Hyannis, Massachusetts and all of Cape Cod has so much to offer. Hyannis is one of the largest municipalities on the Cape, and has a vibrant and thriving Main Street, with shops and restaurants around, not to mention boat service to Nantucket Island and Martha’s Vineyard.
During a recent four night stay at the International Inn and Suites on Main Street in Hyannis, a relatively last minute travel decision, it became clear the hotel choice was definitely the wrong one. The hotel itself is old; the rooms are dingy with a bordello red drapery in each room and very old furnishings and carpet. Smoke seeps into the non-smoking rooms, and the price (about 99 dollars per night) attracts a loud and young crowd. There is in fact a pool that is closed and discolored, and breakfast is only sometimes served. On a seemingly regular basis, the “chef” has either called in sick, has not made it in that day, or has closed the restaurant that morning. Some guests reported health violations. The hotel offers a honeymoon package complete with champagne, but the champagne last week was nowhere to be found. Guests who have been coming to the hotel for 15 years or more, say never again.
If a traveler does not mind a room that is extremely well located, just in dingy condition (but with admittedly comfortable beds), or the fact that light bulbs in the bathroom are mostly burned out and the bathroom mirrors need replacement, there are a few bright spots. The hotel staff is cheerful, and the parking lot is extremely large. Arrive too late at night, and parking is nearly impossible to find, probably because there is no parking enforcement on weekends so anybody parks there. And in the absence of breakfast, there are some great restaurants just across the street. The Egg and I is one that serves breakfast until 3 pm, and The Daily Paper has several locations and is always crowded. There is an Irish pub and a convenience store in the strip mall just next door, both open until 11 pm. Many more restaurants abound just across the street and down both sides of Main Street from the hotel.
While the rooms have safe deposit boxes, they do not have closets or any kind of doors with closures. So all valuables are really out in the open. The suites are in fact large and have a small refrigerator and sink plus two televisions, but their condition is not better than the rest of the hotel.
While this hotel is about ten minutes walking distance to the boat to Nantucket and the Hyannis Visitors Information Center (which also houses the JFK museum), there are also other hotels near those sights with parking lots and proximity to the many eateries and shops in the area. Check those hotels out using one of the many booking engines available. This hotel is in dire need of repair, but at one time under different management, was reportedly a great place to stay according to Hyannis locals.