We have just concluded an absolutely wonderful 5-day stay at the Belfry Inne in Sandwich, MA, the oldest town on the Cape and one of my favorites .I must confess that I arrived at the Belfry feeling uncertain, even somewhat apprehensive. My wife had booked two rooms at a very reasonable rate for a Monday through Friday stay during the first week of the summer season. But several negative reviews in Trip Advisor made us wonder if this was going to prove to be a “too good to be true” deal. Well, it wasn’t. In fact, within a very short time after our arrival, all three members of our party--my wife, my sister-in-law, and myself—came to the same conclusion: the Belfry was truly among the most unique Bed & Breakfast in which we have stayed in this country and it most certainly added to our enjoyment of the Cape. Here’s some highlights : Our receptionist, Alex, provided an excellent introduction to the Inn, patiently answered all our questions, and gave us a knowledgeable local’s spot-on suggestions about interesting sights and good restaurants in the area. Especially helpful to me were his suggestions about where I might enjoy taking photographs in Sandwich as well as in several other nearby towns. Our rooms were in a building called The Abbey, which was built in 1900 and had formerly served as a Roman Catholic church. In addition to being tastefully furnished and having very up to date fixtures and appliances, both rooms were filled with interesting, well preserved architectural details, including some of the original stained glass windows from the church and a true and very beautiful vaulted cathedral ceiling. Our room also featured an especially dramatic, visually stunning Rose or Wheel window which filtered the outside light into the room in ways that never failed to delight me . Breakfast were always delicious and served by wonderfully attentive and accommodating servers in a beautiful dining area which also had a lovely adjoining outdoor terrace. The dinner we had the next evening at the Inn’s on site restaurant was far and away the best I had anywhere on the Cape on this holiday and was excellent by any standard. Finally, each day when we returned to our room after breakfast the maid had already finished cleaning the room and providing fresh linens and sundries Like every one of the staff we met, she too was very courteous and very good at her job.
As for the negative reviews, I do not doubt the sincerity, veracity or the motives of any of the naysayers. My stay at the Belfry, however, convinced me that the negative reviews were essentially outliers, best treated as the result of the kind of miscommunication or “bad-day” problems that every inn and every innkeeper may sometimes experience. I would urge all Trip Advisor readers not to be dissuaded from staying at the Belfry because of a handful of negative comments. Give this charming Bed & Breakfast a try; draw your own conclusions, and, hopefully you will have as enjoyable a stay there as we have just had.
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