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Centerboard Inn 3.0

Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States

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  • Located centrally in Nantucket’s Historic District
  • All rooms and public spaces completely renovated in 2012
  • Extremely helpful, hospitable innkeeper
  • Freebies include a daily continental breakfast buffet and Wi-Fi
  • Adult-only top floor of the inn
  • Two street parking passes available for guest use
  • Environmentally friendly practices
  • Pets allowed (restrictions and fees apply)
  • Bike storage available
  • Open year-round


  • Minimum stays are sometimes required
  • Some rooms or bathrooms are small
  • Rooms facing street may encounter street noise

Bottom Line

For an authentic New England inn experience, the Centerboard Inn is a great choice -- offering up an historic Nantucket home close to all the shopping and dining of the downtown area, as well as a short walk to the Children's Beach. The inn features charming rooms, each with its own decor and feel, and an innkeeper that creates a true bed-and-breakfast-style stay. The entire property was renovated from head to toe in 2012, introducing brighter interiors with modern beach-chic decor. But some rooms and bathrooms are a bit tight on space.

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Cozy inn that's a former sea captain's home

Originally built in 1886 as a sea captain’s home, the Centerboard Guest House has been remodeled completely while retaining that Victorian-era feel. In 2012, the inn's interiors received a head-to-toe makeover, introducing more modern, beach-chic decor to the property. The result is light, airy spaces indicative of the laid-back luxurious vibe of Nantucket as a whole. Located in the heart of the historic district, the inn is a quick walk from the ferry, and all the shops, bars, restaurants, and galleries of downtown.

Guests can enjoy a light and airy sitting room, or relax on the front porch in wicker chairs to watch the world go by. There is also a small patio behind the inn complete with a bistro table and chairs. While the inn has two street parking passes for guests to use, it would be easier to leave the car at home and bring your bike. Store the bike at the inn, and either ride or walk everywhere from its central location.


A short walk from downtown's attractions, including the Children's Beach

Located on a side street in downtown Nantucket, Centerboard Guest House is walking distance to everything in the area -- which is good, because there isn’t much parking to be had downtown, especially during the busy summer months. The inn does have two street parking passes available for guest use, however, if needed.

Nantucket is an island 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, next to Martha’s Vineyard. While the Vineyard boasts some lovely homes, Nantucket’s real estate puts it to shame. This is where the rich come to vacation, and the prices around town reflect that. Don’t expect to run into the Hollywood crowd -- here it’s more CEOs, politicians, and billionaire businessmen who have their second homes on the island. The atmosphere is relaxed, but polished at the same time.

Nantucket is about history and natural beauty. It features some of the highest concentration of Pre-Civil war structures and oldest operating windmill in U.S. You’ll find cobblestoned streets downtown (always fun to drive over), plenty of historic mansions converted into bed-and-breakfasts, and boutiques shilling expensive brand names. While the shopping and dining is fantastic, the beautiful beaches are probably the main allure. The southside beaches are key for surfers (Cisco is a local favorite), Madaket has phenomenal sunsets, Jetties is close to town and great for families, and Great Point Beach is accessible only by four-wheel drive.

There are a number of ferries to get to and from the island, but The Steamship Authority ferry from Hyannis is the only way to bring a car across the water, although travelers are strongly discouraged from bringing their cars. During the summer, when the population swells from 10,000 to 50,000 people, finding parking can be next to impossible. It’s easier to rent a car once you’re on the island (plus, the ferry fee for cars can range from $120 to $200 each way depending on the season).

  • 14-minute drive to Nantucket Memorial Airport
  • 5-minute walk to downtown
  • 15-minute drive to Madaket
  • 15-minute drive to Cisco Beach
  • 20-minute drive to Sankaty Head Lighthouse (Siasconset, or ‘Sconset, as it’s known by the locals)
  • 1-hour fast ferry ride to Hyannis, MA on Hy-Line ferry from downtown
  • 2-hour and 15-minute ferry ride to Hyannis, MA on Steamship Authority ferry (the only one to carry cars to the island) from downtown


Adults-only floor, but kid-friendly elsewhere

Couples looking for private time will appreciate that kids are not allowed in the rooms on the top floor of the main building. However, kids are definitely welcome at the inn, and the rooms in the Houseboat building are perfect for families and groups. Each room has its own special decor and feel, but all complement the historic architecture. All rooms (along with all public spaces) were renovated in 2012, receiving a more modern, beach-chic look. Spaces are light in airy, in hues of white and tan.

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Cable TV (some have small flat-screen TVs)
  • Mini-fridges
  • Air conditioning (seasonal)
  • Ceiling fan
  • Some rooms have iPod docks
  • Walk-in showers (no tubs) in most rooms
  • Upgrade to a Master Suite for a working fireplace and Jacuzzi tub.


Free breakfast, and bike storage plus a bike rental discount

  • Free continental breakfast buffet daily, with homemade baked goods made from local, organic ingredients
  • Pets allowed in certain rooms (restrictions and fees apply)
  • Bike storage available; the inn has a discount with Nantucket Bike Rental
  • Two street parking passes available for guest use
  • Free Wi-Fi
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8 Chester St, Massachusetts 02554-3505, United States


(508) 228-9696

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