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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
  • Paid 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.


#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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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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Air conditioning
Private beach
Room service
Flatscreen TV
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Ocean view
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Mgal2494 wrote a review Jun 11
Washington DC, District of Columbia4 contributions1 helpful vote
The Wauwinet is close to perfection. The location is amazing and the people are kind and attentive, but new. I hope to come back soon to see if they have fixed the small issues remaining. The sheets are amazingThe pillows are old moldy and lumpy, we asked for a down pillow and got one old feather pillow. The blankets are thick and hot for the summer, we asked for a lighter one and got two tiny throws. You can't order breakfast the night before, we tried twice. Once we didn't get silverware. The next day we thought to just do coffee as that was easier, but they forgot about it so we almost missed the strict 10:30 am cut off. The best hotels show their people what luxury is, thoughtfulness goes a long way. If they fix these small issues the hotel will be magical. I look forward to returning and seeing what these wonderful people can do!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Morgan L wrote a review Jun 1
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The majority of my reasoning for a 3 star review happened pre-stay with the Wauwinet. We booked the Wauwinet for our honeymoon, since COVID has made traveling internationally a bit hard. We were so excited for a relaxing stay at a gorgeous (highly rated!) hotel. Pre-arrival: 4 months before arriving, we emailed the Wauwinet letting them know we were celebrating our honeymoon and asking for help with planning activities/reservations. We received no response. It took us sending 3 more emails and a phone call before anyone responded. When I finally reached the concierge on the phone, he told me he would email me a full list of activities. I never received an email. I had to contact them again (cannot remember if via phone or email) to ask for the email with a list of things to do. I finally received the email from the concierge but, at this point, we were about 1.5 weeks out from checking in and I was in full wedding planning mode, I was not able to read through the email. We booked all of our own reservations. It was frustrating that we gave them so much time to get back to us and they waited until the final minute. Additionally, about 5 months before we arrived, we called to see if we could extend our stay by 2 days. The employee on the phone was incredibly rude and said he couldn't help us since we booked on Expedia. We tried to explain we did not book on Expedia but rather through their partnership with AMEX. He still wasn't able to even tell us if they had availability. We would have booked directly through them but he didn't make that an option. Arrival: We arrived off of the fast ferry but were about 10 minutes late. When we got off the ferry, there was no Wauwinet driver along with the rest of the hotels. We called and they told us he had come and left and would be back in 10 minutes. While waiting, we chatted with another couple. They stated that they had several tours set up by the Wauwinet for the week. They ran through a list of perks they were offered by the pre-arrival concierge that we were never told about. (Capt. Bob tour, Woody tour, BMW rental, etc.) When we checked in, we were greeted with champagne (very nice!). The staff was friendly, They did not know it was our honeymoon (even after several emails) and did not acknowledge we booked through AMEX. We had to ask about the additional perks we received and how to use them (like the free breakfast). All in all, I wouldn't stay here again. We ended up staying at the White Elephant for two additional nights after checking out of the Wauwinet. Way better location and much more attentive staff. The rooms are much nicer at the Wauwinet but that is about it.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded 1 week ago
Dear Morgan L, I am sorry to hear about your experience with our pre-arrival team. I am sorry that they did not meet your expectations prior to your arrival. We do very much value our relationship with our travel partners and the experience we deliverer to our clients. We appreciate your feedback and value your opinion as a hotel guest. Our sister hotel The White Elephant does have an amazing in town location. I agree that the accommodations at The Wauwinet are amazing. The beds allow for a restful nights sleep 5 stars. Related to our location being out of town add to the exclusivity of our very private getaway perfect for honeymoons and milestone celebrations!
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emidthor wrote a review May 2021
Boston, Massachusetts379 contributions69 helpful votes
We had a lovely time on our long weekend at the Wauwinet! The room was small but nicely decorated and quaint, clean, and the bed was comfortable. We had a lovely view of the big lawn and water beyond that. The staff was very accommodating and hospitable. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear emidthor, Happy anniversary! We hope you include us in your plans for any celebrations! Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again soon.
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James H wrote a review May 2021
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The Inn is as advertised -- a small, quaint, high end facility on a spectacular location. The views are magnificent and you have immediate access to both a bay and ocean beach. Our room was fairly small but nicely appointed. Drawer space is limited and there is no refrigerator or even an ice bucket, but the front desk provides whatever is needed on request. The food and service in the restaurant are superb, although the entree selection for dinner was quite limited - only six choices, two of which were sandwiches. Prices are on the high side, but quantities are ample. We greatly appreciated the use of the complimentary car (a sporty BMW) for an afternoon so we could explore the island more fully.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear James H, We love the BMW relationship as well it is an amazing car! Glad you could explore the island and see why we love it here so much! Hope to see you again!
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bionda30 wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom38 contributions31 helpful votes
My husband and I stayed at the Wauwinet for two nights in April. Upon arrival, my initial impression was that the property, as well as the hotel itself, looked a lot less grand in-person, than it did viewing it online. It's actually quite small, and because we were here in the off-peak month of April, it didn't feel too tight, though I imagine it would come summer. Check-in was very nice, and included a complimentary glass of champagne, which was a nice touch. The room was very small, though due to this being a historic property, we were prepared for this. Still, I think it's worth noting, even given the age, the room felt claustrophobic. We booked a Bayview room, and the view was pretty, though not very private as just below were lounge chairs and a common pathway. The bed was very comfortable, and the linens were of a very good quality. The restaurant (Topper's) was perfectly fine, though not exceptional. The food and wine were not what I expected given the cost of the experience. Service was very good; professional, prompt and friendly. The hotel's complimentary shuttle service is probably its best amenity. The shuttle will take you into town, and also picks up to bring you back, which is a huge convenience while on the island where I presume, most tourists, like us, do not travel to Nantucket with a vehicle. Overall, this was a pleasant stay, but not worth the hefty price, and in my personal opinion, did not live up to the the hype.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear bionda30, Thanks for the nice feedback. I hope you have a chance to visit again in the future when COVID is gone. The spring time is always great but the fall can also bring some wonderful weather. In TOPPER'S restaurant we are now are serving our tasting menus again so we are really excited about this. The governor of the state will lift all related COVID restrictions so we will be back to delivering our gracious hospitality to all our guests. All the best!
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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), Sankaty Head Lighthouse (4.1 miles), and Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum (3.6 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 Sconset Cafe.
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.