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An elegant inn with up-to-date technology, cozy lounge areas, and an outdoor heated infinity pool
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.
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.
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.
Heated outdoor infinity pool, generous lounge areas, and access to the Shui Spa
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.
No full-service restaurant, but plenty of freebies and specialty cocktails too
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.
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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