Martin House Inn
What We Love
- A charming, individually decorated room at a Historic District B&BDining on complimentary breakfast, before a day spent exploring the historic district
- Staying in a historic property yourself – one that was built in 1809
- Sampling a selection of wines and cheeses on Friday evenings
- Admiring the local artwork on the walls and the harbor views from the widow’s walk
What To Know
- Some rooms share bathrooms – if that's not your style, make sure to book a room with a private bath
- Free WiFi can be weak
- You can request a complimentary parking permit
There’s a reason that Nantucket has become the choice resort of some of the most prominent business people and influencers on the East Coast. This island off of Cape Cod has an allure all its own, an elegance and refinement that, against a striking backdrop of windswept barrier beaches and the open ocean, feels so very New England. Take in the unique atmosphere from a bed-and-breakfast with the same old-fashioned, refined approach to regional living. With a crackling fireplace, a yard and a furnished veranda, overlooking other clapboard homes, Centre Street’s Martin House Inn captures all that makes its surroundings special. It’s even got an impressive two-century history that blends in perfectly with its setting in the Historic District.
Each accommodation here is individually decorated, with tasteful appointments that might include a four-poster canopy bed, perhaps, or toile wallpaper or floral bedding. Morning brings treats like freshly baked muffins or scones, and there are snacks in the afternoons, teas on select weekends and wine-and-cheese receptions on Friday nights. If you don’t feel like a local simply sitting on one of the armchairs, sipping your Earl Grey or Sauvignon Blanc, contemplating the days when this beautiful mansion was the private home of a sea captain and his family, then all you have to do is walk around. Enjoy paintings by Nantucket-based artists in your abode or a common area, or head up to the widow’s walk, and admire the views over the famous harbor.
Each of 13 accommodations is individually – and beautifully – decorated, perhaps with old-fashioned touches of toile, paisley or florals. Many abodes feature paintings by local artists, such as Bobby Boushan, Robert Stark and Paul Galschneider.Choose first-floor Room 1 for a private bath with a large shower and a full-size canopy bed, in a 195-square-foot space. Room 2 features the same measurements, on the same floor, and a queen bed. Room 22 is 294 square feet, with a fireplace and queen and twin poster beds, and intimate 195-square-foot Room 23 includes a fireplace and a queen canopy bed. These rooms reside on the second floor.
Not only will you be staying in the charming historic district, but you’ll also be close to the harbor, in case you’d like to ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard or the Cape for the day. If you prefer to stick around, choose from a range of seafood restaurants, explore a lighthouse, shop for nautical trinkets and pop into some of the local galleries. The island also houses the nation’s largest collection of 18th-century buildings, giving you plenty of architecture to admire, and natural attractions are in equally high supply – consider taking a walk along one of the windswept barrier beaches, or bird watching, during migration season.
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Everything was excellent! I would love to back. Breakfast was good and there was always baked goods to be eaten anytime of the day. The bed was very comfortable as well. Beautiful old home with lots of character.
Everything was excellent! Nice rooms. Very helpfull staff. Tea with cakes in the afternoon at 3 p.m. for free and very tasty wine with cheeses and vegetables at 5 p.m. also for free. Good location near city center. Parking by house for free.
I stayed at the Martin House Inn for a solo bike trip in April, and loved every minute of it! I chose this inn because it has small bedrooms on the top floor with twin beds, which is perfect for people traveling alone.Despite this, I ended up in room 26 on the second floor which was very comfortable! My room was clean, quiet and lovely. It had a queen bed, its own bathroom, and sitting area and it was beautifully decorated. The innkeeper was attentive to my dietary limitations, and was diligent in taking care of my every need. I especially enjoyed having breakfast in the dining area with the other guests each morning.I have stayed at a number of inns on Nantucket. This Inn is extra special!
My 4th stay at the Martin House during Daffodil weekend was as memorable as the first! Tiffany, the hostess, is bright, charming and goes out of her way to make us feel welcomed. Gathering with guests on Friday evening for a delicious display of cheeses and wine makes this house unique, as we sit by the fire and exchange ghost stories and the events of the day. The owner is sweet, warm and continually adds new things to make our stay the best possible. The love poured into this 1803 Inn is evident. Thank you for another cherished weekend!! Looking forward to coming back again!
I would highly recommend for many reasons. The location is only 2 blocks from downtown, the Inn is magical, and Tiffany the Innkeeper made our stay so comfortable!
This was my first trip to Nantucket, my friend Peggy and I went because we are avid readers of Elin Hildebrand. Peggy also reads Nancy Thayer as well. We planned going for our 65th birthdays 1 year ago. Peggy fell on the second day and broke her arm. Needless to say, our trip wasn't what we were hoping for. Because of the owner and the Innkeeper, we were moved downstairs, to a suite at no extra charge. Tiffany was so kind and helpful in every way!! We will go back and stay at this magical, beautiful Inn again!!