Brass Key Guesthouse Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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Pros

  • Heated infinity pool and in-ground Jacuzzi
  • Excellent location near central Commercial Street
  • Elegant rooms with extras such as fireplaces and soaking tubs
  • Free evening wine and cheese reception
  • Additional freebies include daily breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking
  • Spacious outdoor lounge and roof deck
  • Access to Shui Spa at sister property, Crowne Pointe Inn
  • Dogs welcome (for a fee in 2 cottages only)

Cons

  • Minimum stay sometimes required
  • Rooms vary substantially; reserve a specific room to your taste
  • Some rooms require climbing stairs
  • No on-site restaurant

Bottom Line

This elegant, centrally located Provincetown inn has 43 rooms and suites decorated in a variety of styles -- from contemporary chic to classic Victorian. The Brass Key Guesthouse offers more amenities than you might expect from a Cape Cod inn, including an outdoor heated infinity pool, up-to-date technology, and a free nightly wine and cheese reception. This gated facility has lots of cozy outdoor lounge areas and free Wi-Fi, but some guests complain about the minimum stay requirement.

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 Scene

An elegant inn with up-to-date technology, cozy lounge areas, and an outdoor heated infinity pool

The Brass Key Guesthouse
The Brass Key Guesthouse

The Brass Key Guesthouse offers more than first meets the eye. Within this gated facility there are nine historically restored buildings (each with individual character) along with an outdoor heated pool, spacious courtyard, and a bar called the Shipwreck. With 43 rooms and suites, this inn is on the larger side for Provincetown. It was designed as a romantic retreat, and kids under the age of 18 are not permitted.

This inn doesn't have a full-service restaurant, but it does offer freebies throughout the day. Beyond continental breakfast, guests can enjoy free 24-hour cappuccino and espresso, along with an evening wine and cheese tasting. The Shipwreck bar is popular for a night cap after a meal in Provincetown.

 Location

A private, gated facility, near all the action on Commercial Street

The Brass Key Guesthouse is located on Bradford Street, just a block away from central Commercial Street. During the busy season, Provincetown's version of Main Street often has a festive atmosphere, especially with weekly events such as Carnival in August.

Provincetown is one of the Cape’s hottest destinations for gay and lesbian travelers, but there is also plenty here for straight travelers as well. Home to America’s first art colony, art lovers looking for original artwork will find plenty of galleries, exhibits and shops to browse. In town, it’s best to ditch the car and walk or cycle because parking is sparse and the streets are often filled with pedestrians.

In addition to a thriving art scene, Provincetown has many restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and theater to explore. Nature lovers might want to check out Herring Cove, one of the most popular (but rocky) beaches in town. Generally, families go to the right upon entering the beach, and gay and lesbians head to the left. Race Point is one of the best local spots for sunsets, and Provincetown Harbor is just a street away from the inn.

  • 20-minute flight from Boston via Cape Air, which flies into Provincetown Municipal Airport
  • 105 minutes by public transport from Boston. Take the Silver Line (15-minutes) from the airport to the Seaport Terminal. Board a fast ferry (90-minutes) to Provincetown
  • 3-hour drive from Boston Logan International Airport by car
  • 2-minute walk to Commercial Street for restaurants, shops, and galleries
  • 20-minute drive to Wellfleet

 Rooms

Elegant rooms with individual character and a range of extras -- from fireplaces to decks with unobstructed harbor views

The Penhouse Suite at The Brass Key Guesthouse
The Penhouse Suite at The Brass Key Guesthouse

The 43 rooms and suites of the Brass Key Guesthouse are spread over nine buildings. Guests can choose between standard rooms, suites, cottages, and one extremely decadent Penthouse Suite. The decor in each room varies depending on the building it is found in. The Queen Anne House is the newest addition, offering more contemporary style. The Carriage House rooms are built in cottage-style, featuring plenty of wicker and wood while the Victorian rooms showcase American Victorian antiques. Renovations in the 1990s restored the interior with period moldings, doors, and lighting fixtures. The Captain's House has a special roof deck for sunbathing, along with a common area furnished with early American antiques and a gas fireplace.

Rooms vary so widely that guests may want to request a specific room, based on style and amenities. Some rooms feature extras ranging from whirlpool tubs to fireplaces to private decks.

  • Flat-screen TVs with DVD players
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Eco-friendly bath products
  • Air-conditioning and heating
  • iPod adaptors
  • Extras include showers with wall jets and soaking tubs built for two.
  • Some rooms have mini-fridges, fireplaces, and private or shared decks

 Features

Heated outdoor infinity pool, generous lounge areas, and access to the Shui Spa

Pool at The Brass Key Guesthouse
Pool at The Brass Key Guesthouse

Many guests choose the mid-size Brass Key Guesthouse for its excellent features. This gated facility offers a variety of spaces for relaxation, including the heated outdoor infinity pool and Jacuzzi, a rooftop deck for sunbathing, and outdoor lounge area with gas heaters. Guests also have access to the Shui Spa that offers a long menu of treatments, many designed specifically for couples. While there is no full-service restaurant, continental breakfast is served daily and free cappuccino and espresso is available throughout the day. A free evening wine and cheese reception provides a light snack before heading out into Provincetown.

  • Free continental breakfast daily
  • Dogs allowed for a fee (two cottages only)
  • Access to Shui Spa at sister property, Crowne Pointe Inn
  • Heated infinity pool and Jacuzzi with free poolside drinks
  • Free evening wine and cheese reception
  • Cozy Shipwreck Lounge for specialty cocktails
  • Beach towels, coolers, and rain umbrellas available
  • Bike racks available (rent bikes at nearby Ptown bikes)
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • One free parking spot per room

 Food

No full-service restaurant, but plenty of freebies and specialty cocktails too

Shipwreck Lounge at The Brass Key Guesthouse
Shipwreck Lounge at The Brass Key Guesthouse

The Shipwreck is a social spot and bar located in the main building of the Brass Key Guesthouse. In addition to the nightly wine and cheese gathering, the Shipwreck also offers specialty cocktails. Every morning the inn offers a free continental breakfast with fresh-squeezed orange juice, home-baked muffins, fresh fruit, yogurt, and specialty tea and coffee.

 Bottom Line

This elegant, centrally located Provincetown inn has 43 rooms and suites decorated in a variety of styles -- from contemporary chic to classic Victorian. The Brass Key Guesthouse offers more amenities than you might expect from a Cape Cod inn, including an outdoor heated infinity pool, up-to-date technology, and a free nightly wine and cheese reception. This gated facility has lots of cozy outdoor lounge areas and free Wi-Fi, but some guests complain about the minimum stay requirement.

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Address

  • 67 Bradford Street

Room Types

  • #101 Superior King or Two Twin Room
  • #102 Standard Queen Room
  • #103 Standard Queen Room
  • #104 Standard Queen Room
  • #105 Standard Queen Room
  • #106 Standard Queen Room
  • #107 Standard Queen Room
  • #108 Superior Queen Room
  • #109 Deluxe King Room
  • #110 Standard Queen Room
  • #111 Deluxe Queen Cottage
  • #112 Deluxe King Cottage
  • #114 Deluxe King Cottage
  • #115 Deluxe King Cottage
  • #120 Superior King or Two Twin Room
  • #121 Superior Queen Room
  • #122 Superior Queen Room
  • #123 Superior King Room
  • #124 Superior King Room
  • #125 Superior King Room
  • #130 Deluxe King Room
  • #131 Standard Queen Room
  • #132 Standard Queen Room
  • #133 Superior King Room
  • #134 Superior King Room
  • #135 Superior King Room
  • #136 Deluxe King Room
  • #137 Standard Queen Room
  • #138 Deluxe Queen Room
  • #139 Deluxe King Room
  • #140 Deluxe King Room
  • #141 Superior Queen Room
  • #142 Deluxe King Room
  • #150 Standard Queen Room
  • #151 Standard Queen Room
  • #152 Deluxe King and Twin Daybed Room
  • #153 Standard Queen Room
  • #154 Standard Queen Room
  • #155 Superior King Room
  • #156 Superior Queen Room
  • #157 Deluxe King Room
  • Penthouse Suite
  • Poolside Cabana Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 43
Pool: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Provincetown, Cape Cod
Address: 67 Bradford Street
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