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About Nantucket

The island of Nantucket was once the thriving heart of the world’s largest whaling fleet, which ran out of Nantucket Town, the main port. These days, Nantucket Town is best known for being a National Historic Landmark - yes, the whole thing. It has a greater concentration of graceful, historic, pre-1850 built houses than anywhere else in the country. Some of these beautiful properties are now also some of the best places to stay in Nantucket.

The other thing our Gurus have favoured when it comes to selecting the best places to stay in Nantucket are spectacular views, often of dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, lighthouses and of course beautiful old houses.

Just off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket is a small island with a small resident community. Tourists are very welcome, especially those who appreciate five-star service and fine seafood and who can afford the exclusive delights the island has to offer. Though the rest of us are welcome too!

As well as the golf clubs, fine restaurants, sailing clubs and lodges, Nantucket also has some exceptionally unique natural assets. Around a third of the island is protected by a conservation foundation, and this third includes beaches, sand dunes, marshes and bogs, heathland, meadows and hardwood forests - despite the island’s size the landscape is hugely varied. And it’s all in pristine condition.

It’s an obvious statement considering the list of activities, but Nantucket is a really fantastic destination for families, with many family-friendly restaurants and cafes and a great, safe atmosphere. It is also ideal for exploring by bike, with excellent marked paths.

What not to miss

  • Head off whale-watching, seal-watching or bird-watching - a brilliant way to spend the day.
  • The Brant Point Lighthouse is a beautifully scenic spot; be sure to remember your camera!
  • If you're here with family then the kids will love spending a day with at the Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium.
  • Visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum and marvel at the enormous whale skeletons housed there.
  • Spend days exploring the island by bicyle on some of the many excellent cycle routes.

Being such a popular destination in the summer months, we'd advise you to plan ahead if you want to book one of the best places to stay in Nantucket - they tend to fill up quickly!

The best places to stay in Nantucket

For a beach break

  • The Regatta Inn is a sophisticated B&B converted from a Federal-style house. There are eight bedrooms and a lovely garden. And you’re welcome to borrow beach gear, like chairs, umbrellas and towels.
  • 76 Main is another converted house - though this was a much larger one. The hotel has 20 modern rooms decorated with bold fabrics and wallpapers, there’s a welcoming central courtyard and you’re just minutes from the beach.

To relax

  • The Veranda House is an 18 room hotel converted from a townhouse dating from the 1680s - ancient by American standards. The hotel overlooks the harbour from its three storeys worth of verandas, and it is surrounded by lovely gardens.
  • The Seven Sea Street Inn is a quaint, colonial style cottage turned classic 15 room inn. This is a place of four-poster beds, exposed wood beams and cosy fires. Charming and homely.
  • A luxury boutique in the heart of Nantucket. The Greydon House boasts a fabulous restaurant with excellent cocktails too.

For great value

  • Chapman House is a bright, colourful hotel on a quiet, cobblestoned lane just minutes from the beaches and the historic harbour. There are 11 modern, maritime chic rooms and a quiet, scenic patio. Rooms start at around $100 per night.

For fabulous sea views

  • The Wauwinet is a luxury oceanside property with views both out to the Atlantic and over Nantucket Bay. Beautiful rooms are classic in style, plus there's an award-winning restaurant and pampering spa.
  • The White Elephant is an historic property right on Nantucket's waterfront, so the views are perfect! Come here for chic rooms and suites and larger cottages which are perfect for families and groups.
  • If you're looking for somewhere romantic try Jared Coffin House, a 43 room New England red brick townhouse on an idyllic cobbled street just of Main Street. Some of the rooms have beautiful four-poster beds and ornate rugs.

Travel Information

  • Best time to visit is during the summer months, with the temperature rising to an average of 23°C in August. This, however, is obviously the busiest time - so if you fancy a quieter and cheaper alternative, consider coming in autumn or spring.
  • Fly into Boston's Logan International Airport before either taking a flight to Nantucket's Memorial Airport or driving down to Hyannis and taking the ferry across.
  • You might like the freedom afforded to you by having a car. If that's the case, check out the options available with our partner, Rentalcars.

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Best Hotels in Nantucket

  • Regatta Inn Nantucket (Massachusetts) 8 rooms from £77

    Value chic  -  Fantastic value for money with doubles starting from only $99 per night.
    Sailing  -  Nearby sailing groups
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 10s only
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    A sophisticated bed and breakfast in a gorgeous Federal-style house with comfortable bedrooms and a nautical feel. Make yourself at home - borrow chairs, towels and umbrellas and wander down to the local beach. Spend evenings in the garden after visiting nearby restaurants. See More

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  • Chapman House Nantucket 11 rooms from £93

    Active Holiday  -  The concierge can organise sailing lessons, sea-kayaking, whale watching, and fishing, and there are great cycle routes
    Back to Nature  -  With 80 miles of pristine beaches, beautiful lighthouses, and open, natural spaces to explore
    Beach Life
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over the age of 10 are welcome at this hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Bright and colourful hotel in Nantucket, minutes from the pristine beaches and historic harbour. The intimate rooms are chic and modern, decorated with maritime furnishings and all featuring an iPad. Set on a quaint cobblestone lane, this quiet hotel also has a lovely patio on which to relax. See More

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  • 76 Main Nantucket 20 rooms from £124

    Active Holiday  -  There are plenty of activities on offer: swimming, kayaking, sailing, seal and whale watching, to name a few
    Back to Nature  -  There are 80 miles of pristine beaches, beautiful lighthouses and open, natural spaces to explore
    Beach Life
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    Intimate 1800s house on the Main Street of Nantucket with modern interiors and just minutes from the beach. The chic rooms are crisp and colourful with bold fabrics and wallpaper. The central courtyard featuring a firepit is perfect for relaxation after a day exploring the town and its activities. See More

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  • Seven Sea Street Inn Nantucket 15 rooms from £127

    Great walks  -  Take a walk through the Sanford Farm Wildlife preserve down to the ocean.
    Sailing  -  Ask at the front desk about chartering a fishing or sailing trip.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character

    Quaint colonial style cottage, in the quintessential New England seaside town of Nantucket. Exposed wood beams, fourposter beds, warm tones and soft sheets make for a snug and serene setting. The small island is navigable by bike or foot, excellent for exploring! A charming and homely Inn. See More

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  • 21 Broad Nantucket 27 rooms from £130

    Local exploring  -  Explore this historic town, while staying in one of its oldest buildings with vibrant modern interiors reflecting the towns past
    Great walks  -  Wander through this historic town and soak up the sights and sounds
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A playfully renovated Victorian hotel in the lively Broad Street neighbourhood of Nantucket. Vibrant interiors have been carefully put together as a nod at the town's nautical history while remaining firmly in the comforts and luxuries of the modern age. Whimsical and good natured, this is a winner! See More

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  • The Veranda House Nantucket 18 rooms from £175

    Active Holiday  -  The concierge can arrange whale watching, sea-kayaking, fishing, sailing, and other aquatic adventures
    Back to Nature  -  There are 80 miles of pristine beaches, beautiful lighthouses and open, natural spaces
    Beach Life
    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than the age of 10 are welcome at this hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

    Contemporary hotel, a converted 1680s townhouse overlooking the Nantucket harbour. The modern rooms are chic and feature luxurious amenities. 3 levels of wraparound porches boast spectacular views of the harbour and gardens, and there are numerous activities and nautical adventures on offer. See More

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  • Greydon House Nantucket 20 rooms from £147

    Romantic Break  -  A warm and welcoming retreat with elegant rooms offering sophisticated decor, beautiful views and a timeless charm
    Foodies  -  Michelin-starred chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware cooks up a storm of fresh as can be seafood and local produce
    Great walks  -  You are just a two minute walk from the ferry docks, a lovely spot for an evening stroll
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    A sea captain's home turned luxury boutique right in the centre of Nantucket. A treasure trove of antique furniture, Portuguese tiles and a variety of objet d'art that a whaler would have gathered on his travels. The excellent restaurant is the talk of the town and the cocktails are fabulous. See More

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  • The Wauwinet Nantucket (Massachusetts) 32 rooms from £152

    Local markets  -  Shuttle to Nantucket town is readily avaliable.
    Fishing  -  Fishing and lobstering both can be arranged.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller

    With a quiet Atlantic setting and private beach, spa and boat this is a fantastic hotel. Rooms are all country-style decor, pinewood furnishing, Egyptian cotton and modern bathtubs. Founded on the success of TOPPER's, which offers locally inspired dishes and a lively bar. Water activities galore! See More

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  • Jared Coffin House Nantucket (Massachusetts) 43 rooms from £152

    Great walks  -  A fantastic place to explore by foot.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    New-England red brick townhouse on an idyllic cobbled street off Main Street with a private garden. Beautiful four-poster beds and ornate rugs make up the classic style bedrooms. Restaurants, boutique shops and beaches are within walking distance. Relax in the homely library or explore the sea town. See More

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  • The Roberts Collection Nantucket 58 rooms from £160

    Country Escape  -  Situated on the island of Nantucket, this hotel offers an excape from the hustle and bustle of mainland life
    Remote  -  Located on the island of Nantucket, 30 miles south of Cape Cod, this hotel is a remote, relaxing getaway
    Beach Life  -  Minutes from several family friendly sandy white beaches, and a short journey from other secluded spots
    Outstanding location  -  Nantucket was named the no.1 island in the world by National Geographic!

    On the beautiful and remote island of Nantucket, a collection of houses around a charming central courtyard and garden in the centre of town offer the perfect, cosy base for sightseeing and exploration. Family-friendly and minutes from the best restaurants and experiences the island has to offer. See More

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  • The White Elephant Nantucket (Massachusetts) 66 rooms from £176

    Sights nearby  -  Main Street looks like a film set but is a reali life quaint town high street.
    Sailing  -  Is much of the daily routine for locals and guests are always welcome.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller

    Prime harbour location offers sea views, nautical themed interiors and light, modern rooms with wooden furnishings and private balconies. Brant Point Grill offers steak, seafood and stunning views - locally renowned. Spa treatments, complimentary afternoon sherry and sailing make up a perfect day. See More

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