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“Vacation like the President!”
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White Elephant
Ranked #6 of 14 Hotels in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 24, 2012

The White Elephant Hotel on Nantucket is a real treat. Perched on the harbour, looking across to where the ferries and fishing boats appear and disappear in the mist, it just oozes an old style Cape Cod atmosphere, The rooms are super clean and comfortable and have balconies where one can sip wine and reflect on the tranquil ocean-side scenary. From the moment I arrived at the hotel we just went into a deep relaxation. The service and staff are excellent. They will pick you up and take you to the hotel from the ferry but the hotel is really only a ten minute walk to the town and its shops and restaurants so you have the best of both worlds. When booking be careful not to confuse the White Elephant Hotel with the White Elephant Resort, the hotel is much more romantic. They tell me that Obama holidays on Nantucket, he probably doesnt stay at the White Elephant, but really he should, he could do with the rest and relaxation!

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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear GingerCheetah;

Thank you for your review! I am so happy to hear that your Nantucket vacation was such a success! Yes, your point is well taken that guests should be watchful not to confuse the White Elephant Hotel (on the harbor) with the White Elephant Village (Inn and Residences) which is our newer sibline with more amenities, accross the street , closer to town. They each have their own website and offer different types of accommodations and amenities, so it is important to choose the right fit. Our team in reservations is wonderful in making those recommendations.

While I have not seen President Obama here at the White Elephant, it certainly could happen. You never know!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at the White Elephant for the first time (second stay on Nantucket) and the entire stay exceeded our expectations! We visited for a wedding that was held there, but found it would be a place to return to repeatedly. Everyone employed by the White Elephant from the front desk to the maid service and groundskeepers were friendly, efficient (an attribute I appreciate, as my time is usually limited so I try to put 20 lbs of stones into a 5 lb bag....), and attentive to our personal needs. After the first night, the service staff noted our personal preferences in the room (snacks, coffee and tea flavors, toiletry usage) and insured that we had ample of our favorites! Kudos! The room was completely comfortable in the first moments! The kind of place where you fall into the couch with a hot beverage, good book, and "memories of favorite holidays" feel! I travel for work, and stay in many hotels and inns, and this one will stand out as exemplary and a definite do-over!

Room Tip: Cottages are available for a short walk. Recommended for couples!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear gershiegirl;

Thank you for your wonderful review! Yes, we do handpick all of our staff members each season. Many return year after year, but many are also new. I always find that the right attitude is everything. I am glad you thought so too.

We hope to welcome you again!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

We've been coming to the White Elephant for about 14 years and this is the only place we stay while visiting Nantucket. The staff is very professional and friendly, the rooms (especially the new beds) are inviting and comfortable, the views can't be beat and the food at Brant Point Grill is excellent.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Terry S
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear Terry S;

Thank you for coming to stay with us for so many years! It is amazing how many of our guests love to come back year after year. They are much like an extended family to us!

The new beds are amazing. In fact, we are looking into having our bedding available for our guest to purchase this year! Sheets, duvets, pillows and all!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

Could not have stayed at a better place on Nantucket!!!
From the moment you check in you are greeted and helped by some of the friendliest hotel staff I have had the pleasure of having in all of my travels so far. I was traveling with my baby and was even my little one was taken care of with a crib and baby toiletries! Once we settled in our cozy room, day to day room service was like staying home with your mom taking care of you.
I could NOT have been happier with the stay at the White Elephant.
The staff is phenomenal and the cottages feel like home. You will leave feeling spoiled and know it the next time you travel and have to stay anywhere else.
Book the White Elephant and make a stop at Pi Pizzeria!

Room Tip: Staying in one of their cottages feel like home!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Tiffany367
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear Tiffany367

Thank you for your wonderful review!
We do love our little guests. In addition to the crib and baby amenities, we also have tubs, diaper genies, beach toys and umbrella strollers. It is not always easy to travel with little ones, so we make sure to try our best to make it as stress free as possible!

Pi Pizza is one of our favorites! Maria and Evan, the owners, do a wonderful job!

Please let us know when your travel plans include us again!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

I normally don't like "resort" but White Elephant has best of everything. Sophisticated, classy, but not pretentious. It felt very cozy but still have all the good resort amenities.

The front staff were professional, but warm. The room was nicely decorated and we instantly felt at home.

Afternoon port and cheese in the library was a nice touch, and the pick up/drop off at the ferry dock saved us because we had a small children. Oh, this place is so child friendly!

I highly recommend this place for everything from couples retreat, wedding, or family vacation.

Room Tip: Suites with outside deck. : )
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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with family
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear DoraExplore;

Thank you for posting your review on tripadvisor! I am glad we were able to make your vacation so relaxing and perfect! You are right, while we do cater to couples as well, we do have a good amout of young guests and we try to make them feel at home as quickly as possible. For the little ones we provide anything from cribs to pack and plays, diaper genies, umbrella strollers, beach toys and much more. This year we are also working on a once a week storytime featuring Barnaby Bear! We are most excited about this new venture! Please check our website periodically for more information!

Please let us know if your plans this summer include the White Elephant again!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

My husband and I just returned from a perfect, quiet honeymoon retreat at the White Elephant. We stayed in one of the cottages and could not have been happier with it. The service was exceptional-the professional and friendly staff went above and beyond (we came home to a cake with a handwritten note of congratulations, they packed beach chairs with towels and waters and drove us to the beach, etc.). The location is ideal for walking around town. One of my favorite things about the White Elephant is that the decor is not outdated and tacky (so hard to find!)-it is simple, classic and makes you feel at home. Loved this place and can't wait to return!

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank 215cs
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear 215cs;

Thank you for your lovely review. We do work hard on keeping the White Elephant looking great. The decor gets updated on an ongoing basis and we always, always try to keep it looking classy and comfortable. This year we are renovating all the bathrooms in the two bedroom cottages here at the hotel and countless other small and large projects so that everything looks perfect for opening!

Please let us know if your plans include Nantucket this coming season!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

I recently had my wedding at the White Elephant and it truly was the best weekend of our lives. The staff is absolutely phenomenal with a huge thank you to Mark Leggeiri. To all the soon to be brides getting married on Nantucket, The White Elephant is hands down the best location to get married on the island. Mark is truly amazing at what he does, he is calm in times of stress, friendly and gets the job done. Mark was there for me for the planning, responsive to all my questions, understood the details and most importantly was there for the smiles and laughs throughout the night. In the chaos of the wedding, it is great to have someone like Mark who has a calming and comforting presence. His demeanor was a perfect fit for Alex and I.

The White Elephant staff is extremely professional and responsive to all my questions and concerns. I cannot thank them enough for providing us the most wonderful wedding. Choosing The White Elephant was the best choice we could have made for our wedding on Nantucket.

Thank you again!
Katy and Alex Neefus

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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WhiteElephant1, General Manager at White Elephant, responded to this reviewResponded February 1, 2013

Dear Katy and Alex;

Thank you for choosing to get married here at the White Elephant! What an amazing spot to have your wedding! Mark is wonderful. As you mentioned, he helps in planning your event from start to finish and even helps calm those nerves if that is in order!

He was thrilled to read your review and is currently dilligently working on this year's events.

Let me know if your plans include the White Elephant this season!

Sincerely,

Bettina Landt

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Address: 50 Easton St, PO Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02554-2258
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nantucket
#3 Spa Hotel in Nantucket
Price Range: $255 - $1,849 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — White Elephant 4.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White Elephant has been an exclusive summertime retreat since the 1920s. The height of preppy New England elegance, this is the place where brides dream of being married and families come for generations. A stone's throw from the center of town, this 64-room island treasure has accommodations ranging from garden cottages to suites on the harbor. The hotel's mascot, a white elephant named Trunket, presides over its greener than green lawn. Set with plush lounge chairs, it overlooks bustling Nantucket Harbor and calm Children's Beach. Brant Point Grill serves up a famed Sunday brunch, with their signature Lobster Bloody Mary. ... more   less 
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