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.
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We had a great stay there for a friends get away trip. Everything is excellent from the decoration to the services. A big thanks to Ieva and Jemmy for your hospitality and excellent service. We will definitely coming back.
This hotel is absolutely stunning! I was only supposed to stay 2 nights - this turned into over a week because I was just SO impressed. Every detail was considered - the decore is just beautiful and the light grey walls with blue accents - the entire place feels like a Spa! Lexi, Anya and the entire team at Hotel Pippa epitomize that gorgeous nantucket hospitality - SO friendly - so helpful - just really beautiful people inside and out which also made for such a lovely stay. The sheets were super soft, showers strong, pillows so comfortable - even down to the body wash and shampoo provided - everything was luxury. There is always fresh cold water in your room and a lovely bar downstairs. The entire place feels new and fresh and just ..... very very special. The team made my stay in Nantucket once in a lifetime (although I am coming straight back next year). I was really impressed by the level of detail on EVERYTHING, the interior and the people (and I travel all over the world)
Rating should be 4.5+ Hotel Pippa is a gem of a find. Very pleasant, friendly and helpful staff. Well-appointed comfortably-sized room(s). Great linens. Clean and fresh bathroom, but small (-.5). Clean and inviting common areas. A nice bar/tea room. And a secret garden with a fire pit. What more to say! Will definitely stay here again.