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
Even though the location is ideal, and the staff was accommodating, I cannot say that the rooms were ideal. The room I stayed in was very small and when the two suitcases were put in the room there was no room to move around. We were on the 3rd floor and anyone with health issues would have a difficult time.
Uncomfortable mattress, ugly room not even the smallest conveniences like water or coffee anywhere. Should have been a truck stop price.
So dissapointed. The worst hotel I have ever stayed in and I have been all over the world
Trip advisor certainly needs to change the rating
We took the ferry from a Hyannis to Nantucket at 5 PM and arrived at about 6 PM. I had booked a room for one night at the Vanessa Noel Hotel. We had brought only our backpacks for the one night stay. Thank goodness for that. It took a hike up the hill from the ferry dock to find the hotel, to at least a sign with the name on it. However the place to check in was around the corner with no sign directing one where to go. I had to knock on a door and disturb a gentleman to get directions. He very kindly walked with me to show me where the office was. The person at the desk was not polite and informed us we were in a third floor room. Now I'm 72 and my wife is 70, so even carrying only backpacks, this was not a good start to our Nantucket adventure. To make matters worst, the bathroom was across the hall, although we did not have to share it with anyone. The room was tiny and not worth the price.
Read their website and believed we were getting a 5 star chic hotel. Website must describe the place from many years ago, because we stayed in a very run down place. Stayed in the Stiletto room which is called out as one of their best rooms, and the price tag showed it. The room was old and in need of repair - as is the entire place. Ripped curtains, old bed ( which is just a mattress on a frame, no head or foot boards), peeling paint, tiny bathroom, and a ceiling that leaked whenever the people in the room above us showered. No amenities at all (e.g. Morning coffee or help with bags). Essentially you are paying top dollar to stay in a boarding house. Too many other options on the island, would not stay there again regardless of the price.
Room size of postage stamp tv even smaller open bathroom door it hit bed closet so small that you had to turn hangers sideways closet door won't close out of alignment stair runner from lobby going up stairs was filthy and stained and one day had a towel on first step as ceiling was leaking on it shower door leaked terribly onto bathroom floor running into bedroom sink in bedroom that's right bedroom as it won't fit in bathroom the faucet leaked so bad that we had to keep a towel on the counter to keep everything dry to some degree window a/c unit was making a terrible loud rattling noise but blew cold not as described and what they make it to be would never stay there again but on a good note staff was friendly and nice