It costs an arm and a leg to stay anywhere on Nantucket in the height of summer. My husband, my 19-year-old daughter and I were spending four nights on the island partly because my daughter's best friend is working on Nantucket this summer. We needed a flexible place to stay because my daughter's friend has been moving around a bit and we weren't sure whether my daughter could stay with her or not by the time we got there. We figured a motel would be more flexible about a third person in the room than an inn would be. That proved to be true: The Beachside has a sleeper sofa in its rooms, and though the web site indicated a $50 per night extra charge if you have an extra person, no one was counting heads. In fact, when I called in advance to ask if we could have an extra bed brought in if we needed one, they said there wasn't room in that particular room for an extra bed, but alerted me to the sleeper sofa option. My daughter ended up crashing with us two of the four nights and no one cared. Linens for the sleeper sofa were already in the room.
Overall, the Beachside is a great place to stay for a family. The pool is big and very nice and well used by kids. The free continental breakfast is a great convenience, not to mention a money-saver. It's the conventional breakfast you'd expect at a Days Inn or Holiday Inn Express: mini-bagels, muffins, cereal, yogurt, coffee, juices, bananas. Coffee is available at 7 a.m., before breakfast starts, again a nice touch. The motel was sold-out the week we were there and there was always room to sit and the staff kept everything efficiently replenished. The rooms are of average size, clean and simply furnished. On humid days they can smell a bit musty, as some reviewers have mentioned, but it's an island and that happens. No big deal for us. Our room was cleaned every day unless we waved the staff off. The location is a few blocks from town, very walkable, and is an equally short distance to the beach (no, in spite of the name, the motel is not beachside). The tv was fine, the wifi was free and the air conditioning is worth its weight in gold. We had a room on the back of the motel, without a balcony and not poolside; there were no rooms poolside or with a balcony remaining when we made reservations, so I'm not sure whether those are more money or not (fyi, we made reservations about two weeks in advance; a week later it was sold out). We had no complaints; it's Nantucket and we were only in the room to sleep and change clothes for the next activity!
That said, for the money it would be a lot more interesting to stay at one of the island's many inns or B&Bs right in town. We paid more than $300 a night, which is the going rate for many places on Nantucket. On the mainland, you'd pay about $100 for this type of motel. If not for the third-person factor, we would have gone the inn route. Judging by the breakfast crowd, the clientele is a lot of families, including extended families, and golfing buddies.
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