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Hawthorn House
Ranked #18 of 38 Nantucket B&B and Inns
Reviewed October 6, 2008

Natucket was on our "Bucket List" and since we only had a few days we wanted to stay right in town. We left our car in Hyannis and were able to walk from the Steamship Authority dock to the Hawthorn. We walked to all the shops, resaurants and many historic sites. We were in and out all day dropping off shopping, changing clothes and resting up for more.

Our reasonably priced rooms were bright, attractive and not overly frilly. With the money we saved we had lots of chowder and lobster at Sayle's Seafood. The breakfast option was great and we particularly loved the blueberry stuffed french toast at Arno's.

If you are looking for a sleepy "tea and cookies in the afternoon" B&B you better stay out of town. If you are upright and mobile, active and inquisitive you should stay in town at the Hawthorn. We are 68 and glad we chose the latter. Nantucket is back at the bottom of our list. Hopefully we'll make it back to the Hawthorn.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 2, 2008

Although our stay was only one night, we found the Hawthorn House to be a great place to stay. The inn was convenient to everything downtown- close to the ferries, all the shops and restaurants. The room was cute and we felt a great sense of privacy; our room (#2) even had a little porch with rocking chairs, which made up for a lack of indoor common space. Definitely would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 28, 2008

My Husband and I stayed at the Hawthorn House two weeks ago. It was our first trip to Nantucket and we were blown away by this little gem of an island.
The location of the Hawthorn House can't be beat. It is walking distance to everything in town. I mean it is right there. That said it can be noisy but we put the fan on in the air conditioner and we heard nothing from that point on. We stayed in room 3 which is one of the larger rooms on the second floor. It was quite spacious and we had a King bed. I have to say the bed was the only downside, it was extremely uncomfortable for me. It is either really old or not very high quality or both. My Husband was fine with it though so it may be fine for some. All things equal it was a great value and location in Nantucket.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Man-from-Nantucket, owner at Hawthorn House, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2008

The bed in question was purchased in 2005.
Both the boxsprings and mattress were replaced at that time. The model is a Serta Perfect Sleeper Five Star Hotel series.

Honestly, this is the very first complaint we have received regarding this bed, Most people who sleep on it tell us it was the ..."best nights sleep they've had in a long time. " That being said. We always buy extra firm matteresses because most of our clients prefer them. Maybe this was the issue.

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Reviewed September 27, 2008

We just returned from our stay on Nantucket Island having stayed at The Hawthorne House. The accommodations were very beautiful and homey and the decor was absolutely exquisite. The innkeepers Mitch and Diane were very accommodating and helpful making our visit to Nantucket a very enjoyable one.
We will be recommending the Hawthorne House to our family and friends. We have stayed at many B & B's over the years and we must say that this was the best by far.

Stayed: September 2008
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Reviewed July 18, 2008

My friend and I arrived on Sunday afternoon and were met by one of the owners. This is our second time staying at the Hawthrone House and for the second time we were very impressed with the service and the room. If there was any problem, it was addressed right away.


We had a more than comfortable room w/ a bathroom and the porch on the side of the house is perfect for an afternoon nap ,reading or relaxing. We especially liked the nine dollar breakfast coupons to two great restaurants on Main Street.

We highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a charming Nantucket Bed and Breakfast located close to the center of town.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 28, 2008

Very disappointing -- Wish I'd realized how noisy a room overlooking the street right in the center of Nantucket could be. In a small, cramped room, with barely enough space to maneuver around the bed, you could either leave the windows open and hear cars and people going by until the a.m., then the trash truck early in the morning; or you could turn on the loud fan/AC right next to your head in the bed. Nantucket prices for very small rooms in B&Bs (we moved to Summer House on Fair St. and found pretty much the same thing) have gone to a starting price of $220 - 250, and you really think you should get more (there wasn't even a window you could open in our room at Summer House; it had only one, filled by an AC unit -- this, for $250 a night). Also -- we had a car, and you need a parking pass that only the inn owner can purchase for a reasonable $100 per pass per summer. Hawthorn owner has refused to do that, claiming that "you won't really be parking your car in town during the day, anyway." Summer House, in contrast, readily provided the permit to us. Definitely would not stay at Hawthorn again.

  • Stayed: June 2008
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Man-from-Nantucket, owner at Hawthorn House, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2008

Most of what this reviewer says is true. It can be noisy when street sweepers or garbage trucks visit our street in the morning. We have complained to the town in the past, but they say it is the only time that cars aren’t parked on the road so they need to do it early in the morning to keep the roads clean ... Not much I can do about it.... All inns on Nantucket suffer this same issue to varying degrees.

Hawthorn House was built in 1849. All the rooms tend to be on the small side when comparing them to hotel rooms built in this century. We take great pains in describing the rooms accurately and even post the square footage on our website when you make your reservation so there are no surprises.

The parking permit the town wants us to sell to our guests is very expensive and doesn't allow parking on the street in front of the house. It only allows you to park in a 2 hour zone. Those zones, in some directions, are blocks away so even with a permit you can't park for more than one hour in front of the Hawthorn House. The Summer House properties are in these 2 hour zones so it makes sense for them to have the permits. I would feel silly giving my guests a parking permit only to have to inform them that it won't work on our street.

Rates on Nantucket are no different than any other world class resort destination. Our rates are in the lower third of our industry.

I'm sorry this guest was dissapointed with their stay at Hawthorn House. I wish there was something I could do to better address their issues. It's very important to us that our guests are comfortable and happy.

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Reviewed June 12, 2008

Would recommend staying at this no-frills bed and breakfast in Nantucket. The location is a short 5 minute walk from the ferry terminals and is smack dab in the heart of town. It's also located right across the street from the visitor's center.

The rooms are simple but nice. Small hair dryer was provided. We stayed in room 6 and liked the simplicity and quiteness of being on the second floor. Recommend bringing your own shampoo and conditioner if you are picky on such things as the sample provided wasn't the best.

Hawthorn house gives each couple two $9 breakfast vouchers to two restaurants a block away. For a couple, we ended up spending an additional $12 a day for a delicious breakfast, which we felt was reasonable. Both restaurants were fantastic and we liked the flexibility of eating at a restaurant so we could get what we wanted.

Bike racks provided around the back of the hotel and at the visitor's center. Hotel also allowed us to store our luggage in their downstairs closet on the day of our departure.

Definitely would stay here again. Also, highly recommend grabing a brew at the Brotherhood of Thieves pub!!!

**Please note the hotel charged the entire balance of our stay on our credit card as soon as we booked. If your plans are anything but completely definite, would definitely review their cancellation policy before booking!!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2 Chestnut St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3507
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Nantucket
Price Range: $139 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hawthorn House 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Superior location and value distinguish this attractive 1849 guesthouse. 9 rooms all have private baths, wi-fi, mini-refrigerators, and air-conditioning in season. Breakfast is provided in two local restaurants using a voucher system. Open year round. ... more   less 
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