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“Exceptional value in the spring” 5 of 5 stars
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Harbor View Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   131 North Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539   |  
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Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Edgartown
Worcester, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Exceptional value in the spring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

We stayed in a Harbor View suite during the month of May. It was perfect for our little family get together. After a day out, we had the perfect place to come home to with a small kitchenette and a nice living area for us to gather in. During the spring, the hotel ran a 50% discount on their suites so it was an exceptional value for what we got. The accomodations were very clean and modern. The location is ideal, overlooking the water with a nice view of the lighthouse. The main building has a nice porch lined with rocking chairs to enjoy the view and the cottages have porches which were perfect for us to enjoy our breakfast and a cup of coffee each morning.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Boston, Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013

I stayed here for two nights recently bringing parents from the UK, and two young children. The hotel has a spectacular setting overlooking Edgartown harbor, and the staff are clearly well -trained. It was early in the season (before Memorial Day) and the one downside was exceptionally slow service both mornings at breakfast - good food, polite servers, but almost a 40 minute wait once seated. This was maybe an early season operational issue in the kitchen that can be easily fixed. On the plus side every staff member we encountered was courteous, including our first evening when we turned up at Henry's restaurant just as the kitchen was closing. We had arrived by Friday evening ferry and were desperate for a meal. Despite the late hour we were graciously seated and had a good dinner without delay. The bedrooms are well appointed. Ww\e stayed in the large building behind the original hotel, but be sure to check beforehand if you want to be in the original hotel as this is a fairly big property with several buildings.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask if you want to be in the older, classic New England building as opposed to the more m...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Tyler, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The hotel looks great, with the room was very spacious and comfortable and with a great view of the harbor. Like any oceanside hotel, rooms with a view cost more than those that don't, but if you're gonna come all the way to MV, you might as well face the water.
Speaking of water, the boiler was on the fritz the night we got there. They sent up a maintenance man who helpfuly explained that a valve was malfunctioning, but a plumber was on the way. The hot water was back on before morning. I appreciated very much that they kept us up to date with what was going on and they gave us the option of a free meal for two or a $100 gift certificate for our next visit as compensation for the inconvenience. It's a short walk to the lighthouse and the beach and also to the shops and restaurants of Edgartown. I look forward to returning and using that gift certificate just as soon as I can.

Room Tip: they have several buildings, but pick the main one and get a room facing the water. I honestly don...
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  • Stayed May 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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Tampa, FL
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Hotel was beautiful, fantastic location overlooking the lighthouse and chappaquidick island. Short walk to town and other restaurants/shop., Beautiful rooms and grounds. Adequate parking in private parking lots. Recommend staying in main hotel

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Boston
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8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

I thought this was a good choice for a hotel on the Vineyard. There aren't that many full service hotels as most places are B&B or inns.

I checked in, went to my room, and found that I had an adjoining room where there was a screaming baby. I figured the baby was hungry or tired and it would not be an issue. When I got back to my room at 9:15 pm the baby was apparently still hungry and/or tired as it was still screaming. My room had one of those doors that joined my room to the adjacent room, so the sound came right into my room. The staff was understanding and moved me to another room. They even brought me foam pillows since I am allergic to down. But within 10 minutes of settling in, the dog across the room started to HOWL. And I mean HOWL. What is it about people that makes them think it's OK to leave their unhappy dog in a room to upset the peace of all those around them? If people want to have dogs in hotels they need to to go to training school first. Or hotels need to have separate DOG areas. Or maybe they need BARKING DOG AND SCREAMING BABY areas.

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from anyone with babies or dogs. Seriously. The rest doesn't matter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
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92 reviews 92 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

What an amazing location! The hotel overlooks Nantucket Sound and Chappaquidick. We had rom 416 in main hotel, beautifully decorated with the most comfortable bed imaginable!
Great views with our own little balcony, overlooking a light house - you can't get more New England than that now can you!
Lovely big reception rooms which are decorated in soft pastel colours - all very pretty. Nice lotions and potions in the bathroom and wonderful fluffy towels and bathrobes.

Couple of gripes - on our first night there was a function in the main dining room so we couldn't use it - this just is not acceptable.... we had to eat in the bar which was OK but not really ideal. Should use dedicated function rooms for events.
Kettle in room would be great for us tea drinking Brits together with full length bath.
Breakfast was OK but service staff didn't really know what was on offer, also expensive.
Lock on door was not working but it was sorted out quickly and efficiently.

Room Tip: Room 416 has great views of Nantucket Sound and the light house - gorgeous!
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Falmouth, MA
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Our overnight at the Harbor View was wonderful. We did reserve in the main building (upcharge) and asked for a King Room, and were delighted with room 305 with a (side) ocean view. Everything has been updated...wonderful beds and bedding, new bath, cozy robes, etc. while still keeping the charm of an older building. The views are spectacular and it is a very short walk to town and all the great shops, restaurants and history that Edgartown has to offer. Put the Harbor View on your "bucket list"! The staff was friendly and accomodating.

Room Tip: Ask for the main building!
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  • Stayed May 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: 131 North Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Edgartown
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Edgartown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Harbor View Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Harbor View Hotel offers guests spectacular views of the harbor, Chappaquiddick Island, and Edgartown light house. The resort sits at the end of North Water Street in Edgartown where it has welcomed families and returning guests for more than 100 years. It offers its’ guests an array of amenities from our Water Activities with “Scout” our center console, “Stardust” our vintage picnic yacht, outdoor heated pool, Water St. Restaurant and Henry’s Hotel Bar. ... more   less 
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Harbor View Hotel Edgartown, MA - Martha's Vineyard
Harbor View Hotel And Resort
Harbor View Edgartown

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