We spent 4 nights at the Cliff Lodge during high season (first week of August) Given the great reviews/ranking, we were amazed that they had rooms available. The location is great, the house is charming, grounds are luscious, and the inn keeper, Sally Beck, was exactly what you would want and expect from a B&B: friendly, helpful and welcoming with good ideas on what to see and do on the island. The rooms vary greatly in size, so it does depend on what you ask for/pay for. We stayed in a room with our 12 year old (queen bed plus pull out sofa bed) and had to climb over each other a bit, but that was our choice. The house is old (part of its charm) but we did not have any issues with plumbing, wireless, heating/AC that have been mentioned in other reviews.
What sets this B&B apart: The view from the widows walk is stunning. Their membership in the Jetties Sailing Club lets you use sailboats, kayaks etc for free. Very fun. Location just out of town means it is quiet while still being convenient.
Basics/Must haves that they do well: Sally is a great host. Beds are very comfortable, great linens etc. WIFI is free and works pretty well. House is a classic; decor is very pleasant, a place you like returning to after a full day's excursion.
What keeps this B&B from being stellar/5 star:
Breakfast is really average. Not sure why but the pastries are just not that tasty. Fruit salad looked fab but was a bit flavorless. Limited selection of juices/toast/yogurt ie only OJ/white bread/vanilla yoghurt. If you didn't like those, you were out of luck.
Bathrooms are small, showers smaller. No tubs.
A/C is provided by window units and they are noisy.
If you rent bikes (really the best way to explore the island) you have to park them behind the house down about 3 flights worth of stairs. Not the end of the world but after a 20plus mile bike ride and full day of sun, would have been nice to avoid the climb.
Not sure how it rates price wise compared to other options on Nantucket, but feel like it might be 'fully priced' as they say.
This was our first visit to Nantucket, so we have not stayed any where else on the island. If we return, I will probably try another B&B, just to see if we can improve on some of the flaws mentioned above but would enjoy returning to experience Sally's hospitality in the future.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a quiet residential neighborhood on a meticulously landscaped property, the inn is within easy walking distance to all downtown shops, restaurants, beaches, museums and ferry services. Although best known as a summer resort, Nantucket Island is extraordinary in every season, and the Cliff Lodge welcomes you with crackling fireplaces, down comforters, homemade afternoon treats, and special activity weekends during the quirt season. Experience the leisurely ambiance and delightful charm of the Cliff Lodge as a special place that always beckons you to return. With its many comfortable gathering areas, its fireplaces, the luxury of its rooms, its peaceful garden patio, and of course its spacious roof walk offering panoramic views of the town and the harbor, the Cliff Lodge is a place of easy elegance that can make you forget that you have ever worked for a living. We take pride in offering our guests personal service in a warm and friendly setting. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Cliff Hotel Nantucket