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Chatham Guest Rooms

September 25, 2013

Our accommodations in Cape Cod at the Chatham Guest Rooms were like staying at a friend’s house, only better.

Chatham Guest Rooms sign

After a phenomenal first B&B experience this spring, we were eager to find a similar setup during our trip to the Cape.  I came across the Chatham Guest Rooms while searching Trip Advisor for bed and breakfasts in Chatham, and between the phenomenal reviews and rates much lower than the other properties in the area, it looked like a slam dunk.

Chatham Guest Rooms

Located about a mile from downtown Chatham along Main Street, this classic Cape Cod house contains the three “guest rooms” and the proprietors’ other business – a specialty map shop called Maps of Antiquity.  We were able to snag the East Guest Room for around $150/night over Labor Day Weekend.  While the Guest Rooms don’t include breakfast, the other B&Bs we looked at in the area would have run us closer to $300/night for the same stretch.  Plus, we really like going out to breakfast.

The East Guest Room was spacious and comfortable.  We felt at home right away and loved it as our home base for the three nights we spent there.

Chatham Guest Rooms East Room

The bed was fantastic, and I especially enjoyed the cushy window seat at the far end of the room.  I spent quite a bit of time curled up there with a book.

Chatham Guest Rooms East Room

There was also a small fridge, coffee maker, mugs, plates, bowls and just about anything else you’d need to eat breakfast (or leftovers, in our case) in the room.  But my favorite part of the whole place was this book:

Chatham Guest Rooms

The owners, Bob and Danielle, couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.  When we checked in and Danielle gave us the quick tour of our room, she also showed us this spectacular binder where they’d compiled lists of their favorite restaurants, menus, maps and other information about the area.  They even had a “Top 20 Things to do in Chatham” page that became our guide for the next few days.  This was how we found out about most of the gems we took in during our stay, including breakfast at Hangar B, the Monomoy Wildlife Refuge, yoga on Lighthouse Beach and more.  Pretty much everything we did during our stay was recommended in this little book.  It was exactly the kind of resource I’d love to put together for my guests if I ever owned an inn.  In fact, I’d have so much fun making one that I might do it regardless.  Anyway…

Chatham Guest Rooms

The Chatham Guest Rooms also have a lovely backyard and garden.  It was gloomy outside during most of our visit, so I didn’t hang out back there as much as I would have if it’d been sunny.  I did spend a brief window of sunshine lounging back there, however, and it was simply wonderful.

Chatham Guest Rooms

The accommodations themselves were great – comfortable, relaxing, clean and spacious – but what I’m starting to realize really sets independent inns and B&Bs apart from chain hotels are the owners and staff.  Danielle and Bob couldn’t have been more helpful during our stay with recommendations, tips (and that BOOK!) and small touches that made us feel totally welcome.  For example, before our stay I’d called to find out if they had beach towels available for guests since we didn’t want to schlep ours in our suitcases.  Danielle said that they had a few and would be sure to put a couple aside for us.  When we arrived, there was a sunny yellow beach bag sitting on the couch in our room with two towels folded inside.  It’s the little things, I tell you!

I would stay there again in a heartbeat and recommend the Chatham Guest Rooms to anyone visiting Chatham.  Tell me – where’s the best place you’ve stayed on vacation lately?


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