21 Broad Hotel
What We Love
- Daily curated small plates breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Attentive staff with endless suggestions and a casual, conversational manner
- The decor: Mod textures and patterns against a calm white backdrop create a multilayer environment that feels more like a home than a hotel
- Located in the center of town; everything — shops, bars, restaurants, the ferry — is within walking distance
What To Know
- iPads with apps highlighting local attractions are included with rooms
- The fresh aesthetic attracts young couples, while older travelers appreciate the hotel’s calm atmosphere; not ideal for families
- Check-in is between 3 - 7 p.m., check-out is at 11 a.m.
- Free WiFi
The fanciful red and blue façade and mansard roof of 21 Broad stands out amid the surrounding Federal-style buildings Nantucket is known for. But rather than deck the interiors with the beachy vibe found in most of Nantucket’s accommodations, interior designer Rachel Reider opted to infuse the hotel with modern flair. Spaces are bathed in a white-on-white palette accented by moderate bursts of orange, yellow and blue. Sleek materials — metal, lacquer, glass — are paired with sheer window treatments, seagrass rugs and weathered oak that recall the landscape. The original long windows and graceful moldings add a time-honored feel.
Bed and Bath
The 27 guestrooms have hardwood floors and comfortable four-poster or platform beds wrapped in supersoft linens. Blackout shades and iPod docking stations with a white noise feature make sleeping in easy. Some rooms have fireplaces and Keurig coffeemakers (there are also guest service areas on each floor that offer coffee and water), and all have wineglasses and corkscrews. The private bathrooms have waffle kimonos and vitamin C filters that neutralize the chlorine in the water, promoting healthy hair and skin in the sizable walk-in showers.
The extended continental breakfast is a delight for foodies. The offerings include a delectable assortment of pastries, fruit salad, house-made granola, yogurt and overnight oats. In the evenings the dining room doubles as a lounge, complete with a game table and a pristine vinyl turntable. The hotel provides a mixer bar for guests to use with their own alcohol. A deck out back has a firepit and lots of comfortable seating. There’s also a steam room and a spa, where you can arrange for a decadent massage.
In the Area
Take a jaunt around the neighborhood to appreciate the beautifully preserved Federal-style buildings. To learn more about the seafarers who built these houses venture over to the Nantucket Whaling Museum. And while the line often swings out the door and down the street, the Juice Bar has ice cream (Caramel Cookie Crunch!) and homemade waffle cones that are well worth the wait. Across from the hotel, Mersault is a hot spot for wine and cheese, but if you’re looking for a more substantial dinner, you don’t have to go far for an extensive burger selection, since Brotherhood of Thieves, which also offers a heavenly lobster BLT, is right next door.
How to Get There
We just returned from our stay at 21 Broad over the 4th of July. I was very excited to stay here as the island was booked up far in advance and 21 broad was able to accommodate us on our dates. The best part about our stay here was the breakfast, the warm mid afternoon cookies, and we loved the toiletries and shower.
When I made the booking, I was informed of many of the hotels amenities. I may have misheard the receptionist on the phone, as not everything was communicated as I was originally told. We signed up for the Lark hotels club and on checkin I was anticipating some kind of welcome bubbly or a glass of wine. There was supposed to be a check in gift too. When we arrived there wasn’t a welcome package. I called the desk attendant and they brought up some chocolate raisins, a deck of cards, and a key chain which was nice. I also was under the impression that the 5 o’clock happy hour included drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic....this was not the case and it is BYOB).
We also arrived at 1:45pm and were told at the desk that we would receive a call when the room was ready. They stored our bags and by 4:30pm there still was not a courtesy call informing us our room was ready.
The room was modern and quaint. It’s a New England style home so we could hear some noise but overall the sleep was great and nice bedding too.
The breakfast was by far a major bonus. I’m still craving it today. Make sure and try the house made rustic bread while you are there! And what I would give for more of the warm chocolate chip cookies!
I would definitely stay here again overall. The communication could be improved and that would have made it a perfect experience!
We stayed as a couple for one night and really enjoyed this spot. Chic, well appointed and comfortable rooms, this inn is a great choice for those looking to stay in the downtown area. A very short walk from the ferry, there are also many things to do and good restaurants close by. There's great sitting areas throughout the inn, both indoors and out. The entire property is pristine, and the staff was both attentive and friendly. We would choose this inn again when we visit Nantucket.
Chic hotel in downtown close to ferry and restaurants and all things to do Nantucket. Well appointed rooms, great sitting areas inside and outside with fire pits, trendy breakfast options. Highly recommend staying here