Harbor View Hotel
What We Love
- Cozy cottages with vaulted ceilings, washer/dryers and private patios
- Grilled oysters at on-site Henry’s, one of the island’s best pubs
- The view of the Edgartown Lighthouse from the porch at sunset
- It’s just a short walk from downtown Edgartown’s historic mansions
What To Know
- The secluded location is a 10-minute walk from Edgartown
- The hotel has a fitness center
- Rooms in the Mayhew Building offer views of the pool and the gardens
- The kids' club is seasonal
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
On Starbuck’s Neck, a stretch of land at the end of Water Street, the Harbor View Hotel has one of the most iconic and picturesque views on Martha’s Vineyard, and it’s just a short walk from downtown Edgartown’s historic mansions. Nab one of the turquoise rocking chairs on the expansive wraparound porch and admire the 45-foot tall Edgartown Lighthouse and waterfront scenery.
Bed and Bath
Originally built in 1891, the 114 guestrooms are divided between two buildings that house single rooms and several cottage suites. Sand-colored couches, red checkerboard-pattern bedspreads, vaulted ceilings with wrought iron chandeliers and working fireplaces characterize the rooms. The cottages come with washers and dryers, ample lounging space and patios that overlook the gardens, while the neutral bathrooms have over-tub showers, luxe amenities and plush robes.
Year-round Henry’s Hotel Bar, an Old World–style pub hidden behind the main dining room, is a favorite with both guests and locals for its grilled oysters and modern seafood dishes, as well as the open ocean views. Water Street, the hotel’s larger restaurant, offers a stellar Sunday brunch, which includes a raw bar, carving stations, waffles, cod cakes, omelets and a bakery’s worth of homemade pastries. It’s just the fuel you need to start exploring idyllic Martha’s Vineyard.
In the Area
The island’s private beaches require passes only during the summer, so plan a hike to spots like Lucy Vincent to get a glimpse of what most visitors miss. Or have a bike delivered by Edgartown Bicycles, and pedal west to explore the tiny, picturesque harbor at Menemsha and the breathtaking Aquinnah Cliffs at Gay Head. For advanace trip planning, visit TicketsMV and get a leg up on upcoming events, festivals and concerts in the area.
How to Get There
Wouldn’t stay there again if it was free. Management was rude. Arrive on Friday night and couldn’t have a wine or drink. A wedding party had booked the bar for the evening. 54 degrees and no heat. They hadn’t turned it on. No extra blankets available. No apologies available either. Very run down. Floors are awful in Bldr. 2... poor wine selection. Bathroom shower curtain had endured a Frat Party but not well. Ripped and torn.
Go to Kelly’s. It Great.
My friend went here for her honeymoon a last week. I had called the front desk and purchased a gift certificate for her to use at the hotel restaurants during her stay. I purchased it over the phone and they assured me that they would give her the gift certificate upon check-in. I also told my friend to ask the front desk for it.
Unfortunately the front desk did not give her the gift certificate even when she asked. I called today to get a refund because her honeymoon is over and she never received her gift. The front desk person acted like they were doing me a favor by giving me a refund and that they "don't normally do this." They refused to connect me to a manager to make them aware of the situation. I wanted to let them know that there is clearly a communication breakdown happening at the front desk, and management should be aware of this process issue.
It is completely unacceptable that I purchased a gift for several hundred dollars and they pretended that it didn't exist. I can't speak to the quality of the rooms, but the hospitality and service is definitely lacking. Would not recommend.
Having come from Boston and the smallest room/bathroom ever, our spacious room in the Mayhew building was a nice surprise.
We're low maintenance travellers, didn't use the lifts, TV, phone or in house restaurant so can't comment on those. The bed was very comfortable, the shower was good and there was plenty of room for our toiletries. The décor is a bit bland, but The location is residential and quiet and is a very pleasant 10-15 minute stroll into the main town. The porch and entrance lounge area are attractive, with views to the lighthouse and water and the gardens are well-kept and pretty.
A small point- we arrived at 3 for 4pm check-in and our room wasn't ready- fair enough. The gentleman receptionist would try to call us but was concerned when told we didn't have a USA mobile no.( although not sure why as we have international calling on our phones) but that our room was guaranteed for 4pm. We settled in the lounge a few steps from reception. When I went back after 4 it was clear the receptionist had changed and there was no system for alerting waiting guests when the room was actually ready. Everything was then completed speedily and efficiently by the young lady receptionist.
We had a pleasant stay
This is the first review I have ever given, on any platform, ever. My experience at the Harbor View this past summer was worth creating an account and sharing it.
My husband and I were married on Martha's Vineyard 5 years ago and had our reception at the Harbor View hotel. Even though it was the best day of our lives, the service did not meet expectations for a variety of reasons and they missed the mark. For our anniversary we decided we still wanted to go back where we made it official because it is such a meaningful place to us. I was aware a change in ownership had been made and was hopeful that we would have a positive experience. My husband and I couldn't have been more pleased with the service.
Darlene, the concierge, went above and beyond to ensure we were taken care of from the moment we told her we were returning. There aren’t quite words to describe her level of service or attention to detail, but she made me feel like I was her own daughter! I did not have the pleasure of meeting Mackenzie but I know she also played an integral role in the enjoyment of our stay.
We are very much looking forward to returning to the Harbor View Hotel to create new memories and reflect on the older ones for years to come. Thank you!!
Good location but that’s as far as the recommendation goes
Surly miserable staff on front desk
Awful first room we were shown to dirty
Most outdoor areas in need of refurbishment which is happening next week,but the staff just ignore the fact that customer# are complaining about things.chipped paint on balcony very dangerous,no phone working,no ac.
This is not a cheap hotel and yet they are charging full whack for poor service and accommodation.
Staff are needing to smarten up and have better training in customer service
Very very very disappointing