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Harborside Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3 South Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539   |  
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Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Edgartown
Salem MA
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
“Location, Location, Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

First of all, I will say that I'm an owner of a timeshare here for about 10 years, but I stayed here prior to owning. Nonetheless, I think I can give a fairly balanced review of this establishment.

The Harborside Inn is a converted motel, compriseharbord of old sea captain's mansions as well as some new buildings. Currently it is a timeshare resort as well as a hotel. Those who own weeks who choose not to use their week can let the Inn rent the room out. The owner of the week takes a cut and so does the hotel. That which goes to the hotel goes toward the general fund which goes toward upkeep and paying salaries. The rest of the costs of operation is paid from maintenance fees paid by owners.

The rooms are clean, but not huge. They are either individual rooms in the old homes (which are very charming) or rooms in the newer buildings. There are a couple of rooms that have an actual bedroom in addition to the main room so they could house a family, but most rooms are the equivalent of a hotel room, with only a mini-fridge.

The grounds area is pretty immaculately kept. There's a nice small pool, a small inside Jacuzzi, and slips for boats, which can be rented for an extra fee.

The location couldn't be better, right smack in the middle of downtown Edgartown, where the boutiques and galleries are, and right on the waterfront. That's what you get for the premium price -- the location. Plus the pool and grounds facing the harbor, and you're all set.

There is no restaurant on the premises, but there are places that will deliver. You are steps from a variety of eateries, from medium to very upscale. There is a large common area in the main building and a large deck facing the water off of that. The view is pretty terrific from there.

There is free parking, but the lot is about a 5 minute walk away.

The key to getting value, to me, is opting for a street view room. The highest priced rooms face Edgartown Harbor. Getting a room in one of the captain's homes that faces a Victorian era street? Charming... and cheaper. The rooms that face the water do have the advantage of a balcony, but the rooms facing the street (in the original homes, not in the newer buildings) were the larger and better rooms in the original homes, many with original period detail.

Go off-season, either April-May or October-November and you can likely get a better deal.

Rooms get cleaned daily, and the staff aims to please.

More luxurious accommodations might be found at the Charlton Inn or Harbor View hotel, but the central waterfront location with pool and nice grounds of the Harborside Inn is unique to Edgartown. If you plan to bring a boat here, no other accommodation in Edgartown has its own boat slips, so that could be a factor in your decision as well.

  • Stayed May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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Long Island
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17 hotel reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

It's hard to find a better place to stay in the summer. There are great views of the Harbor and there are many great places to eat or grab drinks within a very short walk. Not the cheapest place to stay, but well worth it.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Radomlje
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Exactly like the web page description... The Harborside Inn’s waterfront location puts the ocean in your backyard and the charm of Edgartown Village in your front yard. Stroll from your room and enjoy Edgartown’s finest art galleries, restaurants, shops and night life.
Amazing location. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

Inn is in a great location. Room is very small though and there is only a central kitchen, first time I've experienced that. Inn is very clean and service is very good. Very nice and helpful staff and beautiful view of the harbor

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Surbiton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

What a perfect place to start our honeymoon tour of New England.

Room was clean and comfortable, and a reasonable size. Price was very reasonable. But the views from the bedroom were outstanding. Overlooking the harbour, the grounds and Chappy island, you couldn't ask for a more stunning scene to wake up to.

Staff were all lovely and helpful. We arrived late, around 10pm, and were relieved to find a room still available (it was mid-Sept just after the end of the busy season, I wouldn't recommend turning up during the holiday season without a booking). The price was very good, and the location is fantastic. Seconds from the high street with its lovely shops, restaurants and cafes, it is the kind of place where it's impossible to feel stressed.

We ate at Chesca's restaurant, the food was stunning. As good as you would find in any major city. Also worth a trip to Aquinnah, with its beautiful beach and lighthouse.

I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting MV, and we would certainly return here.

Room Tip: We had a room overlooking the harbour. What a view to wake up to!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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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Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

This is a great place to stay. So convenient to be right in town and walk to everything. Wonderful to be right on the harbor, to relax by the pool and enjoy the spa services. Friendly staff, nice rooms, awesome location. Can't wait to see the renovations next summer.

Room Tip: The Balcony rooms overlooking the harbor are my favorite.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We had an excellent stay The bed was tolarable but not perfection The rooms were clean and well light. shower head was set at a height designed for a quaker from 1700 but was still a nice bath. Location was quiet and only a few late nighters traversing the streets in fornt of our room We went late in season to avoid the crowds. the Parking was not very good as it was 3 very Large city blocks away but you could luck into a space on the oneway street sometimes. For Food I would recomend the News of America Pub was very nice also the Seafood Shanty were excellent I was not impressed by The Wharf Pub someone needs some training in the kitchen. I have never had such a horribly prepared scallop dinner very greasy. Among the Flowers for Breakfast was excellent. As with all things MV or island for that matter it is a little pricey ever where you go so bare that in mind Dinners ran $90 -120 and full breakfast ran $28 for 2 plus tips. Also fill up if you are taking your car over as gas is a dollar more on the island save a few bucks.

Room Tip: we stayed in 210 had a lovely 4 x 4 window overlooking the boats moorred in the bay. Little to no di...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3 South Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Edgartown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 5 Hotels in Edgartown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Harborside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 90
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