I like hotels with their own individual personality, and Nashua House fits that bill. It's located in a rambling old house with a front porch in the center of Oak Bluffs, one of the more relaxed (some would say hard-drinkin') towns on Martha's Vineyard. Everything from Thai food to cocktails to a quiet walk along the waterfront is available within a few blocks. Oak Bluffs is also home to a neighborhood of more than 300 colorful camp-meeting cottages, which make for pleasant walking. (Check out the Cottage Museum too.)
Nashua House's staff is attentive, friendly, and efficient at dealing with problems. The hotel is European-style, which means the bathrooms are shared. But they were across the hall and kept rigorously clean, so that wasn't a problem. The rooms are individual and quirky. The wifi is free and the signal was strong. Our room was No. 4, which was small but cozy with a full-sized bed and a shared balcony that overlooked both the town and the beach. As another reviewer has pointed out, the shared balcony means there's a potential lack of privacy, so we kept the curtains closed at night.
There is no hotel parking, but that wasn't a problem during our autumn visit. Within a couple of blocks, there was plenty of free street parking, for periods of up to 24 hours.
One of the best advantages of the hotel--its central location--was also its greatest drawback. Nashua House is across the street from a bar that, even in the off-season, remained rowdy until about 12:30 or 1 a.m. One night it kept us awake. One night it didn't. Go figure. The room air-conditioner blunted the sound with white noise, but it's a loud hum that some people might find overwhelming. The street noise, combined with the hotel's thin walls and ceilings, mean that it's not the place for those who crave quiet.
But if you're tolerate some noise, Nashua House is comfortable, convenient, and definitely not cookie cutter. It's quite a bargain to boot.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Super charming and very affordable 15 room Victorian era inn in the heart of Oak Bluffs. Cozy rooms, cottage style furnishings, quality linens, spotlessly clean, free Wi-Fi, just one block from the ferry and beach. Within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, public transportation, bike and car rentals, historic sights. Always the lowest price on Martha's Vineyard. Shared bath. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nashua Hotel Oak Bluffs
- Nashua House Hotel Oak Bluffs, MA - Martha's Vineyard