Brass Lantern Inn
What We Love
- A Diamond Collection bed-and-breakfast stay in a building with over 150 years of historyThe complimentary continental breakfast each day, with granola and fresh-baked pastries
- The afternoon tea and cookies, also a complimentary perk
- The Diamond Collection inn itself, more than 150 years old, in Nantucket’s Old Historic District
What To Know
- Fido can come along with the family; the B&B provides dog beds, blankets, bowls and treats
- The historic 1847 inn is a quiet, charming retreat
- Within walking distance of Main Street and the ferry wharf
With a historic past and a charming present, the Brass Lantern Inn lights the way toward an enchanting Nantucket stay. The inn was built in 1847, as a guest house, and has gone through several renovations to become the Diamond Collection, Select Registry escape it is today. But it’s not just history that furnishes the property. Antiques and Asian-inspired carpets appoint many of the rooms here, and so does hospitality – the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence speaks for itself.
Things remain quaint and old-fashioned in your surrounding neighborhood, the cobblestoned Old Historic District. Celebrated restaurants, beautiful beaches, museums, shops, the ferry terminal – you’re close to everything this charming island has to offer. And when your day begins to wind down, return to the inn. Help yourself to a cup of tea and some cookies, and sip and savor them on the patio or in the garden, just like a different guest may have done more than 160 years ago.
The Brass Lantern Inn guest rooms are a true mix of chic and traditional, with neutral palettes, mixed fabrics and plush furnishings. When it comes to old-meets-new, this Nantucket B&B knows how to make it work, indeed – find antiques, modern luxuries and artwork of the surrounding landscape, in both Standard Queen and Deluxe Queen rooms. The first are located in the Main Inn, with traditional design, while the second are in the Nantucket-style Garden Wing and showcase a more contemporary style.
What was once the whaling capital of the world is now a historic island, filled with magnificent homes, Main Street culture and plenty of opportunity for relaxation. Nantucket is a harbor town that has changed a lot throughout its rich past, but has retained its charm – which is the highlight that brings visitors coming back. Perfect for both romantic couples and families with children (and dogs), this quaint getaway has museums, festivals, beautiful beaches, boutique shops and a variety of culinary experiences, and you’ll be right in the Old Historic District.
How to Get There
Outdoor space was nice. Inside was laid out oddly with the Garden Wing, where we stayed, being located in the back of the house. Positives: Good location a block or two from shopping & dining. Breakfast, though continental, has nice options (muffins, bagels, cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, fruit) that are replenished. Negatives: We had to go through the kitchen/office area to get to our room. Chairs in the room were stained and one had a rip, the window A/C was loud, and the bathroom was cramped with a plastic surround in the tub. Though I understand Nantucket is expensive and we went during high season, I expected a little more for nearly $600/night.
We loved our stay and will definitely be back! The staff was warm and helpful, the room was lovely (super comfortable beds!) and the afternoon pastries hit the spot. Centrally located in town, which made it easy to get around. And the staff was so kind to our 4-year old son, who loved it.
We stayed here for one night and immeadiately wished we had time to stay longer. We arrived on an early ferry knowing that we’d be unable to check in however what we didn’t plan for was the excellent customer service we received from Lisa. She armed us with knowledge of family friendly lunch venues, museum timings and beach info along with beach chairs, umberella, towels and beach toys! On returning to check in she invited the children to the kitchen to choose some freshly baked cookies and then let them choose a board game to take to the room at which point my eldest child exclaimed that this was the best hotel he’d ever been to!
A few previous reviews talk about creaking floorboards ....this is an old property and personally I think the floorboards are part of its charm. I didn’t find it to be noisy and we all had a great sleep in the very comfy beds.
Hope to return one day and thanks again to Lisa for going the extra mile and adding a personal touch that made our short stay truly memorable.
We try to stay the Brass Lantern at least once each summer. The location is superb, the outdoor garden and seating areas are delightful, the breakfast is hearty and healthy, and the staff is wonderful and accommodating.
Amazing place and location! Every detail was so cute and all the decor was updated. We stayed in the tiny Mary Mitchell room and it was plenty of space for a couple. The outdoor garden area is beautiful, and the breakfast and snack spread was great!