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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 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
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    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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  • Brass Lantern Inn Nantucket 17 rooms from £121

    Beach Life  -  Walk to many of the island's picturesque beaches, including family-orientated Children's Beach. Beach towels & parasols provided
    Value chic  -  Great value for that rare find, a Nantucket inn that welcomes the whole family (four-legged included) and boasts a fab location
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located in the historic town centre, walking distance from museums, shops, restaurants, beaches & lighthouses
    Families  -  The two-bedroom suite is the ideal vacation home for families of all ages. Toys and equipment are provided on request
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    Family-friendly inn located in the heart of town, minutes from the beach. Picture-perfect 19th Greek Revival property houses fresh and contemporary rooms with soothing green, grey and blue colour-schemes. Take complimentary afternoon tea on the patio and enjoy the cosy library and lounge. 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
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    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
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
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    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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  • Anchor Inn, Nantucket Nantucket 11 rooms from £130

    Local exploring  -  All of the island's attractions are within walking distance; beaches, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and cultural sites
    Value chic  -  A great value property which is well located, beautifull decorated and bursting with history
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the town's many sites, including Oldest House, Old Gaol, America’s Oldest Windmill, the Hadwen House and Greater Light
    Great walks  -  The property can arrange a picnic at Brant Lighthouse, just a short walk from the inn
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    Elegant inn situated within a traditional 18th-century building. Sensitively converted rooms combine wooden floors, beamed ceilings, antique four-poster beds and oriental rugs. Enjoy library, patio & outdoor dining. Perfect for guests looking to experience Nantucket's historic charm near downtown. 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
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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    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
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    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
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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    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.
    Tennis  -  Tennis court on site for all guests to use.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Air conditioningTennisSpaRestaurantGardenViewsParkingNo pets
    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
    SpaRestaurantParkingNo pets
    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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  • Hotel Pippa Nantucket 17 rooms from £153

    Beach Life  -  Walk to numerous Nantucket white sand beaches in minutes with the property's complimentary chairs and towels
    City Style  -  Experience the younger upbeat side of Nantucket at this well-connected, stylish and cosmopolitan property
    Local exploring  -  The central locations means that restaurants, galleries, boutiques, bars and museums are seconds away
    Value chic  -  Fantastic value for such a sophisticated base in the heart of Nantucket
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    A trendy downtown boutique hotel. Decor combines a clean contemporary take on the classic nautical theme with vibrant colour pops. Stylish rooms marry mid-century furniture with a sleek feel & luxury amenities. The well-connected concierge will please hip guests looking for a lively stay. 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!
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    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
    SpaRestaurantGardenDisabled accessViewsNo pets
    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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  • Cliff Lodge Nantucket 12 rooms from £191

    Total relaxation  -  Spend peaceful afternoons relaxing in the flower-filled gardens with a book or exploring the tranquil neighbourhood on foot
    Local exploring  -  Laid-base low-key base well-suited to heading into town, beach days, island exploring, cultural sightseeing or watersports
    Great walks  -  Walk easily into town and explore the famous cobblestone Main Street with its impressive historical homes and shop fronts
    Sights nearby  -  Nantuckets boasts the largest collection of 18th century buildings anywhere in the United States
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    Wonderfully tucked-away home-away-from-home 15 mins from the centre of town. Soothing rooms combine pastel hues with mismatched antique furniture, cosy rugs and quaint period features. Unique artwork decorates homely shared spaces perfect for downtime while the English country garden is charming. See More

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  • The Nantucket Hotel Nantucket 46 rooms from £201

    Families  -  Make the most of family-sized suites, kiddy pool, great child equipment, kid's club and family-friendly activities in the area
    Beach Life  -  There are five scenic white sand beaches within walking distance offering swimming, watersports, dining and shell collecting
    Local exploring  -  The downtown area offers charming cobbled streets with historic buildings, great restaurants and shopping
    Sights nearby  -  As well as museums and historic lighthouses, make sure to climb the Bell Tower for the best views on the island
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    Historic New England family-friendly resort with a fresh contemporary feel. The classic cedar shingle exterior houses homely but airy rooms with a sleek muted palette, cosy linens, colourful artwork and boutique furniture. Enjoy two pools, terrace dining, kid's club and beach and harbour nearby. See More

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  • The Cottages & Lofts Nantucket 29 rooms from £257

    Beach Life  -  Take the complimentary shuttle to many of the island's beaches with beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards & coolers available
    Families  -  Two and three-bedroom lofts and cottages with twin beds, kitchens, living and dining areas offer ideal family accomodation
    Pet friendly  -  At a rate of $59 per night, per cottage, amenities provided include beds, treats, bowls, doggie tags and special turndown
    Romantic Break  -  Book the Romance Package for cosy cottage with champagne on arrival, three-course dinner and special sunset cruise
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    Deluxe water-front lofts and cottages with harbour views. Fresh modern decor blends glossy nautical tones and wooden floors with contemporary prints and furnishings. Light and airy, multi-room units feature kitchens, living areas and decks. Restaurants and spa nearby. Fab for families and couples. See More

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  • Faraway Nantucket 58 rooms from £273

    Beach Life  -  Children's Beach, Francis Street Beach, Brant Point Beach and Jetties Beach are all within 1km of the property
    Groups  -  Roberts House Quad comfortably sleeps four in some of the classiest bunk beds ever seen
    Romantic Break  -  Ideal for cool couples looking for beach break at a chic coastal retreat
    Restaurant  -  Sister Ship restaurant, cafe and bar offers eclectic cocktails, plush lounge setting and outdoor courtyard area
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    On-trend boutique hotel metres from the sea. Traditional Nantucket exterior houses sleek, magazine-worthy interiors; think retro cane furniture, tasselled armchairs & bold print wallpapers. After a day at the beach dine al fresco in a charming central courtyard lounge. Modern-day Cape Cod bolthole. See More

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  • Life House Nantucket Nantucket 14 rooms from £290

    Beach Life  -  Nantucket's many beaches are a walk away. There's something for everyone; white sand, protected play areas, surfing and swimming
    City Style  -  Strictly speaking a B&B, but feels more like a private home for the distinguished traveller with shared kitchen & homely lounge
    Local exploring  -  Walking distance from beaches, shops, restaurants, museums, lighthouses & outdoor activities. Everything is on the doorstep
    Exclusive use  -  Perfect for a grown-up group rental with aims of Gatsby style cocktail parties after days spent at the beach
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    Federal-style mansion turned into stylish boutique base. Beautiful interiors reflect the building's rich history; cosy rooms are compact, with luxe kitsch touches and top of the range speakers, bath products & rain showers. Enjoy drinks on the sunlit terrace, leafy gardens or in the gem of a lounge. See More

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  • Union Street Inn Nantucket 12 rooms from £417

    Local exploring  -  The central location means you're just minutes from cobblestone Main Street's restaurants and shops as well as Nantucket Harbor
    City Style  -  The place to stay on the island for those who are after magazine-style levels of interior design perfection
    Romantic Break  -  A calm and chic oasis to return to after days on the beach, browsing boutiques or indulging in fine dining
    Sights nearby  -  Walk easily to some of the island's top attractions; the Whaling Museum, Brant Point Lighthouse and Jethro Coffin House
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    Award-winning inn brimming with style, class and character. Grown-up suites boast antique four-posters with a restrained nautical colour-scheme. The unbeatable location means the best of Nantucket is on the doorstep; an impressive concierge will open doors all over the island. A couple's paradise. See More

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  • Harborview Nantucket Nantucket 11 rooms from £515

    Families  -  With up to four bedrooms, cottages suit families of all sizes. Older children will love the loft-style beds accessed by ladder
    Local exploring  -  Boasts prime beach location while only two blocks from downtown Nantucket with its shops, restaurants and galleries
    Beach Life  -  Nantucket offers beaches suited to swimming, surfing, watersports and families - almost all walking distance
    Romantic Break  -  Check into the Water's Edge cottage for panoramic views, privacy and cosy fireplace; a real love nest
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    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    Exclusive self-catering cottages with direct beach access. Stylish decor blends a fresh all-white colour scheme with elegant coastal-chic furniture; some rooms have balconies & fireplaces. Expansive manicured lawns with sea views are divine. Works equally well for grown-up romance or family breaks. See More

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