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Star of the Sea Hostel
London, United Kingdom
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213 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Brilliant find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2012

I was backpacking around the US and hadn't planned going to Nantucket, but went after a recommendation from someone in Boston. I was there a few days before the 'season' started and the bus to the hostel part of the island wasn't running. Luckily a local who I got talking to on the ferry offered me a ride up there. The hostel has contacts with a bike company who will deliver to the hostel which was great as I could then get around the island as and when I wanted, and I got a discount.

The staff were lovely, very accommodating and baked fresh food for breakfast like yummy banana bread. For the first 2 nights I was there, it was practically empty. The beach is almost on the doorstep and they have beach towels that you can use. Don't feel overwhelmed by the 20 bed dorm, it's a massive space, beautifully done out and there's a mixture of bunks and single beds. I've stayed in far worse 4 bed dorms and given the option, I'd go for this!

The girl scouts appear to use the hostel on a regular basis, but the group who were there when I was, were incredibly well behaved and when they had left over food they offered it to me which was fantastic as a budget conscious backpacker!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled solo
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Beau Vallon, Seychelles
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17 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2011

I stayed here for the first weekend of the season, and it was fantastic! It was extremely quiet, and the staff were so warm and friendly. There is a beautiful beach across the street, and Nantucket Town can easily be reached by bicycle. The hostel has a huge communal kitchen, internet, comfortable beds and is in a perfect location. For $37.00, there is not a better bargain!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lawrence, MA
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2011

This hostel was a fantastic deal for being on Nantucket. Unfortunately, I was only able to go for one night. The hostel books up pretty quick for most of the summer. So I recommend making reservations early, especially if you have a large group.

It is located about 3 mi from the ferry. It is a very easy bike ride from the ferry and if you don't bring your own bike you can rent one right on the main road off of the ferry. It's a little tricky riding through downtown with all the bike and people and cars, but a couple of blocks over and you can find there are bike paths along the roads. It was an easy ride to the hostel from there. We only used bikes for transportation througout the whole island, which is a part of the whole Nantucket experience.

The hostel was great! It has alot of bike racks outside to lock you bikes. It is right across from surfside beach. They provide beach towels for you to use during your stay as well. The kitchen is quite large and has plenty of storage room to bring your own food and cook if you like. We ended up biking to town to eat dinner. The hostel does provide breakfast in the morning. The shared living space is a decent size and they have a computer with internet available for everyone to use. Also, they have alot of board games and all types of books as well as reference books in regards to information on Nantucket available. The bathrooms were dated but they were clean and were arranged like a typical dorm room style with a row of sinks, bathroom stalls and several showers. The hostel does provide linens and towels, but you do need to bring your own toiletries. The women's dorm room is a very large room in the upstairs of the main building. Most of the beds are bunk beds, although there are some single beds. The hostel also provides you with lockers to store your valuables.

I am already planning to return next summer for at least a long weekend.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2011

We stayed 4 days with my son and his girl friend. A great place. Good vibes in the building, Considerate guests in the kitchen. The staff was excellent. The star of the show is the beach across the road and down a long path. Good surf and sand. And fishing if you're into it.

Bikes were fine for transportation. The island has few hills and drivers were the most considerate of any place I've been.

If you like hostels, give it a try.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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2 Thank Onedan
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2010

I recently stayed for 2 nights at the Star of the Sea Hostel. I was pleasantly surprised by the stay. The hostel is on a quiet street surrounded by a nice landscape, and is right across the street from beautiful and quiet Surfside Beach. It's about 3 miles from town, but if you don't have a bike you can take a taxi ($14 from town), or a $2 bus ride (the buses only run from around 10am-6pm).

The hostel is clean and everyone was friendly, and sheets, bath, and beach towels are all provided. The women's dorm has 20 beds, a mix of bunk beds & single beds. The bathroom has 3 shower stalls and 3 sinks. There are small lockers to lock your valuables (like purses/wallets), but they are not big enough for luggage, which is just left out in the room. The hostel is open all day and guests are free to come and go as they like. There is a common room with a computer and where a simple breakfast is served in the morning (coffee, tea, oatmeal, granola, yogurt, toast). There is a small room off of this for reading or for playing provided board games, and chairs and picnic tables outside. I don't think the hostel is air conditioned, but there are fans and it was very comfortable during our stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with friends
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2 Thank chestnut683
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New Jersey
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22 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2010

I stayed 3 nights at this hostel, it is a converted historic lifesaving station 3.5 miles from downtown Nantucket at Surfside beach. We only used bikes for transportation, and getting there from the ferry on the bike path was not a problem. Our group of 16 cooked our own meals daily, but the hostel staff does provide a very basic breakfast each morning, and separate areas to store your personal food in the kitchen. The place was very clean and well kept, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. My only complaint is that there is no private dressing area. Bathrooms clean and roomy, with 4 shower stalls in the women's. Sheets, blankets, towels, pillows even beach towels are all provided by the hostel. There are separate men's and women's dorms with both bunks and single beds, plus a 5-bed family (or co-ed) room. There are lockers available to store valuables. There are picnic tables and a volleyball court outside. The path to the beach is directly across the street. Highly recommend for basic lodging needs on the island.

  • Stayed June 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank calico66
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Worcester, Mass
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53 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2008

I have stayed at the hostel several times with the Girl Scouts and it is truly a hidden gem. There are 2 buildings: one larger main building with dorm style beds and another smaller one with fewer beds and also accomodation for a family. The main building has a large kitchen , large dining room/common area and smaller room for quiet reading, etc. Outside are picnic tables and a nice large yard to relax or play in. Plenty of bike racks to accomodate those arriving by rented bikes. Best of all is the place is a short walk from Surfside beach. At night, with the windows open, you can hear the ocean and see the light from the nearby lighthouse. Incredibly relaxing and refreshing.
You can bring your own food to store and prepare in the kitchen. Or, grab a taxi and head downtown to the restaurants.
Be aware that they will most likely ask you to do a small housekeeping chore before you checkout. But it's a small price to pay in exchange for spending the night within the sounds of crashing waves on Nantucket. Grab your bike and go!

  • Stayed September 2003
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Star of the Sea Hostel
Address: 31 Western Ave, Surfside, Nantucket, MA 02554-4408
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Star of the Sea Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel was built in 1873 as Nantucket's first life-saving station, the 'Star of the Sea', so of ocourse, it is located right on the beach. ... more   less 
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