Provincetown, MA - The Breakwater Hotel was one of the first of its kind when it was built in 1953 by Dick Bishop and Carl Bradley and was reportedly “filled up before paint and varnish were dry.” Its East edge of town location at 716 Commercial St. and access to a quiet bay beach has been a favorite of honeymooners since the Breakwater’s inception. Now honeymooners, couples and those who simply want to get away from it all will enjoy it even more – especially the view.
Last year, The Lexvest Group bought the 26-room hotel from Fred and Patricia Sateriale, who had owned the property since 1968. Lexvest has just completed renovations that bring the property a new Cape Cod Chic vibe, including new glass room doors and private decks that along with new outdoor sofas extend the first floor rooms to the outdoors. It maintains the Breakwater’s bay deck and staircase to the beach, as well as free parking. The Breakwater joins Lexvest’s other hospitality properties which include the Cape Colony Hotel, Truro Beach Cottages, and East Harbour Motel & Cottages.
While renovations were being completed last winter and spring, it was not uncommon for past guests to come by and take a look at the place where some favorite memories were made. Before it was acquired by the Sateriales, the Breakwater was sold to Alice Van Arsdale, whose son John ran Provincetown-Boston Airlines and the Provincetown Municipal Airport. They expanded the motel in 1955 to include a penthouse apartment, which Lexvest has transformed into a bay view suite with two queen size beds and a sofa sleeper.
The Breakwater is a bike ride or walk away from downtown Provincetown, and its quiet location has been made more inviting by Simmons Beautyrest Pillowtop Mattresses, Keurig brewing machines, flat panel TVs, mini fridges, free Wi-Fi, room safes, Beekman 1802 personal care products, local art by kmoe gallery and super quiet air conditioning. Pastries, fruit, muffins, juices, coffee and tea are served every morning. The Breakwater offers its guests an outdoor shower, beach towels and chairs and sand toys such as Corn Hole, Paddle Ball, shovels and pails.
Hotel Manager Kris Wyle comes to town from Alaska, where she ran the McCarthy Lodge. Accessible by a narrow bridge that once held train tracks, the lodge is popular with hikers and those heading into the backcountry. Now, she’s ready to greet people who want to hit the beach. Wyle intends to avoid the hotel-counter barrier between staff and guests.
“I feel like I’m often on the other side of the counter with the guest. They’re really being received in a more homey way,” Wyle says. The holiday feel continues when guests have settled in. “We’re outside of the buzz a little bit and that provides a little bit more of an escape. It will serve all travelers well.”
The Lexvest Group (www.lexvest.com) is a Massachusetts real estate investment, development and management company specializing in value-add commercial real estate with a focus on Outer Cape hospitality properties and office and light industrial space throughout central Mass.