With all the questions travelers have about finding the best, affordable Cape Cod hotels, I decided it was time to devote a special page to most frequently asked questions about Cape Cod accommodations.
Below you'll find some Cape Cod lodging questions that pop up a lot when I'm corresponding with visitors to my site.
If there's something you'd like to ask me about hotels, motels, or other lodgings on Cape Cod, click here to send me your question. I'll post an answer as soon as possible!
We're coming for a week's vacation in August, and we'd like to stay at a hotel on the beach.
Which towns have the best selection of beach hotels at reasonable prices?
Many hotels and motels in this area have their own private beach. Others are just a very short walk or quick bike ride from some of the nicest public beaches on Nantucket Sound.
Because of the sheer volume of rooms available in this area, prices tend to be a little lower here than they are in some other towns.
Here's a sampling of beachfront lodgings in these towns and across Cape Cod.
I travel a lot for business. I have a lot of rewards points from staying at "name-brand" hotels and motels, and I'd like to use them for a short getaway with some friends.
Are there any national chain hotels or motels on Cape Cod where I can use my rewards points for a free night or two?
We do have some of the big names here, but not as many as you might expect.
Can you recommend some family oriented hotels or resorts? We're a family of five, and our kids' ages are 9, 6 and 4. Thanks!
Wow! That covers a lot of ground.
Most hotels and resorts on Cape Cod are very welcoming to families with children. But, as with any vacation spot, some lodgings offer more for parents and kids than others.
I'm assuming you're looking for accommodations where there are plenty of activities on site to keep the kids busy, where they'll meet lots of other kids, and where you won't have to play "tour director" 24/7.
Here are several popular, family-oriented lodgings you might want to consider:
All we need is a place to sleep at night. Just a clean, comfortable room at a reasonable price.
How much should we expect to pay for "budget lodging"?
It all depends on the time of year.
If you've never been to the Cape during the winter, I encourage you to come on down (or up, or over, as the case may be). Cape Cod is peaceful, beautiful and relaxing to the max in the winter months!
Here are my top tips for getting the best rates at Cape Cod hotels.
My wife and I are coming to Falmouth for a wedding. We only need lodging for one night.
I've heard that most hotels on Cape Cod have two or three night minimum stay requirements. Is that true?
Yes, it's true.
Cape Cod's tourism season is pretty short. So every night is precious to lodging owners.
That's why many impose minimum stay requirements. Usually 2-3 night minimums, especially on weekends.
For a single night stay, you'll probably have the best luck at one of the larger national chain hotels on Cape Cod. They're more likely to have rooms available for a single night, even on weekends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Many lodgings also have cancellation policies with a hefty penalty if you cancel your reservation at the last minute or check out early.
These policies are normally very strictly enforced, so please, please, please ...
Be sure to learn about any cancellation policies and penalties before you make your reservation!
How much do Cape Cod hotels and motels charge for parking? Will we be able to leave our car in the parking lot at our Hyannis hotel while we're away in Martha's Vineyard?
Trying to save on ferry terminal parking fees, aren't you? Good thinking! Unfortunately, that's not the way it works.
Virtually all hotels, motels, B&Bs and inns on Cape Cod provide free parking for their paying guests.
BUT - when you check out, you're no longer a paying guest. So your vehicle must go with you.
That being said ...
It's possible that there are a few exceptions to this rule that I'm not aware of. So it never hurts to call your hotel of choice and ask what their parking policy is.
FYI: There's a long-term parking lot at Hyannis Transportation Center just off Main Street in Hyannis. Parking at the Transportation Center is $10-15/day, depending on time of year.
It's about 10 minutes walk from there to the ferry piers. In season, you can also take the Hyannis trolley from the Transportation Center to the piers ($2).
How far in advance should we reserve our hotel or motel room if we plan to visit sometime in August? Is Cape Cod a good place for "last minute deals" on lodging?
The general rule is: The earlier you reserve, the better. Wait too long, and you might find that everything's sold out for the dates you want.
A few years back, I was surprised to see "Vacancy" signs at quite a few popular hotels on Cape Cod - ones that are usually booked to capacity many months in advance. So, nosy one that I am, I asked some hotel owners and managers how their season was going.
As I suspected, reservations were down, vacancies were up, and they were offering some really nice last-minute deals to fill their empty rooms.
Will it be that way again in summers to come? Who knows.
To be safe, I'd still recommend reserving as early as you possibly can.
FYI: If you do decide to visit on the spur of the moment, call around. A hotel or motel that shows all rooms "Sold Out" online, might have had a last-minute cancellation that the website hasn't caught up with yet.
It's worth a quick call to the hotel's local phone number (it'll be a 508 area code) to find out if any rooms are available.
UPDATE: March 2016
According to local tourism officials, lodgings are booking up quickly for the upcoming travel months.
If you're planning a Cape Cod vacation in prime season, it's a good idea to reserve your accommodations as soon as possible!
Important: Lodging owners/management may change their rates, discounts, special offers, promotions, services, amenities, dates of operation, availability, etc. at any time, without prior notice, and without my knowledge. Be sure to confirm all details directly with the lodging provider before you make any travel plans!