David Bowd and Kevin O'Shea (he's the talented designer) own several boutique properties that they have rigorously renovated into stylish havens. This 1776 property—one of the oldest and few remaining brick colonials in town—features a neutral palette throughout, with crisp white beds and white subway tile in the showers. It is soothing but never boring, especially when punctuated with brilliant bathroom floor tiles and gleaming wood floors. Each room, from a standard queen to the stunning Terrace Suite, has its own special, large commissioned portrait; with only a quick glance, you may miss the humor: the hotel's namesake stands in his military finery, complete with stage-ready eye makeup and dangling diamonds. Here you get the high-end amenities, comforts, and service of a large boutique hotel in a beautiful, intimate, and friendly historic setting.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is open daily spring through October and only on weekends in the winter. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed (except in the Residence).
No expense was spared to make the 14 rooms as comfortable as possible, yet each is entirely unique in design. Custom pillow-top mattresses outfitted in luxurious linens ensure a good night’s sleep. Some rooms have private decks and fireplaces.
For an ultra-private retreat, book the hotel’s “Residence,” an adjacent four-bedroom house decorated in the same quirky, yet luxurious, style and which includes all the amenities of the inn. It is available to rent year-round.
Showers boast rain showerheads and natural bath products from C.O. Bigelow and LA-based Further brand. Some rooms have clawfoot bath tubs.
There’s no real lobby to speak of, though there is a gallery of amusing portraits in the hallway you shouldn't overlook. When you enter the house, you’ll be greeted by a staff member and be given a key to your room.
A small heated saltwater pool in the back of the property is a little hidden oasis.
Complimentary breakfast is included with your stay and it’s heads and shoulders above the usual B&B fare. The menu changes daily and everything is made in house, from the freshly baked pastries to the yogurt to savory dishes like frittatas. If you want delivery to your room, no problem.
You can start the day off with a mimosa or bloody Mary (or have one any time, for that matter), as well as choose from a selection of wines, beers and cocktails available all day.
Provincetown is completely walkable, so if you drove to Eben House, you can park your car and forget it. If you came on the ferry or via a bus, again, there’s no need for a car. The hotel is steps from the center of town. Renting a bike to get to the beach is a popular option.
A wealth of options are mere steps away from the inn. The Patio American Grill & Cocktail Bar on Commercial Street is a great place to sit outside, enjoy local seafood and people-watch. Another option is Spindler’s, also on Commercial, which offers a seasonal New England menu, using classic French techniques and elements of Italian cooking.
A mainstay in Provincetown is the Crown & Anchor, a popular spot with a variety of entertainment options. The Squealing Pig is a traditional Irish pub, also quite popular.
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s not often you can say a hotel or inn has a sense of humor, but Eben House does. That said, it never sacrifices luxury and service. Certainly, the whimsical elements are fun, but what makes this a stand-out property is the exquisite attention to detail and the wide arrange of amenities, from the free parking and Wi-Fi to the delicious breakfast and serene outdoor spaces.