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“Location, Location, But. . .” 4 of 5 stars
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46 Jefferson Avenue, Nantucket, MA 02554   |  
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Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Nantucket
Cornwall, Connecticut
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Location, Location, But. . .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Cliffside's location is unique and lovely: the rooms are steps from one of Nantucket's most desirable North shore beaches. And it's obvious that a lot of care has gone into the design and maintenance of the property. The owner lives on the premises and apparently runs a tight ship. It's quite something to witness the military like precision in which the colorful umbrellas are placed on the sands each morning. And then the beach is policed clean by a squad of young men.

Our beachfront suite was attractively furnished with interesting artwork. Bedroom was small but bed very comfortable. A small porch overlooks the beach and Nantucket sound, a great place to watch a sunset. A couple of minor problems were instantly and cheerfully attended to. Service overall is friendly and excellent. Even a somewhat quirky request of ours was granted without argument. (A spotlight on the roof of our row of rooms was turned on at dusk, illuminating the beach. We asked that it be turned off; in our opinion it obscured the evening sky.) They had no problem with this.

Another unique amenity is the beautiful pool area, featuring a lap pool and regular 20 x 40 pool, heated to a very comfortable level. There is also an exceptional gym for those addicted to such things.

Minor quibbles: sandpaper-like towels need replacement. Would be nice to have more than one copy of newspapers available for those of us who prefer the quaint custom of reading an actual print paper. Breakfast OK but nothing special: could use some fresh fruit and some more variety.

Major problems: Except for two suites in the back, there is little privacy. This is basically an L shaped motel (albeit an elegant one), and so quarters are close. Guests or staff frequently walked close by our room.

Another problem is noise. Cell phones are forbidden at the beach and pool, and at these prices, you are unlikely to have rowdy neighbors. However a very busy restaurant, The Galley Beach, lies less than 100 yards away. This place emits a very audible buzz and clatter at lunch and at dinner, to 10 pm every day. Yes, you can close your windows or turn on a/c, but still . . .
Room service is available, but it's from the Galley Beach restaurant, a place worth skipping in our opinion. There are far better choices in town. Its only real attraction is its location, which you already have.

If you love the beach you will probably love Cliffside. If privacy and quiet are high priorities, this may not be for you, unless you take one of the back suites.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Holden, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Just returned from a 3-day getaway to the Cliffside to celebrate a special occasion. First time to Nantucket but definitely not our last. Cliffside was better than expected. Pricey but well worth it - highly recommend. The location, service (esp. front desk) and attention to detail is all top notch. If you want to be on the beach, look no further. Great gym and out of the wind secluded heated pool. Outside of town but still convenient. Galley restaurant next door is a primo location but lacking on service. Thanks for the lock:)

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Annapolis, Maryland
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We always choose this hotel for our annual, "honeymoon" trip (25 years and counting). And with so many hotels to choose from, in so many great places in the world, it can be a difficult decision. But, Cliffside never disappoints. This year our Gold Coast apartment was transformed into a fabulous one-bedroom Beach House residence complete with comfy bedroom, marble bathroom, stainless cook's kitchen, and cathedral ceilings. The look is Nantucket chic flavored with crisp accents, which we found to be a soothing environment in which to decompress. The first thing I did upon entering my residence was to open the French doors and breathe in that famous salt-tinged sea air. I couldn't wait to throw off my shoes and rush out to stick my toes in the beautifully groomed and private sandy beach. The seagulls were floating on a breeze just above the dune next to our room and we could hear their calls over the gentle lapping of the ocean. We then planned our stay with a focus on restoring, renewing and finding the best chowder on the island. During our stay, the friendly hotel staff was expert in meeting our needs (as usual), but I especially appreciated the well-trained spa personnel because my back went out on Day 4 (caused by mistakenly thinking I was 30 again) and I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the best therapeutic massage of all time. And yes, cell phones do not work well on this part of the island, as noted in some of the reviews, but there's WiFi and we were too busy falling in love all over again to care.

Room Tip: When you make your reservation, ask Monique for her advice on which room to rent. She will take very...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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36 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Great welcome by the staff when we arrived and the beach house we stayed in was fantastic and right on the stunning beach. We were lucky and the weather was amazing so we ended up spending more time on the beach than we had planned to but it's so perfect it seemed silly not to.
My one criticism would be that there is no room service or mini bar and that if you want food it has to be from the Galley. The food is pretty good in the Galley but some of the staff leave a lot to be desired and don't reflect that of the friendly and helpful staff at the hotel. That said for the location alone we would definitely go back again as we had a fantastic time. Beware of 'wedding weekends' as these tend to take over the place.

Room Tip: Beach house 203 is fantastic and right on the beach
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Mt. Lebanon, PA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We have stayed here for years and enjoy the beach front room. Our room was redone for this year and the changes are wonderful. The main drawback is that cell phone use is sporadic. You could all bars and then the wind blows and your call is dropped.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Northern NJ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We've been coming to Nantucket for our "end of the summer" vacation for over 20 years. We have stayed in most of the high-end places on the island and I have say that the Cliffside Beach Club is tops on the list. It's a unique property that sits on a pristine beach and the beachfront rooms are only about 100 ft from the water. A long jetty protects the beach so the water is calm and warm (warm is a relative term; I mean warm for NE waters!). The Galley Restaurant right next door on the beach and is one of the top restaurants on Nantucket. If bargain prices are what you are looking for; this isn't it! In fact, there are not a whole lot of bargain prices anywhere on the entire island of Nantucket! But if it’s charm and a romantic setting that you’re looking for, Nantucket is the place and Cliffside can’t be beat.

If you're looking for a great beach experience, it doesn't get much better. The owners, Robert and Monique, have continually invested and improved the property over the years. Management of the property is pretty much a "family affair" involving their daughters, Misha & Vanessa, and their spouses. When we first came here 20 years ago, a very nice young guy named Chip was Robert's right hand man making certain that the expectations of high paying guests were met. Some 20 years later, Chip is the one that runs the place. Upon our arrival yesterday, Chip was in the lobby to greet us, making us feel like special first time guests! But it's still the beach, the colorful umbrellas and beach-chairs and a great staff that makes this place special. I mentioned to Misha that with all the expansion, this place has not lost a bit of its charm. Her response was that "charm" is what's behind every detail of Cliffside and that's totally a result of Monique. Cliffside is her baby and no change will occur that doesn't meet the test of her "charm meter".

Room Tip: Get a beach front room. It's a bit more expensive but worth every penny.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Best place to stay on the island. The definition of beachy elegance. The beach is your living room. The entire staff is excellent. An easy walk into town. The Galley is next door, which is one of the best restaurants on he island (and great to have a happy hour drink). The sunsets on the beach are awesome

Room Tip: If you like to sleep late, avoid the room next to the offices...kids like to play in the sand just o...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 46 Jefferson Avenue, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cliffside is a unique combination of a small hotel and private beach club, which offers its guests a range of amenities rarely found in an intimate resort with only 27 accommodations. The European flair of St. Tropez comes to life in this unique and relaxing setting. The hotel was featured on the cover of Elle Décor as the prestigious French magazine’s pick, as one of the best resorts in New England. ... more   less 
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