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Winstead Inn and Beach Resort
Ranked #1 of 8 Harwich Port B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 August 2017

It began as a positive stay in the Chanderly Starboard room. But when our neighbors moved in with their unruly children, it made for what began as a peaceful stay, a miserable one. Unfortunately, the weather didn't help our predicament as it rained from August 12 through most of the following day...when we were scheduled to check out.

We didn't tell management about it because we were leaving, but had we stayed an additional day, we have would indicated the inconvenience to management - especially for the amount of money we were paying for the weekend.

However, we did let our neighbors know that we didn't appreciate the unecessary noise and might consider being more considerate since we were sharing a wall.

However, our hosts for breakfast were wonderful and warm and the food was great. We appreciated their hospitality. We loved the property, but not the town. We weren't made to feel very welcome and unfortunately, as an African American couple, we find that not all towns in America - in the "liberal" north or boisterous south - are accommodating to people like us.

We didn't get a chance to visit Martha's Vineyard where many of AAs vacation, but we found the people in Wellfleet and Provincetown to be much warmer and genuine towards us. But we will never go back to Chatham where we encountered some of the meanest, most entitled people we've ever had to share air with. It was quite unfortunate.

Cape Cod is beautiful, but choose your city wisely or it could make for a very uncomfortable experience - especially if you're a person of color.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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DouglasHeywood, General Manager at Winstead Inn and Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Chrystal,
We are seriously sorry for your encounters with us and locally. We always want to be apprised of any issues especially on our properties. There are no reasons for you to have less than a pleasurable time with us. Most of our guests are respectful of others, but in the event that someone or party is not we want to know so we can correct the situation. We have had a few problem guests through our 32 years, they are not welcome here and will never return. Remember, we cannot correct anything we are not aware of. The Winstead Properties are for all to enjoy, but not at the expense of others.

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

The Winnstead Inn and Beach Resort has two beautiful locations - one on the beach and one about a mile away. They are both lovely. If you stay at the Beach, the beach resort is gorgeous and you can walk to town. If you stay at the Main Inn, you are not on the ocean, but you can use the beach resort and there's a small pretty pool. (you can't use the pool if you stay at the beach - so if you have kids that like a pool in the evening or morning, stay at the Main Inn) -- the rooms are spacious and beautiful - traditional style decor but all very updated high high quality. Wonderful beds and linens. A very nice breakfast is served, continental style, but with some hot choices (like boiled eggs and this morning there was french toast). The service is really friendly and helpful. It's a great find. Just ask questions about each location and amenities if you want detail as it can be confusing online if you're booking quickly. And you can only check in at the main inn. They will be very clear on all this if you call or if you read through the site carefully, but if you just go to book a room and you're on the go, it might not be all obvious.

Stayed: August 2017
1  Thank Michelle M
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DouglasHeywood, General Manager at Winstead Inn and Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Michelle,
We think our website is very clear but unfortunately when reserving on a third party site(Expedia, Booking.com etc.) not all information is available. An important note, you will find better availability and lower rates on our official site(winsteadinn.com). We set the rates and will not offer better rates elsewhere and of course all specials are only on our website.

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Reviewed 7 August 2017

As part of our two year anniversary celebration, my boyfriend and I decided to spend the last night of our Cape Cod vacation in Harwich. After research, it was clear that the Winstead Inn is the place to stay! Although it was pricey, I booked somewhat last minute and understood that it's tourism season, but worth the money.

The property has two locations, this is something I did not realize upon booking, as I thought the Inn and Resort were together. I was a bit disappointed that I did not book a room on the beach as it was a celebration, but understood that this was my fault.

The inn is a beautiful property, very close to the center of Harwich, with lots of great shops and restaurants. We stayed on the bottom floor in the Commodores Quarters with our own access to outside. I LOVED the white blanket on top of our bedding and would love to order one for home! The room was extremely spacious, updated, and the bathroom was very elegant- with heated floors and an oversized shower. Overall, the room was very clean and no complaints there. Important to note however, that being on the bottom floor, it does get loud in the morning as the common room is directly upstair.

I would have loved to use the pool, as I was told it is heated to 86 degrees, but it was rain during our stay and the pool did not feel heated. No big deal. We enjoyed our time watching movies and ordering local pizza (Ember). The inn provided fresh breakfast items as well as to items made to order. I had to choose between French baked banana break or quiche. I went with savory and was very happy with my choice!

Note- The pool is only for guests registered at the inn.

I was pleased that we were allowed to check in an hour and a half early, and the staff could not have been more pleasant and accommodating.

Guests of the Inn can use the resort beach a mile away, but only while checked in. You cannot use it for the day before or after check in. I was disappointed, but again, it was rainy so not a big deal. However, as I was checking out, I very upset guest protested this policy. Whether it's for liability purposes or whatever the reason, the woman assisting this guest did not deserve to be treated this way. Perhaps in the future the policy may be changed, but acting rudely was not necessary.

Overall, we will be back next year and recommend the property. Next year we hope to stay at the resort.

Room Tip: Make sure you know if you are booking at the inn or resort. Pool is for inn only.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Corri M
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DouglasHeywood, General Manager at Winstead Inn and Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Corri for your review. In this world of regulations and liabilities it has become necessary to limit our properties to registered guests only and on that subject, as small properties we want to keep the relaxed and uncrowded atmosphere the way you would want them during your stay. There are large hotels available for guests that want that busy atmosphere, but we are not one of them. Of course my answer is to make your stay longer and remember. even though we guarantee a 3:00pm check-in we always welcome earlier arrival when it is possible.

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Reviewed 31 July 2017

It's our 1st time at the Inn, but the 10th + time we have been to the Winstead Inn and Resort. We started with our first trip in 2006 and have been coming back every year except one. My mother-in-law has been coming with us the last 4 times and she just loves it here. The owners Greg, Doug and Dave are hands on and keep both properties in excellent shape. Their staff starting with Jody are very receptive and accommodating and are truly first rate. As I mentioned to Greg and Doug our only complaint is next year we have to decide whether we want to stay at the Inn again or at the Resort. You can't go wrong with either location and it continues to be the only place we even consider for our annual Cape Cod vacation. It's like staying with family.

Room Tip: The Inn I believe has 1 or 2 wheelchair accessible suites. For the 3 of us we like room #12 at the r...
  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
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Thank bocha120
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DouglasHeywood, General Manager at Winstead Inn and Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

When our repeat guests return, it is like family coming home. We love all of our guests but some are just special. Thanks for your continued patronage.

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Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

We spent four nights at the beautiful Winstead Inn. It is charming, quiet, and extremely comfortable. The hosts could not be nicer, even going so far as to track down a new phone charger for my husband's ancient phone. We hated to leave!

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Elaine K
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DouglasHeywood, General Manager at Winstead Inn and Beach Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Well, we really didn't want you to leave. happy guests make our day. Come back soon.

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Address: 114 Parallel St & 4 Braddock Lane, Harwich Port, Harwich, MA 02645
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Cape Cod > Harwich > Harwich Port
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Harwich Port
Price Range: $288 - $543 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Winstead Inn and Beach Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Distinguished, yet casual and unassuming. The Winstead Inn enjoys the serenity of Harwich Center. Just 100 yards to the Cape Cod Rail Trail and only 1.5 Miles to our private beach front Beach House. Our private vehicle will transport Winstead Inn guests to and from the Beach House. The Beach House enjoys its beach front location while being only a seven minute stroll to Harwich Port village. Enjoy the beach, restaurants, and shops without ever needing your car. Cape Cod at its best. ... more   less 
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