The Summer House Inns
What We Love
- Jetsetter rate includes daily continental breakfast
- An authentic Nantucket experience: quaint, romantic and charming
- Location just a five-minute walk from downtown Nantucket
- Free shuttle to the beach club at Siasconset runs until the second week in September
What To Know
- Rooms at the Summer House are spread over multiple buildings — two at Fair Street, one India Street, and another at Pineapple Street. The buildings are a seven-minute walk apart but share all amenities (breakfast is served in each); rooms are comparable
- The Cottages are located at 17 Ocean Ave. in Siasconset, about a 15-minute drive from downtown
- Children eight and under are not permitted in the Pineapple Inn or India Street Inn (and are only allowed in suites at Fair Street Inn)
- WiFi is free but works best in the main common areas
Nantucket, a tiny island about 30 miles out in the Atlantic, has many charms, but we like to pare them down to three biggies: the tony island vibe, the authentic local flavor and the charming historical qualities (it’s the only town in America with more than 800 pre–Civil War buildings). A five-minute walk from the main drag, the Summer House is actually comprised of multiple authentic Nantucket inns, two on Fair Street, another on India Street, and one also nearby called the Pineapple Inn. Just a seven-minute walk apart, the buildings share a common check-in and staff, and all amenities, and they both have lovingly restored interiors and exteriors.
Bed and Bath
As is common in historic buildings, the guestrooms are on the small side (India Street Rooms are a teeny 145 square feet), and some are showing the scuffs and scrapes of the busy summer seasons, but all are tastefully decorated with reproduction antique furniture. The hand-painted walls add to the rooms’ cheerful, girlish ambience, and crisp white linens and colonial-style nonworking fireplaces complete the cottage-chic feel. Petite bathrooms are done up in a hodgepodge of styles (over-tub showers with floral curtains, sinks in bedrooms, pitched ceilings), but you’ll find all the requisite comforts and amenities.
You’ll definitely want to explore Nantucket’s history, shopping and foodie scenes, so start the day with the inn’s free breakfast to fuel up. Served in each building, the selection may include fresh fruit, home-baked muffins, granola and local coffee from Nantucket Roasters. At the end of the day head to the charming English garden at the Fair Street location to read the rest of your free local paper or simply admire the three levels of hedges, flowers and herb gardens.
In the Area
Clock up some classic Nantucket experiences on a boat ride to Topper’s restaurant on the Wauwinet Lady, or take a tour of the island’s whaling museum, where you can admire the harbor from a rooftop observation deck. For an idyllic beach day, hop on the Wave bus to Madaket, and don’t miss dinner at the Galley Beach restaurant or a drink at Cisco Brewers, makers of 888 Vodka and Whale’s Tail Beer. The flat, three-mile-wide island is also ideal for cycling — it’s crisscrossed with paved trails. Nantucket Bike Shop offers rentals ranging from one hour to several days.
How to Get There
Located within a block of Main Street downtown Nantucket, walking distance to ferries, and a shuttle to the included pool/beach club, Helpful courteous staff, our space had a large sitting room, large bedroom, large bathroom, outside porch, we had our own floor. The antique furniture added to the ambiance. Breakfast included. Gardens were relaxing. Chairs, umbrellas, towels and assistance provided on the ocean beach. Price was very economical compared to other places.
I stayed in the Hydrangea Room this past weekend. The room in general is just old, and the "living room" small. On the website it looks huge. The floors, totally crooked!! The bathroom situation was weird with 2 doors that barely closed so no privacy. The backyard would have been really cute, except you are watching and listening to the kitchen staff working. Its just a weird set up. Breakfast was decent, but there was a big fight between the workers which made for an awkward situation. I asked for the WiFi password (not posted anywhere) and felt like I was bothering the staff. The only good thing about this hotel is the free shuttle to the beach/pool which was lovely. Otherwise be prepared for a very no-frills, weird setup.
I'm actually annoyed to give it even 1 star. This place is a dump. Service is terrible and the room and amenities even worse. Room was hot (old window unit), couldn't even put our clothes away....because their was no dresser. Entire place was just dated with ZERO charm. Hated every minute of it.
We (wife and 3 year old) stayed for 3 nights in the Magnolia, which had a separate entrance and was sort of a duplex. It had a functional kitchen and privacy. Though one bedroom is near the kitchen area, I didn't find it a problem. The window AC units worked very well and kept us cool. The Summer House is not a modern place and is a little worn throughout but it was authentic Nantucket. The breakfast was simple (fruit, muffins, coffee, juices, etc.) but good. The staff was excellent and very friendly. I saw negative reviews, but I suspect reviewers have never stayed in Nantucket, or omitted the fact that the places they say are better are also significantly more expensive. Nantucket is expensive and Summer House is a good place to stay if you are looking for something cheaper than White Elephant, Nantucket Inn, etc. Just keep in mind it is an older building with quirks. It is worth staying here for the Summer House Sconset access alone.
The inn was not well taken care of. Furniture appeared broken, mattress was uncomfortable and ancient, lady in charge was more interested in her cell phone than in greeting guests, and the bathroom in the lobby (actually in the restaurant next door also owned by the summer house) hadn't been flushed when I first checked in. The pool area out in Sconset looked like it had been neglected for years and once again the attendant was more interested in her cell phone than in helping guests. The AC unit in the room worked but was open to the outside on one side so struggled. The only redeeming qualities for this place for me was the size of the bathroom in our room which was nice and the cleaning staff who were very nice. I wouldn't recommend this place until the Summer House bothers to invest some time and money in it.