You could easily drive by the Cape Codder Resort in Hyannis, Massachusetts and mistake it for just another Cape Cod hotel that has been around for many years. But the Cape Codder looks very different from the inside than from the outside. To start, they just opened a brand new section of the waterpark, part of a massive renovation project. Walking through the resort, you can easily see where the owners have continued to plow money back into the resort to make it even more attractive to families – from the newly renovated family suites to the recently added two and three-bedroom residences. I was recently invited to visit with my daughter and her friend to check out the new waterpark, and we got to a see everything the hotel has to offer to provide a full Cape Codder Resort review.
Cape Codder Resort Review
We stayed in the newly renovated and spacious Family Suite. Our suite featured a very large living area with sectional couch and flat screen TV, a small kitchenette, a spacious separate bedroom with a king bed and two full bathrooms. The most unique feature – and the most fun – was the flip down Murphy bed that converted the kitchen table to a full-size bed. The sectional sofa also opens up into a sofa bed, so technically the suite can sleep up to six people. The only downside of the suite is that it overlooks the waterpark, so you’ll want to keep the curtains closed for privacy. Surprisingly though, the sound and lights didn’t bother us but it is something to think about for families with younger kids who go to bed before the waterpark closes. For $675 a night during high season, the Family Suite is no bargain for a non-beachfront hotel, but it does include four water park passes and everything the hotel has to offer families.
I also had a chance to tour the residences, which consist of single, double and triple bedroom suites. This section is beautifully designed, with none of the brick hallways you can find in other sections of the resort. They are designed for vacation club owners, but are also rented out on a weekly basis, or less (with a two-three night minimum stay). These suites were very impressive, with stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, steam showers, soaking tubs and gorgeous linens and décor.
The Cape Codder has always been known for its indoor waterpark, but it recently got much larger. The older section still features two small slides, a wave pool, and a whirlpool.
The newer section has a fun beach design and the features you would except from a much larger resort. My favorite of course is the lazy river, but the kids enjoyed the two larger body slides and going back and forth between the two sections. For the little ones, there is a large “kiddie” play area and for parents who don’t want to get wet, there are sets of tables and chairs around the perimeter, as well as upstairs in the loft-like party area.
For convenience, there is a full service café within the water park, offering salads, hot dogs, nachos, tacos and the like. You can also easily exit the water park to the hotel’s “beach” hangout area or walk over to the outdoor pool.
On summer evenings, the hotel lights a bonfire in the beach area and the “Rainbow Falls” at the outdoor, salt-water pool is lit up with fun LED lights.
Tamara Gruber is the Founder and Publisher of We3Travel. A former marketing executive and travel advisor, Tamara is an award-winning travel writer and recognized expert in family travel. She is also the publisher of YourTimetoFly and the co-host of the Vacation Mavens travel podcast.