Daily homemade continental breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
Use of beach bags and chairs make for much lighter packing
What To Know
Beyond-friendly desk managers who help arrange taxis and bike rentals
Fresh afternoon snacks include salted chocolate chip cookies and Earl Grey shortbread cookies
Parking on site
Disclaimer: This content was accurate at the time the hotel was reviewed. Please check our partner sites when booking to verify that details are still correct.
Sophisticated new boutique hotel with preppy-chic look, communal courtyard and easy town access
Housed in a revamped 19th-century captain’s home, 76 Main instantly enchants with a posh home-away-from-home look that will put the kibosh on chain hotel visits forever. The boutique spot forgoes cliché nautical decor — there’s nary a splash of Nantucket red in sight — in favor of a bold, elegant palette of rich blues and greens. Beyond the check-in desk sits an inviting common room that entices with classic books and glossy mags. An ornate wooden staircase leads to the second- and third-floor guestrooms, where photos of influential island regulars (John Kerry and more) cover the walls and lend an air of gravitas.
Bed and Bath
Prepare for serious interior design envy. All 20 rooms sport a different design scheme, from dark and distinguished to bright and preppy, with wallpapered accent walls and cushioned headboards. Uniform throughout are the plush linen beddings, white-on-white bathrooms with waffle kimono robes, free WiFi and Apple TV, as well as iPads keyed up to Nantucket’s attractions.
In the Parisian-style Coffee Café on the first floor, guests can help themselves to the continental breakfast spread of freshly baked scones and yogurt. The flora-bedecked communal courtyard invites both day and night lounging, giving you the rare excuse to do nothing more than relax with a good book in front of the glass-enclosed firepit. Come happy hour the alfresco bar opens for business; it’s BYOB, so you bring the booze and the hotel supplies the mixers. Caffeine fiends can get their fix 24/7 at the communal Keurig machines on all floors.
In the Area
Skip down the lantern–lined steps to Nantucket’s famed cobblestone thoroughfares. Less than a block away is Congdon's Pharmacy, a throwback soda fountain and early morning hangout for island regulars. Hit Black-Eyed Susan’s for the blueberry pancakes, then plot your lunchtime lobster roll strategy (MET on Main and Straight Wharf Fish Store are two strong options). Work off the mayo with some retail cardio; twee dock shops are housed in former sailor shacks and deal in everything from artisanal foodstuffs to yachting garb. Satisfy your historical curiosity at the Whaling Museum — the harbor view from the rooftop observation deck is alone worth the price of admission. Four-star dinner options include contemporary farm-to-table fare at American Season's and a hopping raw bar scene at Cru. Grab a bottle of wine at Murray’s Beverage Store on the way home for a last hurrah in the courtyard.