The best Nantucket hotels are on the pricey side, but the accommodations are spectacular and the service is amazing. You won’t find any chain hotel or motels on the island, but you will find a variety of amazing lodging options. From luxury hotels to charming bed and breakfasts and cottage rentals, Nantucket has something for everyone.
VHN Travel Tip: Nantucket hotel rates are more affordable during the off-season. September is our favorite time to go - the island is beautiful, the weather is warm, and there are far fewer tourists!
While all of the award-winning Nantucket hotels offer breathtaking views and stunning rooms, our favorite is the Cottages and Lofts at the Boat Basin.
Cottages and Lofts at the Boast Basin
Nantucket's Waterfront Escape!
One Old South Wharf
Condé Nast Traveler: 2010 Readers' Choice Awards 7th Top Small U.S. Hotel
Condé Nast Traveler: Gold List 2011, Best Location in the U.S. with perfect score of 100
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, 2013
I can't think of a better way to experience Nantucket! Our favorite Nantucket hotel is actually a cottage! Conveniently located in the Nantucket boat basin on Straight Wharf, Swain’s Wharf and Old South Wharf, these cozy Nantucket cottages actually sit on bleached wooden docks and offer stunning views from your private patio or deck. You’ll be steps away from the historic district, galleries, shops and restaurants. The Cottages are the perfect place for a romantic getaway or relaxing vacation.
Check out the location of the cottages on their interactive map
We always have dinner at one of Nantucket's excellent (but expensive) restaurants at least once during our stay. But we love to visit the local grocery store, only a block away from the Cottages, prepare our own dinner in our cozy kitchen and enjoy a romantic evening on our private porch or deck with spectacular views of the harbor and beyond.
The White Elephant Hotel
50 Easton Street
Travel & Leisure: 2011 World's Best Awards
Andrew Harper Readers' Choice Awards Top 20 Family Hotels 2012 (#20)
Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards #7 in New England, 2013
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner, 2013
The White Elephant has been considered an island landmark since the 1920's. Only minutes from Main Street, the luxury hotel consists of 53 guest rooms and suites, most with working fireplaces and harbor views. They also offer garden cottages and their signature loft space. All guests enjoy full access to the library, fitness room, business lounge, and harbor side lawn.
An Inn by the Sea
120 Wauwinet Road
Andrew Harper Readers' Choice Awards Top US Hideaways (less than 50 rooms), multi-year award winner; 2012 #17
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner, 2013
Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Survey Gold List - Platinum Circle, 5 consecutive years, #1 Resort in MA & TOPPER's, the only hotel restaurant in New England to score a perfect 100, 2013
For those who prefer a more remote location, the waterfront Wauwinet, located on the island's northernmost tip, offers private beaches and dramatic views of the Sound on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Just nine miles from Nantucket Town, the Wauwinet combines the charm of a seaside cottage with the sophistication of an elegant European Inn and offers 32 guest rooms and cottages.
Cliffside Beach Club and Hotel
46 Jefferson Avenue
Cape Cod Life Magazine: 2009 gold (best) resort / hotel on Nantucket
Cape Cod Travel Magazine: Editor's Choice as Best Hotel on Nantucket
UK Guardian: Best Place to Stay on the Island
Located right on the beach, one mile from the center of town, the Cliffside is one of the island’s premier hotels. With magnificent views of Nantucket Sound, the updated 1920s beach club offers a unique combination of small hotel and intimate resort. Featured on the cover of Elle Décor as one of the best resorts in New England, the hotel offers 27 elegant beachfront rooms and suites, an excellent exercise and spa facility, a private bar & café, and a stunning pool area. The historic lobby has been lovingly restored with careful attention to preserving the integrity of the original design. Guests step from their room right onto a beautiful private beach.
The Beachside at Nantucket
30 North Beach Street
In design, the Beachside looks more like a motel than hotel, but this is definitely not your typical motel!!! The Beachside offers lovely first and second story rooms and suites at more affordable rates than the luxury hotels. Conveniently located, the Beachside is only a short walk to Main Street, Jetties Beach and the ferries.
***VHN Travel Tip: As of this writing, the Cottages and Lofts, as well as the Wauwinet and White Elephant Hotels all offer free bicycles (while they last), so be sure to check with your hotel before renting one!Last Minute Availability
Most Nantucket hotels have minimum stays and require advance deposits, but visitors can usually find rooms on short notice.
Nantucket Visitor Services
25 Federal Street (508-228-0925)
Visitors Services maintains a listing of daily availability
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There are no chain hotels or motels on the island, but Nantucket has some fabulous inns and beds and breakfasts, many at much more affordable rates.
You may also want to consider Nantucket cottage rentals. There are some amazing properties on the island, and they are often quite a bit cheaper than other Nantucket accommodations But book early, they go fast. For information on some great vacation rental properties:VRBO - Vacation Rentals By Owner
And if money really is an object, you can always find a hotel on Cape Cod and ferry over and back. Hyannis has a number of chain hotels and motels with affordable rates.