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 I will always love this place, but....

Jul 3, 2020 LucyLue88

After 3 months of quarantine with two kids at home, my husband and I decided to splurge on a 2 night getaway for us. We NEEDED the relaxation. We needed the pampering. What better place to relax than the Chatham Bars Inn? This place is all about the extra touches. While we have stayed here a few times before, it's not the kind of place we can… Read more
After 3 months of quarantine with two kids at home, my husband and I decided to splurge on a 2 night getaway for us. We NEEDED the relaxation. We needed the pampering. What better place to relax than the Chatham Bars Inn? This place is all about the extra touches. While we have stayed here a few times before, it's not the kind of place we can stay at regularly since it's $$$. Check in was great, and room was ready early. We were given a welcome PPE kit. Only had one mask and one pair of gloves, but plenty of hand sanitizer. I suggest they fill them up with enough supplies for the amount of people in the room. Nice touch, though. As soon as we got to the room (in the Main building), we noticed the smell of marijuana. Not really what I was expecting. Figured it was the room next door, or possibly someone on the roof (our room was a view of the back of hotel roof). Figured it would go away soon. Decided not to ask to move rooms because of the whole Covid cleaning procedures ( we had already put our stuff down).. Our room reeked until midnight. But that was our mistake for not asking to move. Next day we splurged on a pool cabana. We have done this once in the past. Last time we did, a basket of pastries and fruit came with the cabana.. When I inquired about it, I was told because of Covid that they don't do that anymore. Not the end of the world, but not sure how to blame that on Covid??? In the past, I remember great service. Someone was always around to see if you needed anything. I didn't feel that this time. Possibly not as much staff as past visits. The pool usually has a table set up with sunscreen for use and ice water containers with lemon and cucumber. Those little touches are gone. My guess Covid restrictions. We weren't able to sit outside for dinner our second night. No tables available for the entire night! UGH. I was surprised they didn't have the Beach House open for dinner. So we sat inside, but were given the same limited menu as terrace. Not a lot of options. We wouldn't have minded so much if we got to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air. It's hard to figure out if there are cutbacks at the Inn, or just restrictions due to the pandemic. Overall, our stay was relaxing and enjoyable, with the same incredible views as always. But I did feel like something was missing. Shout out to the Valet guys. Always had a hustle, smile and cold water to pass to us for our arrival and departure. Read less
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Jun 27, 2020 NG2345 UK

I love the Chatham Bars Inn and was pleased to get a short notice weekend away with our kids after months of lock down. It has been lovely to this point and I credit the staff for everything they have done to make it amazing. 5 stars up to now. However, we couldn’t get connecting rooms but our room has a connecting door to another room. Turns out… Read more
I love the Chatham Bars Inn and was pleased to get a short notice weekend away with our kids after months of lock down. It has been lovely to this point and I credit the staff for everything they have done to make it amazing. 5 stars up to now. However, we couldn’t get connecting rooms but our room has a connecting door to another room. Turns out that the connecting door has no sound proofing so I can hear every move of the couple next door having sex (as I write). The door frankly may as well be wide open - It’s not even muffled. I’m just glad we our kids in the other room. Don’t blame the couple - their vacation too. Think the CBI could do a better job of sound proofing... I am hoping the couple get it over with quickly so I can get to sleep. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Everything we expected and more to celebrate a 45th bday and entertain 3 kids

Jun 27, 2020 498mattc Northborough, Massachusetts

We have always driven by the Chatham Bars Inn but this was the first time we splurged to actually stay there. I decided for my wife's 45th birthday to gather 3 other couples and spend 1 night/2 days enjoying the beautiful property. In addition to celebrating the big day, we had our 3 kids along with us ages 6, 8 and 10. Even with all the… Read more
We have always driven by the Chatham Bars Inn but this was the first time we splurged to actually stay there. I decided for my wife's 45th birthday to gather 3 other couples and spend 1 night/2 days enjoying the beautiful property. In addition to celebrating the big day, we had our 3 kids along with us ages 6, 8 and 10. Even with all the precautions around Covid, we had an amazing experience. Overall, the resort was amazing. I was overwhelmed by the awesome landscaping. There were beautiful flowers in bloom all over the resort. We spent both days down at the pool which was fantastic. It is right on the water less than 100 yards walk to the beach. My kids and I took the free boat, driven by Captain Dan, out to see the seals and then he took us across the channel where we walked 10 minutes across the sand bar to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a complimentary service that CBI offers and was so easy. Captain Dan shuttles passengers back and forth all day non-stop and the detour by the 100's of seals bathing in the sun was one of the highlights of the vacation for my kids. Each day, we dropped the kids off at Kids camp which they absolutely loved. The camp was kept to a max of 6 kids to ensure social distancing and they wore masks the whole time but were fine with that. The counselors, Lucy, Caroline and others were awesome. They played Wii, did origami, made cupcakes, walked to the beach and did arts and crafts. Again, this was a complimentary service but something you should definitely sign up for in advance. At night, I signed the kids up for the night kids camp which did cost $45 but was from 6-9pm so we could go have dinner. The kids made s'mores and played games... they loved it. We had dinner on the veranda (definitely plan ahead and make reservations) with the 3 other couples and everyone raved about their meals (scallops, Haddock, Cod, Pot Roast, burger), and then had a drink out by the gazebo at the wine bar. The view overlooking the harbor was truly beautiful. On our 2nd day, we walked into Chatham which was less than a 10 minute walk for coffee and to check out the shops. The town is really adorable and there is a mandate that masks are required at all times in town so they are really focusing on safety. All in all, CBI was really fantastic. The staff, service, food, landscaping, room, kids club, added features, etc. all lived up to the reputation. If you are planning to visit Cape Cod, I suggest you keep CBI on top of your list. Read less
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Jun 23, 2020 Bethie242 Norton, Massachusetts

For the past 3 summers we have stayed there in July, this summer we will not be staying. After last summers visit of disappointment we are not going back to stay this summer. Our first summer was amazing! The attention to detail was amazing. And each summer it became less and less. The final straw for me was last summer while renting a cabana… Read more
For the past 3 summers we have stayed there in July, this summer we will not be staying. After last summers visit of disappointment we are not going back to stay this summer. Our first summer was amazing! The attention to detail was amazing. And each summer it became less and less. The final straw for me was last summer while renting a cabana for Two of the days by the pool. We usually get one because it’s easier with a little one for privacy with naps and diaper changes. Last year the cabana wasn’t cleaned out from the day before! Left over beer from the guest the day before, snacks and wrappers in the basket. The fridge was broken and it took all day to get a new one brought in. Not to mention it wasn’t set up with usual amenities that had been done like previous years. Second day of cabana put us in a different one.. this one the cabinet door was hanging off and they had gotten rid of the flag system for getting an attendants attention. Made it difficult for switching towels out and ordering lunch. You are paying for a beautiful landscape, historic charm, pool, beach, and walking distance to town. I’ll never take that away from the hotel. But after last years visit of them not giving a crap about their returning guest I was all set. What was funny is every year I get a survey email after a visit and last year I never received one. I felt like they knew they weren’t at their best last year. I received an email stating this year the cabanas are remodeled. And because of covid maybe the hotel will be up to par and trying a little harder for better experience for guests. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing, Memorable Trip (despite COVID)!

Jun 23, 2020 kelseymcc1 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Our original wedding celebration in RI was postponed due to COVID. My parents contacted the Chatham Bars Inn to arrange a dinner after our small wedding ceremony. There were some restrictions which changed our plans, since we could not dine indoors as planned. However, the staff at Chatham Bars Inn were so accommodating and made the night so… Read more
Our original wedding celebration in RI was postponed due to COVID. My parents contacted the Chatham Bars Inn to arrange a dinner after our small wedding ceremony. There were some restrictions which changed our plans, since we could not dine indoors as planned. However, the staff at Chatham Bars Inn were so accommodating and made the night so memorable. Every staff member working was ready to help guests. Even the valets were dancing as we drove up in our party bus playing music. We had a delicious dinner overlooking the water (in groups of 6 per table per regulations). Afterwards, we sat in the Adirondack chairs with wine and oysters...truly a memorable evening! My husband and I spent the night in the main inn. The room was clean and the view was beautiful. I loved the Nespresso machine in the room so much that I ended up buying the same one for our house. The walk into town isn't very far and it's very scenic. Despite COVID, the hotel still has its charm and elegance. We cannot wait to come back next summer and every summer after! Read less