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Cliff Lodge
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

We checked in and it was a very relaxed process, nice but zero information about the Inn and its schedules. Some of the residents checked in without the Innkeeper. I actually checked in one coulple. We booked two rooms one on the main and one on the third floor. The bedrooms are comftorable,but small. The Inn does have original art on the walls that are landscapes of Nantucket which adds warmth and feel to the Inn. The bathrooms are the size of a cruise ship, maybe smaller, the shower head came up to my son's shoulders. The main living areas are hot, in need of a working air conditioner. The carpets are dirty, make sure to keep slippers or shoes on your feet at all times. The innkeeper has animals that she keeps in her apartment. I have an allergy to cats and could feel in my chest that a cat was in the house. I think lodgers should be made aware that pets live in the house and they are not. The breaksfast was enough, great scones and a muffin or snack cake with yogurt, fresh fruit and coffee. The Cliff's website says they have scheduled tea's with finger sandwiches and pastries, if they do, they didn't during our entire stay. The only thing they served was a cookie in the afternoon and the time for it changed. One day the cookies were served at 7:30 p.m and another day they were out at 5. The Inn keeps a pitcher of water out but doesn't refil it and the ice maker was broken. When asked about ice we were told the machine was broken. One of the guests said why don't you go and buy ice .... The next day we did have ice but it was about twenty cubes for the inn. Sally, the innkeeper was nice but wasn't around that much. Sally told my husband that the inn has a relationship with a vendor on the beach for non-motorized water equipment. Alan, my husband, took our kids to the vendor and was informed that Sally needed to give us something from the Inn in order to use the equipment. Sally neglected to add that piece of information. I have stayed at many Inn's and in my experience the Innkeeper tries to be around. Sally was visible only for a few minutes of each day. I did not venture out much due to a handicapped member of our family and Sally was scarce. The Inn is close to the downtown area which proves to be a plus. We had a handicapped family member and the cabs did a lot of no shows. Most of the residents of the Inn could easily walk to town.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

Perfect place to stay on your trip to Nantucket. Walk everywhere or taxi's available. Rent a bike and explore the island. Sally will make you feel at home in this charming house. Comfortable rooms, clean. Breakfast 8:30-9:30 with coffee available from 7:30. Great for families as there is plenty of room just to hang out - inside or out. Will be back

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank LGKinJupiter
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Reviewed August 5, 2012 via mobile

Enjoyed our stay. Our friends on the 3rd floor did not have A/C for one night and the shower temperature fluctuates constantly, but, we loved the breakfast and the cookies. Sally is a wonderful hostess. We usually alternate our stays in Nantucket at Cliff Lodge or Martin House.

  • Stayed: August 2012
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Thank Patriot_Traveler
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Reviewed August 5, 2012

The Cliff Lodge was a fantastic B & B for our trip to Nantucket. We had a smaller room, under the eaves, on the third floor. The room was freshly painted a Restoration Hardware green. The decor was charming with a four-poster bed, lace curtains, and a view of the harbor from both windows. The room was very clean, and the bed was comfortable with a thick mattress and silky smooth cool cotton sheets.
For breakfast, when the weather was nice which was most of the week, we were able to eat on the patio outside among the hydrangeas. Breakfast was a generous fruit salad, scones, toast, some other fresh pastry, cold cereal, juice, and coffee. There were usually warm cookies set out at the end of the afternoon too.
Sally, the innkeeper, is super friendly, warm, welcoming, and helpful.
The inn is about a 5 to 10 minute pleasant walk into the center of town. If you go uphill on Cliff Road, it is about a 15 minute walk to Something Natural. The inn is about a 10 minute bike ride to Jetties Beach, and there's a great place to lock up your bikes behind the inn.
From the third floor, you can access the widow's walk and a view of all of Nantucket town and the harbor.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Thank NatalieBivas
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Reviewed August 4, 2012

We spent 4 nights at the Cliff Lodge during high season (first week of August) Given the great reviews/ranking, we were amazed that they had rooms available. The location is great, the house is charming, grounds are luscious, and the inn keeper, Sally Beck, was exactly what you would want and expect from a B&B: friendly, helpful and welcoming with good ideas on what to see and do on the island. The rooms vary greatly in size, so it does depend on what you ask for/pay for. We stayed in a room with our 12 year old (queen bed plus pull out sofa bed) and had to climb over each other a bit, but that was our choice. The house is old (part of its charm) but we did not have any issues with plumbing, wireless, heating/AC that have been mentioned in other reviews.

What sets this B&B apart: The view from the widows walk is stunning. Their membership in the Jetties Sailing Club lets you use sailboats, kayaks etc for free. Very fun. Location just out of town means it is quiet while still being convenient.

Basics/Must haves that they do well: Sally is a great host. Beds are very comfortable, great linens etc. WIFI is free and works pretty well. House is a classic; decor is very pleasant, a place you like returning to after a full day's excursion.

What keeps this B&B from being stellar/5 star:

Breakfast is really average. Not sure why but the pastries are just not that tasty. Fruit salad looked fab but was a bit flavorless. Limited selection of juices/toast/yogurt ie only OJ/white bread/vanilla yoghurt. If you didn't like those, you were out of luck.

Bathrooms are small, showers smaller. No tubs.

A/C is provided by window units and they are noisy.

If you rent bikes (really the best way to explore the island) you have to park them behind the house down about 3 flights worth of stairs. Not the end of the world but after a 20plus mile bike ride and full day of sun, would have been nice to avoid the climb.

Not sure how it rates price wise compared to other options on Nantucket, but feel like it might be 'fully priced' as they say.


This was our first visit to Nantucket, so we have not stayed any where else on the island. If we return, I will probably try another B&B, just to see if we can improve on some of the flaws mentioned above but would enjoy returning to experience Sally's hospitality in the future.

Room Tip: 3rd floor rooms are small; stairs are steep. Rooms in the back are quieter and have views of the harbor.
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Thank shanda b
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