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The 1720 House
Ranked #4 of 11 Vineyard Haven B&B and Inns
Newport, RI
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“You can do a lot better for the money!”
Reviewed October 13, 2008

The two of us stayed here during Columbus weekend in October for three nights. We booked the Brown Room - Not only was it very brown, but it had large carpet stains, two very hard mattresses ( the bed was a "queen"), and it smelled moldy. We were disgusted when we saw that our shared bathroom with the Blue Room had mold growing on the ceiling of the shower. After confronting the property owner ( she does not live on-site), we stayed in the Red Room. The Red bathroom was...interesting. There is an old antique bathtub for a makeshift shower and the shower curtain was growing mold as well.

Apparently, this B&B is for sale, so the owner is not making any effort to fix up the property before she sells. Bad idea. Oh, and the bike rentals? They don't exist. Good thing we brought our own, although there is no place to store them. The yard out back will have to do if you plan on bringing bikes.

The funniest part was when the only two staff members quit during our stay.

The house also needs a paint job outside and in. There is no breakfast - this is the first B&B where we had to make our own by taking whatever was left in the fridge in their kitchen. The only nice thing about this place was their living room and dining area. Nice furniture, cozy patio/living room....otherwise, this hotel was a bomb. Don't go here! You will be much safer and relaxed at a standard hotel.

  • Liked — convenient location for the ferry in vineyard haven
  • Disliked — cleanliness and terrible customer service
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 8, 2008

My husband and I visited the 1720 House on Martha's Vineyard in the late summer 2008. We were thrilled with our stay: the B&B is sparkling clean, the linens are of the highest quality, and our bed was incredibly comfortable. The whole B&B was lovely, and the charming hostess provided free bicycles so that we could explore the island! We will definitely return and recommend this small, pristine B&B most highly.

  • Liked — Beautiful appointments, quiet, welcoming and the comfy bed!
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Florida
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750 reviews
75 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2008

Stay away...stay far away‎
We have stayed at over 50 B & Bs so I feel my husband and I are in tune to the B & B experience. By far, this was the worst ever. Here's why: No one was available when we arrived, or for 95% of our stay. There were no menus to peruse to choose a restaurant for dinner. Breakfast was really brown bananas and some cold cereal. The TV only had a few stations, 3 were in Spanish, with NO news channel. The TV cord was stapled up along a corner of the room. We had two bath towels so no towel for drying hair. There was no hairdryer in the room and when I looked in the cabinet for one I found a smelly pair of shoes and a knit top. (Peter did provide one when asked). There were way too many personal/antique items scattered about the room, including an old comb, so there was limited space for our own things. Calling the number on the card left by the front door resulted in No Answer.
We never saw the innkeeper but perhaps that was a good thing - our only conversations with her were on the telephone and she was abrupt and rude. The information said the inn had been "totally renovated for comfort and convenience." What a joke. The floor was uneven, the room was cramped, and paint was peeling off the ceiling and was in pieces on the floor.
I would not recommend 1720 House to anyone. It was definitely NOT worth the huge amount of money we paid. Moreover, it is not indicative of the high-quality accomodation the website would lead one to believe. She gives new meaning to the words "Hospitality Industry." Stay away...far away.

  • Liked — Convenient to Main Street
  • Disliked — Innkeeper
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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New Jersey
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6 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2008

We stayed in the Red Room which the booking websites say has a queen size bed and a TV. The bed was a full or a double (which is listed on the Inn's website). The TV was a portable with about a 4" screen. (I paid more for the queen and a TV, oh well). The website said I would get either the Red Room or the Garden Room (same price). We saw the Garden Room and can't figure out how they could be the same price. The Garden Room is more secluded, has a queen bed, a 12" or so TV, and an attached private bathroom (the Red Room's private bathroom is across the hall). We met the owner Abby the first day and she didn't seem to be a friendly person. We went out to dinner and a movie and returned about 11pm. When my headlights hit the window we saw Abby get up and turn off all the lights in the house and also the outside lights. Very strange, we felt like kids sneaking into the house. The room was clean and the manager Peter was a friendly nice guy......Another strange thing was a collage in the living room (partly concealed behingd the couch and not hanging on a wall). It seemed to be a Lorena Bobbitt (sp) collage, even with a bloody tissue. Why is this in eyesight?

  • Liked — location and the manager
  • Disliked — the owner (although we only saw her once)
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Hamburg
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed September 15, 2008

Soon after arrival my friend and I had a nickname for the innkeeper Abby: Cruella. Why does somebody that extremely unfriendly, uncaring and rude open a B&B? And: don't count on the bikes - they are in a very very poor condition and both had flat tires for a couple of days. Only think of booking the blue room (which is sold as a double room) if your are single or have an affinity for closets with a bed. The shared bathroom of the blue and brown room is just terrible, extremely small and disgusting. Our room (we stayed there for a week) wasn't cleaned for three days in a row, but at least we were asked whether we need fresh towels. One night we woke up because we smelled smoke: Abby was sitting in the kitchen, smoking (she's smoking a lot, and yes, she's smoking INSIDE the house, we saw that quite often) and making toast - and the whole house just stunk! On arrival nobody was there, just a key was lying on a desk. And also in the evening nobody showed us around or gave us informations. In general you don't feel welcome - the innkeeper gives the impression that she's just interested in the money you leave. But Peter, the manager, is a really nice guy!

  • Liked — the convenient location
  • Disliked — the unfriendlyness of the innkeeper
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed June 15, 2008

The 1720 House is a living example of a vanished past. Before there were cars, being close to the harbor really mattered, and the 1720 House is an easy walk from the ferry and the village of Vineyard Haven. Before people grew so big, doors and rooms were small and you will need to keep your elbows in as a direct consequence of all the protein and orange juice you've ingested. And before there was a USA, there was a copper beech tree growing in the yard of the 1720 House. It's still there!

All of these are part of the fun of staying at the 1720 House in Vineyard Haven. I liked lounging in the shade, walking to town, and then biking down the road to West Chop lighthouse.

Breakfast was simple, Abby (our host) was funny and knowledgeable, and Martha's Vineyard has plenty to offer a visitor. If you want to travel back in time (with free wireless internet) the 1720 House is a very good choice.

  • Liked — Location and historic building
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed June 13, 2008

I've stayed at the 1720 House at least once every summer for the past five years and was appalled by some of the nasty reviews on this site. No, this is not the Four Seasons. This is indeed a very old house (built in, um, 1720; thus the name) with floors that bend and slope a bit, corners that are not truly square, plumbing that's sometimes cranky, but still. I find the place lovely, charming, and totally unique. If you want new, slick, predictable and soulless accommodations, you will probably be happier elsewhere.

The 1720 House is conveniently located on Main Street, within walking distance of downtown and the Vineyard Haven ferry, ideal if you don't wish to bring your car, or can't get a reservation on the car ferry. Normally, my husband and I stay in the lavish and beautiful Lincoln Room, with its big private bathroom, which I heartily recommend. But, this year, our plans failed to firm up promptly, we booked at the very last possible moment and could only get the smallest room in the house (the Blue Room, with a shared bath). I'm glad we came anyway. The Blue Room was small, but nicely decorated, with a comfortable bed. And we loved the white cotton bathrobes in the closet, nicer than the ones we're usually given in the swankest hotels. Plus, on the day we arrived, the wonderful manager, Peter, was installing a new air conditioner, which was mighty welcome on one of the hottest days of the year. Thank you, Peter. We slept like babies.

The garden of the 1720 house is gorgeous--crowned by an enormous copper beach, the oldest on the island--with plenty of inviting places to sit and read a book or share a glass of wine with a friend. (If you smoke, you are allowed to smoke here, outside, not inside the house as one of the other reviewers wrongly implied. Ashtrays are thoughtfully provided.) There's also a lovely screened porch where I enjoy reading the morning paper while drinking a cup of good coffee. The self-service, continental breakfast is not fancy, true. But if you want a hot breakfast, you can get one at one of the many nearby restaurants, conveniently located a few steps down the street.

Abby, the owner of the 1720 House, is one of the warmest people I've ever met--the complete opposite of a snob--with a keen-eyed appreciation of the history, personalities, and foibles of Martha's Vineyard. True, she's a bit acerbic--no phony smiles and false bonhomie here!--but if you enjoy innkeepers with wit, style, and a been-there, done-that eyebrow cocked above a warm but piercing eye, you will love Abby. Not welcoming?! While I was there, she invited a lonely single guy to join the tail-end of her dinner party (for fresh peaches and ice cream) and poured him a glass of champagne, to boot. It was excellent champagne, too. I know, because I bought it.

Speaking of champagne, please remember that Vineyard Haven is a dry--yes, dry!--town. So, if you would like to have a glass of wine with your dinner, a restorative cocktail, or a nightcap before you retire, you must BYOB. (Forewarned is forearmed.) There's a good liquor store in Falmouth (on the road to the Palmer parking lot). Or you can ride a bicycle, or take a taxi, to one of the many liquor stores in Edgartown. But, Martha's Vineyard being an island, your drink of choice will be far more expensive if you wait to buy it there. You should also be aware that some of your favorite products may not be available, and pack accordingly. Tinted moisturizer: yes. MD Skincare All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer Sunscreen SPF 15 (Medium): no way.

  • Liked — Warm, lovely innkeeper; convenience to ferry and downtown.
  • Disliked — Vineyard Haven is a dry town. Hard to get reservations on car ferry.
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: The 1720 House
Address: 152 Main St, Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02568-5414
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Vineyard Haven
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Free Breakfast Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Vineyard Haven
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Hotel Class:2.5 star — The 1720 House 2.5*
Number of rooms: 6
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