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The Wauwinet
Ranked #10 of 13 Hotels in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
Level Contributor
8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Pampered, Luxurious Beach Vacation”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

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.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New Haven, CT
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2012

if you have the means (or come across a sale like my girlfriend did) that you can apply to this Inn, do it. You will be pampered, catered to and waited on like never before.

Out back of the inn, the side that faces the ocean, is about 50 chaise lounges for you to relax on in the sun and just stare at the Nantucket Bay. It is really one of the most relaxing and gorgeous places I've stayed, and I'm saying this even though it rained the whole weekend. The room was gorgeous, the "wine and port" spread every afternoon was a nice way to meet guests, the grounds were gorgeous and very well maintained, there's a bay for kayaking on one side, and across the street, access to the Atlantic Ocean and a private beach. The van takes the 8 mile ride into town every hour and picks you back up at a designated space every hour on the half hour, so you can go into town for a long or as short a time as you wish.

If you go any time during the regular season and work for a living like I do, it will cost you dearly. However, if you are a fantastic shopper like my girlfriend and find deals like no one else, see if you can find a midweek stay here. You will NOT regret it.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tom H
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

My wife and I booked The Wauwinet for three days for our anniversary, looking for a quiet, relaxed, beautiful place to spend time together. We could not have been more pleased with our experience there. We felt that the location of the Inn was excellent being on a part of Nantucket that is more quiet and secluded and where we could enjoy beautiful views of Natucket Bay and the Atlantic beach side of the island was only a few steps away. Our room was beautiful and comfortable and the grounds around the hotel were immaculate. But even more impressive than all of this was the friendliness and personal attention we were given by the staff. Every person we came into contact with was eager to be helpful and informative. I could not help but be impressed with how they seemed to love what they were doing and where they were working. To top it all off, on the day we were to leave, we were delayed on a tour of the bay we were on and missed the shuttle from the Inn to the ferry. The manager of the Wauwinet, Eric, personally took us to the ferry so we would not miss it. I think this is a true testament to their commitment to their patrons and I definitely highly recommend this hotel and hope to return again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Jonathan H
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Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2012

Recently stayed at the lovely Wauwinet Inn and cannot stop raving about my experience.
The Inn itself is extraordinary but the staff is what makes the experience of staying at this beautiful property so exceptional. Our concierge, Jordana Fleischut, was on hand from check in through our stay. She and her colleagues anticipate your every need while remaining unobtrusive and warm. Our room was breathtaking with views of Nantucket sound. We had the added benefit of the most beautiful sunset during our stay and I joked that Jordana must have taken care of that for us. That is how pampered we felt by she and her staff.
DOn't hesitate to book a stay at this property.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Maria C
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Montgomery, NJ
Level Contributor
8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2012

We visited in October 2010 and are in the process of booking a stay this coming October. This time of the year in Nantucket is perfect -- the weather is comfortable and you cannot belive all the flowers still if full bloom around the island. The grounds around the Wauwinet are spectacular and if you are looking for a place to relax while still having unlimited access to the quaint town of Nantucket, the Wauwinet is your answer.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Pamela V
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2011

You will never understand what it is like to feel like to be royalty until you experience the Wauwinet. We went for a romantic long weekend and everything was perfect. The front desk was so professional. They knew we came after being referred by family and thanked us for the business and told us how much they loved our family! Then we got to the breath taking room and found chocolate covered strawberries complements of the staff. The bed was like sleeping on a cloud and the room was impeccable. I would highly recommend Toppers for breakfast and lunch. The dinner was good but better dinning in town and with a free shuttle in and out why not?? If you have time for a massage or facial you will love the services at the inn. I loved the cavier facial it was wonderful and my skin was so smooth. The Wauwinet falls short on nothing. This is my favorite spot on th east coast true hidden treasure.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Bella201140
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Litchfield, Connecticut
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23 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2011

The immaculate grounds, the attention to detail and the warm welcome from the staff to the incredible dining experience, waterfront views and beautifully decorated rooms, this is the Wauwinet.

The Port and cheese late afternoon, the nap in the lawn chairs listening to the waves, the working of a jigsaw puzzle infront of the fireplace in the game room.

The spa, the lounge, the wildflower gardens... the outdoor dining, the library and the stone patio.

The new friends, the shopping in town, the Chefs tasting menu.

We have found the place we will go every Fall.

Thank you Wauwinet for not missing a single detail.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ruby0625
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Property: The Wauwinet
Address: 120 Wauwinet Road, P.O. Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02584
Phone Number:
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Nantucket
#6 Luxury Hotel in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Wauwinet 4.5*
Number of rooms: 33
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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