PROVINCETOWN — In the travel world, they are what you would call a power couple. David Dowd has been in the hotel business for 30 years, working alongside Ian Schrager. He currently holds the title of chief operating officer for Andre Balazs Properties, which oversees the Standard Hotels in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles. Kevin O’Shea graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in interior architecture and built a career in hotel design for the Le Meridien brand and the Morgan Hotel Group. So when word broke that this dynamic duo would debut a property of their own, there was a true sense of excitement.
Unveiled in May on the former site of Dexter’s Inn, the 15-room Salt House Inn is a stone’s throw from the stores, restaurants, and bars on Commercial Street. The two-story abode has a patio for breakfast, a second-floor terrace, and a rarity in P-town, a large parking lot.
Yet it’s not until you step into one of the guest rooms that you truly appreciate the owners’ pedigrees. Behind the bed on the crisp white walls are what O’Shea calls his “assemblage of curiosities,” portraits, oars, fish hooks, and other tidbits that he found while scouring antiques shops in his native Maine. Dowd’s contacts with high-end suppliers meant he could secure mattresses worthy of a Four Seasons property.
In the breakfast lounge you’ll find the day’s weather, tides, and menu written on a large chalkboard as well as hot-out-of-the-oven raspberry scones, cinnamon peach baked French toast, and bacon, dill, and chive breakfast eggs.
SALT HOUSE INN 6 Conwell St., Provincetown, 508-487-1911, www.salthouseinn.com. Rooms $150-$395, including breakfast, parking, and complimentary