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The Wauwinet, Wauwinet 

120 Wauwinet Road
Nantucket , Massachusetts
Tel: 800 426 8718 (toll-free)
Tel: 508 228 0145
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When you want to truly get away from it all, the Wauwinet—on the island's northeast tip, half an island's distance from the bustle of town and surrounded by 26 miles of beaches—is the place to be. For every guest, there are two staffers who pride themselves on remembering your name and keep quite busy bringing extra towels, plopping more ice in G&Ts, planning nature tours to nearby wilderness preserves, and arranging water taxis to a private beach. The 28 rooms and six cottages have a tasteful country look—floral prints, Pratesi linens, lots of wicker and pine. (Room 105 is the biggest, although room 302, with its wall of windows overlooking the bay, is the best; most first-floor rooms have private decks.) As at many Nantucket hotels, some rooms are surprisingly small. Luckily, the center of life here is the rolling main lawn set with comfortable cushioned wicker chaises and the cell phone–free sand beach just beyond. The day starts with breakfast at Topper's restaurant (try the lobster frittata and just-made apricot biscuits); the Spa by the Sea's menu includes locally inspired treatments such as a cranberry-crush body scrub, and a caviar facial.

Open early May through late October.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The nineteenth-century cedar-shingle inn has "an ideal location if you want to disconnect, but not be completely cut off from the world," nine miles northeast of downtown Nantucket. Decorated in a "quaint and sweet esthetic," expect floral chintzes, antique pine, and hand-stenciled finishes on walls. Topper's offers modern American cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients, and hosts cooking demonstrations. Take a sunset cruise aboard the Wauwinet Lady.

(32 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.6
  • Design: 93.8
  • Food: 97.0
  • Location: 92.4
  • Rooms: 93.6
  • Service: 87.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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Charming Place but no appointment at the SPA

Beautiful hotel with a spectacular lawn in front.Employees from all over the world are very kind. Great restaurant "The toppers". Small room but very... more

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