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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Cliffside Beach Club Hotel Nantucket
- Cliffside Beach Club And Hotel
- Cliffside Beach Hotel
- Cliffside Beach Nantucket