Martin House Inn

Martin House Inn

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4.5
#2 of 15 inns in Nantucket
Location
4.9
Cleanliness
4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
The Martin House Inn blends the convenience and comforts of today with the romance and nostalgia of the past. Built in 1803 by a sea captain for his bride and restored to a gracious old-world elegance, the inn combines the charm and romance of a bygone era with all the comforts of home. Newly decorated common areas, luxurious rooms, working fireplaces, peaceful veranda and serenity gardens, all beckon you to return. Enjoy a bountiful continental breakfast, featuring our homemade granola, and come back after your adventures to our homemade afternoon cookies. Seven-time winner of the Certificate of Excellence award and located in the heart of Nantucket’s historic district, the inn is a short walk from downtown shops, beaches, theatres, and restaurants. 15 rooms, A/C, Wi-Fi, including meditation and yoga (yoga matts, blocks, straps in each room), in-room hotel safes.
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Breakfast available
Patio
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary tea
Outdoor dining area
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared lounge / TV area
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Bathrobes
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Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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English

Location

61 Center St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3666
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Great for walkers
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Martha's Vineyard Airport
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MMaramag wrote a review Aug 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Martin House Inn exceeded all our expectations. We were welcomed by Claire who was very kind and hospitable. Our plans had changed several times and Claire was so very patient and accommodating even before we arrived. The grounds are well kept and beautiful, the common rooms and areas were spotless, and our room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The inn had the old charm of Nantucket but still had modern amenities like air conditioning, wifi, and porch heaters. The location was wonderful as we could bike all over the island. We were able to walk or bike to the beaches and downtown. Friends on the island were envious of our lush beach towels that were provided daily! I highly recommend the Martin House Inn and we will be back next time if we have a short stay.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Aug 20, 2020
We are so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay! We do enjoy a great location, quiet but a short walk to shops, restaurants, and beaches. The gardens are beautiful and I'm so happy the weather held out. Hope the surfing was good!! Be well, and we hope to see you again, Claire Theriault Resident Innkeeper
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Deb F wrote a review Oct 2020
Atkinson, New Hampshire6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband and I recently stayed at the beautiful Martin House Inn. The Inn really felt like home. Rooms were immaculate, lovely deck set up with tables and a couch to enjoy your delicious breakfast scones made fresh by Claire, yogurt, fruit granola parfait, juice, and coffee or read a book and have a glass of wine. We loved that American Seasons is across the street - one of my favorite restaurants on island.
Walking distance to downtown so no need to bring your car.
We would highly recommend staying at this historic and charming Inn!
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Date of stay: September 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Oct 6, 2020
Thank you for your review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed our inn, and our 'socially-distanced' common areas. The veranda and garden are lovely spots to simply kick-back and relax. Many guests enjoy our location for the reasons you mention. Walking distance to town, beaches, and close to bike paths. And a hop-skip to American Seasons! We look forward to hosting you again. Warm regards, Claire Theriault Resident Innkeeper
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MickH wrote a review Nov 2020
Staten Island, New York14 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We enjoyed our long weekend stay at the Martin House very much. The building is immaculate and comfortable. It is an easy 10-12 minute walk to the ferry dock and less to area restaurants. There are a couple of beautiful beaches in walking (20 minutes or so) or biking distance (bike rentals are nearby too). We chose one of the smaller rooms but it felt comfortable, with a large canopied bed and a large enough bathroom. The room decorations were very nice. The common areas are well-appointed and the grounds are beautifully cared for. We ate out breakfasts in the garden (rather than the porch) each day. And the breakfasts were great - Clair made some of the best scones we've ever had each morning and kept the fresh coffee flowing. She was also a great host with restaurant suggestions and other activities. Well done!!
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Date of stay: October 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We stayed in a room right inside the front door but it was perfectly quiet. There is also a roof...
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Nov 18, 2020
What a wonderful review, thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay, and agree our location is nearly perfect! We will look forward to your return . In the meanwhile, you can stay in touch via our social media pages and our blog. Stay safe !
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Emily E wrote a review May 2022
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I look my mom to Nantucket for a belated Mother's Day trip and we loved both the island and our stay at the Martin House. The location is perfect - close enough to town to easily navigate your suitcases from the ferry and a street or two away from the action for tranquility. There's even covered parking for your bikes under the house. An advantage of the Martin House versus what I noticed from other nearby B&Bs when I went to book is that the Martin House has some rooms with twin beds. My mother and I sure appreciated each having our own bed without having to book two rooms. Cindy was wonderful in giving us pointers for the best lobster rolls (Walters!) and quite the baker. Her cinnamon scones one more for breakfast were so delicious that I may have smuggled one onto the evening ferry back to the mainland.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Cindy Carlton, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded May 25, 2022
Hi Emily, thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the kind words. It was lovely to meet you and your Mom. Glad you were able to enjoy the inn and Nantucket via bicycle and see all the island has to offer. Cindy
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cg_nyc_12 wrote a review Jul 2020
New York City, New York3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We just returned from a perfect stay at Martin House Inn. The past few times that we have visited Nantucket, we chose to stay in a rental home because we like to have private outdoor space. I was so happy to stumble upon Martin House Inn because they have multiple, beautifully manicured outdoor areas for guests to enjoy. (A veranda, a roof deck, a backyard with multiple tables and benches, one other raised deck area). I rarely saw other guests despite the inn being at full capacity. The inn is clean, updated and in a fabulous location. They provide helpful amenities like beach towels and storage for luggage. Claire made our stay very comfortable. The breakfast was better than anything we could have gotten in town, and that says a lot! She was accommodating to our dietary restrictions. Do not miss the cookies! Book direct through their site. Looking forward to returning to Martin House Inn ASAP.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Jul 20, 2020
What a wonderful review! Thank you for your feedback. It is so nice to hear we met your expectations and that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Kathy P wrote a review May 2022
Canton, GA78 contributions20 helpful votes
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 3 nights at the Martin House Inn in May 2022. We knew we were staying in an old, historic home, which is part of the charm of Nantucket. So, be aware that steps on staircases are narrow and uneven, the floors creak, windows are hard to open or don't open (air conditioning is in process of being installed but wasn't functioning when we were there). Despite other guests staying at the same time, we rarely heard noises and inside our room was very quiet. The bedding and bathroom linens were all of good quality. What this place needs is an infusion of cash and since it sold over the past 6 months, I hope the new owners plan to do just that. While the furnishings are all period pieces, they are old, worn and in disrepair. The access to the Widow's Walk on the roof is treacherous, at best. I wouldn't recommend anyone going up there. Wood was rotting all over the exterior of the house and I was not at all confident of the safety of the Widow's Walk. Reviews mentioned homemade morning pastries but they are no longer offering that. Our breakfast spread included yogurts, mixed berries, bananas, oranges, a nice granola, bagels, cream cheese, peanut butter, sliced breads and grocery store muffins, sweet bread slices, coffee and orange juice. Nothing special at all. A little "tweaking" here could go a long way! If I were to return to Nantucket, I would definitely consider staying somewhere else. Also, the owners need to hire more staff as one housekeeper and a manager are expected to work ridiculous hours to keep up.
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Date of stay: May 2022
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Cindy Carlton, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded May 21, 2022
Hi Kathy, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I appreciate the helpful feedback. I enjoyed our conversations about Georgia. So glad you enjoyed your guided nature walk on the beach. My apologies that the homemade muffins were not what you had envisioned. Hope you find that better fit for you on your future visit to Nantucket. Have a great summer! Cindy
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MikeAndSheila wrote a review Sep 2020
Fresh Meadows, New York20 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Claire is the Inn Keeper. She’s absolutely a beautiful woman. I had booked room 24. But because of heavy winds the fireplace was not available to use. Seeing my disappointment, she spoke w the owner and they upgraded us without charge to Room 2. This room has a gas fireplace which we could use despite the windy weather. It is absolutely the best room at the Inn. It’s simply gorgeous w huge fireplace and tv. It has the bedroom plus a living room.
It’s clean, roomy and cozy. Located a very short walk to Main Street. The whole house is beautifully decorated and inviting. Breakfast was coffee, juice, yogurt w granola, freshly baked scones and muffins, delivered on a tray to take to our room. There’s a fire pit out back and a wraparound porch with heaters to sit outside. I recommend this Inn without hesitation. It’s worth every penny and more. The bed I’m determined to find out what sheets, comforter and mattress they use because I want to buy them for my own bedroom back home. I simply cannot express in words how totally happy The Martin House made our stay. This is not my first stay on Nantucket. But it will be the only Inn I ever stay at in the future. ***** five stars.
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Sep 23, 2020
Hi Mike & Sheila! It's so nice to hear that you enjoyed your stay. We were thrilled we were able to accommodate the upgrade so that you had a fireplace to use!! You were lovely guests to host, and I enjoyed the guitar playing (a bonus). I will email you the information on the sheets, etc. We look forward to seeing your return! :-)
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Katie C wrote a review Sep 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an absolutely wonderful stay at the Martin House! The owner, Claire, is lovely and a great host. She made fresh breakfast every morning for each room, which included a bakery item (scone, banana bread, etc.), yogurt parfait, orange juice, milk, coffee, water, etc. The rooms and bathrooms were spacious and clean. We especially enjoyed the widow’s peak, which had a beautiful panoramic view of the island. Great spot to enjoy breakfast, have a drink during sunset, or star gaze later at night. We’ve stayed a couple of times at the Martin House now and absolutely recommend! Reasonably priced for an exclusive experience!
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Sep 21, 2020
What a wonderful review, thank you! We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We do have some fantastic common areas where you can socially distance but still enjoy conversation with others. We look forward to your joining us again. We have some new baked items brewing that we think you'll enjoy. Be well!
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JDinBmore wrote a review Apr 2022
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at the Martin House Inn on Nantucket was a bit of an underwhelming experience. We arrived on the last day of Daffodil Festival, which apparently is the starting bell for all the properties to get spiffed up for the coming summer season. Tradespeople everywhere all over town starting around 8am.

Some of this work was being done at the Martin House Inn. We had the suite, which we decided was a splurge justified by us doing more walking than we would normally do and needing space to spread out and relax. The house was built in 1803 and many of the doors and passageways still exist, including 3 doors off of the parlor side of the suite. Two of these doors are positioned in the corner, blocked by a large book case. One of these doors was apparently being worked on. I took us a couple of days to discover that the reason we could hear every bit of conversation coming from the kitchen was there was only a piece of plastic taped up over the doorway.

This also explained why the sound of power sanders going to town on [whatever] were loud enough that we had to retreat to the bedroom side and pull the pocket doors closed just to have a simple conversation. This obviously defeated the benefit of booking the suite. The next day, more sanding, followed by paint. Anyone who has done their own painting knows that even zero VOC paint has a smell. If you are prepared for doing painting, then you expect the smell and often don’t even notice it. However, if you are not mentally prepared for paint smell, even the zero VOC paint can be borderline overwhelming. I don’t know if the paint being used was zero VOC, only that the smell filled our room and was not terribly enjoyable.

Throughout our 4 day stay on Nantucket, there was never any commentary on the construction/maintenance plans from the innkeeper, never any inquiries to see if we were bothered, and never any explanation or apology of why a large portion of the perimeter of our room was taped up plastic sheet, much less for the excessive noise and bothersome smells.

We are not the type of people to bang our fists and demand a discount. We are the type to warn other people away, though. A professional in the hospitality business should know how to take care of visitors better than how we were handled. Fresh baked cookies don’t make up for not being able to fully enjoy the room we paid for.

There are many places to stay on Nantucket. We will certainly look elsewhere in the future.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Response from Cindy Carlton, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded May 2, 2022
Jeff, thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent stay. My apologies that your getaway coincided with our renovations for the upcoming season. Cindy
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JanOnVacation wrote a review Oct 2021
Auburn, Massachusetts24 contributions15 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided at the last minute to get away to Nantucket for a couple of days this week. We were intrigued by the Martin House Inn, which was almost fully booked for the days we wanted. I called and spoke to the innkeeper, Claire, and we were able to get the 2 nights we wanted by switching rooms the second night, as I requested.

Claire welcomed us to the inn with some cookies, warm from the oven for the afternoon treat. In dealing with these times, she bags these separately for each room to take. Breakfast was also handled so that each room can pick up their tray and enjoy it where they choose. The scones, and yogurt with granola and berries were delicious! We had breakfast in our room but the inn offers inside or outside areas to dine, as they have nice tables on the porch or in the beautiful garden area, which we enjoyed.

The location of the inn is great, just a little outside the town center. The widow's walk above the third floor had an amazing view! The bed and room were very comfortable and amenities like the multi plug/usb adapter, good wifi, water bottles, etc much appreciated.

The innkeeper and staff can elevate an inn to superb and that is how we felt at the Martin House ... Claire was so helpful and welcoming and we really enjoyed chatting with her. The staff we saw were also very nice. We actually added another night to our stay and will definitely return to this inn next spring!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Claire Theriault, Innkeeper at Martin House Inn
Responded Oct 23, 2021
Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and kind words! I felt like I was visiting with friends I'd not seen in some time. :-) It was so great to have so much in common. We will look forward to your return -- let me know if you come up with some scone variations!! Take care.
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Melody K wrote a tip Nov 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We went in late October because we wanted to avoid the crowds. While some businesses were closed, the local places remained open."
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Walt T wrote a tip Oct 2023
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Nantucket's expensive, so go in the off-season for lower prices and no crowds."
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John G wrote a tip Oct 2023
San Francisco, California4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Complimentary breakfast, coffee and cookies!"
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ric s wrote a tip Jul 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"four blocks to one bus stop 6 blocks to the other. cab from airport worth the fare. "
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Jane1701 wrote a tip Sep 2022
Boston, Massachusetts40 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Second floor is best"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Martin House Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Martin House Inn?
Nearby attractions include Whaling Museum (0.2 miles), First Congregational Church (0.06 miles), and Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House) and Kitchen Garden (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Martin House Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and breakfast buffet.
What food & drink options are available at Martin House Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and an outdoor dining area during their stay.
Is parking available at Martin House Inn?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Martin House Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Juice Bar Homemade Ice Cream, Dune, and Oran Mor.
Is Martin House Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Nantucket.
Are there any historical sites close to Martin House Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Oldest House (Jethro Coffin House) and Kitchen Garden (0.2 miles), Greater Light (0.4 miles), and Hadwen House (0.4 miles).
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