Vanessa Noel Hotel
What We Love
- Centrally located in Nantucket Town, just a five-minute walk from the ferry and beaches
- Name brand everything, from the lobby’s Baccarat chandelier to the Hermès toiletries
- Bold leopard-print designs in the attached shoe store and restaurant
What To Know
- Rooms are tiny, starting at 120 square feet
- Central location means audible street noise
- The lobby is open only at certain hours, depending on the season; your room key also opens the front door
- Children 12 and under are not permitted
- Free WiFi
Thirty miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket has been an enclave of wealthy New Englanders since the whaling boom of the 1800s. But it wasn’t until New York–based shoe designer Vanessa Noel opened her namesake hotel in 2002 that the island got its first stylish boutique hotel. Noel summered on Nantucket as a child, and she handled the weathered-shingle townhouse dating from 1847 with the loving care of a local, preserving the original molding and polished pine floors.
Bed & Bath
As a shoe designer, Noel is known for her bold and edgy stilettos; as a hotelier she favors a quieter elegance. No pictures hang on the walls of the eight guestrooms, but a cream palette and fluffy white Frette linens keep the minimalist decor warm and summery. Square footage is at a premium on the island (the average house lists at $2.4 million), and the guestrooms run small. Noel pulls off some Manhattan-inspired tricks to use space efficiently, adding mirrors and relocating several sinks in the bedrooms. But even the tiniest bathroom feels luxurious, thanks to Philippe Starck fixtures, Hermès toiletries and a heated marble floor.
An adjoining shoe store offers a taste of Noel’s fashion flair, with leopard prints and Pop Art paintings, and opportunities for shopping and dining continue in every direction. The hotel fronts the brick sidewalk of Center Street, which is dotted with bakeries, galleries and boutiques. And although the island doesn’t have a single traffic light, it now has more than 80 restaurants — the best of which are just a stroll away.
How to Get There
Modern, beach themed. Clean, comfortable beds, great shower! Rooms aren’t huge but ambiance and decor make it so you wouldn’t even notice. The hotel staff, Emily and Corey were so sweet! There is a wine room that doubles as a breakfast room in am and outside patio seating as well. Looking forward to returning!
The Hotel Pippa exceeded our expectations in every way! The location can't be beat, the continental breakfast was great, and the staff we're incredibly helpful and friendly. We had a beautiful room on the third floor, although the detached bathroom was somewhat inconvenient (I really can't complain about this, because we were warned and offered an opportunity to upgrade if needed).
I would suggest that Hotel Pippa upgrades to full sized ironing boards & irons. With many visitors coming to the island for weddings or other formal events, the table top ironing board was difficult to maneuver for ironing suits, etc. Just a suggestion, and certainly not something that impacted our stay or opinion of the Pippa. Overall, we would absolutely stay again, and highly recommend!
I stayed here for one night while working on ACK and was so impressed. The manager was very welcoming even though I arrived late, and had the room nicely prepped. The decor is such a great combo of mid-century modern and euro luxe and was such a great surprise in the middle of Nantucket. I loved the heated bathroom floors and the luxury Frette and Mantouk linens. This is my go-to now on Nantucket.
Great location, close to the ferry and centrally located to everything. The room was extremely clean and the staff was wonderful. Gave great recommendations for restaurants. The walls are thin so you can tend to hear your neighbors but that will be the same for most of the hotels in Nantucket. We went during off season so it was pretty quiet, it might not be the case during peak season. Nice spread of complimentary breakfast.
You cannot beat the level of service, decor and location of this hotel! The rooms are tastefully decorated, quaint and comfortable. The staff was very accommodating, available and attentive. The hotel is located in the center of town, walking distance to everything.I have recommended this hotel to others and will definitely stay here again!