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
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Created by shoe designer Vanessa Noel, this petite hotel brings Hamptons glamour to a historic Nantucket village
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.
Vanessa Noel Hotel
5 Chestnut St.
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02254
How to Get There
Flights are available to Nantucket Memorial Airport (ACK) and Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) via connecting flights from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Taxi transfers are available to/from ACK, about five miles away, for approximately $11 to $15, each way, and can be arranged through the property. Taxi transfers are also available to/from HYA, about 40 miles away, though guests must a take a ferry to either the Hi-Line or Steamship dock and get a taxi from there; the total cost (including taxi transfer between the airport and ferry dock, ferry fare and taxi to the property) is $50 per person, each way. Taxis are also available between the property and the downtown area; rates start at $7 for the first person plus $2 for each additional person, each way (the first two bags are included, plus $.50 for every additional bag, each way).