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Carpe Diem Guesthouse in Provincetown, MA

Carpe Diem Guesthouse in Provincetown, MA

Specialties

We aim to provide a comfortable environment for the guests at our Provincetown Resort to experience deep relaxation and reconnect with body and soul. In our Wellness area you will be able to enjoy a wonderful array of spa experiences that allow you to feel the benefits of heat, steam, touch and aromas.
What sets us apart from other Provincetown lodgings is our homemade German-style breakfast.
As a nice tradition, we have sherry and port available all day in the Walt Whitman common room of the Carpe Diem for a little nightcap or to toast the beginning of a perfect vacation. Also, every afternoon we invite our guests to a social gathering to enjoy a glass of wine together. This daily happy hour is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends also staying at this Provincetown inn to exchange some restaurant tips or just start off the evening the right way.

History

Established in 1998.

Provincetown is a magical spot that has always attracted writers, artists, and other creative people looking for unforgettable moments in life.

We dedicate our Provincetown inn, the Carpe Diem Guesthouse, to poets who seized the inspiration of special places like our little town.

A stay at Carpe Diem brings our guests closer to the soul of Provincetown - and hopefully they will come across one of those unique moments in life at our Provincetown guesthouse.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 4.80

Address: 12-14 Johnson St, Provincetown, MA, 02657
  • Mon: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Comments (51):

1. Thorsten M.
Spent a long weekend with some friends in p-town and stayed at the Carpe Diem. I loved it, nice, charming, great service nice/neat rooms. The staff is very friendly, very helpful. Anytime again!

08/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Karen M.
Stayed at Carpe Diem mid-Sept and the great experience started with the call to book a last minute reservation - so helpful and accomodating, I felt like I was speaking with a friend!  The place is absolutely beautiful, especially the courtyard - very zen.  I am a clean freak and was happy to find a very clean room and bathroom.  Loved the wine and cheese...nice way to chill out with the other guests before dinner.  The staff is very helpful...nice touches include coffee, tea, and expresso any time; robes and slippers, finished off with a chocolate on your pillow - which is a nice reminder that you are on vacation...my only small complaint was the teeny-tiny bathroom, but to be expected in a historic building - the cleanliness more than made up for it.  We would absolutely return again....PS still wearing the slippers!

29/09/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
3. Jessie H.
This place is amazing. The staff are nice and the property is amazing. Large patio with water fountains, amazing home cooked breakfeast, outdoor jacuzzi. I will come back. Thank-you!!!

27/05/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Whitney W.
You haven't lived until you've eaten their waffles, sat in their common room, and gazed upon their aesthetically appealing staff.

17/07/07 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. Christopher Z.
A great guest house.  Wonderful staff.  Great breakfasts.

24/06/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Paul G.
Carpe Diem is about as good as it gets in Provincetown. The staff are superb and the guesthouse is clean. It's a less expensive alternative to the Brass Key. A nice spa area compliments the nicely landscaped guesthouse grounds. Daily breakfast is a nice feature with made to order omelets or eggs. There is a nice outside area for relaxing. WiFi, off-street parking, and in room coffee, tea, and refrigerator are all part of they stay. The team here is great, you can't go wrong staying at Carpe Diem.

13/08/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Lucien D.
My favorite bed & breakfast in New England. The staff is always friendly, it's clean, quiet, nice fire places, great european breakfast, nice decor, flat screen tv, and perfectly located in Ptwon. I am a bit impartial to it because I come from a German background and the owners are German which always felt a little like I was staying at my parents house. I go here every year.

20/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Joyce C.
What an awesome place to stay.  Close enough to walk to everything,  Top quality in everything.  Would stay again.  Hosts were great.

30/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
9. Smeggie P.
I just got back from a 2 night stay and it was wonderful! This inn is the best b&b that I have stayed at! It will be hard to not stay here every year I visit Provincetown :)
The highlights:
-steam room, dry sauna and hot tub
-large array of teas and coffee with to-go cups for daily jaunts about town
-zen courtyard with koi pond, cozy seating
-slippers and robes
-friendly staff that makes sure you are comfortable and remembers your names!
-yummy breakfast that includes homemade bread and muffins
-offstreet parking
-comfy bed
-relaxing and clean atmosphere

23/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Ellen M.
My husband and I stayed here last night and it was great!  The facilities were clean, relaxed, beautiful, serene - a nice oasis in the heart of Provincetown.  They offer a lovely wine and cheese spread each night. We woke to an amazing breakfast that we didn't realize was included.  Fresh fruit, great coffee, an array of breads and pastries, juice, yogurt, cereal and delicious quiche.  We'll be back!

06/07/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. Barry D M.
We just got back from a wonderful week at this extraordinary B&B.  The owners and staff couldn't be friendlier or more accommodating.  The place is beautiful, comfortable and located in the nicest part of P-Town.  Most of the people we met at the breakfast table mentioned that they continue to return here time & again.  We certainly will.

03/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Kent L.
We've stayed at quite a few small luxury inns over the past few years, and Carpe Diem is truly among the best.  The owners are gracious, the staff is extremely helpful and welcoming, and the property shows great attention to detail without seeming stuffy or pretentious.  A comfortable, spacious room with luxury linens and tasteful furnishings.  If you have the time, definitely take advantage of the small on-site spa, featuring a great steam room and jacuzzi.  I also scheduled a sports massage and had one of the best massage treatments ever.  We'll definitely return here the next time we come to Provincetown.

23/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Connie L.
One of the most magical and relaxing places I've been apart from Esalen in Big Sur. The buildings and rooms are very well-kept, the spa and surrounding courtyard is lovely, and the full-course, made-to-order breakfast in the morning is delicious. Carpe Diem feels like a home away from home when you're in Provincetown. The owners and staff also do a wonderful job with suggesting dinner places (and helping to make reservations). Must go!

22/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. Shana G.
This B&B is truly as good as it gets!  The staff is wonderfully warm and helpful.  The breakfast is the best in town.  Farm fresh eggs how you like it, daily specials, etc.  The rooms are cleaned the second you go to breakfast.  
My friend and I met so many wonderful people that we now call lifelong friends, and we met each and everyone one of them at Carpet Diem.  We all had wine and cheese together at the Happy Hour in the lobby and we all sat outside in the beautiful garden area and had such a great time.

Thanks & Carpe Diem!

23/06/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
15. gator N.
It would have been five stars for me but......

This Bed and Breakfast is beautiful, clean and relaxing. My favorites were the patio and the amazing breakfast.  The room George Sands was small but very cute and charming. The wine and cheese hour was great! The customer service was exceptional minus one little detail they forgot to warn me about. I was unaware that the spa area which includes the hot tub was "clothing optional." I was definitely shocked and a little offended when I walked in on other nude guests. If I had known that it was allowed I could have avoided this awkward moment.

29/09/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
16. Jason H.
Just stayed here for three nights in August.  LOVED it.  Here's why:
-- Rooms are tasteful (pine floors, fireplace, flat screen, high quality bedding, ipod alarm clock that makes ocean sounds, immaculate bath tub)
-- Common areas are fun (outdoor seating, complementary sherry & port, feng shui everywhere)
-- Strong sense of community (owners remember your name each time you are greeted, cocktail & cheese hour, communal breakfast)
-- Breakfast deserves a separate mention.  Breads and muffins are fresh baked, fruit/grain/yogurt available, and a special (pancakes, eggs benny, etc) is served every day.  On top of that, coffee was amazing.  When traveling, the complementary breakfast at a B&B is usually an in and out operation but at Carpe Diem we wanted to stay for an hour or so each day to soak up the scents, enjoy the great food, and chat with the management

Over last 20 years I've stayed in 30+ B&B's in the Cape, Berkshires, Catskills, and Poconos and this was the best experience i've had and we will return.

30/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Jodi A.
What a great place to stay (anytime) especially in the off season on the cape.  The staff was wonderful, the spa was clean and quiet, you couldn't get us away!  We will be back often.

10/01/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
18. Bridget B.
I'm with Whitney W. on pretty much every aspect of her review of this amazing Inn, save for the fact that she forgot to mention the outdoor jacuzzi. I'm a sucker for those.

Also, we got a holiday card from the owners the following holiday season, which I thought was extra sweet.

I didn't adore the room a ton (but we booked it last minute so whatever, beggars can't be choosers) but the location is amazing, the inn is gorgeous, and the breakfast was phenomenal, and very European styled.

Loved it, loved it, loved it. Plus they are apparently open in the off season, so I might try to make it down there later on this winter.

18/01/08 | Link | Rating: 5.0
19. Me B. M.
My stay at Carpe Diem was a mixed experience.  No doubt, the Inn is clean, efficient, and well run.  The owners and staff are friendly and breakfast is quite nice.  But, I would never recommend staying in Cesar Moro room.  It is just insanely loud.  The inn entrance is RIGHT next to the room door, so you can expect lots of loud chatter, people banging into your door with their luggage, and trying to get in when that entrance is locked.  This room is also on the first floor facing the street, so delivery trucks starting at sun up is a real problem.  The bathroom also smelled moldy.

As a final note of warning, my review would not be complete without a mention of the kind of "adult" undercurrent of the place that seems to run counter to the classy veneer.  I can find that kind of crap amusing, but if you are less welcoming of it....

15/09/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
20. Tara M.
The reviewers before me have pretty much covered all of the bases but I can't resist adding my two cents.

- Great location - off of, but with easy access to, the main drag

- Good people - the proprietors are extremely friendly and hospitable and helpful.  Upon arrival on a quiet Monday night, we were upgraded to a bigger room (the Ruan Ji room, with Chinese-accented decor).

- We enjoyed the afternoon cheese and crackers in the main house, where we chatted with other guests

- Beautiful spa - tranquil, and includes a gorgeous steam room and a Finnish sauna.  On the clear and cool evening we were there we availed ourselves of the outdoor hot tub - very relaxing.

- Lovely breakfast in the morning with a wide array of goodies (quiche, cereal, muffins, cheese, fruit, rolls)

Honestly, there are probably lots of great places to stay in Provincetown.  But we would go back to the Carpe Diem in a heartbeat.

29/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
21. Ms. Kara T.
Peaceful, beautiful, relaxing, magical.

We got a great last-minute deal early in the summer season. When we arrived, a lovely gentleman welcomed us, showed us the complimentary port (available all day), the beautiful little spa, the zen courtyard, hot tub, and dining room with fancy coffee and tea. Then he upgraded us to a bigger room and suggested dinner places.

We had wine and cheese, and the next morning, an astonishing full-course breakfast, including handmade pancakes. Every though the weather was freezing, I had a great time in Provincetown without going far  from Carpe Diem. The men who run this place are incredibly hospitable, and do everything to make the experience as relaxing as possible. And they are adorable. Kudos.

16/06/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
22. Adam T.
We stayed here for a night in April and it could not have been any better. The manager was warm and welcoming. The inn itself is very nicely designed and maintained. We enjoyed the steam room and hot tub, as well as the perfectly placed common areas, which were used by many guests to soak up the spring sunshine. We were impressed by the quality of service, from the guest apéro with wine and cheese to the wonderful breakfast spread and amiable staff. Carpe Diem is a place we will undoubtedly return to.

19/04/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
23. Melanie T.
Loved it here. I'm not always a fan of B&Bs because I feel weird staying in a stranger's house. This place did not feel like that.

Breakfast was amazing and house boy Andrew was a delight. He made the trip. Location is perfect and parking is a big bonus.

07/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. JOHN C.
Just back from a long weekend at the Carpe Diem and can't wait until our next visit.  The property is beautiful, well-decorated, spotlessly clean, close to everything (center of town) and no amenity has been overlooked.  Our room was compact and efficient, but perfectly appointed and enjoyably quiet.  The staff were all incredibly friendly, attentive and went our of their way to learn our names, and cater to our wants/needs (made dinner reservations for us!?).  There was a beautiful breakfast spread every day with eggs any way you want made to order as well as a special every day (french toast, Eggs Benedict).  Anthony made me an omelet to order every day - love!   Coffee and tea service available 24/7.  Wine and cheese spread daily at 400 - lovely!  Meeting the other guests was almost as enjoyable as any other aspect of the stay - quality folks who were a joy to spend time with.  Access to the spa (Steam Hammam, Sauna, hot tub, showers) was a huge bonus - had a massage while there (see separate Spa review) which was fab.  Eddy, Jarrod, Anthony and rest of the staff - thanks for a great stay, we will be back....John & Kevin

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
25. Cameron H.
In a day and age where most fast food restaurants have to resort to some kind of voodoo photoshop magic just to make their menus look appetizing, I wasn't expecting Carpe Diem Inn to be as good as it sounded. I just needed a place to stay for one night in Provincetown with my girlfriend, as I didn't feel like driving down and back up the cape in one day. I called around and this seemed like one of the nicer, and more available, ones in town.

Found the house easily enough, located just enough off the beaten path to be quiet and peaceful, but nearby enough that you can get to anyplace you need within a minute of walking. Pulled into the parking lot (yes, they have their own lot) and went inside the office. No one at the desk (usually a bad sign) so I rang, and was greeted in a few seconds. After taking care of the formalities, we got a quick tour, and I have to say, I was really blown away.

We started with the room, and the pictures don't do it justice. While it isn't as big as something you'd get at a fancy hotel, everything was top notch. Antique furniture, working fireplace (throws a tremendous amount of heat), in room coffee makers, comfy bed, the list goes on. Just outside was a full service spa, jacuzzi, refreshments, all not more then 30 feet away. Just for tea alone, they have almost two dozen different kinds, ranging from a tasty apple cinnamon to a more traditional morning breakfast, even loose tea (and tea pots you could bring back to your room), all completely complementary. It felt homey enough to be completely comfortable in, but done so as to remind you that, at the end of the day, you don't have to wash the dishes.

Sauna was a great treat to relax after dinner, as was breakfast on Sunday morning. I had gone in a bit early and asked what was being servered and told it would be Belgian waffles. I jokingly said, if they only had some ice cream and strawberries, it would be one of my favorite meals of all time (waffle supreme, yummm). Sat down about 10 minutes later to eat, and like some miracle from the food gods, I had a Belgian waffle, ice cream, and strawberries on my plate.

I would, without a doubt, return here. Everything, from the staff, to my room, to all the little touches and small details, were just the way they should be. It's clear they truly go out of their way to make you happy and enjoy your stay. One of the, if not the, best bed and breakfast I have ever stayed in.

16/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
26. Jean N.
As other reviewers before me have covered all of the bases in regards to the Carpe Diem Inn & Spa, I can't resist adding my two cents.

Our stay at Carpe Diem was a great experience.  The Inn is clean, efficient, and well run.  The owners and staff are friendly and breakfast is lovely.  And we stayed in the Cesar Moro room. Yes, it is next to the front door, but the door is locked from 8pm - 8am. So, I have no idea what the other reviewer's issues where.

The Spa is lovely, the patio area is very peaceful, the afternoon wine and cheese soirée, just outside our room, was great! It did give us a wonderful chance to meet and chat with outer guests.

The location was very easy to find, travel to and fro, and with parking! Honestly, there are probably lots of great places to stay in Provincetown.  But we would go back to the Carpe Diem in a heartbeat.

After all is said about the staff, we did not realize that we had forgotten anything in the room, today we received a package with two items we had forgotten. Thank you! Such a very pleasant surprise.

24/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
27. Lauren B.
I need to put this out there right away: this inn has completely ruined me on any other inn, bed and breakfast, or hotel I will ever stay in for the rest of my life. I'm not joking, even in the slightest, here. It was that amazing.

Upon checking into Carpe Diem Inn on a recent trip with my friend to Provincetown for a quick getaway weekend, I was almost immediately smitten: the ambience of the entire hotel is absolutely inviting and homey in a way that I have never experienced before; the staff of the hotel itself are the most unbelievably pleasant, accommodating, and genuinely engaging group of hotel staff I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with in my life; and the grounds of the hotel itself? My god, they are fabulous.

With a fully-equipped spa, and rooms featuring jacuzzi tubs, immaculately working fireplaces, and personal Kuerig one-cup machines, it's hard not to lose yourself completely in the secluded world that is the Carpe Diem Inn, and never want to leave.

Gods know I honestly would have been content to stay there longer than just two days and completely lose myself in the hotel room bed alone.

That being said, I think this is the part where I have to tell you about the hotel breakfast, rather than continue on about how fabulous everything else is: homemade Belgian waffles, your choice of made-to-order eggs, and an assortment of fruits, oatmeal, breads, bagels, croissants, coffees, and teas? I was in hog heaven. I could not believe how much effort the owners of this Inn put into making their guests 100% happy, or how effortlessly they made us feel 100% comfortable in a place that felt like home.

If you have the money and the reservations to find yourself at the Carpe Diem Inn, there is no way in any corner of my mind that I can imagine you finding something to be disappointed with, other than the fact that you will have to eventually leave.

Highly recommended, as you will fall in love with the place just as much as I have.

17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
28. Dennis Y.
It's all about the details (99.8%).

We spent a long weekend in P-Town staying at Carpe Diem, and we were blown away by the owner's attention to detail. The staff were super friendly, they all have great smiles and eagerly introduced themselves to us. Breakfast was exception. There is a daily breakfast special, besides the regular toasts, jellies, bagels, muesli, yoghurts, fruits, muffins, eggs (your style).

We are sugar snobs, so we were ecstatic to find out that they serves at least 4 kinds of artisanal sugar for your espresso/coffee and at least 8 different kinds of teas, round the clock!

If you don't feel like going out, the inn has tons of places within for you to lounge and relax: cozy living room with coffee table books about Europe and P-Town (don't miss the photo album of the transformation of Carpe Diem itself), courtyard with different nooks and crannies, spa (we loved the gorgeous steam room)... and if you get one the rooms with private backyard, you don't even want to go outside.

Warning: the pictures on their website did not do our room its justice. The room actually looks much classier than the pictures on the website.

Now the 0.2%: Cheese and crackers served during the wine and cheese hour were a bit disappointing (cheddar and saltines). One of the owners is French! How could that be? But we managed to overlook this because everything was just, perfect.

24/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
29. Gretchen L.
This was a beautiful B & B.  I booked the room as a surprise Christmas gift for my husband and could not have been more pleased.  The room that I had originally booked was not available (the bed was broken while they were moving it for something) but they immediately moved us to another comparable room.

We ended up staying in the Oscar Wilde room and couldn't have been happier. The fireplace was beautiful, the bed was the comfiest thing I've ever slept in (my husband had to pry me out in the morning!), the staff incredibly friendly and accommodating and the breakfast was delicious.

All in all an amazing experience that we intend to repeat again and again!

15/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
30. Kellyn W.
Loved everything about this place. Some of my favorite things were:

-The innkeepers--they have created a beautiful and welcoming place. Even jumped our car when our battery died (Thanks Hans!)
-Homemade breakfast every morning
-Walking distance from anywhere I wanted to go in Ptown
-Wine and Cheese Hour--great conversation with other visitors
-And, they have sugar cubes for their tea. SOLD.

Would definitely revisit!

19/10/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
31. Cristin A.
Really loved our stay here. Inn keepers are very friendly, breakfast was great. We loved the court yard and hung out there with our coffee in the morning. The wine and cheese hour was a big draw when I booked our room but sad to say we missed it on both nights of our stay.

13/06/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
32. Scott A.
Great place. Very well done. We made our reservation late and were lucky to find a room at Carpe Diem - the Stanley Kunitz room.

We arrived and were greeted by Jared, a cute if not a little flirty manager which I found fun. He showed us our room which was nicely appointed with a balcony, kitchen at the top of a very steep staircase. He offered a tour of the rest of the property which was very well maintained including an attractive courtyard and a total of 3 (?) buildings all around the courtyard.

Bedding and towels were what I would expect of a top rate inn. The breakfast was very nice and certainly more substantial than a continental Each day included a special from the kitchen such as an omelet or waffles. The staff was gracious and helpful. When introduced to the breakfast crew, they asked what room we were staying in which I thought was just a point of conversation. Little did I know that I think it was so they could dispatch someone to freshen the room while we were at breakfast. They made dinner reservations for us one night after we learned that some of the nicer restaurants were hard to get into. The wine and cheese hour was nice and better than how another reviewer described. Not sure if it changed in the mean time but I found it to be a nice addition.

The one odd thing that I found were some explicit instructions about using the hot tub in the guest information book which included instructions to shower after between any bowel movement and using the hot tub and an admonishment not to use it if you have diarrhea. Probably good advice but odd.

Finally, the clientele is mixed - gay and straight.  So, depending on what you're looking for, this may or may not be for you.

All in all, a great experience and I would certainly return.

10/10/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. AM S.
My boyfriend and I just returned from a lovely four day stay at Carpe Diem and we can not say enough about this wonderful place.  We are a straight couple who wanted a fun place on the cape where we could go to the beach during the day and go out to restaurants/bars at night.  The location is perfect -- a block from commercial and the hotel grounds are beautiful and there is parking!  You walk through the office to a zen like courtyard filled with plants, water fountains, and the entrance to the spa.  Almost every room seemingly has a deck/patio (check the website) but the main patio area is a lunge/spa unto itself.  (more on spa later)

Firstly, the accommodations:  AMAZING.  We stayed in the Thoreau Cottage which was a separate building on the property.  Beautiful leather couch, table, fireplace, ceiling fan, antique four poster bed, jacuzzi and patio.  My only downside is that the patio is not 100% private -- it opens onto a lovely courtyard but it is still pretty cool.  

Next: the people:  AMAZING!!!!  Eddie was our go-to guy for our stay and was so awesome!  He helped us out every night with recommendations where to go and he was spot-on with everything.   He was also our host during the nightly happy hour-- 5-630 where they served wine/cheese in the patio.  Eddie and the wine hour were so nice!  He would introduce us to other guests and really worked to help to keep the atmosphere alive.  Nothing was ever pretentious or "bad cruise" awkward - just perfect.

This one is combined breakfast and people:  Anthony and Robert were our hosts in the morning.  Anthony is the breakfast chef and is such a doll!  As an early riser we were probably the first two awake in morning in the breakfast area and he was great to chat with about coffee and life at Carpe Diem.  And OMG his breakfast.  No idea how he gets the scrambled eggs so fluffy.  And all the specials he cooked from Portuguese bread french toast with fresh blueberries, an egg/ham panini, and amazing veggie strata.   I can't say enough.  The boyfriend wanted the strata recipe.  sigh...I guess i will have to make it at home.  And oh there are fresh muffins (all different types -- as in homemade there that morning) and fresh bread/fruit/cheese every morning. And then there is coffee like 6 different ways and about 25 different types of tea....  
Did I mention this place is amazing???????  Robert is such a good southern gentleman (he is from Texas originally) and he is there in the morning to help with breakfast and to also provide recommendations on what to do during the day.  So don't be surprised if you hear a y'all at breakfast!

And the spa: or shall I say the spahhhh.....  ok.  I didn't know what to expect and was a little leery as it is clothing optional but it was so awesome.  There are I think six great lounge chairs, relaxing music when you enter the spa area then a large jazuzzi in the rear of the area.  Inside the spa area, there is a HUGE steam room, shower, and Finnish Sauna.  Upstairs is massage and yoga (unfortunately I didn't get upstairs to experience -- that is for the next trip!!!)  We would go and take a steam and then lounge in the chairs for hours.  The bf would be more clothing optional than I (ie pretty much nude but sometimes covered by a towel) and we never felt uncomfortable even with others in the area (who normally were wearing robes)

All in all WE (straight Bruins fan boyfriend and I) can not recommend this place more highly.   It is totally ok if you are gay/lesbian or straight as it is a PERFECT getaway.  And a super big thanks to Eddie, Anthony and Robert for making our stay a wonderful relaxing holiday.  See you all soon!

13/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
34. Ryan D.
Like this place needs another five star review...

Well here goes.  My wife and I spent the first three nights of our honeymoon here recently, and we loved the whole experience.  The location is fantastic: right near everything and yet somehow you feel away from it all when you're there.  The rooms are beautiful, and the staff are great.  The basics are all taken care of and then some.  

Beyond that, we loved the wine and cheese hour that they have each day.  It was great to meet the other guests, many of whom had come from other countries (Germany, Netherlands, UK) and get to know people in a relaxing environment.  The same goes for the breakfast, which was fantastic (a special each day, or eggs any way you like, plus a spread of meats, cheeses, fruit and breads/bagels).  

The spa was great, my wife and I each got massages and took advantage of the sauna and hot tub.  We switched time between there and the adjacent courtyard, just a totally relaxing setup, and fun to wander around.  

We loved it here, and even though it was a bit of a splurge, I find it difficult to imagine coming back to P-town and staying anywhere else.

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Mary C.
My husband and I just spent three wonderful nights at Carpe Diem.  It was one of the nicest guest houses we have ever stayed in - anywhere.  We have been coming to Provincetown for 30 years and this was definitely our best experience.  The three men who run the inn are meticulous - probably because they are German?  The breakfasts were superb - something different every day - Egg Burritos, Belgian Waffles, etc. with a full German continental breakfast.  And the spa.  Where do I begin...  The whole Inn was like a spa.  Soothing spa music and aromatherapy everywhere.  Especially nice was the wine hour each evening in the beautiful court yard.  I highly recommend this inn!

29/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
36. Aly L.
Carpe Diem Guesthouse is the best hotel/inn/B&B I've ever stayed in.  It is right off of the main strip in Provincetown but is very private and it truly feels like home.  The inn keepers are amazing and all of the rooms are unique and spectacular in their own way.  I loved the wine and cheese hour as well as the complimentary breakfast in the mornings...what more could you ask for?    

My boyfriend and I are going back to stay in a couple weeks and we are so excited to make a return visit! :)

08/03/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Katie V.
Absolutely fabulous...every minute was enjoyable.  Fantastic service, food, lodging, massages, and facilities.  Will be back as soon as is humanly possible!

19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
38. David P.
Being frequent travelers to PTown, we are so fortunate to have found Carpe Diem to become our home away from home.  Having stayed in practically every room, our favorite is Raj Rao - the king size bed and proximity to the spa is a welcome comfort after a busy day in town.  Both Raj Rao and Ruan Ji are surprisingly quiet considering the proximity to Bradford St - we have never been disturbed by street noise and both rooms are a nice retreat from the hustle and bustle of Commercial St.  We love to meet other people, and the amazing breakfast and wine and cheese hour is a great place to get to know other guests from all over the world.  The atmosphere lends itself to make you feel more like family than guests.  Our arrival to friendly faces and the relaxed atmosphere completes our visit every time.  Other luxury inns pop up in PTown all the time, but there is no other place we would rather stay!

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
39. Elana C.
Seriously. Seriously... I could live here!!

Where to start. My boyfriend and I just celebrated our 3 year anniversary, and after a rather long and kinda stressful year, we felt the need to indulge and get out of the city. Thankfully, our good friend suggested Carpe Diem to us right away when we mentioned we wanted a BB spa-resort kinda place. I checked out the website, liked it, called in, and got a reservation. No muss, no fuss.

First and foremost, the LOCATION. Right in the heart of P-Town, just a 2 minute walk from Commercial Street, 5 minutes from the ocean... it's quiet, it's fabulous. My boyfriend and I are currently still here (couldn't wait to write a review!) and it's, you guessed it, late December. We wanted to go during a time when, truthfully, the rates were a wee bit lower and the crowds smaller. Coming from Boston, we didn't want to travel too far, and this place was wicked easy to get to from the city. I would say about 2 hours without traffic.

This quaint, peaceful, and well-kept property instantly mellows you out. You feel at home given the beautiful and serene ambience of the place. Very zen. It's Christmas time, and Eddie (one of the managers) BEAUTIFULLY decorated the place head to toe with very tasteful decorations. Scented candles burning, beautiful holiday playing... you honestly can't go wrong. I feel like I'm in a Home Goods catalogue living the freaking dream!

Oh yeah, and Eddie! Sweetest, kindest, most accommodating guy in town. His brother (and Carpe Diem's slam-bangin' chef, Anthony) is just as sweet, kind, and accommodating. They instantly make you feel like family, not just guests. Whatever you need/want/crave they will go out of their way and make you feel like royalty. Other staff members, although I personally haven't interacted much with them, always smiled and said hello to us. Everyone is just so wonderfully nice here.

The entire guesthouse is spotless - very clean, well-kept, and smells amazing.

Ok, the food!! Anthony makes breakfast - whatever you can think of, he can whip it up. Breakfast is ample with home-baked fresh bread, pastries, cereals/granola/muesli, yogurt, fruit... oh my lanta, the tea! So much tea; fresh leaf tea of all kinds. And then the coffee, and the espresso machine! I done died and gone to heaven here. They also do wine and cheese hour (on them!) so you can chat with other guest mates, drink some high quality wine (red and white), and help yourself to an assortment of cheeses, olives, crackers, and other cocktail hour finger food. It's a great way to socialize and get a nice buzz on before heading out for dinner. On our first night, my boyfriend and I, a straight couple but not that it matters, met two other couples (a lesbian couple and a gay couple - not that it matters lol) and we all hit it off so well at happy hour that we went downtown and got dinner together too! Had a night full of laughter and fun... all thanks to cocktail hour :)

Oh, and I must not fail to mention the spa. We treated ourselves to the steam room our first night, then got our massages the next morning... and followed that up with a Jacuzzi in the evening. Stressful year? What stressful year!? We haven't felt this mellow and centered since... I don't even know when.

I'm probably missing other great things about this place, but my boyfriend and I decided we are going to make this a yearly tradition, without a doubt. The people, the smells, the food, the ambience, the amenities... you just can't go wrong. This is not at all a pretentious venue - you come as you are and you're accepted as you are. This place definitely lives up to its namesake - Carpe Diem, seize the day! Not at all disappointed.

21/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Ken S.
My husband and I have been going to Provincetown for more than 20 years. We were devoted patrons of the Brass Key Guesthouse since its opening. We have been disillusioned recently by changes that have been made there since Michael McIntyre sold the establishment and decided to try something new this time. We were allured by the reviews on TripAdvisor to try Carpe Diem, which turned out to be a big mistake.

Before booking our room, we called to ask about any noise issues with the rooms that were available. We were assured that the Ruan Ji Room was one of the quietest on the property (we now realize that the establishment was more interested in selling the room than being honest with us). When we arrived, we discovered that the windows of the Ruan Ji faced directly onto Bradford Street. When we commented to the guy that checked us in, he said "sorry" but assured us that "despite all the trucks and cars", that with the AC on, you couldn't hear anything. Well, that proved to be completely wrong. The problem is that the hotel is located on the busiest street in all of Provincetown. 99% of the cars, buses, motorcycles, and delivery trucks for the town head down Bradford to turn onto Conwell to head to Route 6 -- this is the main entry point for the entire town. The delivery trucks start before 6 AM and the traffic does not ease up until after 1 AM -- it is bumper-to-bumper. It is very loud in the room and extremely disturbing (the windows are literally six feet from the street). Of course, there were no other rooms available and we were stuck. We were to stay for 4 nights but after the third night, we just could take it anymore and left early, losing our last night. We complained at the front desk when we checked out early that we had specifically asked about these issues when he booked the room. He argued with us that this was just like any other street in Provincetown (wrong!) and that somehow this was our problem -- I have never had my concerns addressed by a hotel in such a rude manner. When you pay this much for a room, you expect far, far more.

The positives: the rooms are nicely furnished and very clean. The availability of cooked-to-order eggs at breakfast is a nice touch.

More minor negatives: the "clothing optional" policy at the spa makes it unusable if you don't want to hang around with naked people (the Brass Key always limited this to a very isolated part of the compound that did not distract from the main amenities of the property, like the spa and pool); the bathroom window was a "tiffany" style window but had enough clear panes to make you an exhibitionist onto Bradford Street (we had to cover with a towel).

We will not be staying here again.

17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
41. J S L.
One of my very few, and far between, 5's.  Top to bottom extraordinary.

Two houses with a beautiful courtyard in the middle, with babbling brooks and beautiful background music.

Lovely and clean common areas.

Day spa, steam-room, dry sauna, and Jacuzzi.

Most friendly and helpful staff.  Wow, what a breakfast.  

Very, very nice linens and amenities.

Member of the "Select Registry of Beds and Breakfasts". They should be proud to have them on their roster.

Seize the day and go. Will not disappoint.

16/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Patrick C.
Tranquility & positive, genuine interactions with the staff and ownership is the norm at this truly relaxing inn/spa. A short walk from the wharf and right in the middle of the best part of Provincetown, the accommodations are clean, comfortable, and cozy. Our room had a private fireplace, huge bathroom, and was just steps from the spa and the breakfast area, where one of the owners prepares a delicious breakfast every morning, with many delicious options to choose from. The staff was great in providing dinner recommendations and was able to get us the best seats at many of the best restaurants. If you have an opportunity to stay here, I highly recommend it!

04/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
43. Chris C.
I've stayed at Carpe Diem twice. The first time was 5-10 years ago, and i LOVED it, and thought it was the nicest B&B in P'town. Since then I have stayed at many other B&Bs and maybe my expectations have been raised, but Carpe Diem may also have lot just a tiny bit of it's luster.  (By comparison, I think the White Porch Inn across the street and the Brass Key are just slightly more polished, overall, but it's a very close race with all three being in the top tier of P'town accommodations, and all highly recommended.)

But that's not to say there aren't great things about Carpe Diem! The rooms are relatively big, nicely furnished and not overly fussy, while still being elegant. The food and amenities are top notch, however.  

We stayed in the William Shakespeare room which has lots of light (due to 3 exposures), high ceilings sittle area with fireplace. There's a very cool porthole window on one wall. The room also has a Fridge and safe in room, as well as beautiful sheets and towels and nice bath products.

However, the tiny awkward bathroom was simply awful, with the toilet set in alcove barely bigger than it was, making it incredibly awkward to use.  The shower was also on the small size. This is due to the layout of the room, and the need to shoehorn a small closet in, taking up part of the bathroom. (Other rooms have normal bathrooms, so this an aberration with this particular room.)

There was also a huge crack on the ceiling which is one of the reasons i say the place overall needs gussying up. Nothing huge, it just needs a little TLC to keep up with the other B&Bs in town.

Carpe Diem has a great breakfast, featuring home made items and custom cooked eggs, as well as port and sherry , Tea and coffee available 24 hours, as well as a wine and cheese hour each afternoon.

There is a hot tub with adjacent sauna and steam-room free to use for guests.

08/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. David R.
Have stayed at a few B&Bs in P-town and this is head and shoulders above the rest.

Staff: completely helpful, polite and available
Room: well appointed and comfortable; nice linens and towels  (but I'd redo the tile in the bathroom)
Food: wonderful! breakfast was terrific and the staff is super accommodating; not really a mingle-with-the-guests-over-wine & cheese kind of guy, but the spread was really nice
Spa: treat yourself to a massage. Robert rubbed me down and he was terrific; I'm certain all the masseurs are great
Grounds: lots of fountains, comfy seating and well-maintained gardens
Location: just up the block from Commercial St. in the east end. it is walkable to everything.

Second time I've stayed here, and i can't wait until next summer's visit!

12/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
45. Katie E.
WOW! My husband and I spent two nights at Carpe Diem Guesthouse as part of our weeklong honeymoon. It was our first time in Provincetown (or Cape Cod, for that matter) and we were completely blown away by the experience at Carpe Diem.

We stayed in the Eugene O'Neil room, which is cozy but definitely space enough for two, and had all the amenities you'd want or need. The manager, Eddie, gave us a lovely tour of the property and spa when we arrived, and promptly booked us both massages for the following day within 10 minutes of us making an inquiry. The massages were excellent, and the spa itself was so tranquil -- we enjoyed the steam room and sauna very much! The 5PM wine and cheese hour is the perfect way to ease from day to evening, and Carpe Diem really goes all out -- six varieties of wine, an assortment of cheeses, crackers, nuts, and other snacks -- and breakfast was equally ample and varied (a buffet, plus eggs cooked-to-order and a hot special every day). You could easily just eat, chill in the spa, eat again (and drink wine), and not leave the guesthouse until dinner. But if you do decide to head out, the staff is extremely knowledgable and helpful about the surrounding area, whether you're looking for tips about shops, hikes, restaurants, etc.

In short: a lovely guesthouse, run by lovely, helpful people, that we can't wait to visit again! Great value for your money and truly the kind of restful place that takes a vacation from excellent to stupendously awesome.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
46. Amador A.
I love it here. Is so quaint and the owners make you feel like you're home. Each room is very unique where you want to come back and check it all out. Their wine happy hour is great. It give you the opportunity to meet some great people and it also give you a head start for what Provincetown night life brings. It's centrally located which give Carpe Diem a 5 star.

Another wonderful this is their breakfast every morning. They have fresh pasties out as well as cold cuts to go with your breakfast. In addition each morning they have a special using the freshest ingredients such as their home grown eggs and bread.

Coffee and tea is available 24/7 in their main house. Great place to visit.

04/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Robert C.
I stayed an extra night. And even then I didn't want to leave. What does that tell you?

Carpe Diem is a wonderful space to relax and unwind. It's quiet complex located near the bustle of Ptown, but you can feel like you are in your own secluded world if you like.

My room, the Eugene O'Neil, was a front-facing room located on the first floor of the main guest house. There was very little commotion from the other guests, and it was a wonderfully relaxing room.

The general manager, Eddie, is the consummate host especially at wine and cheese hour where guests mingle and share stories. His ability to understand what guests need an any moment is impeccable.

And be sure to book a treatment at the Namaste Spa. It's well worth the indulgence.

22/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
48. K A.
How I wish I could give Carpe Diem 10 stars!  Bottom line: go there.  You won't be disappointed.   From an amazing room with every detail thought of . (Even ear plugs to assure you can sleep soundly if someone's footsteps are too heavy or their tv is too loud) to lovely staff that are knowledgeable of the Provincetown area.  It is the most relaxing place you will find and the breakfast is huge and delicious. There is even a wine tasting hour for the guests that includes freshly made appetizers and provides an opportunity to meet other guests from all over.  We have been twice now, and are coming back in September for our honeymoon.   This is the only place I will stay at in ptown.  AMAZING

19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
49. Eddy B.
Amazing place. Amazing Spa. Amazing team. Great place to relax. Breakfast is delicious and cooked in front of you. Perfection...

21/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Jaki G.
Don't even question this place! I was so relaxed every moment I was there, and that was well worth the expense. We stayed in the James Baldwin and slept like babies. It is a great room w the fire place at your feet. When we walked in the room there was this lovely music playing, great touch.

They have a great wine and cheese spread at 5pm each day. My suggestion is to definitely be there to fully enjoy that and get to know the other guests. If I could do things differently I would have made my dinner reservations for like 7:45 so I could really linger and enjoy this.

Breakfast was nice, they have a special each morning or you can get eggs any style. They also have all the espresso, coffee and tea you could want.

At the check-in desk they have free sherry and port, nice touch.

Did you know the spa are is clothing optional? Me neither. That was interesting. The facilities were really nice and we used them everyday.

Great proximity to the action on Commercial Street, yet surprisingly quiet at this place.

The staff are all of these adorable men. All kind and friendly.

Go, rest, and enjoy!

28/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Kelley L.
Some sunny weather after a very long winter prompted my husband and I to take an overnight boondoggle to the Cape and we visited Provincetown for the first time.  To our great delight, Carpe Diem had a couple of rooms open (this was a mid-April trip so definitely on the shoulder of "the season").  What a wonderful, wonderful place.  We were immediately made to feel at home with a friendly tour of the spa and the beautiful antique building.  Nothing has been spared in terms of top quality furnishings and features - yet there is nothing fussy or austicious either.

On our way through the communal dining room, we were greeted by a smiling young chef who proudly presented some incredible homemade goodies she'd made for that evening's wine and snacks event.  As we chatted, she was winding fresh, homemade brioche dough into lovely, raisin studded breakfast buns the next morning.  The whole kitchen and dining area smelled warm, inviting and just as if you'd stepped back into your favorite auntie's kitchen after a  long journey away from home.

We found our room (one of their "standard rooms") to be impeccably clean, comfortable and well maintained.  The bed was so very comfortable and the fact the windows opened fully gave us an opportunity to enjoy the spring breeze.  Again, not one detail overlooked including fresh robes and slippers to be worn to the spa downstairs.

The evening social event which starts at 5 PM is not to be missed - as other guests have noted.  What's different about Carpe Diem is that the actually have a staff host for this event - an engaging young man who was a great icebreaker and made all of us feel included and comfortable in the conversations.  It was really fun!  He was quick to help make dinner reservations for a couple who needed them and provided good information for us as to what to explore for our first trip to the area.  

The next morning, after a blissfully uninterrupted sleep, we were greeted with a sideboard just groaning with earthly delights.  Homemade granola and breads, sticky buns, cheese, roasted chicken slices and ham, yogurts, bagels. muffins - and yes.  The freshly baked raisin brioche I saw being started the evening before.  If that wasn't enough, our chef invited us to choose Belgium waffles (with a side of freshly whipped cream and warm, clearly homemade strawberry sauce) or scrambled eggs.  Or both.  The coffee was hot and plentiful and the tea selection was outstanding.  I have yet to have had a breakfast buffet to match Carpe Diem.  Truly.  Almost needed to go back upstairs and nap my hedonistic breakfast behavior off, but the sun, sparkly ocean, and spring day beckoned me outside to walk a few yards down to the fun of Commercial Street, Provincetown.  What a great stay!

If I had any notes to folks considering staying that would be of consideration.  The bathrooms in the main house are very small.  Really small.  This is an antique house and inside plumbing clearly not part of the original design.  They are very well appointed, but if counter space, etc. is important, be sure to ask before you book the older rooms.  Also, the ventilation fan, at least in our room, was automatically turned on when you switched on the lights in the bath.  The fan is meant to pull out the steam - and it does so.  But it's really noisy.  Was worried I was annoying neighbors having it on, but as I couldn't hear their fan, I assume they couldn't hear mine.

Another note - perhaps to management - is that I really would have loved to use the spa.  It was absolutely stunning.  But as a "woman of a certain age" the clothing optional part was intimidating.  Might have been a time in my younger life - but for now I would have appreciated just a few hours during the day where a "cover that stuff up" rule could apply.  Perhaps in the morning?  Just a thought.

If you're considering Carpe Diem - don't hesitate.  It truly was one of the best last-minute weekend jaunts I've take in a number of years.  Just GO!

19/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0