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Wauwinet, Nantucket

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#5 of 16 in Historic Sites in Nantucket
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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The Wauwinet on Nantucket Island is an inviting inn with sophisticated lodging options featuring unique furnishings with hand-stenciled designs, fresh-cut wildflowers, and stunning ocean views. Guests will be treated to unparalleled personal service and such desirable amenities as an award-winning restaurant, a world-class spa, and two private beaches.
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  • Wauwinet... and the drive along the shore... is the "WHY" we come to Nantucket. Seemingly endless miles of driving along the shore, nesting shore birds, a multitude of seals, searching for just the... 
    Wauwinet... and the drive along the shore... is the "WHY" we come to Nantucket. Seemingly endless miles of driving along the shore, nesting shore birds, a multitude of seals, searching for just the...  more »
  • I love being able to take my car to my spot on the beach and set up "camp." The water was superb, the sea lions plentiful as well as the biting flies. The flies were a real nuisance and next time I.....  more
    I love being able to take my car to my spot on the beach and set up "camp." The water was superb, the sea lions plentiful as well as the biting flies. The flies were a real nuisance and next time I.....  more »
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  • Beautiful setting and comfortable hotel on the bay. Extremely pricey, but the relaxing setting makes up for it. We enjoyed the extra amenities of using the property BMW for a half day and riding into town on the house boat
  • $2,000 a night setting — $200 a night rooms. We stayed at the Wauwinet for four nights over Labor Day weekend, and would highly recommend — with one caveat re: price. The positives (many!): First, the staff are delightful. Helpful without being too officious and just make you feel very welcome. Second, the setting for Nantucket cannot be beat by anything else on the island. You have the charming bay on one side and the expansive, beautiful beach right across the road. Chairs, towels and umbrellas are always at the ready for either, as are paddle boards and kayaks. Third, you’re far from town. Now, I know some people would find this to be a downside but we loved being away from the crowds and dipping into town when we felt like it. Being in the thick of it at the height of summer — no thank you (for us!) Here’s the caveat: the price. Yes, we stayed during a holiday weekend in summer in Nantucket, but $1700 a night for what it is — that price sets an expectation and The Wauwinet simply doesn’t meet that expectation, at that price. That price is what Hotel du Cap in Antibes charges, for example, and there’s simply no comparison. The Wauwinet is out of its depth at that price: 1) Tiny rooms — in ours, no desk, no desk chair (so if you need to do any work…) 2) The bathroom door barely cleared the vanity when opening and closing 3) Decorating that can only be described as a step up from a motel, but not much higher. So we recommend the Wauwinet, for sure, but be sure you understand what to expect based on the price you will pay, so you’re not disappointed and your expectations are managed.

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