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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
76 Main is a real gem and should not be missed. It is a charming and impeccably run inn perfectly located on a quiet section of Main Street, less than one minute by foot from the center of town. My wife and I loved every second of our stay at this beautiful inn.
Jeff and I have stayed at many Inn’s over many years. 76 Main is the first we will be back to without hesitation. So beautifully designed, so intelligent, so accommodating, so peaceful. Very close to Town but quiet and serene. Fun and delicious to enjoy in their well appointed breakfast room/kitchen or in their peaceful garden area. Chairs for the beach, beach bags all packed and ready! We celebrated our wedding anniversary and they had a lovely bottle of wine waiting for us. Treats available throughout the Inn; throughout the day.
This was my 4th or 5th time staying at 76 Main. I’ve had all positive experiences in the past on girl getaway weekends. This visit I came with my husband and 20 month old daughter. Our original plan was to leave her home with family but due to a death in the family, our child care fell through and we decided to bring her.
I had called the hotel the week before check in to make sure it was ok, and one of the staff said he’d speak to the general manager and double check but consider it ok if I didn’t hear back from them.
Upon check-in, the general manager greeted us with ‘you’re here with a child’.? I went into explain how I had called the week prior and it hadn’t been communicated to him. He kept saying over and over the room was too small for pack n play. We even offered to pay for a larger room but nothing was available. He was just very off putting and it out a bad taste in our mouth. The room was cramped it we made it work!
The next morning I asked for some milk for my daughter and the general manager seemed annoyed with my request because it was before the 8am breakfast started.
The manager also kept his head down during breakfast, avoiding eye contact with the guests. When we checked out, he gave us a coupon for a future stay, but didn’t ask how this stay was! They even do this at a Courtyard Marriott!
Overall, the staff was nice and helpful but I felt the general manager lacked the hospitality skills I’m used to, especially at $600/night. The rest of the hotel was fine. The outdoor patio could probably be cleaned a bit better (back of white chairs dirty and needing weeding.