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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I have been coming to Martin House for years. It has the best breakfast at a bnb on the island. But this time, I noticed a number of upgrades. The memory foam mattress and upgraded linens were nice. High speed internet throughout is wonderful. The improved plumbing with consistent hot water is also great. Good to be back and enjoy the upgrades.
Stayed one night booked via hotels dot com. Lovely, quirky house a few minutes walk from the center of town. Nice and quiet.
Very homely feel. Lovely balcony. They provide wine glasses, we provided wine and a pleasant early evening was enjoyed.
We had a room with an en suite on the 3rd floor. Small but comfortable enough. No elevators and steep stars so not for those with mobility issues.
The big issue was the air-con unit. It was a muggy night and the air con was a necessity. Unfortunately it seems to need a good service. The unit kept stopping and starting and when it started made a burbling sound. I suspect it needs a top up on fluid or similar. This was very disruptive to a good night’s sleep. The shower unit was ‘compact’ to say the least. I just fitted and I’m not huge. Any more nights in the room would have been a challenge.
Breakfast was freshly made pastries, fruits, yogurt and cereals. Very relaxed.
I’d have given 5* except for the air con issue which almost made me drop it to 3*.
This B and B is a gem! We found the innkeeper, Carolyn to be so friendly and helpful, and a great cook I might add!
Breakfast was absolutely delicious! From the homemade granola to the fresh berries and magnificent scones, we felt pampered and we loved every minute.
The beds are comfy, the location quiet, central and terrific, and I just know we’ll stay there again when on the island! Great great little centrally located beautiful spot!!
We really enjoyed our stay at the Martin House. She was very welcoming and helpful, without being overburdensome. The location is great as it's walking distance to all the shopping, restaurants, and shuttles, but not right downtown so you hear all the noise. Breakfast was perfect - fresh, healthy and good options, and the Sherry, Port, or Bourbon nightcaps available were a great touch. Rooms are very well done, very comfortable and very clean, and the price was reasonable. Would def stay again. Thanks for making it such a nice visit
Staying at the Martin House Inn is an amazing experience from start to finish.
Carolyn greeted us and checked us into our rooms (always prompt and helpful!)
Super clean, cute and quaint - very Nantucket vibes - loved it :)
Fresh towels, robes, all the works!
Location is PRIME!! Quick walk right into town, you really can't beat it.
Woke up to fresh baked goods (so good!) every morning from Carolyn along with hot coffee, teas, etc -- such a nice treat. Really felt like I was a guest in a home and was treated SO well. She is so kind and generous. Does such a great job!
Thank you Martin House Inn - Will definitely be back!