I just got back from a wonderful, relaxing and rejuvenating two night stay at the Wauwinet. It was my first time in Nantucket and I couldn't have asked for a better taste of Nantucket! I am already raving to my friends and family about the Wauwinet and will definitely stay here again.
We were greeted off the ferry by a friendly and helpful Wauwinet staff member. The complimentary shuttle was a godsend and was always so prompt and convenient, and was even stocked with ice cold water! Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most wonderful group of women at the concierge. The women at the concierge were both professional and personable. They were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful and went out of the their way to accommodate us. While we were paying at lunch at Toppers, one of the women at the concierge came and found us to tell us our rooms were ready early! It was such a nice touch to have such a personalized and intimate vacation! They were a wealth of information but were also so friendly and easy to talk to and they gave us inside scoop on Nantucket. Hanif was also so helpful! He showed us to our room and oriented us to all of the wonderful aspects of the Wauwinet and was always by the front door willing to help.
Our room was comfortable and luxurious. We loved the bathrobes and slippers. We also loved how we came home after a night on the town to our beds turned down with classical music playing and the shades drawn. It was such a nice touch that will be hard not have at home. One thing I did not like was that was no mini fridge in the room, but staff was always willing to bring an iced water bottle.
The amenities were what made our stay extra special. We loved the daily port and cheese hour. It was a great way to meet others and the cheese was divine! We enjoyed it out on the great lawn in comfortable lawn chairs. The fresh fruit and lemonade were also a good way to whet the appetite in between meals. The fleece blankets were sooo comfortable and a great way to curl up outside on the lawn chairs when it was cool outside. We also got a kick out of the Hunter rain boots lined up on the deck for guests to use in the rainy weather. Another "little thing" that went a long way to a great stay was the buttered popcorn and movies. They had an array of free rentals that made a rainy night more cozy. The library was beautiful, with a fire crackling all day long to keep us warm.
There was so much to do at the Wauwinet that in nice weather there is no need to go to town during the day and the 9 mile distance from town doesn't seem to matter, as it is it's idyllic and peaceful location is what makes the trip so relaxing. We utilized the complimentary bikes to go on a scenic 5 mile ride to Sconset at the suggestion of our very helpful concierge who gave us highlighted map. It was also just nice to talk a walk on both the bayside and Atlantic side of the ocean. We even saw a seal swimming in the ocean!
The Spa by the Sea was peaceful and quiet. The spa went out of their way accommodate our requests for a certain appointment time. Instead of telling us they weren't available at the time we wanted, they made our request possible in a very short amount of time. We were blown away by how accommodating they were. Upon arrival at the spa we were offered a glass of ice water with a mint leaf in it, and from the minute we entered we felt relaxed and welcomed.
My least favorite part of the Wauwinet experience was Toppers Restaurant. We felt that it was overpriced by an absurd amount (6 dollars for a bagel) and overrated. We loved the continental breakfast that was included in our room rate (and the early risers breakfast in the library was tasty too) but we felt that the staff at Toppers overbearingly tried to push their a la carte menu on us while were dining. The continental breakfast was both filling and delicious. We ate at Toppers once for Sunday brunch which was good, but overpriced. During both breakfast and the brunch we had, the staff constantly tried to "upsell" us into buying more food, and didn't seem to take a hint when we said we were good. Also, be wary as they will offer you things in a way that makes you think they are complimentary but they are not! I think the service and quality of Toppers is embarrassing! Kristen, one of the waitresses, told us about the lunch while we were lounging, and she was very helpful and attentive without being overbearing. We were sad to not be served by her but she was waiting on the outside tables. Overall I would suggest going into town for lunch and dinner because Toppers is not worth the convenience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Wauwinet Hotel Nantucket
- Wauwinet Hotel Nantucket
- Wauwinet Nantucket