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The Wauwinet

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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.
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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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#8 of 13 hotels in Nantucket
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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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Business Center with Internet Access
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Dr RJD wrote a review Sep 2020
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Thank you to the staff at Wauwinet especially Amy, the manager for her concerns to make our anniversary trip memorable handling our every concern. Beautiful location with convenient transportation to town to enjoy wonderful dinners. Amazing room 101 !
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Date of stay: September 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Sep 9, 2020
Dear BranfordinCt, Happy Anniversary! Thanks for visiting during these unique times. Glad we could bring a little normal back to special occasions. Hope to see you again soon! Regards, Eric LANDT General Manager
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Connor Smith wrote a review Aug 2020
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Went for drinks on the lawn during sunset. We were excited to get there early enough to get a great spot on the lawn to enjoy drinks for the sunset. Unfortunately, the service made the whole experience very disappointing. Service was rude, unorganized, and extremely understaffed. It took an hour to get our first $20 drink and we could barely get the attention of the staff to get a second drink. We saw multiple other couples struggling with the same thing, and even witnessed an altercation between a couple and the wait staff. They make non-guests of the hotel feel guilty for being there. We originally looked at staying at the Wauwinet for our hotel, and I’m glad we chose another. I will never be staying at the Wauwinet in the future because of this experience.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Aug 30, 2020
Dear Connor S, Sorry about your experience on the lawn! It has been very popular and our team is doing the best they can with the social distancing and accommodating all the guests just coming for drinks and not dinner. The expectations are high and we are doing a great job considering the circumstances and how safe the state of Massachusetts is! Please don't be so quick to judge us on the 2020 season we hit the ground running and we were just so happy to be open and operational. Our restaurant has had to make some changes in light of the covid -19 we will come back in 2021 even stronger and ready to deliver exceptional service. I do hope you will return and know that we will be here in the future to welcome all guests to a magical place called The Wauwinet!
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J M Flynn wrote a review Aug 2020
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We travel often and usually stay at a Relais & Chateaux property or an American Express Fine Hotels property (a lot of the time the two coincide) and have never been disappointed. Our trip to the Wauwinet was no exception. I was very wary given some of the other reviews so I will try to address some of that here. For our friends we booked a room in the main building. Their room was small but adequate. The bathroom did feel a little small to me when I went to see their room. They mentioned that they often saw the staff wiping down doorknobs and banisters and such to deal with COVID. We stayed in one of the cottages and it was a beautifully equipped cottage. During our stay, a few things in our cottage went wrong such as the fireplace not working, and the trip was extremely rainy so we wanted to sit by the fire with our friends and drink champagne. The hotel staff took care of these types of issues fairly quickly. As far as the pre-arrival concierge complaint that someone mentioned in a review, I too saw on the website there was a pre-arrival concierge. I saw the email address and contacted them for dinner reservations and for a Barton & Gray boat cruise. They were responsive and took care of the dinner and brunch reservations at Topper's and the Brant Point Grille, but I was told that they cannot make reservations for the other restaurants on the island because of the restaurants' policies regarding reservations during COVID (I took this to mean that most restaurants require a deposit which is totally understandable). We showed up to check in around 2pm. We were greeted by Abby, a front desk staff member who is just wonderful. She told us she believed one of the rooms was ready but the other wasn't and allowed us to check into our room. We used our AMEX privileges and had late checkout so that wasn't a problem either. I had read online regarding the BMW and asked about it the first day there. I was informed that it's first-come first-serve, but you actually do put your name down on the list for the time you want it. We were able to get it on one of the afternoons so we could drive around the island and explore. The first full day we were there, the bellmen took chairs over to the beach for us as well as towels and water and made sure we had a pleasant day on the beach. We then retired to the lawn where Macarena served us. She did inform us of the policy regarding ordering food and we did that to go along with our drinks. The rest of our trip was filled with similar experiences and while I consider that we are a high maintenance group, Abby, Tiffany, Macarena, Deklan, Jordan, Joe and the rest of the staff really made a difference. I think the devil is in the details. I took care to learn these people's names because they are human beings and they are just trying to do their job in a very difficult environment. We, as travelers, should know that the days of waiting hand and foot over hotel guests is temporarily suspended, and you have to work with the staff to make your own experience. The Barton & Gray boat thing, for example, was a bust. As previously mentioned it was a very rainy and windy trip and the company had to cancel our trip for Saturday. But Abby worked relentlessly to try and get it to happen for us on Sunday (then that day also had to get canceled) and on Monday (which also had to get canceled). Not once did she complain about having to work with them. We rented a jeep to go to the Great Point Lighthouse (a beautiful drive on the beach which requires a 4x4 with slightly deflated tires). The staff overheard us saying that was something we were doing and they offered to help us with the tires. I did see some behavior from guests that was appalling to me during my stay there and perhaps some of the people who have written extremely negative reviews either behaved that way or were just looking for the days of 'yore when personalized butler service was still a thing and we weren't operating in a pandemic.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Responded Aug 20, 2020
Dear JMFlynn1, Thank you so much for the amazing feedback! You trip sounds like a perfect summer visit! My team will be so happy! Thank You!
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Josh wrote a review Aug 2020
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GENERAL MANAGER NEEDS TO LEARN HOW TO RUN A HOTEL: we recently visited the Wauwinet, and are absolutely appalled by the lack of service and attention to detail. The entire staff we interfaced with was lovely, but they were completely overwhelmed and understaffed. 1) we called ahead to ask if we could grab a drink prior to dinner but tie to our dinner reservation because we heard about governor baker’s law, and the person on the phone said it was ok. Not the case when we got here early. 2) we stood by one of the Chez lounge chairs waiting for the chairs to be cleaned and one server said it would take time because there was one server for the whole area, at sunset, and it never got serviced. 3) we arrived at the hostess table for our reservation and when brought to our table, it had not been cleaned (in covid times!!) and the hostess quickly sprayed it for us and wiped it down. We then waited about 15 minutes for our server to arrive with menus and place settings. Super sweet server but clearly running the show single handily. It’s clear that the hotel and restaurant is lacking the management and leadership needed to effectively run a luxury property. Will not be back and will absolutely not recommend to anyone else. Please treat your staff better by providing training and enough support to handle a busy summer night.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Aug 20, 2020
Dear Joshinboston88, Thanks for the feedback. As we deal with Covid-19 our hotel and restaurant have become a very safe place to find sanctuary! The state of Massachusetts and Nantucket Island are considered some of the safest places to be! We have had to make adjustments to our operation to accommodate all the new rules and yes they are changing daily. Yes the island is busy and we appreciate all the efforts our team has done to gear up for a busy summer! We are thankful to be operating. I am sorry for any delays or related service and hope that you would be understanding safety and the front of house staff are doing an amazing job. No excuses we can do better so please accept our apologies.
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allaroundtheworld wrote a review Aug 2020
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It is easy to see that the Wauwinet Inn is no different from most other organizations, where a deficient management team poisons the customer experience and probably the experience of everyone who has to work there. In the Wauwinet's case, the two primary front desk managers in the hotel are the problem and are responsible for the unhappy, unhelpful "no" culture that permeates the staff when interacting with guests. I have never encountered customer service this poor anywhere else in the world at comparably priced hotels when I've paid $1500/night as I did here on each of my two 3 night stays this summer, once over July 4th and once at the end of July. The property is beautiful, the restaurant is serviceable and some of the junior hotel staff who have not worked there for very long are personable. Additionally, they had adequate precautions and procedures for handling COVID. As for the primary front desk managers, my experience was more or less ruined after dealing with them. A guest should not dread interacting with the hotel staff but that is exactly what happened for me during both of my stays. Their tact is to say no to even simple requests like a later check out by 2 hours, which would leave 3 hours for the staff to clean my room before the 4pm check in time. In a property with only 33 rooms (according to their website). Pointing these facts out to very tall maie manager at the front desk, he stared at me dead eyed and repeatedly said no, even going so far as to insult my intelligence with some sort of semantics game about 4pm being the "guaranteed" check in time "although guests may check in earlier". Of course, I personally was refused an earlier check in when I arrived but by the time this unpleasant exchange occurred, I was accustomed to being treated disrespectfully by this particular manager, and his female colleague who worked during the day shift. Sadly that is just one illustration of our experience here and the 3-4 others similar to it were identical in tone, lack of tact by the managers. dismissiveness etc. As per the title of my review and the body of my review above, I would return to the Wauwinet if the management changes because it is a beautiful property in a nice location and has much potential. I hope that these poor management hires are aberrations that are addressed by the time I consider returning.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Response from Eric Landt, General Manager at The Wauwinet
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Dear 44456543, Thank you for you review and feedback. Sorry to hear about your interactions with our front office team. While we can meet at times special requests for additional items we do our best to exceed exceptions. Sorry that we were not able to meet your requests for a late check out. We are lucky and feel very fortunate to be able to be open the hotel this season and give some sort of normal safe hospitality experience during these unusual times. We will always welcome you back! We are in the business of creating great vacation memories and I know my team can deliver! I do hope you decide to return! I will welcome you back personally! Regards, Eric LANDT General Manager
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$293 - $1,111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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), Egan Maritime's 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 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.