"Far and away a great place to stay!"
My family of five and I visited Gabriel's at Ashbrooke Inn in Provincetown, MA on Cape Cod this past May. Even at first sight, Gabriel's was very charming. We had two adjoining rooms, which made things very comfortable. As I turned the key and walked into the smaller of our two rooms, I smiled at the warm and inviting atmosphere. It was furnished with just enough items to be cozy but not overwhelming. I loved that there were books on the shelves, tons of big, fluffy pillows on the beds, a couch for reading or relaxing on (or pulling out to sleep on). There was also a wardrobe if you wanted to unpack. Ours had a pack-n-play in case we needed it.
Kitchen and family-friendly amenities a big plus:
Each of our rooms was equipped with a kitchen so you had the option to bring or buy supplies and cook in your room. Coffeemakers, a sink, fridge and microwave oven were amenities that a family would find especially useful if eating out was impractical or unaffordable in the evenings. There was also a small table in each of the kitchen areas so you could sit comfortably and enjoy a meal. Later on in the week we found a small store within walking distance on Commercial Street where we could buy food and essentials. A larger grocery store was a short drive away as well.
Heat in the room was controlled by fireplaces, which were both efficient as well as attractive. When the fire was going, you really felt like you were in a special place. There were also TVs tucked in each section of the room, including the bathroom, although most of them were mounted out of the way so they did not overtake the room like in a hotel.
The bathrooms were a nice size and offered multiple showerheads and Jacuzzi tubs, came with amenities like a hair dryer, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste and mouthwash. None of us wanted to get out of the shower or tub -- it was that relaxing! When have you ever said that about a generic hotel bathroom? Usually I want to get out of those as quickly as possible.
Beds were very comfortable:
The beds were wonderfully comfortable and very roomy. My husband and I and our children slept very well and had plenty of room, even without the sleeper sofas.
Lots of natural light and a lovely balcony:
One of the nicest things about the rooms was the fact that there were so many windows in each one. It was quite a treat to be able to let the natural light and air in. They also each had mini blinds on them so you could have privacy if you wanted. Each room also opened up onto a small balcony so you could sit and sip your coffee in the morning and enjoy the start of the day. Steps led from the balcony downstairs, so this was also often your entrance and exit from the room. we overlooked the lovely little courtyard which was very peaceful and a great place to enjoy the sunset.
Safety and baby proofing:
Our children were older: 11, 8.5 and 4.5, so we didn't have to worry about them as much on the wooden balcony and steps leading down to the courtyard, near the fireplace or handling small items in the room. Babyproofing items, however are readily available upon request, including child gates, bed rails, cribs, outlet covers, cupboard locks, baby bath tubs, lead free toys, child silverware, up-to-date booster seats and more. Parents can also request a ground floor room if they prefer. The inn is situated really close to the road, so make sure to accompany small children through the front gate for safety.
Breakfast was delicious:
We ate breakfast in the Great Room every morning where the staff cooked us delicious hot entrees and there was always a choice of beverages, cereals, yogurt, pastries, granola and more. We especially liked the pancakes, and my kids were thrilled to have so many food choices. They loved the fact that they could have hot chocolate every morning! The atmosphere was very casual, and we were free to eat at the large table with others or in comfortable chairs by the fireplace.
Kid-friendly entertainment was a nice touch:
In the Great Room were many options to keep the kids busy, including a TV, DVD selection, books, board games, puzzles and more. We did have one overcast day, so we played the board games and spent time in the Great Room and the kids enjoyed their time there. Parents and older kids might appreciate the fact that there is free WiFi here and in the room (unlike at hotels where this is sometimes an additional charge).
Owners were nice and very knowledgeable about kid-friendly activities around town:
We found the owners, Elizabeth and Elizabeth Brooke, to be wonderfully personable, and especially helpful in suggesting places in town to visit, activities for the kids, and restaurants to try.
Parking was free and just up the hill, which was also convenient. Gabrielfs is also dog friendly for people interested in traveling with their companion animal.
Rooms at Gabrielfs come in a variety of sizes, and rates are based on that as well as the time of year you visit. They seemed to be comparable to other B&Bs in Provincetown, but I found the rooms to be so nice and the owners so accommodating that it made our stay worth the expense.
*This review is based on a complimentary stay at Gabrielfs at Ashbrooke Inn. I received no other compensation besides the hotel stay and the hotel did not state any requirements that I express a particular point of view.