What We Love
- The property's signature scent, featuring hints of cedar, driftwood, and even a bonfire
- The aperitif cart that strolls the halls
- Sunscreen sticks in your complimentary beach bags
- Vintage tomes on Nantucket in the wood-paneled reception
What To Know
- Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware (who previously ran the two-Michelin star Aureole in NYC) leads the onsite restaurant
- Part of the hotel is housed in a former doctor’s office building
- Roman and Williams masterminded the hotel’s redesign
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Pet Friendly
Charming wharf-side bolthole with just the right balance of history and hip-factor
You’ll find none of the expected nautical clichés at this converted sea captain’s home. Brothers and co-owners Alexander and Jeremy Levanthal dipped into the region’s formidable whaling history (Nantucket was the leading whaling port in the world for much of the 18th and 19th centuries) as fuel for its globe-trotting collection of antiques and accessories sourced from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to match a seafarer’s souvenirs; that same worldly aesthetic applies to the charming—albeit, wild—garden, with plantings from around the world. Shell-covered accessories and hand-painted seascapes on Portuguese tiles, meanwhile, infuse just the right dose of marine magic. For their food and beverage options, the Leventhals recruited a clutch of culinary heavy-hitters. While chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware (who previously ran NYC’s two-Michelin star Aureole) captains the garden and sea-flavored menu at the 24-seat Via Mare, the bar (lined with painted panels that depict stunning scenes from historic Chinese merchant ports) is overseen by Jackson Cannon, who previously concocted cocktails at Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar in nearby Boston.
In the Area
On the corner of Broad and North Water Streets, you’re within walking distance of Steamboat Wharf. If you arrive in Nantucket via ferry, hotel staff, accompanied by a luggage and beverage cart, will greet you here. Get to know this cobblestoned island by visiting its top sites, which include a Whaling Museum (which sits on the site of a former whale oil candle factory), a dynamic brewery known for accompanying food trucks and live music, and a salt box-style dwelling that was built in 1686—just one of the required stops on the historic house trail.
How to Get There
As a New Yorker and recent Boston transplant, my husband and I headed to Nantucket to reconvene with another Manhattan couple for a long weekend of eating, drinking, running and relaxing. While I still believe a house is the best way to go on the island, we were too late to the summer booking party and were left with only hotel options. At peak pricing, options were slim.
So all the rumors are true. The Greydon House features a welcome break from the seashells and whale decor overwhelming the island. The location is within walking distance to the port where boats arrive and a number of the town's best restaurants (try The Pearl and Black Eyed Susans!). The staff is welcoming and chatty, and tolerated a barrage of advance reservation requests and constantly changing plans. The restaurant (I'll get back to this) was buzzy and beautifully designed, and while we went out for meals the bar served as a perfect drop-in with the vibe and energy of the West Village. The delicious and on trend Jura wine in the room was a lovely gesture.
At around $700 per night, I was couldn't help but feel underwhelmed. The rooms are tiny and the beds are small. If not a full size bed, it felt like one. While you can't expect spatial quarters in a downtown Nantucket B&B, I yearned for more common space to read and relax as an alternative to the "cozy" rooms. The hotel co-owns the restaurant, so it wasn't "technically" attached to the hotel. Understandably this means at certain hours, there is literally zero public space to occupy. We did sneak in before/after dinner for wine on the deck, which was lovely. In particular for a Nantucket vacation, rest, relax and exiting without a plan is part of the joy. I found myself regretting we didn't have a house with a porch and a yard.
Ultimately I can't fault a small hotel to charge top prices in the peak of summer on a small, wealthy island. I might however recommend the hotel double down on the small luxury touches to make up in what they can't physically accommodate. Perhaps bikes or a more sophisticated breakfast spread?
If you are popping in for a weekend with an agenda full of plans, the lack of space probably won't bother and the location and staff will do their part too make the experience just right.
Recently spent a week at GH and we shall never forget it. What an experience! We were greeted like old friends and loved every minute. If you go to Nantucket go to GH, you won’t regret it. Perfection.
Our flight to NYC was canceled at the last minute due to bad storms, and we were very lucky to snatch one of the last rooms at Greydon House. I can't imagine a more perfect inn, with beautiful rooms, plentiful amenities, and great attention to detail.
We were lucky enough to have Peticea check us in. Her kindness went way beyond necessity. She made sure we had everything we needed, as we'd already checked our bags at the airport, with the thought that we'd be returning to catch our flight after a 3 or 4 hour delay. The delay kept growing until it turned into a cancelation. We had had a mediocre experience in the hotel we'd stay in the prior few nights. I guess that made us appreciate Greydon all the more. By the way, the food in the Greydon House restaurant is exceptional too. I can't imagine there's a better place to stay in all of Nantucket.