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Cape Cod after Columbus Day - reservations needed

I'm thinking of going to the Cape for two or three days some time in the week or so after Columbus Day. I'd rather not make hotel reservations and think that at that time of year it should be OK but wanted to see if anyone here has been at that time of year and can advise. I see that there are at least a half dozen chain hotels in/near Hyannis that have decent reviews (post covid stays in the last few months that talk about good cleaning/safety measures). I know most of the small independent motels close down for the season but those large chains are open then. How likely is it that they'd all be full if I just show up? Thanks

Posted by
11380 posts

A quick look at shows 300+ properties with rooms available the week of 10-20. I would say the odds of finding a room on a drop in basis is reasonably good

Posted by
174 posts

In a normal year, the Cape is very busy in September and October, but shouldn't be bad this year. It is a very beautiful time of year, and much better than in the summer, when there are so many people and terrible traffic. Look at the weather for a good few days, go, and enjoy!! Ocean House restaurant is awesome for a special night out, but make sure you have reservations. Bed and Breakfasts are plentiful and very nice.

Posted by
4148 posts

If you consider chains , between the virus ,and the apres Columbus day weekend , you might find that they have very liberal cancellation policies ( sometimes up to 6 PM the day of arrival ) . I often use Hampton Inns , you might want to take a look .

Posted by
379 posts

You should have no problem this year. In August I booked a couple of nights in No Truro 3 days before going. My 1st choice wasn't available, but the location of this hotel was only about a mile or 2 down the road. This NEVER would have been possible in normal times.

Posted by
847 posts

Thanks for the replies. That's what I thought but it's nice to know others think so as well.