by Kimberly Liu
Mainly known as a vacation rental destination, Nantucket is a sleepy and charming island ideal for relaxed family getaways. As one of the few hotel properties on the island, the Nantucket Hotel & Resort is also one of the loveliest. The entire resort and its rooms feels like you have actually rented a vacation home and joined a larger family vacation, with seaside-influenced decor, living rooms, cushy dining room seats and a friendly and welcoming staff that will treat you like guests in their own homes. In fact, the owners of the hotel are often here, or their also family-friendly property on Martha’s Vineyard, and always welcome guests and offer advice on what to do and see while visiting the island.
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- Accommodations for large families
- Cottage rentals
- Children's programs
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Game Room
- Onsite Dining
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A variety of accommodations are available for families, from traditional hotel rooms and suites to cottages and multi-floor suites. Islander hotel rooms are the most basic of accommodations, sleeping two people with a king or queen bed, or a family with two small children with a king and sleeper sofa.
Best for families are the varied options of suites with one bedroom that can sleep four to six people, depending on the style. Very unique to the property is a TV cabinet that features a pull-down hide-a-bed, and along with a queen sleeper sofa, most of these suites welcome families of five. Often, these suites include a kitchenette. For more space, two-bedroom suites can sleep eight.
Feel as if you have rented a cottage on the island with these charming one- and two-bedroom offerings. Featuring a kitchenette, living room and private deck, these accommodations are a home away from home at the hotel. Some cottages include a washer and dryer, as well as a fireplace.
Larger, multigenerational families will love the premium offerings at the hotel, with three- and four-bedroom suite options to accommodate 10 to 14 people. Spread out across two floors, the suites provide living space, multiple bathrooms and bedrooms, kitchenettes and lofts.
5 stars is truly not a high enough rating for the Nantucket hotel and resort. Before I go into details I want to shout out to the incredible staff. Michael C who took care of us on front porch with drinks. The waitstaff that was pleasant and helpful, the front desk staff that was honestly happy to help and of course the shuttle drivers that never had a problem taking or picking up guests. A truly amazing staff was put together to make a stay absolutely as relaxing as one could be.
After alerting the concierge what ferry we would be arriving on, the shuttle bus was waiting for us. Our bags loaded up and whisked to the hotel. While room was not ready at 9:30 am. The front desk checked us in and out our bags off to side. We revived a phone call when room was ready as we roamed downtown. Upon getting back to hotel the bags were already in our room!!!!!
The concierge will direct you to directions and eateries. Will even show you on the map the route to take. Want to go to the beach? Grab some chairs and towels. It’s within walking distance. Don’t feel like walking? The shuttle is happy to take you anywhere you need to go.
The in-house restaurant (Breeze) is well staffed and always a good meal. Same great service whether breakfast or dinner. Sit in the open air dining with windows swung open or the bar area or even out on front porch. Many options and all great service.
The hotel is green, water bottles are there in the room for your service. Shampoo and conditioner and soaps are all refillable containers no tiny shampoo bottles. Also robe and slippers are in the closet for you though I am not a slippers kind a guy.
Pools (two). One for all and one for adult quiet time that has a hot tub that feels great on the legs after walking all day. The adult pool is downstairs past the monopoly game, pool table and make a right at the fitness center. Drinks are served at poolside and always staffed with someone swapping out towels or serving you a cold drink.
I think to sum up this weekend would be to say this is the most relaxing, friendly, helpful resort I have stayed in. Even with multigenerational family’s staying you never felt crowded. Even booked solid it does not feel crowded and efficiency of the staff makes it all seamless.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars as the Nantucket gives so much more.
Your really can’t beat the ease, comfort and luxury of this hotel - especially if you are traveling with small kids. ACK is a wonderful destination for family vacations, but many of its hotels and restaurants aren’t very welcoming or accommodating to younger visitors. The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is not only welcoming to kids - it goes above and beyond to please kids of all ages. We were without or own little ones this trip but witnessed a lot of fun being had by child-guests the entire stay - so much so that we decided to return - soon.
Throughout the year, the Nantucket Hotel offers morning drop-in programming from 9 a.m. to noon. Children ages 3 to 12 can enjoy kids' club programming, as well as a parent and toddler program in the summer months. In the summer, kids take walking adventures and learn about the island and its former pirates with field trips both on and off the property. The programs are free to guests. On Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings in the summer, for $35 per child, kids can participate in evening programs from 5 to 9:30 p.m., giving parents a chance to enjoy a romantic dinner.
Nantucket is filled with paved biking trails, allowing visitors to see various beaches and Madaket for gorgeous sunsets. Reserve bikes through Young's Bike Shop, which provides free delivery to the hotel. Hybrids, mountain bikes, tandem bike, kids' bikes and baby sets are available, as well as stroller rentals.
The hotel's family pool is open from mid-April through September, with an outdoor hot tub and a kiddie pool. Heated, the hotel also provides an adults-only pool at the spa.
The hotel's onsite restaurant, Breeze's, features a complimentary breakfast buffet daily, which includes fresh fruits, yogurt, cereal, pastries and breads. On Sundays, the restaurant offers a fabulous brunch. The restaurant provides lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the spring, and dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Hours extend in the summer and return to a limited menu in the fall.
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The hotel features on-site laundry facilities.
Cribs and high chairs are available.
An onsite fitness center is an island membership club that is available for all guests. The hotel features a year-round children's morning program, summer evening program during dinner, yoga and fitness classes, massage treatments and an adult-only, heated pool
The Art of Smart Timing
A year-round property, the hotel is open every month but February, when it closes briefly and manages upkeep on the property. Many restaurants and shops close following Nantucket's busy summer season, with most of the island shutting down between late October through early March, with the exception of the holidays. After the holidays, even more is limited until spring brings a rebirth to the island. You can't go wrong with a visit between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but it will be the most crowded during this period.
Nantucket is mainly reached via a ferry from Cape Cod. Departing from Hyannis, there is a 2-hour "slow" ferry, which allows passengers to book one of the limited car spaces, or the 1-hour "fast ferry, where cars remain in a parking lot during your visit to the island. The ferries are also operated out of Providence, Rhode Island, New Bedford, Massachusetts, and New York City in the summer.
A small airport is also located on the island, taking small air craft such as Cessna planes. Flight depart from Hyannis and Boston. Small jet service is provided during the summer months from Washington, D.C., New York and Boston on American, Delta and Jet Blue.
Nantucketown is very intimate; you can step off the ferry into the heart of its cobbled streets and walk a few short blocks to the hotel, restaurants and shopping. Guests of the hotel receive complimentary pick-up and drop-off from the high-speed ferries. Cars are not needed on the island, and the small space and high traffic of the season makes it best-suited for travelers leaving the car behind.
The hotel also provides complimentary shuttles to Jettes Beach and Surfside Beach in the summer. Bikes path are paved and easy to follow to other destinations on the island; consider renting a bike for the duration of your stay.