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“Vineyard hospitality...at it's best!” 4 of 5 stars
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24 South Water Street, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539   |  
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Ranked #1 of 11 Edgartown B&B and Inns
Auburn, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Vineyard hospitality...at it's best!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Martha's Vineyard is a long drive (7 hours) and a ferry ride away for us if we drive. Luckily, we are able to make it in less than 2 hours by private plane, which allows us to head there on a moments notice if the weather is going to be pleasant there. Invariably, we call the Victorian Inn and hope we can find a room, as it is one of our favorite Bed and Breakfast's.

Located on the edge of downtown, the inn is an historic, typical, Martha's Vineyard whaling captain's home...not to mention having a role in the movie "Jaws" (home of the Amityville doctor). Because it may be older doesn't mean "old". This attractive B and B has been remodeled and updated to be just plain comfortable. Rooms may be somewhat smaller (certainly not tiny) but remember, it's an historic home, in an historic town.

Breakfast is usually a choice of several items that encourage your thought early in the mornings. The day we stayed, we had a choice of banana pancakes, homemade granola with nuts, berries and yogurt, or a California croissant with egg, that looked delicious, although my wife and I couldn't pass up the banana pancakes! As one of the owners,Steve, passed around the coffee, we continued to be entertained with his humorous tales of the island.

In short, the Victorian Inn isn't one of the biggest places to stay on Martha's Vineyard. It isn't one of the most luxurious...but it's a very comfortable Bed and Breakfast, in what I consider one of the best locations on the island...as well as being a good value for the money.

Room Tip: Ask for a queen or king bed. Doubles are somewhat small for us.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Edgartown, Massachusetts, United States
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Whatever you want to do on MV and you want to stay in Edgartown - this is a lovely place to stay. Very close to the center, beaches, stores, restaurants - you name it. Most of it is in walking distance, but the Inn is quiet, nestled away. Rooms are lovely. Well, furnished with modern bathrooms. Great views from the upstairs suites.

  • Stayed December 2013, 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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East Sandwich, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

As many reviewers have noted, the inn is impeccably maintained and tastefully decorated in the Victorian style. The location is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, the harbor and other attractions.

The full breakfast offers a choice of two entrees - one egg dish and one sweet dish such as waffles. The main dish is accompanied by freshly baked muffins, toast, fruit and beverages. We do not eat baked goods so I can't comment on those, but the egg dishes were creative and perfectly cooked.

When we arrived we were informed that we had been overcharged for the room and that our card had been credited accordingly. We were shown up to Room 12 which further confused me because there was no balcony. The innkeeper explained that the balcony was across the hall and down a narrow corridor on the opposite side of the building. Definitely not what I had in mind! The room itself was ok but nothing special - square with a king bed, 2 chairs, a small bureau and a small dormer window that had no view except for chimneys of adjacent buildings. We were able to peek into several other unoccupied rooms throughout the inn whose doors were left open and found them all to have more character than ours. Room 14 next to ours was a lovely corner room with a king bed, lots of windows and a large attached balcony. I asked whether it was available but it was not.

When I called to reserve the room 2.5 months in advance I was interested in a king bed and a balcony. I discussed the pros and cons of two specific rooms I had viewed on the website and chose Room 15 over Room 14 because several guests had not been pleased with the small shower in 14. Room 15 had the highest rate of all the rooms in the inn but we were coming to the Vineyard for a special occasion so I decided to splurge. The confirmation letter the inn sent for my reservation did not specify the room number. My advice is that you request this information when you reserve so that you do not experience the same disappointment that we did.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Augusta, Georgia
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Just returned from a 3 night stay at Victorian Inn. My wife and I have only good things to say about this place. I have never written a review for Tripadvisor, but felt must share our experience. This B&B is close to the Chappaquiddick Ferry landing, shops, and restaurants. Even so, we were surprised at how little traffic came by the lodge. We had very quiet mornings; great for sleeping late. This place is very clean and well maintained. I have been in old B&B's that were dark, musty, and had creaking floors. None of these things are a problem here. Thanks for your hard work Steve and Karyn. Your dedication to giving guests an exceptional experience payed off for us.

  • Stayed October 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Owego, New York, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

We were in Edgartown for a wedding. We stayed two nights at this inn and loved it. It was spotlessly clean, first. After that, the owners were very friendly and provided every comfort in both our room and in the common rooms. Breakfast was excellent, and the service was impossible to beat. It is in the perfect location for all the shops and restaurants. We slept well because the room was comfortable, and the inn was quiet. I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: The rooms facing the street have a better view but are noisier.
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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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Little Falls, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We just returned from staying 6 days at the Victorian Inn. It’s an incredible place that we didn’t want to leave and will definitely return to. The Inn is a step back in time in reflecting the Victorian Era. Every room is beautifully appointed with period wall paper, canopy beds, antique furniture and elegant furnishings. In the room, sherry and fresh flowers compliment the décor. Many rooms have access to a lovely terrace, porch or balcony. The entire Inn is impeccably clean and orderly. The staff is friendly and accommodating. But the Victorian Inn is so much more than this; it’s hospitality at its finest. Within our first night’s stay, we felt and were treated like extended family; not just guests. The Inn’s owners, Steve and Karyn, go over the top to make their guests feel warm and welcomed. Steve is an encyclopedia about Martha’s Vineyard knowledge and is eager to share this with his guests so we can make the most of our stay. Whether it be about where to rent a car, a restaurant recommendation for a particular type of food or a map for the perfect day trip (which he highlights himself with many interesting stops), Steve is the “go to” man. Lovely Karyn makes the most wonderful gourmet breakfasts which are so filling we could skip lunch. In addition, her delicious, warm, home baked cookies are served with iced lemonade or iced tea daily at Tea Time. It’s a delight to come “home” to after a busy day. In speaking with other guests, we learned that many returned to The Victorian Inn annually. Some were celebrating an anniversary or honeymoon. We are already looking forward to our return trip to The Victorian Inn. It just doesn't get any better.

Room Tip: The towels, linens, and bath amenities are high quality. The stairs to Room 15 (3rd floor) are steep...
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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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Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

In my mind, heaven has wonderful people, (fantastically) sinful food, elegant decor, plenty of privacy, comfortable beds, long, hot showers, and a very good dog.

So does The Victorian Inn - and you don't even have to be good to get there. Just make reservations.

We've stayed in Rooms 7 & 9 and can't decide which we like best, but the balcony in 7 is sweet.

Ask for recommendations on nearby restaurants, watering holes and fun things to do. (The 4-wheel drive tour of Chappy is well worth it for fans of history, ecology and wild life - or just for a wild ride on the beach.)

Karyn, Stephen and Higgins are warm, welcoming hosts, and their staff set the bar high - for service with flair and personality. We'll be back.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 24 South Water Street, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Edgartown
Amenities:
Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #1 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Edgartown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Victorian Inn is an attractive Inn with the casual elegance of a restored Whaling Captain's Home on the Island of Martha's Vineyard in historical Edgartown, Massachusetts. We have maintained the tradition and charm of that era and await you as our guests for a relaxing, hospitable and comfortable vacation. Situated on the lovely South Water Street where many sea captains built their mansions; directly across from the famous Pagoda Tree, one block above the town dock and harbor; just a short stroll to many fine restaurants, quaint shops, museums and art galleries. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Victorian Hotel Edgartown
Victorian Inn Edgartown, MA - Martha's Vineyard

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