Fodor's Expert Review Salt House Inn

6 Conwell St., Provincetown, Massachusetts 02657, USA See on Map

Kim MacKinnon

This upscale boutique hotel is part of the Salt Hotels collection, owned by David Bowd and talented designer Kevin O'Shea. Their ability to turn aging properties into sparkling gems, without losing their identity, is almost magical. This property was constructed in the 1850s as a series of cottages to house salt miners, but today it’s a hip, luxurious place to stay. You’d never know you are just two blocks from busy Commercial Street.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The inn is closed from mid-November through March. No kids under the age of 16 are allowed.


The 15 guest rooms range from standard double, small but lovely at 125 square feet, to deluxe king, which has a small sitting area. Arranged at the head of every bed is an interesting assortment of knick-knacks or "curiosities," as the owners call them. Anything from china plates to a wooden oar might adorn the wall. Every bed has a custom pillow-top mattress outfitted in luxurious linens.


Elegant bathrooms feature pedestal sinks, rainfall showerheads, and are stocked with natural bath products from C.O. Bigelow and the LA-based Further brand.


The reception area/dining room is the heart of the inn. It’s a comfortable place to hang out, with rustic hardwood floors, oil paintings and a chalkboard wall that is updated daily with the breakfast menu, weather, tides, sunset time and tips for what to do.

Guests can call ahead to have bikes waiting for them upon arrival, a great idea during busy summer weeks.


Complimentary breakfast is included with your stay and it is miles above what many inns offer. The menu changes daily and everything is made in house, from the freshly baked pastries to the yogurt you can top with fresh berries. Guests can dine at a communal table inside, at a private table for two or alfresco beneath a pergola covered in twisting wisteria.


Mimosas or bloody Marys are options at breakfast (or any time, for that matter) and a selection of wines, beers and cocktails are available all day.


Getting Around

Provincetown is completely walkable, so if you drove to the inn, 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 and the inn can set this up for you.


For dinner with amazing views, a local favorite is the Red Inn (25-minute walk), one of the town's oldest and best-loved restaurants. Victor's (20-minute walk) offers delicious quality seafood in a casual setting.


Lounge outside with a drink at the popular Patio American Grill & Cocktail Bar (5-minute walk), great for watching the world go by on Commercial Street. Another outdoor option is the AquaBar (10-minute walk), which overlooks the harbor and offers casual food and drinks with an unbeatable view.


The sophisticated inn is both luxurious and playful, with great amenities and service. The outdoor space, with lots of places to lounge in the sun or shade, offers a quiet getaway. Rooms are chic and uncluttered, with a fun aesthetic. This is not the standard Cape Cod inn, by any means.


Casual Chic


Phones: 508-487–1911

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