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The Wauwinet

120 Wauwinet Rd P.O. Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02554-4213
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 08/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/05/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#7 of 12 hotels in Nantucket
THE WAUWINET is situated in between the Atlantic Ocean and Nantucket Bay, The Wauwinet is the island's only Relais & Châteaux hotel. An adults-only escape, it is the stuff of storybook romance. Its grounds are beautifully landscaped, with unmatched views and access to two beaches - one on the ocean and one on the bay. The 33-room inn is a study in luxe comfort, from Pratesi linens to antique furnishings and private sundecks. TOPPER'S, its New American cuisine restaurant, is consistently ranked one of the top in New England. A continual recipient of Wine Spectator's "Grand Award," the restaurant features over 1,400 American and international wine vintages. Guests who want a casual open-air lunch can linger on TOPPER's Deck before ambling out to the beach for sunbathing, a little fishing, or a boat trip. The relaxing and effective menu of treatments features therapies using locally-sourced ingredients.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Bicycles available
Free shuttle or taxi services
Business Center with Internet Access
Banquet room
Breakfast available
Tennis court
Shuttle bus service
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private beach
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Steven160 wrote a review Oct 2021
Miami, Florida9 contributions17 helpful votes
The location is beautiful and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. The building is tired and, although the rooms are clean and comfortable, they are nothing special. We have stayed at many Relais & Chateaux properties which were much more luxurious than the Wauwinet. The highly rated restaurant, Toppers was a big disappointment for dinner and breakfast due to the food quality and service. Perhaps some of the issues have to do with Covid related staffing problems and this not being peak season. If that's the case, they should have lowered their prices.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Oct 19, 2021
Dear Steven160, Thanks for the feedback sorry you did not enjoy your visit! Seems like you are well traveled and may have experienced better places that are handling Covid better than Nantucket and The Wauwinet? We are open for suggestions and any feedback that will help us improve. The hospitality industry was hit hard by Covid but we persevered and thank you for your business! We hope you have a change of heart and decide to come back to Nantucket when Covid is a thing of the past! .
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bragghouse wrote a review Aug 2021
Montclair, New Jersey164 contributions127 helpful votes
The lawn, food and service were highlights. The cottage was disappointing in some ways, especially lack of light blocking curtains. They are small cottages and not in top maintenance shape. Bed was incredibly comfortable! Shuttle service to town was packed full and this was pre season, we skipped it a few times and took Uber when we could. Loved the opportunity to drive the courtesy car out to Millies for lunch! If we were making a second visit we would stay closer to town given the challenges of using the shuttle, but would come out for a day trip to enjoy the food and lawn.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
1 Helpful vote
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Sep 24, 2021
Dear bragghouse, Thanks for the visit! Glad you enjoyed the use of our BMW such a great amenity! Hope to see you again soon!
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jcveit wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York81 contributions80 helpful votes
The Wauwinet has a fantastic view and its own private beach. We spent about a week there. Apron arrival we were offered Champagne and our bags were brought to our room. Our room on the second floor was fine, with a nice view of the lawn and bay. The bathroom was well appointed and recently updated. The port and cheese each night setup in the library was another great benefit. We booked through AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts, that got us a complimentary breakfast each morning and a resort credit. The breakfast at Toppers each morning was delicious, one of the best omelettes I’ve ever had. Declan, our server a few mornings was excellent. We also had room service one night from Toppers and the food was delicious and service was prompt. The burger and lobster roll from Toppers was delicious. For inn guests there is also a bar right next to Toppers that was setup like a speakeasy and a fun spot to have a drink. Anyone who complains about the location clearly didn’t do their research. Yes, the hotel is on the other side of the island. But the family that owns the hotel owns six properties on the island, so if you want to stay in town stay at the White Elephant or the Jared Coffin house. The Wauwinet makes it very easy to get into town, there’s shuttles every hour as well as their own private ferry that drops you at the White Elephant and the ferry even include cocktails. If you’re looking for peace and tranquillity the Wauwinet is perfect for you, if you want the hustle and bustle either the White Elephant or Jared Coffin house is great for you. Personally, we live in NYC so for us we welcomed the tranquility of the Wauwinet. We found the staff at the hotel willing to go above and beyond. James and Richard two of the shuttle drivers were two of the most friendly people I’ve met. Alex and Kathryn on the lawn were fantastic and really worked hard. Captain Rob for the Wauwinet Lady boat was a wealth of information and expertly guided us into town each night. Talia at the front desk was so friendly and welcoming. So why not five stars? The AC in our room only goes as low as 68, despite setting it at that temperature it regularly showed the room temperature at 70 or 71. We informed the front desk twice and they said it was fixed but we regularly experienced the same issue, eventually we gave up asking to have someone look at the AC. We found the pre-arrival concierge useless. I emailed them twice prior to our arrival and got no response, thankfully I’ve been to Nantucket before and knew to make reservations in advance when the concierge didn’t respond. One night we asked them to try to get us a reservation at Lola 41 (they only do same day reservations starting at 4PM), the concierge suggested that my wife and I both call and made no attempt to help. I get that restaurant reservations on Nantucket is difficult, especially with the current situation, but not even making an attempt to help us when it’s one of the restaurants you recommend is disappointing. The servers on the lawn are overworked and having one server in the peak of the summer doesn’t cut it. lt is unreasonable to have one server attend to the patio, the lawn, and the beach sitting area. Let me be clear the servers were fantastic and went above and beyond, but the area is too much for one server. Finally, the lunch menu on the lawn that is also the dinner menu does not fit with a beach feel. I mean over five days, I never saw anyone order the $63 black pepper cavatelli. The burger, lobster roll, and oysters make sense. I visited the lawn for lunch for a one night stay back in 2016 and the menu was much better suited for a beach. Would I return? Yes, absolutely. We enjoyed the tranquility and being outside of the hustle and bustle of town. The private beach is fantastic and is a great walking beach. I know we visited the hotel in a time when COVID-19 cases put the island into the red zone and additional restrictions were in place, but using one menu for lunch and dinner is a bit short-sighted in my opinion. The majority of the staff is fantastic and so friendly, they clearly love their jobs as James was telling us he’s worked there during the season for the last 30 years. If the hotel can clean up the pre-arrival concierge and get some additional staff for the lawn as well as fixing some of the AC in rooms, the Wauwinet is easily a five star resort.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Aug 16, 2021
Dear jcvei. Intent to recommend and intent to return is our goal! Thanks for all the great feedback. I will make sure we let our long standing team members know about all the mentions in your review for delivering outstanding service! I will look forward to your return and hopefully we can improve our rating with the next visit! Thanks again for staying with us.
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Mila wrote a review Aug 2021
New York City, New York2 contributions
We booked this hotel for a week and left early The room was clean but super small. It is also far from downtown approximately 25 min via shuttle. You can’t really walk anywhere for anything. Good place for people who just want to go somewhere and stay in one place and veg out. Staff is friendly and the place is clean and very well maintained. The restaurant associated with this place “Toppers” is good but very expensive and frankly restaurant staff needs training. The prices they charge should be comparable with the service.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Aug 12, 2021
Dear Oermila, I am so happy to hear that you found our little paradise! The Wauwinet is a unique place especially the location. The staff is genuine and always has an upbeat attitude! The restaurant industry on a whole is facing very unique circumstances and I believe we are offering an amazing experience related to all the challenges Covid-19 has presented. I do appreciate your feedback. We consider ourselves very fortunate to be open and welcome all!
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Steve S wrote a review Jun 2021
1 contribution2 helpful votes
The hotel is very pretty and I like the redesign they did a few years ago. Access to the beach is convenient for a hotel on Nantucket, when so many hotels are located in town. Our room was above the entrance and I was concerned it might be loud, but it was quiet enough. That being said, there were many little things about service that don’t make this a 4-star hotel. Perhaps it’s because they’re seasonal; I’m sure keeping experienced, quality staff is harder when you’re not operational year round. Nothing was egregious, but all the little things that were wrong add up, and we came to expect that everything would somehow be a hassle rather than seamless, which is what you want at a $800+ night hotel. Here are just a few incidents we had: —A friend sent a bottle of champagne to our room, but there wasn’t a corkscrew. We were Told it was supposed to be in the nightstand, which it wasn’t. They did deliver one quickly. —Turn down didn’t happen one night even though we went into dinner in town, so there was plenty of time. —At check in, we were told there would be water bottles and we were welcome to refill them from the filtered water station but there were in fact cans of water, so refills weren’t possible. —We wanted to play tennis, and there was confusion over whether they had rackets there. Then there was confusion over getting tennis balls. —Our dinner reservations the concierge made were for the wrong night, and it took several emails, conversations with the front desk, and we finally kindly received a phone call from the GM to get it straightened out. (I understand that mistakes happen, but it should have only been one conversation to get it fixed, not three.) —the QR code to the room service menu linked to an old menu —I ordered a cake for my partner’s birthday and received someone else’s 50th anniversary cake! The list goes on… everyone who worked there was perfectly friendly and polite, but the service was neither polished nor up to luxury hotel standards. . We kept saying to ourselves, it’s no Four Seasons, which is where we’ll be booking our next vacation instead.
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Jul 1, 2021
Dear W981WVsteves, Thanks for you feedback! My apologies for the missed details during your stay. The island is so lucky to be so busy in June and we appreciate your business. The staff of the hotel including myself take feedback seriously. We hope to welcome you back and know that we can deliver the service and hospitality your expect.
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Wauwinet
Which popular attractions are close to The Wauwinet?
Nearby attractions include Great Point Light (0.1 miles), Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum (3.6 miles), and Sankaty Head Lighthouse (4.1 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Wauwinet?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Wauwinet?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Wauwinet?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Wauwinet?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Chanticleer, Topper's, and Claudette's Sandwich Shop.
Does The Wauwinet have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Wauwinet offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Wauwinet?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Wauwinet offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to a business center and a banquet room during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to The Wauwinet?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Wauwinet (0.07 miles).
Does The Wauwinet have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbor view available here.
Is The Wauwinet accessible?
Yes, it offers facilities for disabled guests. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.