Nantucket is a tourism hot spot, just 30 miles off the Cape Cod coast. In 2016 National Geographic named Nantucket as the best island in the world. From the early days of European settlement, it was used as a whaling station. Many islanders made a fortune through whaling and built houses to match their status. It was the whale oil however that fueled the fire that devastated 40 acres of the town center in 1846. Shortly afterwards, the whaling industry went into decline and many people left the island. The rebuilt buildings from the late 18th century and early 19th were preserved and were collectively recognized as a National Historical Landmark District in 1966.
1.The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
© The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is situated downtown, close to beaches, ferries, shops and restaurants. It is open all year round with a program of quarterly festivals and special activities between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. There are one- to four-bedroom suites available. Child-friendly dining and Kid's Club allow parents to go shopping or take the night off. There is a family pool and one designed for completing laps. For further exercise, there is a gymnasium and exercise classes. Old-fashioned clam bakes with live entertainment, and day trips to Martha's Vineyard are two of the Signature Experiences on offer.
7 Easton Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 508-228-4747
© White Elephant
In the early 1900s, a cluster of rustic cottages inspired Elizabeth Ludwig, a Nantucket resident, to form a hotel. Now, the White Elephant, which many saw as her folly, is among the finest luxury hotels in Nantucket. The waterfront resort has rooms, suites and cottages available for hire. Many have balconies and harbor views. There are two restaurants and a poolside snack bar. Coffee and pastries are available throughout the morning and cheese and wine in the afternoons. Children's needs are met with games, toys and various activities. The outdoor swimming pool is heated and complimentary bicycles are available to explore the surrounds.
50 Easton Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554, Phone: 800-445-6574
3.White Elephant - Residences
© White Elephant – Residences
Leasing residences is an extension of the White Elephant hotel concept. Five double- and triple-story buildings have been divided into one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, each with its own unique floor plan and character. The main bedroom in each suite has a king-sized bed. Additional bedrooms have twin beds that convert to king-size. For each bedroom, there is a full bathroom. Each suite has a living / dining area, kitchenette, gas fireplace and sleeper couch for two children. The Inn next door offers Deluxe rooms and suites. The penthouse suite has a loft sitting room with a balcony and harbor views.
50 Easton Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554, Phone: 800-445-6574
4.The Cottages - Nantucket Boat Basin
© The Cottages – Nantucket Boat Basin
This waterfront resort has been in existence since 1968. A number of cottages and lofts, ranging in size, are available. Each has a full kitchen. Visitors are collected from the ferry and beach bus transport is on standby throughout their stay. Complimentary bicycles are available for those who wish to tour the island on their own. The cottages are a block away from town and close to the beaches, shops and restaurants. Pets are welcomed and treated like celebrities, having their beds turned down and photographs taken for the Dog of the Month competition.
24 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554, Phone: 866-838-9253
5.The Veranda Collection
© The Veranda Collection
The Veranda Collection comprises three distinct properties that have been divided into rooms and suites, all designed to accommodate two adults each. Children, ten years and older, are also welcome. The properties, that date back to the 17th century, have been restored and modernized. Veranda House has rooms with personal verandas and harbor views. Chapman House has a more contemporary décor with bolder colors. The family suite is situated at Arbor Cottage. The gardens are landscaped and the common spaces are shaded. Breakfast and afternoon chocolate chip cookies are part of the package.
3 Step Lane, Nantucket MA 02554, Phone: 508-228-0695
6.Jared Coffin House
© Jared Coffin House
In 1845, Jared Coffin, a ship owner made wealthy by whaling, built the first mansion on Nantucket. In 1846, because of its sturdy brickwork and slate roof, it survived a devastating fire that destroyed much of historic downtown. Sixteen rooms were added in 1857 and in 1961, the Nantucket Historical Trust restored and refurbished the three-story mansion. There are 30 rooms available in the main house and 16 in the Daniel Webster building close by. Classic elegance and modern comforts are the hallmark of the accommodation on offer. Dining is at the Nantucket Prime, a steakhouse on the premises.
29 Broad Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554, Phone: 508 228-2400
© Nantucket Inn
The Nantucket Inn is situated in the center of the island, close to the airport, on three acres of land. It is the ideal place to relax with a quiet book in front of a fireplace or to drink cocktails in the Library Lounge. For active pursuits there are walks in the grounds, tennis courts, a fitness
center and heated indoor swimming pool. Breakfast is included in the tariff and the Inn has partnerships with three restaurants in town for meals, or guests can choose to have food delivered. The venue has conference and meeting facilities. A complimentary shuttle service is available.
1 Miller's Lane, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 800-321-8484
This historic inn is situated on a sliver of land in the north east corner of Nantucket. In 1876 clam bakes were the main attraction and a round trip from the mainland plus on-shore dinner cost $1.25. In 1882, the inn was established. It is a seaside retreat with private beaches and a pristine coastline, neighboring the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. The décor and bathrooms in the luxury accommodation have recently been upgraded. There are rooms, suites and private cottages available. The inn can accommodate 45 guests for a conference or private function. Wauwinet is a Relais and Châteaux hotel.
120 Wauwinet Road, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02584, Phone: 800-426-8718
© Greydon House
This boutique hotel is situated in the heart of historic downtown Nantucket. Where every nuance of exterior finish is scrutinized for historical accuracy and aesthetics, the hotel has achieved what seemed impossible. A three-story annex has been seamlessly added to an 1850s Greek Revival house which had to be moved downhill in the process. The interior décor in the 20 luxury rooms goes beyond nautical themes to a more eclectic mix of global furnishings and fittings. The restaurant is likewise internationally inspired. Via Mare is a small-plate Venetian style eating house where seafood and garden vegetables are the focus.
17 Broad Street, 02554, Phone: 508-228-2468
10.Seven Sea Street Inn
© Seven Sea Street Inn
Matt Parker first visited Nantucket as an 'army brat' in 1969. After having moved around with his family to many bases, he fell in love with island life and swore to return. He did and in 1987 built Seven Sea Street Inn just north of Main Street. There are 11 guest rooms, decorated in a cottage chic style, with early American furniture that he has collected. Diners eat at a large, communal table and can relax in the common room. Continental breakfast is available as room service. Paintings from local artists adorns the walls in the bed and breakfast establishment.
7 Sea St, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 508-228-3577
11.The Roberts Collection
There are four distinct houses in the Roberts Collection, built between 1846 and 2013, in downtown Nantucket. The Manor House has wooden floors and an enclosed porch, ideal for a quiet read. The Meeting House is aimed at the value market. The Roberts House has custom furnishings and finishes, all made by local artisans. The Gate House is the 2013 addition. Accommodation ranges from single rooms to family suites. All rooms have queen-sized beds and ocean-inspired décor, with nautical knick knacks that reflect the island's whaling history. Nantucket's renowned restaurants and shops are within walking distance.
11 India Street, Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 866-270-4757
12.The Brass Lantern
© The Brass Lantern
Like much of downtown Nantucket, the Brass Lantern was built in 1847, after the devastating fire of the previous year. The Main Inn has seen many alterations, additions and modernization projects since then. There are currently 15 en-suite bedrooms and two family units. Pets are welcome. The units in the Main Inn are named after whaling boats of yore. Continental breakfast includes homemade granola, dainty pastries and fresh fruit. Afternoon tea is accompanied by traditional cookies. The Inn is set in historic downtown on a cobblestone street. The ferry terminal, harbor, Whaling Museum, shops and restaurants are all close by.
11 North Water Street Nantucket, MA 02554, Phone: 800-377-6609
13.The Beachside Inn at Nantucket
© The Beachside Inn at Nantucket
The Beachside Inn is a short distance from downtown Nantucket and the ferry terminals. Most rooms can accommodate three people in queen-sized beds, twin beds and sleeper couch configurations. Rooms face the poolside, courtyard or further afield. Some rooms have verandas and six of the Cliffside rooms are pet-friendly. The Beachside Inn can accommodate up to 40 people for a conference, meeting or private function. There is a full equipped meeting room with data projector and WiFi. If extra space is needed, the 4000 square foot outdoor function tent is available. The outdoor pool is heated.
30 North Beach Street, Nantucket, MA 02554-2215, Phone: 508-228-2241
13 Best Nantucket Hotels
- The Nantucket Hotel and Resort, Photo: The Nantucket Hotel and Resort
- White Elephant, Photo: White Elephant
- White Elephant - Residences, Photo: White Elephant – Residences
- The Cottages - Nantucket Boat Basin, Photo: The Cottages – Nantucket Boat Basin
- The Veranda Collection, Photo: The Veranda Collection
- Jared Coffin House, Photo: Jared Coffin House
- Nantucket Inn, Photo: Nantucket Inn
- Wauwinet, Photo: Wauwinet
- Greydon House, Photo: Greydon House
- Seven Sea Street Inn, Photo: Seven Sea Street Inn
- The Roberts Collection, Photo: John/stock.adobe.com
- The Brass Lantern, Photo: The Brass Lantern
- The Beachside Inn at Nantucket, Photo: The Beachside Inn at Nantucket
- Cover Photo: Bokicbo/stock.adobe.com