Carpe Diem Guesthouse & SPA

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


Open year round Carpe Diem Guesthouse and Namaste Spa are the perfect combination. Relax Refresh Renew. Our award winning bed and breakfast 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 Inn offers a quite place to relax and unwind. Our Namaste Spa featuring Massage Services, 2 Finnish Sauna's, Provincetown's largest Steam Room and 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 in our guesthouse 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.




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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Great place to relax and get away

5 on August 14, 2018

First time there and had a fantastic stay. Highly recommended.


4.8 on August 10, 2018

This was one of the best B and B’s I have ever visited. So impressive. The service , the food, the spa.... all were stellar! I’d definitely come back again!

Serene and yet steps away from hectic

4.8 on August 06, 2018

I’ve stayed here twice. It’s a beautiful, relaxingm serene place with a wonderful staff. Don’t forget to schedule spa services. Yet just steps away from commercial street. Highly recommend.

An excellent expérience of warm and caring hospitality in an elegant maritim and asian inspired environment

4.6 on August 02, 2018

Conveniently located We enjoyed the excellent breakfast at the very communicative long dining table. Top is the apertif served around 5pm. Small but efficient and pretty spa The fusion massage with Rob is unforgettable and over the top. Congratulations to Paul, Stephen and their Team. Thank you very much and we recommand you to our friends. Olivier and Uwe from France.

This Guest House and Spa are not to be missed!

5 on August 02, 2018

The room, the owners, the staff, the breakfast, the wine hour! Excellent! The Carpe Diem Guest House seems to attract an international group of guests which enhances the positive vibe of this establishment. Carpe Diem is so conveniently located one block from the Main Street in Provincetown and offers off street parking. Loved this place!

An adoring staff in a charming setting

4.2 on July 30, 2018

The staff and service were congenial and extremely helpful in whatever your questions or needs were. Great time. I'd return again in a minute.


3.8 on June 30, 2018

Perfect from beginning to end and we stayed for 11 days!

Can't wait to go again!

5 on June 24, 2018

We had a wonderful stay at Carpe Diem. The room was wonderful; the spa, food, grounds, staff...really exceeded our expectations. It was quiet and relaxing. We can't wait to go back...which we surely hope to do soon! Thanks for a wonderful stay, Mark and Linda

Carpe Diem is a wonderful B&B

5 on June 05, 2018

We spent two nights at Carpe Diem and enjoyed every minute. The room was lovely - comfortable and well furnished with nice bath products and other amenities. We enjoyed the spa. The breakfast was outstanding, with simple continental choices, plus daily specials - eggs benedict and quiches on our stay. The evening wine and cheese hour was very congenial and gave a chance to meet other guests. The hosts are charming and welcoming. We had an excellent experience.


5 on May 11, 2018

What a great stay! Wonderful from beginning to end!

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Rooms & Rates

Marcel Proust

From the moment you enter this elegant room from its charming private garden area, you will feel like you are getting the red carpet treatment: A cozy fireplace welcomes you, the stylish elegant bed in front of a large mirror invites you to afternoon naps or more and the bathroom with Jacuzzi tub promises pampering hours in your own bubble bath.

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

Raj Rao

This beautiful room is richly decorated in a modern and sophisticated style. The luxurious cushions and the king-sized four-poster bed is a wonderful place to relax on your Provincetown vacation. The outside patio overlooks our elegant Asian garden and is a perfect place to enjoy breakfast on a beautiful summer morning. - See more at:

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

Robert Frost

Three floor to ceiling windows provide warm sunlight and comfortable summer cross breezes. Vaulted ceilings emphasize the airy and spacious feel of this room. There is a large private deck.

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

Jean Cocteau

Tucked away in the most quiet part of the guesthouse lies the Jean Cocteau Suite, a perfect hideaway for those who are looking for privacy and some intimate moments. The wide-planked wooden floors, rich colors and stylish furniture make this the perfect place for your provincetown getaway.

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

James Baldwin

Its beautiful vaulted ceilings, and the dormer windows with their attractive plantation shutters that filter the sunlight, could make this room the perfect backdrop for a screening of "Giovanni's Room", one of Baldwin's most famous novels. In the summertime you can soak up the Provincetown sun on the private deck and enjoy the views of our garden patio and the Namasté Spa.

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

Henry David Thoreau Cottage

The Thoreau Cottage is the largest and most luxurious room in our guesthouse. Separate from the rest of the buildings and located adjacent to the Namasté Spa, the cottage features a large bathroom with a double shower, and a comfortable sitting area in front of a fireplace that warms the room on those cool, Cape Cod nights. The lovely bay window looks out onto our Asian Garden and the sliding-glass door leads to a private patio with outdoor shower. Complete renovation took place during January 2016.

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

Nightly Rate: $299 - $529

Stanley Kunitz

This unique room has beautiful dormer windows and french doors that provide sunlight all day. A cozy sitting area, king-size bed and a wet bar gives this room a true "at home" feel. Relax all day on the roof deck overlooking our patio and the Namasté Spa.

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

Oscar Wilde

Windows on three sides bathe the room in sunlight, and bring in wonderful summer cross breezes. Because of the openness towards the outdoors and the leafy surroundings of the neighborhood backyards, guests once dubbed it "the tree house". Vaulted ceilings, a queen-size bed and a private balcony facing the gardens and the Pilgrim Monument make this nickname even more appropriate.

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

Ruan Ji

This amazing room is one of our most extravagant accommodations. The Ruan Ji room is a sophisticated and welcoming room in a modern style with Chinese design elements. This room opens up to the courtyard with its water features and Asian style furniture to where the impressive old Chinese gate leads to the nearby Namasté Spa.

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

George Sand

Wood floors, rich rugs, and a sunlit sitting area are the highlights of this room. The stylish bed and a charming Provençale fireplace make this a sophisticated and warm space. Unfortunately being in the historic building the bathroom is on the smaller side. With its centrally located private deck, the proximity to the common area and Namasté Spa, this room is especially suited for people who like to socialize and meet new friends.

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

Rainer Maria Rilke

Located on the west side of the main house, it remains shadier in the mornings, perfect for those who feel like sleeping in a bit. This welcoming room is one of our most popular.

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

Harry Kemp

The smallest room in our house, but one of our guests' favorites, is especially great for single travelers. This quaint and intimate accommodation with a full-size bed and private bath is done in a shade of blue, with exposed beams and a private bathroom.

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

William Shakespeare

This large room has vaulted ceilings and windows on three sides providing wonderful views of our garden patio as well as the Pilgrim Monument. There is a queen-size bed and a comfortable sitting area with two armchairs in front of a gas Franklin Stove that gives the room the cozy ambiance of those good old days passed. Unfortunately being in our historic building the bathroom is on the smaller side.

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

Tennessee Williams

Freshly renovated and originally the front parlor of the old Second Empire house, the Tennessee Williams Room is nowadays an excellent accommodation for guests who like to see what is going on outside. The large bay windows facing Johnson Street give plenty of natural light and fresh air. We are sure the poet would have loved to sit on the windowsill and watch the men parade the street.

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

Heinrich Heine

Two mansard windows fill this room at our Provincetown inn with ample sunlight. In the winter the barren trees on Johnson Street allow for some limited views of Provincetown's scenic Cape Cod harbor, which can be especially beautiful at sunrise. A warm, classic Chinese print covers a feature wall giving a tranquil and relaxing ambiance. The room is a freshly redecorated and welcoming space.

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

Dorothy Parker

Decorated in rich colors with luxurious bedding, the Dorothy Parker Room is a sophisticated retreat while in Provincetown. The bright room looks out over town to the library tower, and has just completed a complete renovation.

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

Emily Dickinson

The smallest and coziest of our classic rooms does not face out on any streets and is therefore among the quietest accommodations in the main house. It features windows on two sides, bringing in a lot of natural light, and giving a perfect view of the Pilgrim Monument which can be quite dramatic at sunset.

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

Eugene O'Neill

With rich colors and beautiful decorative elements, this freshly renovated room has a warm and sophisticated feel. The large bay window gives a great view to all that is happening on Johnson Street.

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

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Location Type

Countryside, Downtown, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Small town


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, Night life, Ocean, Whale Watch, Bike trails, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn, Spa, Boutique Hotel

On-site amenities

Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Parking, Sauna, Spa, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wet bar , Adult - only guesthouse & Spa, Afternoon Wine & Cheese hour, Finnish Sauna & Hamam Steam Room, All Day Beverage Service, Massage Services

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Fitness Center/Gym, Spa & Wellness Center, Sauna, Massage Services, Shopping, Sight-seeing

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  • 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.
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Stephen Hooper, Paul Graves

Languages spoken


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About the innkeepers

We have both been coming to cape cod for many years, 16 years ago we meet here in Provincetown. After spending our careers in NYC we decided to make a big change in 2015. We brought Carpe Diem Guesthouse and moved here full time. It has been a labor of love for us as we renovate the Guesthouse and add our own touches to this amazing Inn. It has been a wonderful experience meeting wonderful people from all over the world that choose to stay with us. We hope you can join us Stephen & Paul

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  • 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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