Editor Picks: Luxury and Boutique Hotels in Nantucket

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published March 25, 2024

The island of Nantucket seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the US’s East Coast cities, making it the ideal place to relax and escape modern life.

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In the big, bustling East Coast cities it can be hard to imagine what life was once like in New England, a century or two before. But the island of Nantucket, with a total area of 304 square miles, gives a glimpse into the past. There is a slow pace of life here, with beautiful untouched nature, sandy beaches that seem to disappear into the horizon, and ‘dog license renewal’ notices being a key piece of news on the island’s website. It’s full of grand architecture, from Dutch Colonial Revival to Greek Revival, the latter being a style popular during the island’s whaling heydays – the story of Moby Dick is said to have been inspired by the true story of Nantucket whaler. There are some great luxury accommodation options to be had on Nantucket, usually more of the homely, cosy style than giant hotels – here is our pick.

Seven Sea Street Inn

It may only be three-star but Seven Sea Street Inn is one of the best reviewed hotels in Nantucket. From the breakfasts – French toast, granola and fresh fruits – to the cosy library and the rocking chairs, this is how a bed and breakfast should be done. Innkeeper Matt is always on hand to help out with any queries too, offering advice of where to go in Nantucket during your vacation, as well as helping with whale watching tours and taxi reservations. The Whaling Museum, Steamship Authority and Children’s Beach are within a 984 feet walk from Seven Sea Street Inn. No wonder Seven Sea Street Inn is often booked out. From $262.

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Cliff Lodge

Cliff Lodge was built in 1771 as a whaling master’s home. The rooms are tastefully finished with a nautical, traditional style that isn’t overly stuffy – it’s just a really cosy place to hide out for a weekend. The location is excellent too, just a short walk from the ferry and the town. There are loads of nice touches, from the daily breakfast baskets to the pretty garden patio to the luxury linen and beach towels – there is a real attention to detail at Cliff Lodge. You also get free parking, a shared lounge, concierge service, and a garden to relax in. It’s a home-away-from-home experience. From $154.

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Jared Coffin House

Built in 1845, Jared Coffin House is a historic mansion found in the heart of downtown Nantucket. The three-storey mansion was constructed by Jared Coffin, a successful ship owner during the island’s whaling days, for his family and is said to be the first of its kind on Nantucket. From the outside it’s certainly impressive, a giant Georgian-style monolith of a building, and the wow-factor continues inside, where the rooms are finished in a grand traditional style. It is decorated with antique furnishings in keeping with the period exterior and everything is spotless. The hotel features concierge services as well as a 24-hour front desk. From $201.

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