My boyfriend and I stayed at the White Elephant hotel at the beginning of the summer season in 2009... the Nantucket Film Festival was going on, and the island was just gearing up for the busy season. Unfortunately, we planned our visit during the long stretch of rainy weather, but it did add to the ambiance of the historic whaling village.
Our stay started off on the wrong foot when we jumped on a freight ferry (instead of waiting 2 plus hours to make the higher priced fast ferry) and arrived on the island only to see the White Elephant shuttle van taking off. When we asked for a ride, we were told a van would return in "2 minutes;" 10 minutes later, we were still standing in the wind and rain. We had waved away taxi's believing our ride to be by any minute... so we walked (which thankfully was a short walk, but not especially fun in the rain, pulling suitcases over the 'charming' cobblestone walkways.) One of the suitcases' wheels broke off due to the stress, but I suppose I should be writing the manufacturer and not TripAdvisor about that :)
Other than that, our stay was simply wonderful. We had chocolate covered strawberries awaiting us as it was our anniversary. The room was beautiful and thought we booked a 'non-harbor view' room, we did have a side view of the water off of our balcony. The beds are to die for, the turn down service is a nice touch, and the port and cheese service in the cozy library tides one over nicely between lunch and dinner.
We did not eat in Brandt Point Grill persay, but did have drinks there in the evening a few times and enjoyed the live piano player and band. We also sampled some delicious raw oysters. Nice atmosphere all together.
Our first night there, soaked to the bone and chilled from the whipping wind, I wanted nothing more than to soak in a hot bath in the sparkling clean tub (and I have very high standards for bathing in hotel tubs!) This was after drinks and such, and at 11:00 at night we discovered our drain stop was not functioning. We called down and had someone up to fix it withing 15 minutes... much appreciated!
The sun decided to come out on the day of our departure, so on a whim we called the front desk and asked if we could prolong our stay another night at the discounted 'Hot Dates Cool Rates' rate we had booked with. It did take almost 2 hours to get an answer, but in the end we did get to stay in our beautiful suite and enjoyed a day biking the island; they even stored our bikes overnight!
The location is great; close enough to town to walk in, but far enough removed to be quiet and quaint. This is especially a plus because cars are discouraged on the island, and rightfully so.
Would I reccomment this hotel to a friend? You bet. I've actually booked a room in May to take my mother over Mother's Day weekend; we will be taking advantage of the spa credit! Spoil yourself and stay at the White Elephant!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- White Elephant Nantucket