Where to Stay in Nantucket, Massachusetts

Soak up the sea views on a getaway to Nantucket
Soak up the sea views on a getaway to Nantucket | Courtesy of Brant Point Lighthouse on Nantucket Island / Expedia
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20 July 2021

During the long summer months, Nantucket’s island population swells to some 50,000 vacation-seekers – all searching for their own slice of Massachusetts magic, just 30mi (48km) by ferry from Cape Cod. This island and town boasts attractions like Madaket Beach and the Whaling Museum, and has accommodation stretching from Nantucket Harbor to downtown and beyond. From historic hotels to oceanfront cottages, here’s where to stay on the whaling post-turned-high-society hangout.

Brass Lantern Inn

Bed and Breakfast
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Brass Lantern Inn
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This Nantucket bed and breakfast has a perfect location in the historic district, on the cobblestoned North Water Street. It’s just a short walk from the restaurants, shops and crucially – if you have bags – the ferry terminals. Classical elegance meets bright and modern in the 17 ensuite rooms, and in addition to visiting local attractions such as the beaches and Whaling Museum, you can also take afternoon tea on the secluded patio.

Faraway

Boutique Hotel
4.3/5 (51 Reviews)
Faraway Nantucket
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Seclusion and exclusivity are the watchwords here, so you can slip into the high-end Nantucket mindset in no time. A lively bar/lounge features an eclectic cocktail program, inspired by ports of the West Indies, and the Soho House-style Courtyard is strewn with parasols by day and glowing lanterns at night. Though there’s a discreet members-club vibe, you’ll be pleased to hear that dogs are warmly welcomed.

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Nantucket Inn

Hotel, Luxury, Inn
Nantucket Inn
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A family-friendly resort offering comfort and convenience just outside of downtown Nantucket, you can indulge in “mom’s breakfast” – a tasty spread of comfort food – relax in the resort’s library lounge, or take a dip in the island’s only indoor pool. A homely oasis with cozy, traditionally furnished accommodation, the 100-room property offers you a range of room choices, all of them centered around three separate courtyards, with an outdoor pool and fitness studio, too.

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The Beachside at Nantucket

Hotel
4.2/5 (245 Reviews)
The Beachside at Nantucket
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Nautical but nice, this motel-style property is located just a short walk from restaurants, shops, beaches and ferries. There’s a huge choice of accommodation, but the cliffside rooms – some with paved patio areas out front – are the only dog-friendly digs, all tastefully decorated in a traditional seaside style. The hotel’s heated outdoor pool is just for you, but it’s less than 10 minutes’ drive to the notable dog-walking spot of Sanford Farm – where there are loops of between two and six miles (three and 10km) to wear you both out.

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The Nantucket Hotel

Resort, Hotel
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The Nantucket Hotel & Resort
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This local institution defines itself by warmth of personality and generosity of spirit – the rooms are very comfortable, and the suites in particular are beautiful. The hotel is pet-friendly and children are welcome as well. There are activities aplenty, with a complimentary kids’ club, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center, plus the rest of Nantucket right on your doorstep.

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  • Hawthorn House

    Boutique Hotel
    3.8/5 (18 Reviews)
    Hawthorn House
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    Built in 1849, this place has been a boarding house for over a century – but it’s all about modern convenience now. Hawthorn House is Nantucket’s only “invisible service” hotel, catering to independent travelers who focus on exploring their destination. It offers self-check-in and a digital concierge, and there are several options for breakfast within a block of the property. It makes for a hassle-free stay in the heart of the action.

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    29 India House

    Independent Hotel
    5/5 (2 Reviews)
    29 India House
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    With a keenly preserved New England 1700s design – it’s even registered in Congress – this quaint yet striking property is a wonderful choice if you want to luxuriate in the old-school splendor of this charming island. Close to the harbor and Main St, this historic building doesn’t skimp on the modern indulgences, with beautifully finished rooms and a generous breakfast. There’s also a pet-friendly option, in the form of the very classy Garden Room.

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    The Cottages and Lofts at Boat Basin

    Resort
    4.5/5 (77 Reviews)
    The Cottages and Lofts at Boat Basin
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    Light and airy with a luxurious salty-sea-breeze aesthetic, the Cottages – which are fitted with full kitchens – allow you and your four-legged friend to explore Nantucket’s natural wonders. Overlooking the island’s harbor – made famous by Herman Melville’s Moby Dick – the Cottages are right on Swain’s Wharf and Old South Wharf, so you’ll be minutes from sunset cruises, lighthouses, beaches and waterfront dining. The pet-friendly Woof Cottages are designed with you and your furry companion in mind.

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    These recommendations were updated on July 20, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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