What We Love
- Daily homemade continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Use of beach bags and chairs make for much lighter packing
What To Know
- Beyond-friendly desk managers who help arrange taxis and bike rentals
- Fresh afternoon snacks include salted chocolate chip cookies and Earl Grey shortbread cookies
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Housed in a revamped 19th-century captain’s home, 76 Main instantly enchants with a posh home-away-from-home look that will put the kibosh on chain hotel visits forever. The boutique spot forgoes cliché nautical decor — there’s nary a splash of Nantucket red in sight — in favor of a bold, elegant palette of rich blues and greens. Beyond the check-in desk sits an inviting common room that entices with classic books and glossy mags. An ornate wooden staircase leads to the second- and third-floor guestrooms, where photos of influential island regulars (John Kerry and more) cover the walls and lend an air of gravitas.
Bed and Bath
Prepare for serious interior design envy. All 20 rooms sport a different design scheme, from dark and distinguished to bright and preppy, with wallpapered accent walls and cushioned headboards. Uniform throughout are the plush linen beddings, white-on-white bathrooms with waffle kimono robes, free WiFi and Apple TV, as well as iPads keyed up to Nantucket’s attractions.
In the Parisian-style Coffee Café on the first floor, guests can help themselves to the continental breakfast spread of freshly baked scones and yogurt. The flora-bedecked communal courtyard invites both day and night lounging, giving you the rare excuse to do nothing more than relax with a good book in front of the glass-enclosed firepit. Come happy hour the alfresco bar opens for business; it’s BYOB, so you bring the booze and the hotel supplies the mixers. Caffeine fiends can get their fix 24/7 at the communal Keurig machines on all floors.
In the Area
Skip down the lantern–lined steps to Nantucket’s famed cobblestone thoroughfares. Less than a block away is Congdon’s Pharmacy, a throwback soda fountain and early morning hangout for island regulars. Hit Black-Eyed Susan’s for the blueberry pancakes, then plot your lunchtime lobster roll strategy (MET on Main and Straight Wharf Fish Store are two strong options). Work off the mayo with some retail cardio; twee dock shops are housed in former sailor shacks and deal in everything from artisanal foodstuffs to yachting garb. Satisfy your historical curiosity at the Whaling Museum — the harbor view from the rooftop observation deck is alone worth the price of admission. Four-star dinner options include contemporary farm-to-table fare at American Season’s and a hopping raw bar scene at Cru. Grab a bottle of wine at Murray’s Beverage Store on the way home for a last hurrah in the courtyard.
How to Get There
Hotel is situated n a great location within walking distance of all town destinations. Accommodations were nice, but rooms were tiny. Given it was once a home, we were surprised at how quiet it was. There were a few broken items in our room that should have been properly repaired, given the high price charged for the room - the Roman shade was broken by another guest so the inn rigged/tied the shade so it could not be opened or closed, which made it hard to sleep in past 6:00AM as the roller shade had gaps allowing light in. A/C made a loud 'ding' sound every 10 to twenty seconds that made it hard to sleep.
I’ve stayed at almost every major hotel on the island, including White Elephant and The Summer House, and let me tell you...none are worth your money, except 76 Main (and their sister property 21 Broad). And that comment is not about price, but rather VALUE. The place is conveniently located, very well-maintained and clean, and the best part is the people. Everyone who works there is friendly, helpful, and genuinely knowledgeable. My wife and I have gone for a full week for two years in a row, and will continue doing so for years to come.
76 Main is fabulous in many ways. The inn itself is nice and extremely well-located next to the center of town, but far enough up Main Street to be quiet and feel residential. The staff is incredibly friendly and does everything possible to make your stay perfect. And breakfast is really, really good. The provide a bounty of small plates with remarkably creative and delicious breakfast offerings that make the morning meal an exceptional experience. We will be returning and recommending 76 Main to others.
This is a beautiful hotel close to everything in town. The decor is top notch, the rooms are clean and quiet. Everyone there was friendly and accommodating. The included breakfast is excellent and freshly made. Altogether a wonderful stay and I highly recommend this property.
76 Main is a beautiful gem steps away from town in Nantucket. It is an oasis brimming with charm and sophistication. From making the reservation to arrival to an adorable room, it is the perfect boutique in my favorite island on earth. The hotel has real style and sophistication at a very fair value. If the lovely rooms don't get you, the artisanal breakfast (home-made muffins and scones....kale salad....perfumed yogurts) will make you come back again and again.... I was there on business, but this hotel is a pleasure.