Carpe Diem Guesthouse & SPA

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

Professionally Inspected & Certified Diamond Collection


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.



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  • Guest room4.6
  • Service5
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

The Perfect Getaway

5 on October 03, 2016

It was our lucky day when by chance we ended up staying at Carpe Diem Guesthouse & Spa on our recent trip to Provincetown. We found it online and chose it by the reviews that we read. Let me just say, it was all that we hoped for and more! A great location (close to everything), comfy rooms, and a staff that was intent on making our stay with them perfect in everyway. They were so friendly and helpful on things to do, where to eat, and anything else we needed. We definitely plan on going back to Provincetown again and when we do, you can bet that will be staying here again!

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are here year round and we will be awaiting your next stay! Thank You.

P Town

5 on October 01, 2016

This awesome little gem in P Town is a great way to enjoy your stay in a centrally located BB. The service is phenomenal! At check in, I received a full tour of what the property offered and what activities to consider during my stay. Love this place

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your kind review. We are open year round and hope to see you again soon!

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.

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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. Just come in! - See more at:

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

Raj Rao

This beautiful room is lavishly decorated with Indian antiques and crafts. The luxurious cushions and silky blankets of the king-sized four-poster bed will make you dream of Far Eastern splendor and beauty. 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 for warm sunlight and comfortable summer cross breezes. Vaulted ceilings emphasize the airy and spacious feel of this room. There is a large private mahogany 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

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 canopy 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.Tastefully decorated with Chinese antiques, the Ruan Ji Room reflects the style of a traditional Siheyuan. Similar to this ancient house type, the bedroom 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, rustic hand crafted furniture, and a sunlit sitting area are the highlights of this room. The wrought iron bed and a charming Provençale fireplace add to the atmosphere of a French country house chamber. 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. - See more at:

  • 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, 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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  • 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.



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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