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 recently stayed at 21 Broad to celebrate our anniversary. The hotel is in a perfect location which is a short walking distance to shops, restaurants, bike rentals and the harbor. The hotel decor is bright and cheerful, the patio is lovely, complete with fire pits and the breakfast was excellent, with several creative options available. There were so many nice touches such as a record player (remember those?) and records in the lobby, a mixer bar set up each night to make your own cocktails (BYOB). And the staff was very friendly and helpful every step of the way. Highly recommend!
This is the first time I have ever rated a hotel; I feel this property deserves a positive review
We have stayed at several properties on the Island and we figured we would try something new based on the positive reviews.
To begin our stay; we booked at the sister property 76 Main. Although it was fine, the room was small, it had virtually no bathroom and no closet to speak of. You hang your clothes on the wall; that was definitely a first. Regardless, it served its purpose. Where things went sideways was when we returned to our room after dinner, the heat was pumping and it was barely 65 degrees outside. Come to find out; there is either a heat setting or an air setting for the first floor. So if your neighbor prefers heat; you are truly out of luck. My husband and I couldn’t sleep, we were sweating throughout the night. Not the best way to spend your 15 year wedding Anniversary.
First thing the next morning, we found the hotel manager and we explained how hot it was in our room. The solution was to move us to the sister hotel 21 Broadstreet. Oh my goodness; it was completely night and day as far as the room and experience!
The room was spacious, bright, had a nice full bathroom and a closet! And a coffee maker. The two rooms could not have compared. And it was on the 3rd floor so it was quiet.
We will absolutely book our next stay at 21 Broadstreet room 311!
Thank you to the awesome husband and wife managers who helped make the stay so great and we now found the hotel and room that we will be coming back to!
A beautiful hotel in a wonderful location. I guess the season ended last week because the staff didn't show any concern with the guests. Not a hello, good morning or even eye contact. Only concern with taking away the cushions we were sitting on at 9:00pm or turning out the light in the lobby while we were there. Sometimes the little things make a place special or Dont