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What We Love

  • Free breakfast, on the patio or in the dining room, is chockablock with homemade pastries and savory sweets
  • The unbeatable location, a short bike ride or walk from several beaches and shops
  • Innkeepers who bend over backward to accommodate off-property requests
  • Each room comes stocked with a beach bag and towels; beach concierge services are also available
  • Turndown service includes quirky treats , like nightly Twizzlers and two pennies to throw into the water at the Brant Point Lighthouse (for the end of your stay)

What To Know

  • The property is perfect for couples or a girls weekend, but not ideal for kids
  • No typical Nantucket seaside decor here
  • Although there is no spa, restaurant or gym, there are many options in downtown Nantucket
  • Stock up on snacks — cucumber- and strawberry-infused water and Mike and Ike candies are the only available refreshments on-site
  • Many bathrooms are fairly simple, albeit clean
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The Review

Despite its quintessential Nantucket specks in a 18th-century building overlooking the harbor, the Chapman House is not just another sleepy New England B&B. The contemporary 11-room inn is all swank, from interiors rife with tongue-in-cheek-chic accessories like blake-squared diamond drapes, translucent blue chandeliers and typography pillows. And it hardly stops there.

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The 11 rooms blend Nantucket’s classic feel with a decorously contemporary style and seaside touches of hemp, coral and sea grass. The beds, pillow-topped and strewn with Frette linens, have headboards that make bold statements in pinstripes, red or turquoise, and the bathrooms have stand-alone showers and boutique brand Lather.

Elsewhere, a hearty New England breakfast spread of bacon and scallion biscuits, hand-squeezed juices and fresh coffee is served daily on the lounge or patio. The hip innkeepers can get you access to otherwise hard-to-land dinner reservations and offer tips on everything from a private dinner on the beach to a sunset cruise along the shore.

How to Get There

Chapman House
20 North Water Street
Nantucket, MA 02554 United States



Okay, seriously the Veranda / Chapman / Arbor House Collection is promoted as a Boutique Hotel and it is NOT. It is an old B & B with little space; a lack of adequate hot water for all guests & other amenities yet the charge is what one would expect of an upscale boutique hotel. Breakfast was good; grounds lovely but rooms are below average for price. We tried to move to larger room because original room booked a year out had no closet or space to unpack clothes & 1/2 bath for $500 one night but we had to repack and move back to original room because alarm was going off in second house and staff could not figure out how to shut off? Floor lamp didnt work so we couldnt see what was in our luggage and husband kept hitting head on sloped ceiling (he is 5’10”). The service and staff were somewhat accommodating - they carried our luggage each room move, however, lamp was removed from our room and never returned with a 3 night stay; we requested a taxi to shuttle us and our luggage to the ferry that never arrived - the taxi company said they had no record of a call and we scrambled to get to the ferry on time. Our friends room wasn’t available first night; toilet plugged on their arrival and no hot water until the second day. Good grief; it was not the relaxing stay we anticipated. This was our first NE destination & we were so excited; but we were really disappointed at the rate versus value for our stay - we travel frequently and are all easy-going. To say it was overpriced is an understatement. We would not recommend this establishment; it was not comparable to any other place we had the pleasure of visiting while on this trip - 5 other locations were all above our expectations. Would recommend The Lark establishment also in Nantucket based on our experience in Newport, RI. Best wishes for a memorable trip...

Bathroom was terrible but property was very nice...mixed review

We were there in off season so the dining area in our building was closed...walk in the rain to the main house for breakfast, yikes! They did have a coffee area in the same building area and nice sitting areas. Our room was extremely tight and the bathroom bizarre. I spoke with management about it's low quality of a commode room but honestly there's not too much they can do about space. Be aware the pictures of the room show the nice bed not the ridiculously teeny bathroom (it is hard to fit on the toilet). So choose your room with good information. That said, the breakfast was multi-course and well done. Newspapers out early near a fireplace and wine complimentary in the afternoon. We liked that it was walking distance to the activities and restaurants but there is no off street parking if you rent a car. They give you a permit and you find a spot on the street...good luck. We enjoyed the hospitality but I would not select the same room.

Fall getaway

We stayed at The Chapman House for 2 nights after the Columbus Day weekend. Great location - we walked, with our bags, from the ferry dock and were very close to the shops and restaurants. We arrived early but our queen room was ready and we checked in around 1:00 PM. Each day, we enjoyed the home made chocolate chip cookies that were available late in the afternoon, as well as the complimentary wine pour next door at the Veranda House (same owners) before we headed out for dinner. Continental breakfast each day was quite nice, including fresh blueberry muffins. Overall, a great experience and we would definitely return!