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Where to Stay in Nantucket: Our Top 5 Places

A favorite summertime destination, Nantucket is actually a wonderful place to visit all year round! You have many choices when it comes to lodging on the Island, but we thought we would put together a list of what we consider the five best options for where to stay on Nantucket Island, any time of the year. Our list of places includes hotels that are highly-rated by travelers, and most have won awards of one type or another over the last few years. No matter what your taste, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to stay on Nantucket Island on this list!

Nantucket Hotel and Resort

Staying in Nantucket: Nantucket Hotel & Resort on Nantucket Island

The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is the Island’s family-owned, grand and historic hotel, originally built in 1891 and completely renovated in 2012. While the exterior is classic Nantucket, the interior is everything you would expect from a new hotel, along with resort services.

It’s a favorite of travelers; the Nantucket Hotel has been rated as the #3 choice in “Top 25 Hotels in the United States” in TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

The location is close to everything you want when traveling to Nantucket: in town and within walking distance of beaches, shopping, restaurants, and the dock and harbor. If you don’t feel like walking, they also offer a shuttle from the dock to the hotel.

Resort-style amenities include The Nantucket Club, the hotel’s signature fitness and spa facility, which offers yoga and fitness classes, two seasonal, heated swimming pools, an outdoor hot tub, and saunas. It’s a great option for families with children; your kids will enjoy the hotel’s Children’s Day Program (kids’ club) and kiddie pool. Last but certainly not last, Nantucket Hotel offers a fantastic complimentary breakfast with a large selection.

There’s a lot of things that make this resort special, but comfy cabanas by the heated pool, antique fire truck rides for kids, as well as making s’mores by the fire are just a few special touches your whole family will enjoy.


White Elephant Village Residences and Inn

White Elephant Village Residences & Inn in Nantucket, MA

White Elephant Village Residences and Inn is an extension of the popular White Elephant Hotel. The Village Residences and Inn combine the pleasure of a private vacation home with the amenities of a first-class resort.

Lodging choices include a deluxe room or luxury suite at the Inn at White Elephant Village, or you can opt for a one-, two-, or three-bedroom residence with all the comforts of home. Each of the 25 Residences features its own unique floor plan, and comes decorated with custom furniture, wool rugs, and artwork.

From a location standpoint, it’s very central and within a short walking distance of Nantucket Town and Children's Beach, but also out of the way of the busyness.

White Elephant Village Residences and Inn offers great amenities, too. Reserve a poolside cabana for a day of fun in the sun, or stop by the lobby for the afternoon port and cheese tasting. You will also find complimentary services like bicycles, fitness room access, and beach towels, chairs and umbrellas.


21 Broad Hotel

21 Broad Hotel in Nantucket, MA - Where to Stay

What once was a run-down, tired Victorian is now a modern oasis in the heart of Nantucket. So if you’re looking to stay in the middle of the action, 21 Broad is your place. Located just two blocks from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal, 21 Broad is in the buzzing center of town.

This Nantucket hotel is historic yet fresh, fun yet stylish, hip yet local. It’s where the energy of Nantucket meets an elegant, urban, modern vibe. You won’t find anywhere else quite like it on the Island.

Decorated with large, bold art and unexpected pops of color, the décor is mainly “white on white” and the common spaces is open and free-flowing. You will enjoy 21 Broad’s great porch and don’t miss the chance to sit in the rocking chairs enjoying coffee and salted chocolate chip cookies hot out of the oven. 

21 Broad boasts some unique, fun amenities, like Vitamin C showers (that leave your skin silky smooth) in your bathroom, and an impeccably designed guest lounge with game table, turntable (yes - vinyl!), and lots of hanging-out space. They also offer amenities you would expect from this type of hotel, including an outdoor courtyard with fire pit as well as steam room and spa treatment services.


Union Street Inn

Union Street Inn - Great Place to Stay in Nantucket

This intimate boutique Nantucket inn has won many awards, including “Best Nantucket boutique hotel” by Best of Boston Magazine and “One of the 10 Most Romantic Hotels in the U.S.” by Fodor’s. It’s been beautifully renovated to showcase period details against tailored, elegant interiors, which Conde Nast Traveler described as “impeccable New England-by-way-of-France.”

Union Street Inn is conveniently located in-town and close to Main Street. Each of the twelve unique rooms are beautifully decorated and feature designer furniture and fabrics, private bathrooms, luxurious bedding with Frette linens and Matouk duvets,), flat screen TV’s, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

People rave about the privacy and attention to detail, as well as the breakfast. Union Street Inn’s signature amenity is its gourmet breakfasts – it’s the only Nantucket B&B to serve a full cooked-to-order breakfast, which is served on the beautiful garden terrace. Signature breakfast dishes and desserts include:


  • French toast made with local Challah bread, fresh berries and Vermont maple syrup.
  • Home-baked white chocolate chip and macadamia nut cookies
  • Carrot cake from scratch
  • Addictive double-chocolate brownies



76 Main Nantucket

Staying at 76 Main Hotel on Nantucket Island

76 Main is the only boutique Nantucket hotel located directly on Main Street, in the heart of town. It underwent a major renovation in 2013 and was named a "Best of Boston" winner for 2014. The location in the center of town means you have access to the wonderful local shops and restaurants that make Nantucket the charming island it is.

Part of the charm of 76 Main is the spectacular private courtyard, which offers a glass, modern fire pit plus conversation area. Perhaps the best feature of the courtyard, though, is the unique cocktail mixer bar – 76 Main provides the glassware and mixers, and you provide the liquor of your choice!

This is definitely a high-tech hotel, featuring iPads in every room, iPod docking stations, Apple TV, and free wireless internet.

Breakfast is a treat to look forward to every morning, with plated salads, fresh fruit, tiny bread puddings in ramekins, and assorted homemade baked goods, including delicious maple pumpkin scones.

76 Main definitely captures the feeling you get when you come to the island, and is a great spot to stay when on the Island.