Heritage House History

HyannisHistory-01Hyannis History

The southernmost tip of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stretches approximately 100 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean. This wonderful peninsula is known as Cape Cod.

Within the Town of Barnstable are seven villages: Barnstable, West Barnstable, Marstons Mills, Cotuit, Osterville, Centerville and Hyannis. The largest and most central is the village of Hyannis, terminus for island ferries, major bus transportation and airlines.

The Heritage House Hotel was built in 1968 as one of the first major redevelopment projects in the East End of hyannis and was owned and operated by the original builder until 1999 when Superior Hotel Management Corporation (SHMC) bought the hotel. The two principals in the SHMC met in 1977 when working as Food & Beverage Directors for different hotels in a Holiday Inn Franchise Group.

Their career paths went separate ways in the hotel business for the next 15 years with both being General Managers of substantial downtown Boston hotel properties. In 1992, they became partners when they bought the Hyannis Sands Motor Lodge and subsequently the American Host Motel in Yarmouth in 1993. After selling both motels, they purchased the Heritage House Hotel in 1999 and have since concentrated all their efforts on this one major hotel in Hyannis.

The partnership has now come full circle.  At the start of 2013, they decided to reorganize with one partner semi-retiring (he is still involved with parts of the business) and the other continuing on as a sole proprietor.  The same exacting standards and commitment to quality will continue into the future.

HyannisHistory-02Since the purchase of the Heritage House Hotel in 1999, millions of dollars have been spent in upgrades and renovations to the structure, exterior, throughout the 143 rooms, and to the interior of the property to bring the entire property up to a higher standard.  Guests coming back year after year comment on each new round of improvements that are made at the hotel. The owners also created a full service restaurant, Chauncy’s Bar & Grille, function room for business meetings, banquets, and social functions which is open year round. AAA recognized the commitment the owners have invested in their hotel by rewarding them with a well-deserved rating increase. Coming soon will be renovations for the exterior and other areas and will be ongoing.

HyannisHistory-03The Kennedy Compound has been a popular attraction for visitors ever since the Kennedy presidency. The thousands of visitors who come to the region each year hoping to catch a glimpse of the Compound should be aware that Hyannisport is a quite, residential area where tour buses are not permitted. Traffic is sometimes restricted on streets leading to the Compound, and we graciously ask visitors to respect the privacy of the Kennedy family and the other residents of the area. The best way to see the Kennedy Compound is from the water, and frequent summer cruises are available from Hyannis Harbor to view the homes and other sights.

HyannisHistory-04We encourage you to visit The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Main Street, Hyannis. These exhibits focus on “The Cape Years” of President Kennedy, offering photography, photomurals, a video with vintage footage and oral history enhancements. Here a glimpse may be had of the family times and recreational activities of the late President. An admission fee is charged for adults 17 years and older, and the museum offers a gift shop and visitor information services.