Jared Coffin House
What We Love
- A morning cup of coffee or an afternoon iced tea on the deck
- Free bottles of water to grab and go
- The hotel provides beach supplies: chairs, umbrellas and towels
- Free parking and shuttle service
What To Know
- The main house is closed in the off-season, but the 12-room Daniel Webster House annex is open yearround
- Continental breakfast is included in the rate
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Nantucket Town is very walkable, and Jared Coffin House (named after the Nantucket whaling ship owner who once lived here) has a prime spot in its center, among the historic cobblestone streets, restaurants, and art galleries. The building, constructed in 1845, has been updated to add conveniences like WiFi and HDTVs, but the period charm remains, thanks to reproduction furniture, delicately patterned wallpaper, wide wooden floor boards, and the series of portraits hanging on walls in every public space. Early morning coffee and pastries are served in the elegant library, where guests can sink into an armchair and imagine that they’re waiting for the whalers to return home. The hotel’s restaurant, Nantucket Prime, does excellent steaks, as well as local fish and a raw bar—we suggest eating on the newly expanded patio in good weather, or the sumptuous dining room in bad.
In the Area
Start by soaking up Nantucket’s island history at the Whaling Museum, just steps from the hotel and with a great view of the water from its roof deck. Then head to the Brant Point Lighthouse, which dates back to 1746 and is still in operation. There are always whale and seal-watching cruises to take around the island and, of course, the beach, but if you’re looking for something non-nautical, make the 10-minute drive (or two-and-a-half-mile walk) to Cisco Brewers, a combination winery and brewery where you can sample local craft beers, wine, and spirits by an outdoor fire pit, eat from food trucks, and play outdoor games. Bonus: it’s open year-round. Weekend brunch at Boarding House is a must for its farm-to-table New American cuisine and shaded patio, while a dinner of freshly caught fluke or seafood chowder is best had at the historic Ship’s Inn.
How to Get There
Great location, good service, complimentary shuttle, comfortable rooms, breakfast was not great. I would stay there again. Although I love Nantucket , it was crazy ridiculously expensive so be prepared.
We have been visiting the JC House for thirty years. It is beautiful, historic and right in the center of things. An easy walk to Main Street and all the activities and the waterfront. We stay at the Daniel Webster House as it is on the ground floor and convenient in and out during the day. Nothing much has changed in the last 30 years. The plumbing and the beds and all furniture are the same. It is clean, convenient and quiet. Breakfast in the main house is continental and the muffins are stupendous!...made by the baker on Center Street. My only concern is the price which is ridiculous but that’s Nantucket!
My husband and I stayed at the Jared Coffin House for three nights in July to celebrate my birthday. We have been to Nantucket once before, but stayed at a more “boutique hotel” just on the edge of town and thought based on the reviews, this would be a better choice. The location is fantastic, but that’s about it. The rooms are old and the bathrooms not updated. The AC units are loud and there are no blackout shades for the bright morning sun. There are very few amenities offered - all amenities advertised are for their other properties that they are associated with. The Breakfast in the morning are basic lenders bagels, a few muffins, and yogurt. It is not staffed so it gets messy and rather gross. There is one container of Coffee (which you have to ask to be replenished). And there is nowhere to sit to have breakfast! It is a makeshift spot in the front parlor with no tables and just a few chairs. Very very strange. “Happy hour” is a glass of wine on a folding card table with one plastic plate of a few pieces of cheese and crackers (literally). When I checked out, I asked for a copy of my bill and the receptionist said no! She said since I booked thru American Express I would have to contact them. (And she was not nice about this either - just annoyed that I even asked). Most definitely not what we expected for the $700 per night room charge (i understand it is high season). There are other hotels right on broad street that we walked into that are absolutely wonderful and we will be staying there next time. Highly recommend another hotel for the same price.