I am a frequent traveler to Nantucket and have stayed at many hotels, B&B's and private houses on the Island. In general, I would not be critical of a hotel that was a "you get what you pay for" property, but the Summer House tries to bill itself as one of the premier properties on the Island and it just doesn't live up to its billings. We just stayed one night because we wanted to see the Pops at the end of our vacation. The room was $650 for one evening which I would tolerate if it were any good, but the room was a tired old room with air conditioning that barely functioned and was not worth the price even in season on a weekend night. There was a little grassy area in front of cabin with two adirondak chairs (even though the room was a two bedroom for four people). When we sat out on the grass, we became aware that there was a big piece of dog crap on the lawn. Since we wanted to watch the sun set over 'Sconset, we asked the guest relations woman to find someone to clean it up. At least one-half hour later, someone came to clean it up and instead of picking the thing up and hosing down the lawn, he just scooped it up with a shovel, leaving the stinky remnants on the unwashed grass. Though the dog crap was gone, the smelly leftovers attracted many flies and kind of ruined the moment.
The restaurant is not very good. All restaurants on the Island tend to be quite expensive, so you may as well go to a good one. The restaurant at the Summer House is as expensive as any, but is no better than a Bugaboo Creek or Outback Steakhouse. There are much better restaurants in town (American Seasons, for example which has been operating in Town for years is an excellent, unpretentious restaurant that remains consistent from year to year) or, of course, Topper's Restaurant at the Wauwinet (bring your wallet).
There are not a lot of choices out in 'Sconset and maybe that is why the Summer House is so underwhelming. It could be a beautiful hotel, but it will take a lot of work to bring this place up to speed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Summer House 27 Fair Street Inn offers accommodations for all needs and tastes. Our charming suites and private cottage, Shakespearian gardens, are all just a short walk from Main Street. We offer a range of amenities to make your stay with us on the Island perfect. Enjoy complimentary Jitney access to our private beachside resort in Siasconset, with a freshwater pool and Atlantic Ocean beach. Other amenities include air conditioning, priority seating at our restaurants, and more... Each room at the Summer House 27 Fair Street offers a distinctively Nantucket lodging experience in the heart of Nantucket's historic district. Our guests enjoy full privileges at our beachside pool and Atlantic Ocean beach in Siasconset, as well as priority access to our three great restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Summer House Hotel Siasconset