Despite being just a few hours away from our home in the Boston suburbs, Nantucket feels like a world away. While the resorts of Nantucket are very expensive during the busy summer season, there are some great deals that can be had during the spring season, and it’s a great spot for a quick getaway. One of my favorite resorts in Nantucket is the White Elephant Hotel. The White Elephant Hotel, located right in the center of town, also offers the White Elephant Hotel Residences, which are suites that are perfect for families. Last spring, we took a trip to Nantucket in early May to enjoy a stay at the Residences.
The White Elephant offers complimentary transportation from the ferry terminal, so we easily boarded the shuttle along with the other hotel guests. We chose not to take our car over on the ferry, and weren’t disappointed with that decision. Between the complimentary ferry shuttle and the downtown location, we really didn’t need it. In addition, parking on the island is at a premium, and it’s expensive to take a car over. The shuttle brought us to the main hotel lobby for check-in, then they drove us directly to our 2-bedroom residence, located a few blocks away. Immediately, upon check-in, we learned how fabulous the service is at the White Elephant. From the moment we checked in, the staff at the hotel knew all of our names (including the children), and the one problem we had (washing machine not working) was dealt with instantaneously. In fact, we saw the front desk clerk in town on his day off two days later and he greeted us by name.
Our room itself was amazing. The decor is “upscale seaside” and is light and airy. The residence included everything we’d need, including a toaster oven, microwave, washer and dryer. We also had two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a front porch with lawn furniture, and a living room with gas fireplace. The residences have their own pool, which was closed in May, and is also located across the street from Children’s Beach. There’s also a hospitality suite that offers coffee, tea, and snacks, as well as a workout room, DVD library, and personal concierge.
Dinner at the on-site Brant Point Grill was wonderful. It’s an upscale restaurant, but they do offer a kids’ menu and are family-friendly. We sat in the covered and heated patio, which becomes an outdoor patio in the summer. I can imagine that the view in the summer is breathtaking.
Article and photos from Jodi Grundig, author of Family Travel Magazine.
Visit The White Elephant Hotel website for booking info and more details.
Disclosure: As is typical in the travel industry, The White Elephant Hotel Residences provided us with a complimentary two-night stay for research purposes, as well as dinner for our family at the Brant Point Grill.