The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s
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Our historic Provincetown hotel is set in the heart of the quaint seaside village of Provincetown. The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s recently renovated buildings feature luxury appointed rooms, suites and an amazing state of the art penthouse!
Our suites include oversized guest rooms with custom designed kitchens and sitting areas. Our Provincetown lodging also offer fireplaces, king sized tempurpedic beds, sleeper sofa's, private decks and balconies, flat screen TV's, ipod docking stations, free WiFi, heated stone bathroom floors with waterfall fixtures and more. Our famous made to order breakfast is served in the Great Room.
Our four historic buildings circle around our garden courtyard with 6 levels of gardens and sitting areas. The furthest deck back is at the base of the Pilgrim Monument forest. We welcome you to eat breakfast, sunbathe, read, sit by the evening fire or try and find the little people that help this garden grow, build stone rivers, and light up the trees at night! By the way, if you catch one in a jar, you get an entire free summer on us!
We welcome everyone at our Provincetown hotel, including families and guests with pets. We will be happy to help you with a toddler bed or crib. There is a DVD library available just for children as well as many wonderful children's books.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Elizabeth for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We are the number one hotel in Provincetown for service, friendliness, location, beauty of property and luxury of rooms.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are best known for having a property where everyone feels comfortable and welcomed. Whether one wants total privacy or to socialize with other guests, one can choose to do either at our Provincetown Hotel. We are known for constantly renovating and improving for over 35 years. What we love most about our inn are the amazing diversity of guests that come through our doors and make this their home whether it be for a day or a week or longer.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We have an incredible natural environment surrounding Provincetown. Within the Cape Cod National Seashore, there is 100 square miles of unspoiled dunes, marshes, forests, ponds, walks and bike trails. There is wildlife and marine life. Did I mention the whales, seals and great white sharks? We are surrounded by water on three sides; the Provincetown Harbor, Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. We are at the end of the earth and yet we offer the urban sophistication of unique stores, fine restaurants and nightlife. We are also a diverse and accepting town welcoming to all walks of life and lifestyles.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
That my guests are happy.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
I can’t tell you that or it would not be very well kept. If, however, you come for a visit, I might tell you or even take you there.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Oh my goodness there is so much to do; the traveler needs to stay for at least a week.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Yes, everything. We are the most centrally located hotel in town. We are right next to the historic Provincetown Town Hall and border the center of town park.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Napis, Saki, The Red Inn, Fanizzis, Front Street, 9 Ryder, Ciro & Sals, The Mews, Karoo Cafe, Jimmy’s Hideaway, Lobster Pot, The Pointe, Seafood Grille, Sage Lounge, Ross Grill. Really they are all great I can’t name one and I am also not good at following directions.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
I trust everyone has an iPhone. Go to the app store and search for “Provincetown” and “Cape Cod” and you will find several. I also recommend “Field Trip” by Google. The Provincetown Chamber of Commerce is endlessly helpful and you can also stop by the Visitors Center at the Cape Cod National Seashore. That said, just ask me anything about Provincetown, I have been here a long time and that’s what I am here for.
How many rooms does your inn have?
Around 17 between rooms and apartments.
Do you accept pets?
Of course! We welcome dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, fish, hobbits, etc. Occasionally we accept their people. Provincetown is also very pet friendly.
104 Bradford Street, the original building at Gabriel’s, was built in the early 1800s as a single family home. The home was originally located 400 feet to the east on Bradford Street, or Parallel Road, as it was called then. In the early 1800s, one of the original school houses was located two doors down and the town bakery was across the street.
When the Pilgrim Monument was built on top of High Pole Hill, plans were put in place to create a park at the base of the hill with a large memorial dedicated to the signing of the Mayflower Compact and the election of John Carver as Governor at that time. The Compact has been called “the first American Act in history” and a precursor to the Declaration of Independence signed 156 years later. Cyrus Dallin was commissioned to create the Memorial. Dallin had also created the Last Ride of Paul Revere at The Old North Church in Boston and the Freedom Spirit statue that rests on top of the Philadelphia State House.
As preparations for The Bas Relief Park construction were underway, the Ryder family, the current landowners, donated the land bordering the park, approximately 400 feet to the west to move the Cooks home. The original stable was torn down and a new one was constructed next door to the new Pilgrim Memorial. Today the stables are what we now call our back building, 104A Bradford Street.
The Cook Family
Dallin stayed for a while in the Cook house while he was sketching and planning the Memorial to the Pilgrims. Many years later the Memorial was dedicated to the Town of Provincetown. The Cook house stood and remained a very proud structure for several decades.After many changes in ownership, the Cook houses became The Lighthouse Apartments and were run as a rooming house until the early 1970’s. When the owners, Edward Levy and his wife, moved south, the buildings sat empty for almost 8 years. During this time, squatters took shelter in the abandoned spaces. The roof gave way to the elements and looked like a piece of Swiss cheese.
Trees started to grow from inside the house, angry epithets were scribbled on the walls in red. The two buildings were condemned, boarded up and ready for demolition.
One day, A FOR SALE sign appeared. Time
passed. Then…Enter, Elizabeth Gabriel Brooke, Laurel Wise, Christina and William Davidson. Our luxury hotel in Provincetown, MA celebrates its 35th year in 2014, with the same remarkable woman at the helm.
We are proud to announce that we are the recipients of two major awards this year:
Top 25 Small Hotels & Top 10 B&B in the U.S!
TripAdvisor.com has designated The Provincetown Hotel at Gabriel’s as one of the Top 25 Small Hotels in the United States. This elite honor is awarded to the top 1% of all hotels on TripAdvisor.
For the 13th year, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world’s top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. The hallmarks of Travelers’ Choice winners are remarkable service, quality and value.
We have also been named as a Top 10 US B&B by BedandBreakfast.com. Finalists were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews from the past year, and winners were ultimately selected by an independent panel of guest judges.
The 2014 BedandBreakfast.com Annual Awards guest judges were: Michael Franco, travel writer for TravelMag.com and former About.com B&B guide, Stirling Kelso, freelance travel writer for Travel + Leisure, Money and other publications Caroline Morse, features editor with SmarterTravel and Laura Motta, director of publishing for ShermansTravel.
So when you are wondering where to stay in Provincetown, there is no place like our place!
Since the 1970's, Gabriel's has welcomed our family of friends to this unique and special inn. Elizabeth Gabriel Brooke is one of the founders and current president of The Women Innkeepers of Provincetown which hosts Women's Week every year. To date, Elizabeth Brooke holds the title of owning the oldest woman owned continuously run B&B in the country.