Before heading to Sea Crest in North Falmouth, Cape Cod, I did my usual due diligence and checked out reviews from others in the industry.

Here’s my advice: Don’t.

This oceanfront resort has made amazing strides since it was purchased by Scout Real Estate Capital in 2010, and a lot of what’s been written about the property online is pre-renovation.

The Sea Crest I experienced was, on the level of friendly service, among the most memorable hotels I have ever visited. The renovations have created a fresh, airy, beach resort feeling, which, as Director of National Accounts Meghan Kelleher, CMP, puts it, “is not trying to be something it’s not.” This is a place where you simply must do a clambake for the group—and time it perfectly with the sunset over Buzzards Bay.

You could not find a resort closer to the water than Sea Crest, with some rooms opening right onto the silvery-white sand of Old Silver Beach. There are a percentage of rooms with partial views and parking lot views, so choose wisely. Also, the rooms overlooking the pool and central courtyard are within earshot of the vacationers and the bar, which has live entertainment on weekends. It depends on the vibe you’re looking for.

Sea Crest has a rich history. In the 1930s, it was the site of a summer playhouse that hosted such famous actors as Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. Years later, in 1942, Lou Walters opened the Latin Quarter, a hotel and dinner theater, and his daughter, legendary journalist Barbara Walters, grew up there. Since the 1970s it has been a year-round family resort.