My husband and I desperately needed to get away. We really needed a month long course with Dr. Phil and next to that a resort in the Pocono Mountains. Barring the possibility of either of those we decided to go away overnight to International Inn Cuddles and Bubbles in Hyannis, MA.
International Inn, Cuddles and Bubbles are known for the Jacuzzis in their rooms and some extra touches. We had passed the Inn many times and never gave a thought to staying here but after looking at the one-night price on the website we couldnt pass it up. There are also two- night packages, which are much more costly, but include some extras. (silk pajamas and lobster, for example!) You can also stay here without a package and eat wherever you want or in their lovely restaurant. They are located at 662 Main Street which is right in the heart in Hyannis, walking distance to boutiques, shops and a short drive to other sites I will mention.
There is plenty of free parking. From the outside the Inn looks like an older facility (which it is) made up of a lot of brick. It looks like a motel. Walking in I expected to see a lobby that looked like a Days Inn. Although it wasnt an elaborate lobby, it was very pretty, with the restaurant right off of the lobby and a very cute gift shop off of it as well. In addition, lining the customer service desk are beautiful baskets that you can purchase or have waiting in your room. We did neither, but one of my favorites was the basket with the truffles, champagne filled bottle of jellybeans, handcuffs and candles.
The Inn has an indoor pool, which we didnt use and 6 types of rooms all a bit different.
We went to book this online but the one-night special could only be done over the phone. The website, which will show you what the rooms look like is: http://www.cuddles.com/suites.html.
The customer service person on the phone was very nice, as was the person who greeted us at the desk. We had no problems whatsoever in the 24 hours (a bit less) that we were there. Check in is 3:00pm and check out is 11:00am.
We had a choice (and this price is amazing, when they promote it is as cheaper than staying home they are not far from the truth) of the Regency Jacuzzi Suite for $79 or the Waldorf Jacuzzi Suite for $99. That is for 2 people, not per person! The $20 bought us a 2-room suite rather than just a separated seating area.
What we got for $99:
We got free hors devours at Arthurs Lounge which is right off the restaurant. This does not look like a bar. It is actually very pretty. We got a dinner at the Gazebo Garden. We were so surprised when we saw this lovely room. I expected to see a cafeteria! Instead we sat in a beautiful restaurant with super high ceilings and plants along the windows. The tables have wicker chairs and are glass topped with a tablecloth under it. The napkins are cloth. This was really a very nice meal.
We got a choice of Caesar salad or regular salad. My husband and I each had one of them and they were delicious. The veggies were fresh and plentiful. We also got thick bread sticks, which were good. We then had a choice of a 14 oz. Sirloin steak with mashed potatoes or Chicken Parmesan with spaghetti. We chose the chicken and I expected a tasteless hunk of meat. Instead it was really very, very good and so large that I took ˝ mine back to our room where we had a refrigerator. We also got a carafe of wine and coffee or tea.
First let me say that this is not a luxurious five star hotel. Much of the inn has industrial-tile floors in the hall. Where there is carpeting in the halls it is very pretty. It could use some updating of the hallways and the stairs could use new carpeting....but the room was really nice, although that could also have used some new carpeting and a bit of a lift. What we had, though, was a large round platform bed (It was a marriage revival night, remember?) with a canapé, a TV/VCR, a desk and vanity, a large 6 draw pine dresser and mirrors around the bed (not on the ceiling).
The room seemed clean. The toilet had a paper band around it assuring us it had been cleaned. The Jacuzzi was spotless.
We had a separate living room with a door that closed. We really didnt need it but it was fun to have. There was a pull out couch, which had seen better days, coffee table, another TV and a sink area with a coffeepot and coffee. There were mirrors behind the couch; the closet was in that room, a ceiling fan which was a nice touch because the decorations were sparse. Just some simple pictures decorated the rooms. There was also a refrigerator with a bottle of champagne and 2 glasses. In addition, wrapped and in its own tube of water was a rose. There was a telephone in each room, making 3 in total.
We had the usual hairdryer, soaps and lotions. We also had bubble bath, plenty for several Jacuzzis. The Jacuzzis are different sizes depending on the room. Ours was 4 feet by 6 feet. It was wonderful. Some of the other suites have heart-shaped Jacuzzis. To top all this off was the shower. It was a shower for 2 with 2 separate heads, though one control for the water temperature. The towels were actually folded in some fancy way that I wouldnt be able to replicate.
In the gift shop you can buy a vase for the rose if you want and more bubbles and souvenirs. I brought our own candles but if you forget they are reasonably priced in the gift shop. Dont forget the candles...it is a nice touch.
There is a special for guests - $6.95 rather than $9.95 for a buffet breakfast. I didnt want a buffet so we passed on that but when we checked out we got 2 coffee mugs which say Cuddle & Bubble on it. A great souvenir! Check out was simple and took a minute.
Other information and sites to see:
~Depending on the time of the year, the prices will vary, of course. One of the reasons for this deal is it is cold here in Massachusetts. During the summer, the Cape is a busy place and those prices will most likely not be available.
~The John F. Kennedy Museum is within walking distance of the inn.
~Some of the stores in Hyannis are wonderful including The Christmas Tree Shop, Yankee Candle, and some wonderful T-shirt stores and other specialty stores along Main Street.
~You will also find golf and a lot of miniature golf, including Cape Cod Storyland Golf (though you wont be with children at Cuddles & Bubbles), boat rentals and whale watching.
~For a great place to eat breakfast go to The Egg & I at 521 Main Street. Avoid IHOP across from the Mall at all costs!
~The Cape Cod Mall has been totally redone. If you havent been there in awhile, you will be quite surprised. It has It is located on routes 132 and 28 in Hyannis.
This makes the most perfect gift for someones anniversary especially the couple with young children who perhaps hasnt been anywhere since the kids were born. Just dont forget that babysitting should come with the gift. Get them a basket - even if it an inexpensive one with candles only in it, it is a really nice touch.
Don't forget it as a Valentine's gift also. It makes a perfect gift for that day.
It was a wonderful revival for us, in all honesty. Somehow sitting in a Jacuzzi you are more apt to connect with one another then with one person on a computer in one room and the other on a computer in another room. If you are anywhere in the area now and want a great night away, you cant beat the price. You can check on line during the summer for other specials they may have.
You can also call them at 877-528-3353 or 508-775-5600 or e-mail them at email@example.com
I would be glad to answer most any question you have! Feel free to leave me a comment.
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