine dining, but is only an easy 5 minute drive (or 15 min walk) from Chatham town centre where there are a variety of good dining options. The hotel offers a ‘free’ shuttle service to and from town at any time of day. Our stay was late in the season, end of September, and everything seems very civilised and orderly. I understand the area gets very busy during the peak summer months with parking problems in Chatham centre and overcrowding around the pool area. Couple of staff to get a special mention….Mantombi was excellent as a server in the dining room. Great with the guests and also Rich Fram (or similar) the customer services manager. He was doing a great job out at reception and is to be credited with his customer liaison skills. Couple of minuses....need to get rid of plastic cotton buds from guest bathrooms and stop the single use plastic disposable stirrers that are with the in room coffee makers. Overall, we were extremely satisfied with our stay. Justifiably, with such high prices for staying here, explications will be very high. Read less