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Cape Codder Resort & Spa OverviewCape Codder Resort & Spa, one of 3 family-owned resorts owned by Catania Hospitality Group, is a family-friendly Cape Cod resort that boasts some serious appeal when it comes to families with children (at least we think it does!). While it may not be ocean-adjacent, what it lacks in ocean view it makes up for in family-friendly amenities from our experience.
We want to preface this review by stating that we were invited to check out the resort while they were still prepping for their upcoming summer 2016 debut during which they will unveil their new indoor water park along with multiple renovations, so while we were unable to view and experience some aspects of the resort, we're happy to share what we did see and do.
Cape Codder Resort & Spa is convenient located in Hyannis, MA, which is on Cape Cod for those unfamiliar with the area.
Cape Codder Resort & Spa at a Glance:
- Located in Hyanna, MA on Cape Cod
- Quick ride to Hyannis Inner Harbor and Hyannis-Nantucket Ferry
- Centrally located in Hyannis near shopping, dining and grocery stores
- Approximately 266 guest rooms & luxury suites
- 91 deluxe guest rooms
- 111 Cape Codder rooms
- 44 Cape Codder Fireplace Rooms
- 6 loft suites
- 1 Chatham Lighthouse suite
- 1 Presidential suite
- 12 Luxury residences (part of fractional ownership program)
- Newly renovated family suites include kitchenettes
- Located on 15 acres
- Outdoor pool (adults-only for several hours in the morning and at night)
- Indoor wave pool (open year-round)
- Indoor water park (coming soon - not completed when we visited; anticipated opening late June 2016)
- Outdoor fire pits
- 2 restaurants - Hearth 'n Kettle, Grand Cru
- Medical spa
- Gift shop
- Free high-speed wifi
- Workout room
- Admission wristbands for Indoor Water Park & Wave Pool included with stay (varies based on room booked)
LocationIf you're familiar with Cape Cod (or "the Cape" as those of us from Massachusetts call it), Hyannis is not too far of a drive from the Sagamore bridge. The Cape Codder Resort & Spa was located right next to several pharmacies, a Starbucks, Wholefoods and Trader Joe's along with a number of restaurants and shops (Check out Main St. for great shopping!). If you plan to take a day trip to Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard, it was less than a 10 minute drive to the ferry from the resort. The Cape Codder was just over 10 minutes from Kalmus Beach, where we did a bit of beach combing despite the soggy weather. We found it easy to drive to other parts of the Cape during our stay and while we were there before peak season, it certainly wasn't off the beaten path, so traffic would likely be the only thing that could slow you down if you hoped to see other parts of the Cape during your stay.
Overall, if you don't mind not being right on the water, the Cape Codder is extremely convenient in terms of other family-friendly amenities.
The LayoutCape Codder Resort & Spa was a moderately large property (especially for the Cape where space is limited), but due to former regulations regarding how high establishments could build upwards, it was more broad than tall. While this did mean that the majority of rooms were located on the first and second floor, this also meant that walking to and from your car in the parking lot that framed the main building of the resort was a cinch. We were appreciative of the fact that the front desk provided us with a map of the property and made sure to point out areas such as the outdoor pool, indoor wave pool and the closest entrance/exit to the parking lot in relation to our room so that we could park as close as possible without having to walk through the entire building to get in or out (very helpful with kids!).
Our room was located along one side of what will be the indoor water park (the water park will not be able to be directly accessed from rooms, however) . While we were there before it was completed and can't comment on potential noise or lack thereof from this area, we did get to see and hear the construction going on. The water park hours will obviously be limited (shouldn't affect sleep at night) and I would assume anyone staying in a family suite will likely spend the majority of their time at the water park, indoor wave pool or out and about during the day, but if you prefer a super quiet room, you may want to discuss whether or not booking a room in this part of the resort is right for your family.
Getting to and from the lobby wasn't much of a walk compared to some resorts we've been to and we found it was a pretty short walk to get to the indoor wave pool as well where we spent quite a bit of time!
Keep in mind, properties on the Cape can feel very cramped and small, but the Cape Codder was nice and spacious--especially for a resort in the area from our experience.
Family Suite First Impression
|View from the door of the main living area.|
We stayed in one of the newly renovated family suites--ours also happened to be handicap accessible with a roll-in shower in the master bathroom (I don't know if that's the case for all of them). The room was freshly furnished, decorated and painted with a great amount of floor space, separate master bedroom with an on-suite master bath, large pull-out couch, Murphy bed that doubled as a table, kitchenette and a guest bath. There was a flat-screen in the main room and master bedroom (something the big and little boys in this family always check for) along with a chest of drawers in each. The master bedroom also had a cute vanity--a touch that I personally loved!
Keep in mind, the family suite we stayed in was newly renovated (we were the first to stay in it!), so we assume little aspects could potentially change as the resort settles into making these rooms available for the first time to future guests.
The Main Living AreaThe room was a fantastic size for our family of 4 with enough room to stretch out a bit and plenty of room to sleep. Our kids really prefer to have their own sleeping space (moreso than we do, ironically!), so it's always nice when resorts have suites with this set up. Technically, this suite could have slept 1 or 2 more people easily by using the pull-out couch in addition to the Murphy bed.
|Main sitting area|
The BedsThe beds were absolutely fantastic--including the Murphy bed-- and aside from some early morning wake-ups from the ongoing renovation, we had really great sleep. We found the temperature controls were really easy to use and very responsive in both the main room and the master bedroom.
|That bed was absolutely fantastic!|
|How cute was this vanity?|
|We loved how bright and vibrant the art on the walls was! Very different from the stereotypical pastel watercolors you find in most traditional Cape Cod hotels.|
|Our boys' favorite part--the Murphy bed!|
The Kitchenette & Dining TableThe kitchenette was small, but the fridge held enough for our stay of several days. When we had our stay there were no paper products or silverware provided, but I was told that they had been discussing this, so that may have changed.
The Murphy bed was so incredibly clever, masquerading as a colorful dining table for 4 only to pull out in the most interesting way into a queen! The boys absolutely loved the Murphy bed and not just because of our shared name with this fun piece of furniture, but because of how novel and clever it was to them.
|Can you believe an entire queen was hidden in there?|
|Cute little kitchenette. We were told some shelving would be going up in the near future, too.|
The BathroomsIn addition to the kids really preferring their own sleeping area separate from us (the picky little buggers), they also always appreciate having two bathrooms when we travel. It's never fun to stand in line doing a little dance while waiting to get into the bathroom--being the loving parents we are we always let them go first! We also have some food allergies in the family so... Yes, multiple bathrooms are always appreciated!
Very convenient with all the swimming we did as well (lots of showers were taken), which we'll discuss below.
Note: Because our shower was a roll-in shower we had to be careful not to point the shower head towards the edge of the shower as there was no lip around the tub to keep the water in. Just a heads up for anyone that stays in a room like ours!
|We love a large master bathroom and this one was fantastic!|
|We always appreciate a resort that has toiletries that aren't full of nasty chemicals--these were olive oil-based.|
|The guest bathroom|
|The guest bathroom tub was not a roll-in shower.|
Additional RoomsWhile we stayed in a family suite, I was shown a few other rooms in the resort that could also potentially work for families traveling to the Cape for vacation. Again, I didn't personally stay in any of the rooms I'm about to mention below, but I was given a tour of them and thought they were worth a mention!
Double Queen Room
The Double Queen rooms could be a great option for families on a more conservative budget as they were more budget-friendly than a suite, but still had 2 queens and a decent layout. Some rooms had a fireplace and if this is something you'd prefer, make sure to inquire about these specific rooms when booking. Many of these rooms were being renovated over the spring, so it will be exciting to see how things have changed next time we visit!
Luxury Residences (Fractional Ownership)
One of the interesting things I learned during my tour with one of the lovely owners of the resort was that Cape Codder Resort & Spa offers a Residence Club through which "fractional ownership" can be purchased. With this program, Residence Club members gain deeded ownership of a 1, 2 or 3-bedroom luxury unit (fully furnished) where they can also take advantage of a variety of luxury amenities. The reason I'm mentioning these units is because these units could also be booked by non-owners and they were exceptionally gorgeous!
They reminded me of some of the top tier resorts we've stayed at--spacious, gorgeously appointed and just stellar all around. Really fantastic if you're traveling with grandparents as well as kids in our opinions.
Luxury Residences at a Glance:
- 1-2 bedroom residences have 2 bathrooms
- 3 bedroom residences have 3 bathrooms
- Custom finishes
- Hand-painted murals
- Steam Showers
- Large jetted bath tubs in master bath
- Full kitchen
- Washer and dryer
- In-room safe
- Exclusive access to billiards room
- Exclusive access to Owner's Lounge
- Separate entrance with direct access to private elevator to Luxury Residence floor
- Shopping services available upon request for a fee (can shop at a specific store if guest has preference)
|Laundry--is there anything better than having your own private laundry while on vacation? No more hotel laundry room!|
|Double queen bedroom|
|Love the homey touches!|
|Jetted tub with gorgeous hand-painted mural behind it.|
|How fabulous is this bathroom?|
|Nothing says "luxury" like having a way to keep a little mystery alive in your marriage while on vacation. ;)|
|These custom, glass-top coffee tables were so "Cape Cod" I nearly died! How fun is that?|
The Indoor Wave Pool
If you wanted to find us during our stay you would have had the best luck starting at the indoor wave pool. Our boys were in love with it! Not only did they love playing in the waves, but the two slides (as I'm sure you noticed in our video) were quite popular with our family as well.
We visited during a quiet period so we only shared the pool with a couple families during our stay, but it's so large that even with quite a few more families there would have been plenty of space for everyone.
There were several lifeguards on duty at a time (2-3) and they were extremely vigilant! We keep a close eye on our guys, but it's nice to have an extra couple pairs watching when swimming is involved.
Such an awesome feature overall!
The Indoor Water Park & Admission BandsAs we mentioned above, the water park was not finished when we visited, but we got the lowdown on what it will include and how admission will work for guests.
The water park looked as though it was going to be a blast with a retractable roof, several water slides, areas for older and younger kids and play structures. We were told it will eventually connect to the indoor wave pool so that those enjoying them can travel between the two easily. It is currently anticipated to open by the end of June.
In order to gain access to the indoor water park and wave pool, guests must have a wristband for that day of the week. These will be available for purchase for non-guests and will be included with stays for guests as follows:
- 2 bands for a room with 1 king
- 4 bands for a room with 2 queens
|We really look forward to seeing this once it's completed!|
|This was our view from our room of the upcoming indoor water park addition!|
The Outdoor PoolWhile you may assume the indoor wave pool and soon-to-open indoor water park are the only ways you'll be able to enjoy the water when the weather gets cool that's actually not true according to what we were told! The Cape Codder maintains their outdoor pool through the year, heating it enough that guests comfortably swim in it even once the snow starts falling. I don't believe we've ever seen anyone else pull this off in New England--crazy!
The pool looked like it was a great size and we were told it had a cute water and lights feature (not on while we were there), but the weather was extremely rainy during our stay so we didn't give it a go.
The RestaurantsCape Codder Resort & Spa had two on-site dining options (and many nearby)--Hearth 'n Kettle and Grand Cru.
Hearth 'n Kettle had a very quintessential New England family restaurant vibe, while Grand Cru felt like more of a modern pub and offered interior as well as exterior dining on "The Deck".
I dined at Hearth 'n Kettle for breakfast one morning before my tour and what I had was good--gluten-free options were available--and service was extremely friendly and attentive.
|Grand Cru (closed at the time of my tour)|
|Hearth 'n Kettle (I didn't take pictures inside as families were dining when I visited)|
The LobbyThe lobby of Cape Codder Resort & Spa was absolutely gorgeous--fantastic first impression. It was open, airy and beautifully designed with the most gorgeous, hand-blown glass chandelier hanging in the center. In fact, the chandelier was created by local artisans out of McDermott Glass Studio in Sandwich and includes 400 hand-blown pieces!
The attention to detail was absolutely fabulous.
|How gorgeous is that front desk?|
|Plenty of comfortable seating.|
|Isn't that chandelier gorgeous?|
|Closer look at some of the detail.|
|Here you can really see some of the detail of the glass pieces (flash was used here to capture some of the intricate work).|
Additional AmenitiesIn addition to everything we've shown you, Cape Codder Resort & Spa had a gift shop, reasonably sized arcade room, workout room (decently sized with updated looking equipment) and a full spa/med-spa.
The Beach Plum Spa & Med-Spa offered a full range of services from massage to makeup; injectables to peels. I didn't personally partake in any services here, but I was impressed by the volume of services they offered including options for kids. I had the opportunity to tour some of the spa and it was quite nice.
Cape Codder Resort & Spa Final ThoughtsOverall, aside from a few little hiccups due to the fact we visited while renovations were still underway, we had a great experience. We definitely felt this resort had put some serious effort into making it as family-friendly (lots of kid-appeal) as possible. The renovated family suite we stayed in was fantastic (the boys are still talking about the Murphy bed) and while we didn't stay in one of the luxury residences, they were certainly gorgeous and potentially perfect for a getaway with extended family.
While the resort is not directly on the water, it offers some really unique amenities that I personally think will keep families entertained more on the resort than off. The indoor wave pool was hugely popular with our guys and not something we've seen at many other resorts. The arcade room was quite popular with our guys as well and had a surprising number or games.
The service we received was generally fantastic. Everyone at the front desk (with the exception of an extremely giggly girl that did not alert us to our room being ready as she was supposed to) was super helpful and very friendly. Housekeeping was great and our room was attended to well, minus one trash can under the sink of the kitchenette that wasn't emptied during our stay. This may have been due to the fact the room was brand new and the person attending to our room wasn't aware it was there. Given how great the rest of our service was I'd assume this might have been a fluke.
Although the indoor water park was not yet finished when we were there, it looked like it was going to be a blast and while you may want to wait until it's completed to visit, we think once it's open it'll become quite popular fast so you'll probably want to book in advance. We loved the fact that guests automatically received wristbands for the wave pool and indoor water park with their stay (number of wristbands varies based on the size of the room booked).
Overall, Cape Codder Resort & Spa was a great stay with some really unique amenities and a very family-friendly feel!
Note: This stay was hosted by the resort. All opinions are our own based on our experience.