Historical Traveller Reviews of Anchor In Distinctive Waterfront Lodging Hotel
Nice Place, Little to do
Our room at the Anchor In was very nice. They have recently redecorated the rooms. I found the down comforter, large clean bathroom, and balcony off of our room to be quite enjoyable. The continental breakfast is good, but not filling. Your choices are bagels, muffins, fruit, milk, tea, or juice. It is also in a very crowded area. The terrace off the main lobby is nice to sit and read. We went to the Anchor In during the off season, and the price was right for the quality. Unfortunatly we found it difficult to stay entertained in the Hyannis area.
B Atmosphere in a Clean Little Motel
Just returned from a weekend at the Anchor In in Hyannis. We took our teenaged daughter and two of her friends and booked two adjoining harbor view rooms. The rooms were bigger than your average motel room and very, very clean and bright. We had small "common" areas with either a sofa or chairs and an eating area - with balconies in each room. We've stayed at many hotels and motels in the area, and this is by far the best we've been to! The staff is very courteous, very accommodating -- and the front desk staff was wonderful! They recommended fantastic shops for us to visit, and gave us a good recommendation for dinner. The weather was awful, but our stay was a hit! The breakfast could be served in a better location, but that is absolutely the only complaint I have! Definitely a do again for our trip next fall. RSD
Good location and clean rooms
We have just returned from a 3 night stay at the Anchor Inn in Hyannis. The location is excellent and good as a central base to tour around the Cape area.
Rooms and public areas are really clean and nicely kept. We stayed in a East Wing Harbour View King Room which had recently been refurbished with a large king sized bed. The only area I could fault with the hotel is the buffet breakfast which is really well below average and set out each morning in the reception area. You can choose to take it back to your room or eat it in the sun terrace. We chose not to eat it at all and instead found a local diner in main street Hyannis or Spankys nearby in Ocean St for good food.
Whilst not cheap, we would stay here again and can throughly recommend this hotel / motel to anyone looking for something a little better than the other motels in and around Hyannis.
Geoff & Sheila, Royston, England. UK
A wonderful stay
We arrived in Hyannis a day early to meet up with friends in Orleans, we spent all afternoon looking at hotels on Rt. 28 in Yarmouth. We always ask to see the rooms. Everything we looked at was dumpy and crowded. I had remembered seeing The Anchor Inn on the internet so we decided to give it a try. Jeff at the front desk was very polite and helpful and showed us the room. The room was wonderful, newly redone in bright colors, the bath was large and bright, and everything was clean. The room had a balcony that overlooked the harbor. What a great find this hotel was, all the staff, was very polite. We paid alittle more but it was well worth it.
from A TripAdvisor Member
We stayed at the Anchor In at Hyannis for two nights. The first night we had a room with a double bed that was in desperate need of renovation. It was $149.00 per night. The bedspread was soiled, old and faded. The room had an odor which seemed to smell like urine. The second night we were fortunate enough to stay in a room that had 2 double beds that had been renovated for the same price and it was fine. All in all, the price was about double what it was worth. The continental breakfast was not a big variety. It consisted of juice, coffee, bagels and muffins. The quality of the breakfast items was very nice.
A Gem on the Waterfront
We were very impressed with this property which is really more like a B & B. Our room (Barnstable Village) was huge (with a full kitchen) and was immaculate, as was the rest of the "in". The environment was very upscale (quiet, non-smoking). The free continental breakfast (juice, muffins, bagels, coffee, etc.) was a plus, and Barry (front-desk) was very helpful in securing us last minute reservations for the high-speed ferry to Nantucket. The location was very convenient to touring the entire Cape area, and was right on the harbor (nice views from the rooms), and practically right next door (2 minutes walk) to the ferry service to both Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. I would like to commend the gracious staff - Barry, Janet, Jeff, and owner Lisa for their hospitality and for helping to answer our many questions regarding the Cape area.
The Anchor In is a nice, clean place to stay when visitng Hyannis. Positives: Away from some of the noisy dock and street traffic, warm outdoor pool/pool towels, complimentary and fresh continental breakfast, complimentary news paper, immaculate rooms/hallways with rapid maid service, plenty of parking, large room, extensive TV channels. Negatives: Felt uncomfortable at pool/breakfast as attendant was overly watchful, front-desk staff was friendly, but reserved/not outgoing, hotel was not in walking distance of a clean beach, and just a tad pricey. Additional comments - perhaps hotel could market with local restaurants and event/island excursions for discounts on behalf of guests...
Anchor In is probably one of the top 2 places to stay within the area.
Recently Updated! Stay at the East Wing!
from A TripAdvisor Member
Just updated in the Winter/Spring 2004/2005, the east wing has beautiful rooms. Lamps, from Restoration Hardware, are dimmable. The bedding is plush with high count sheets and down comforter. The rooms are clean and nicely furnished. The bathrooms have beautiful nautical sconces, a one-piece acrylic (fiberglass?) bathtub with a clean glass sliding door, a built-in hair dryer, a magnifying mirror and a shower nozzle with different settings. The bathroom floor has ceramic tile. The air conditioned carpeted bedrooms have a TV and DVD player hidden away in a pretty armoire. There is a small size refrigerator to keep your beverages cold and a small desk to put your laptop and connect to their wireless network ($20 per stay, slow and somewhat unreliable.) The ceiling height is lower (7 feet?) than normal. Unless you are over 6 feet tall, you may notice it. Each room has a deck or balcony. The pool is clean and overlooks the harbor. The continental breakfast serves up orange and cranberry juice, muffins, bagels, coffee and tea. The maids are accommodating. I came back from the pool and a maid was cleaning the room. She told me it would take 30 minutes to finish but she would return later if this was not acceptable. I would highly recommend this hotel.
You will love this place
I have traveled to the Cape numerous times, but have never had such a fabulous stay as I just did at the Anchor In. The rooms and grounds are spotless, the staff friendly, and the view is spectacular. The comfortable beds and powerful shower heads put this hotel above all others. I learned about the Anchor In through this website and it lives up to its reputation. What a find!
This was a lovely hotel. We stayed for 7 nights and enjoyed every minute of our visit. Hyannis was an ideal base to explore the Cape. The Staff at the Anchor were very friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. Our room was always spotless and the lovely deck was just the thing to sit and enjoy the evening air. The swimming pool was also very good with fresh towels supplied free of charge. We ate at lots of local restaurants but would especially recommend The Black Cat and the Roadhouse Cafe(especially the jazz evening on a Monday night). If you visit the area I hope that you enjoy it as much as we did. I wish I was back there now.....
Top Local Tips for Hyannis
I would recommend getting a ferry across to Martha's Vineyard, My girlfriend an I hired a couple of bikes which were cheap for the whole day, they included locks, basket, helmets and water bottle holder. We thought this was the best way to get round the Island, riding along the coast line, seeing the sights and getting some sun all at the same time. Your not alone in doing this, as along the cycle tracks you do see many fellow bikers.
Do you like stiff unfriendly people? Well you’re in luck at the Anchor in Hotel. The entire attitude of the Reception staff is more appropriate at funeral parlor of $2.00 haunted house. On the bright side, the place was clean. This can only be attributed to the lack of use. So unless your a “regular" who frequents the place every season, BEWARE! If upon your arrival, the people behind the reception desk greet you with a tolerant smile and impatient tone, hold on to your wallet! Oh and if you happen to stray out onto your private 4x6 deck, wear steel toed shoes to protect you from the inevitable impaling of your feet from the splinters on the untreated wooden decks. So if you have a special someone in your life that you would like to get even with, just get then a weekend stay. And please only one stale bagel or freezer burned muffin per unit.
My personal favorites
Homeade Gelato downtown Hyannis: Caffe’ Gelato Bertini, 20 Pearl St. Cookes Seafood, clams and scallops especially or oyster roll. Capt. Parkers seafood Yarmouth - chowder. Jacks Pizza Hyannis. Tea room in Sandwich has press coffee from Kiskadees, best on Cape. Daniel Webster Inn in Sandwich. Brewster grist mill cornmeal. Sandwich as day trip. ALL BEACHES!!! Hyannis is informal cheerful old cape cod, low key fun ala Kennedys. For fancy schmancy glamour, natives go to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard.