Carpe Diem Guesthouse & SPA

12 Johnson Street , Provincetown, MA 02657-2312 USA (Show map)

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European Charm and luxury amenities make this Guesthouse & SPA an escape out of the ordinary. Our award winning boutique Hotel is quietly located in the center of Provincetown and an adult-only oasis of relaxation. All our guestrooms offer private bath, queen size beds, down comforter and pillows, bathrobes, Flat Screen TV; some feature fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private entrance and/or private patios. The gardens and patios are a green oasis far away from all the excitement of Commercial Street. Our Namaste Spa featuring Massage Services, 2 Finnish Sauna's, Provincetown's largest Steam Room and Hotspring Hydrojet Hot Tub offers great relaxation year round from 9am to 8 pm. Our homemade breakfast is famous. Every morning the dining rooms are the meeting point for all the guests who like a good cup of coffee, freshly baked bread and cakes, waffles, Quiche or other special treats and a nice chat with friendly people. The common rooms are a great place to relax, read a good book, meet people or chat with new friends. Complimentary sherry and port and a 24 hour coffee & tea station available for your comfort as well as WIFI for those that need to stay connected to the "real" world.

Reviews

Overall
4.7

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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service5
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.9

The Best!!!!

5 on February 23, 2012

Carpe Diem is the best guesthouse in Provincetown. The rooms are super clean, breakfast is great and the staff is very accommodating. I loved the Spa and the location could is perfect! I will definitely come back!


Highly Recommended

4.6 on October 26, 2010

I love Carpe Diem - it's luxurious, the rooms are lovely, the food is great, and the hosts are very welcoming. Can't say enough good things.


Gem in P'town

4.8 on August 05, 2010

My husband and I first stayed at Carpe Diem for our wedding in P'town in 2009 and have returned several times since then. Carpe Diem is an oasis in the middle of the fun craziness of Provincetown. From check inn to check out you'll feel pampered: the rooms (all different but equally charming and for different budget sizes) are super clean with a lot of light, very comfortable beds; the afternoon wine & cheese hour is the perfect opportunity to meet other guests; the spa is FANTASTIC (the best steam room I've ever seen!); and then the breakfast: everything you could desire! From fresh muffins and bread, perfect bircher muesli, fresh fruit, great coffee to the daily special - simply great and usually we can't even do a lunch after that. And last but not least, Carpe Diem lives mostly from the 3 incredible nice innkeepers and all their equally nice staff! You are fantastic, guys!


Wonderful B&B - We Loved It

5 on August 04, 2010

We recently spent a week at Carpe Diem - our first visit - but certainly not our last. Not only is the place beautiful and well maintained, but its owners and staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating. We met a variety of nice people from all over, and most have stayed here multiple times. Absolutely wonderful.


The Creme de la Creme of guesthouses in Provincetown

5 on July 27, 2010

There are not enough superlatives to describe Carpe Diem. All I can say is you get what you pay for. The staff give top class service, and are extremely welcoming. You can have a fantastic breakfast every morning, freshly prepared.The rooms are fantastically comfortable. The location is quiet and restful, while still close to all the action in P/town. You even have an extremely relaxing spa area with a great hot tub, steam room and sauna to unwind in. I'm sure there are cheaper guesthouses in P/town, but I doubt you will find many, which are quite as good value as Carpe Diem. I look forward to returning next year.


friendly staff, great breakfast

3.6 on July 14, 2010

Jarrod the front dest mananger was very friendly and pleasant


Carpe Cape

4.4 on March 27, 2010

Provincetown is way the heck out on the end of Cape Cod, but it's a great place, and Carpe Diem is a great b&b to stay. The rooms are small-to-modest sized but very comfy and well appointed. The grounds are lovely, and there's a spa + hot tub on site. The staff is super-friendly and the food is quite good. It has free parking for guests and the location can't be beat. You're less than a minute walk away from the main commercial strip in P-town, with plenty of food, shopping + entertainment. The nearest beach is a 5-minute drive (or short bike ride) away. You're also not far from other fun stuff on the Cape: more beaches, the summer baseball league, whale watches from P-town are just down the street, and you're ~20 minute drive from Wellfleet and the Cape Cod National Seashore wildlife refuge. About the only downside to CD is that it isn't cheap, but if you're willing to splurge a bit, this is a fine place to do it.


Always have a pleasant stay

5 on August 14, 2009

We have stayed here several times in the last few years and always have a wonderful time. Rooms are nice and well cared for, hosts are pleasant and chatty when you want them to be, and quiet if you don't want chatty and the breakfasts are delicious and filling. We always feel welcome and appreciated here. They take good care of us.


Memorial Weekend 2009

4.6 on May 26, 2009

My partner were extremely pleased with our accomodations at Carpe Diem. After an extensive traffic delay which brought us to Provincetown after midnight, a welcoming envelope greeted us and we found an immaculate, beautifully decorated room with very comfortable bed, tv and wireless internet. The comfort of the room made a cold and overcast (sometime rainy) weekend a snuggly retreat from a busy life. Although close to Commercial Street, the guesthouse was a very quiet place to return from the noise and crowds on Commercial. The breakfast was well presented and we were greeted with a smile from our hosts or the breakfast staff. They always inquired how the previous day went or if we needed any information for the day ahead. The patio was a great place to meet other guests and we had a great time over the wine and cheese provided by the host and chatting with some Canadians from Vancouver. My partner enjoyed the spa facilities and said they were as clean and well designed as the rest of the grounds. Carpe Diem is sure to embrace you in warm comfort and make any stay in Provincetown a memorable one. Marty - Brooklyn, NY


Simply Wonderful

4.6 on June 19, 2008

Warm welcoming guests - while allowing for lots of privacy and rest. We had a very memorable stay. Many nice touches - I would gladly recommend this place and plan to return again.


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Rooms & Rates

Tennessee Williams Room

The Tennessee Williams Room is located in our main house on the 1st floor with a bay window, queen size bed, private bath, TV, WiFi access, A/C & heat, king down comforter, bathrobes, large closet, refrigerator. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $299

Eugene O'Neill Room

The Eugene O'Neill Room is located in our main house on the 1st floor with a bay window, queen size bed, private bath, TV, WiFi access, A/C & heat, king down comforter, bathrobes, armoire, refrigerator. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as full spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $329

Heinrich Heine Room

The Heinrich Heine room is located on our 2nd floor with a limited bay view, queen size bed, private bath, TV, WiFi access, ceiling fan, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator, large closet. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as full spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $129 - $319

Rainer Maria Rilke

The Rainer Maria Rilke room is located on the 2nd floor, with a queen size bed, private bath, TV and WiFi access, A/C and ceiling fan, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator, and armoire. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as full spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $139 - $299

Dorothy Parker Room

The Dorothy Parker room is located on the second floor in our main house with sophisticated furnishings, a queen sized bed, private bath with tub, TV, WiFi internet access, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator, and a large armoire. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, spa access, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $119 - $299

Emily Dickinson Room

The Emily Dickinson room is located on our 2nd floor in the main house with a nice view of the pilgrim monument, queensize bed, private bath, TV/VCR, Telephone with in room voicemail & dataport, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, armoire. The rate includes our homemade German style breakfast, daily maid service & ample off-street parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $105 - $195

Harry Kemp Room

The Harry Kemp room is located on the 2nd floor in the main house, fullsize bed, private bath, TV/VCR, Telephone with in room voicemail & dataport, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, closet. The rate includes our homemade German style breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $95 - $185

William Shakespeare

The William Shakespeare room is located on the 2nd floor in our main house with sitting area, cathedral ceiling,antiques, fireplace, queensize bed, private bath, ceiling fan, TV/VCR, Telephone with in room voicemail & dataport, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refridgerator, closet. The rate includes our homemade German style breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $135 - $215

Robert Frost Room

The Robert Frost room is located on the second floor in our Carriage house with private deck and entrance, sitting area, fireplace, cathedral ceiling, queen size bed, private bath, TV and WiFi access,ceiling fan, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator, armoire. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as full Spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $419

Oscar Wilde Room

The Oscar Wilde room is located on the second floor in our carriage house with private entrance, sitting area, fireplace, cathedral ceiling, queen size bed, private bath, TV and WiFi access, ceiling fan, Telephone with in room voicemail & dataport, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator, and armoire. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid/room service & ample off-street parking, as well as full spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $419

Marcel Proust Room

The Marcel Proust Suite is located in our Carriage house on the first floor. It is one of our romantic garden suites with private entrance, french doors to the semi- private patio, wooden floors, sitting area, fireplace, queen size bed, private bath with whirlpool tub, TV and WiFi access, A/C, king down comforter, bathrobes, refrigerator. A fireplace makes this suite a perfect fall & winter retreat. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid service & ample off-street parking, as well as full Spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $459

Jean Cocteau Room

The Jean Cocteau Suite is located in our Carriage house on the first floor. It is one of our romantic gardensuites with private entrance, french doors to the semi- private patio, wooden floors, sitting area, a queen bed, private bath with whirlpool tub, TV and WiFi access, coffee maker, bathrobes, refrigerator and more. A fireplace makes this suite a perfect fall & winter retreat. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid service & ample off-street parking, as well as full Spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $199 - $459

Henry David Thoreau

Romantic cottage with cathedral ceilings, a luxurious king bed, large private bath with 2 person shower,fireplace,ceiling fan, wetbar with Microwave & Coffeemaker, refrigerator, TV, WiFi access, remote controlled A/C, integrated stereo system, dimmable lights, leather sofa, king down comforter, bathrobes, large closet. The rate includes our homemade hearty breakfast, daily maid service & ample off-street parking, as well as full spa access and a private garden with outdoor shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $229 - $499

George Sand Suite

The George Sand room is one of our deluxe rooms with private entrance located on the first floor of our Main House. Wood floors are a highlight of this room that features antique furnishings and paintings. There is ample space for relaxation, whether it is dozing in the comfort of the queen-size bed or reading the latest novel and sipping a glass of wine while in one of the room's two armchairs looking out of the french doors that open up to this room’s private deck with chairs to sit in and enjoy the Provincetown sun and views of our garden patio as well as the Pilgrim Monument. For your added comfort and convenience, we also provide bathrobes, beach towels, down comforter, refrigerator, air conditioning in the summer, TV and WiFi access, fireplace, and full spa access as well as our hearty homemade breakfast and parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $399

Ruan Ji Room

This large and luxurious room with a fireplace, sitting area, private bathroom, and Chinese influenced decoration opens on to our courtyard and is steps from Namaste Spa. It includes a TV, WiFi access, refrigerator, AC/heat, coffee maker and more. Your booking includes our hearty homemade breakfast and full spa access, as well as parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $419

James Baldwin Room

The James Baldwin Room is a bright and airy second floor room in our spa building and a private deck. It has a queen sized bed, sitting area, private luxurious bathroom and is a quiet side of the property. The fireplace creates a warm feel on cool evenings. There is a TV, WiFi access, coffee maker, and the booking includes the homemade hearty breakfast, full Spa access, and parking.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $419

Raj Rao Room

The Raj Rao is a luxurious Indian style room with a king bed, sitting area, large bathroom, fireplace, air conditioning, refrigerator and TV/WiFi access. This room has its own sitting area off our garden, and is mere steps from the entrance to Namaste Spa. Your booking includes our homemade hearty breakfast, parking, and full access to spa facilities.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $439

Stanley Kunitz Room

This large, private room with a king sized bed and a kitchenette, as well as a private deck area is one of the most popular at our inn. The sitting area invites relaxation after a full day exploring all Provincetown has to offer. It includes TV, WiFI, coffee maker, microwave, large bathroom, AC, and more. Your booking includes our full hearty breakfast, parking, and full spa access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $439

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town

Airport

Boston, MA (BOS-Logan Intl.)

Directions to property:

When you reach Provincetown on Route 6, you will see a sign which says Provincetown Center-next 3 lefts. Take the second left which is Conwell Street. Go a short distance down Conwell which ends at Bradford Street. Take a right and Johnson Street is your first left.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Whale Watch, Bike trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Parking, Sauna, Spa, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities , Adult - only guesthouse & Spa, Afternoon Wine & Cheese hour, Finnish Sauna & Hamam Steam Room, All Day Beverage Service, Massage Services

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wet bar, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Fitness Center/Gym, Spa & Wellness Center, Sauna, Massage Services, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 2 PM
  • Check Out:: 11 AM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Minimum stays required for some special events/holidays
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of 50% of total charges is required to confirm reservations of 2 nights or more. Reservations of 1 night require a deposit equal to the full amount charged.
  • Cancellations: Deposits on rooms canceled prior to 21 days of your scheduled arrival date are refunded in full, less a 10% cancellation fee, with a minimum cancellation charge of $25. Deposits on rooms canceled within 21 days of your arrival date are refunded only if rooms are rerented for the entire period of the booking less the cancellation fee described above. No refunds for shortened stays.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Stephen Hooper, Paul Graves

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

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Meals

Breakfast

Free

  • Time Served: 8:00 - 11:00am
  • Serving Location: outdoor patio in summer, Breakfast Room, Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

, Many options for different diets available


Signature Dish

Homemade full grain German bread
Ingredients: 3 cups of regular white flour 3 cups of rye flour 3 cups of whole wheat flour 1 cup of plain yogurt 2 cups of water 3 tsp of dry yeast 1 TB of salt some walnuts and/or seats (pumpkin, flax, sunflower or whatever you like) Preparation: This bread takes 2 days to make. The first day you mix 1 1/2 tsp of yeast with 1 cup of white flour, 1 cup of rye flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. In another bowl you whisk the yogurt and the water and add them to the flour. Mix thoroughly and let that mush stand covered (some plastic bag and a kitchen towel will do) over night at a warm place. The second day you blend in the rest of the flour, another 1 1/2 tsp of yeast and the salt. Now you have to do the kneading. The dough should be at the end not too wet and not too dry. The best is when it is just coming off the rim of the bowl without sticking. If necessary you can add more flour, preferably white flour because too much whole grain might make the bread too hard at the end. (A Kitchen Aid is a big help for the kneading part). Now let the bowl with the dough stand for 1 hour at a warm place. The bread should rise a little bit while resting. After this you do more kneading and add the nuts or seats. Again the bread dough should still be not too dry and not too wet and it should be easy to form a ball out of it. What you need now is a bread basket (You can get them in good kitchen utility stores). It is a round wicker basket that fits around 2 pounds of bread dough. You spray it with cooking spray and dust it with flour. The ball of dough goes in there. Cover the basket with plastic and kitchen towel and let the bread dough rise again for 45 minutes. At the end the dough should have been risen to the edge of the bread basket. Preheat your oven to 480 F and have a deeper baking sheet filled with water on the lower level of the oven. The bread needs steam to bake. Grease another cooking sheet and place the bread right on top of


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