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White Elephant

50 Easton Street, PO Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Stuart, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed here for our 25th anniversary and loved every minute of it. The accommodations, fine dining, and location were all top notch. The bloody Mary's were unbelievable! Make sure you get a view of the bay and a suite if available, our room also had a gas fireplace. Just wonderful!

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear DawnD; Thank you for celebrating your 25th anniversary with us. That is a wonderful milestone. Congratulations! I cheers you both with a virtual Lobster Bloody Mary. Sincerely, Bettina Landt General Manager More

West Harrison, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place is first class all the way. From the second we arrived they could not do enough for us. Every staff member was nicer than the next. Perfect location near town (5 minute walk) and a nice walk or courtesy shuttle to the beach as well. What a pleasant surprise that the hotel supplied towels, chairs and umbrellas too!... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear chadct; Thank you for celebrating your anniversary with us. Our team takes such pleasure in the little things. Picnics to go are a great way to explore the island. We have so many beaches and places to go ... there is always a new place to discover. We are looking forward to your visit in 2015 for your 51st... More

Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We rented one of the 2br cottages for the last week of August. Location is very convenient to town (2-3 block walk). Service from the hotel staff was friendly and decent. Don't bother eating in the restaurant. The staff there were not as great, kind of apathetic. Food is not good either, but expensive. Absolutely no imagination present in the... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear rkilmon; Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent stay. You bring up some good points: The two bedroom cottages (there are four of them, all identical layout) are ideal for either two couples travelling together or families. The master bedroom has a king sized bed, the second bedroom either a king or two... More

Birmingham, Alabama
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service; beautiful harbor view but not worth the price. The Harbor View room for the price is outrageous. Not a private balcony therefore cannot open shades for view in room. Nice linens but bathroom and bedroom for price is not worth it. Also cannot use pool amenity at sister property, White Elephant Village. Cannot recommend to friends eventhough staff... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear Louise 538; Thank you for taking the time to post a review. You are right, Nantucket in August is not inexpensive by any means. Hotels run at incredibly high rates and occupancy and when compared to other hotel experiences, I can understand that it is not for everyone. Our rates fluctuate by season and we have amazing value that... More

Westford, MA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You just cant beat the views overlooking the constant activity in the Harbor. We just stayed in a partial Harborview room, but it truely was wonderful. The room and bathroom was just beautiful, updated and spotless and beautifully furnished. The angle view was just stunning, and we loved sitting out on the balcony early every morning and enjoying the views... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear Kevin O; Thank you for your wonderful review. Katherine as well as our housekeeping team will be delighted by your mentions of their efforts. I feel truly lucky to have such great employees year after year. We do have an amazing location. Most of our rooms in all areas of the hotel have some kind of water view. Whether... More

Park City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel staff was super friendly and accommodating. However, they couldn't make up for the very old and worn rooms. Especially given the price. The beds, furniture and bathroom were all very dated. The restaurant was lovely as was the staff. It also has a great location if you like being near the harbor.

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear LAHGD; Thank you for posting your review. I am sorry you felt that our décor was dated. While we are not a modern hotel, our furniture is less than a few years old and we take great care to update it when needed even throughout the season. Our bathrooms are not large. This is a good point. They are... More

Newton, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to Nantucket for over 20 years and have always stayed at the Cottages at the Boat Basin. This year because we booked late my wife.....two teenagers and two of their friends (6 of us total) decided to stay in a 3 bedroom cottage at The White Elephant. The Hotel has 2 Three bedroom cottages....one all on... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear Mark E; Thank you for your detailed review! Wow! We are delighted you and your family had such a wonderful time! Our three bedroom cottages are great. I am happy it worked out for you! We have many families that come back year after year and enjoy them. Our team of employees is amazing year after year and it... More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The White Elephant hotel location couldn't be better if you want to explore the town by foot. It feels like a quintessential Nantucket resort. Lots of activity in the area with weddings being popular on site and the local kids beach across the street. Only a few blocks tot the heart of the town. Rented bikes from youngs bike rental,... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear jimstooth; Thank you for posting a tripadvisor review. It sounds like you had a great time! The Wauwinet Lady boat ride is fun isn't it? It is a great idea to make a reservation, as seats are limited as you know. The round trip boat ride is complimentary and is associated with a noon lunch or brunch reservation or... More

Old Saybrook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing view! Wonderful and intelligent staff that helped us in every way. We were lucky to have fantastic weather and able to explore the island with recommendations from the staff! can not wait to return.

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear Sammietbb; Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are very fortunate to be located just a few steps from town and in a perfect location to explore the island. Any time of year is beautiful and the weather this summer has been great. Not too hot and not too humid. Just wonderful. We hope you... More

Hingham, Massachusetts
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 hotel reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Painfully expensive but somehow you won't feel short-changed. Serious $$ and attention to detail has been invested here and it is evident in so many ways that the budgetary trade-off tilts towards a shorter visit staying here. I won't list everything but really appreciated Marek and the bell staff's excellent service, the great indoor/outdoor breakfast and dinner, and the drink... More

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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this review

Dear HinghamPonch; Thank you for posting your wonderful review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed all that the White Elephant has to offer. Marek has been with us for many years and is a wonderful member of my team. While Nantucket is an expensive destination, you bring up a good point in that we do offer many complimentary services... More

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Address: 50 Easton Street, PO Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
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The White Elephant has been an exclusive summertime retreat since the 1920s. The height of preppy New England elegance, this is the place where brides dream of being married and families come for generations. A stone’s throw from the center of town, this 64-room island treasure has accommodations ranging from garden cottages to suites on the harbor. The hotel’s mascot, a white elephant named Trunket, presides over its greener than green lawn. Set with plush lounge chairs, it overlooks bustling Nantucket Harbor and calm Children’s Beach. Brant Point Grill serves up a famed Sunday brunch, with their signature Lobster Bloody Mary. To maximize their vacation-induced glow, guests should not miss the Gift from the Sea Facial at the White Elephant Spa, a deep-cleansing detox treatment with marine exfoliators. ... more   less 
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