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A Nantucket Icon for over 120 Years

Point Breeze Hotel, Nantucket, MA

Point Breeze

Opened as the Point Breeze for the summer 1891 season, the hotel consisted of forty “sleeping apartments” equipped with fine furnishings and connected to electric bells in the hotel’s office. Early advertisements boast running water on each floor, two dining rooms, billiards, water views, and that the hotel is “first-class in every particular”. 

Evening Dances and Shaded Piazzas

By all accounts, the Point Breeze was an elegant center of activity and summertime respite. Welcoming porches invited guests to linger after a game of tennis on the hotel’s lawns, and evening dances were held in the hotel ballroom after dinner. While the croquet lawns are gone, The Nantucket Hotel has held onto some of the Point Breeze’s cherished traditions, including live music in the evenings and old fashioned New England Clambakes on Mondays in the summer. 

Point Breeze Hotel, Nantucket, MA
Point Breeze Hotel, Nantucket, MA

Brant Point Sea Breezes

In the days before air-conditioning, fresh sea breezes were among the most desirable features of the grand 19th century resort hotels. Situated on Brant Point, the hotel benefited (and still does!) from cool breezes off the Nantucket sound to the north and Nantucket Harbor to the west. 

Formerly the site of shipbuilding activity, Brant Point quickly developed into an attractive summer community after the decline of Nantucket’s whaling economy in the middle of the 1800’s.

The hotel’s popularity allowed expansion in early 1900, when the hotel took the shape that we know today by adding a east wing to the 1891 building. 

Changing Times

“The stock market crash of 1929…was not kind to Nantucket and its grand hotels” says David Worth, grandson of the Point Breeze’s owner in the 1920’s. Four years earlier The Point Breeze suffered a fire which razed the west wing and its iconic tower. The days of the grand hotels was coming to an end for the moment. 

Point Breeze Hotel, Nantucket, MA
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New Owners

In the mid-1930’s, Gordon Folger Jr. (grandson of the Point Breeze’s original proprietor) purchased the hotel, renaming it after himself and opening The Whale, a restaurant whose dining room and terrace are the precursor’s to today’s Breeze Bar and Cafe. The Gordon Folger Hotel was purchase in the 1990’s by the Gonella family, who restored the hotel’s original name and turned the hotel’s iconic porch into a popular spot for live music and cocktails. 

Rebirth of an Iconic Hotel

Since restoring the Point Breeze Hotel in 2012 and renaming it the Nantucket Hotel and Resort, our commitment has been to create a home away from home for our guests and a year-round hotel that is an essential fabric to the island community.  We are the only full-service hotel open on the Island year-round. It is gratifying to see how supportive our loyal guests and the community have been.  During the season our guests are here to play, relax and unwind- all are treated like family.  When the power goes out during a winter storm, we are here, with our generator to keep everyone warm; our restaurant Breeze has grown to be an exciting destination not only for dining but for all major holiday events- Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, the holidays and New Years! Our Nantucket Club is busy all year long with Hotel guests, seasonal members and locals enjoying the opportunity to work out, socialize and then to enjoy a drink or dinner afterward in Breeze. The Club has grown extensively with summer membership opportunities from weekly to seasonal use, including our swimming pools, children’s program, and gym. The hotel is an exciting place to be all year long, regardless of the weather or the season continuing in the same tradition as the old Point Breeze when it was first built in 1891.  

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Two of the most familiar faces at The Nantucket Hotel belong to Carlos and Fulya Castrello. Carlos and Fulya have been an integral part of our family for ten years and the friends they’ve made along the way are a testament to their deep involvement in the Nantucket community and the energy they devote to making everyone’s stay at The Nantucket a special one.

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Throw the Nantucket wedding of your dreams with the help from our events team. From ceremonies, to receptions, accommodations, and transportation, we take care of it all. Bring to life the timeless wedding you’ve always envisioned. ...

There’s still time to book your stay for this year’s Wine & Food Festival (@nantucketwineandfood)! This annual celebration has quickly turned into a highlight of the season. Participate in events like the St. Tropez Soiree, Passport Wines around the World, and the Great British Afterparty. Closeout the weekend with our signature Sunday Brunch, sponsored by Chateau Minuty where you will get an exclusive taste of their rosé. ...

Chef Philip Sireci believes that cooking and music share a lot in common, and he has the experience to back his theory up. Before finding his way to the kitchen, Chef Sireci worked as an audio engineer and a guitarist with aspirations to be the next Eric Clapton. “Creating menus that satisfy a person’s five senses is like composing a song. Cooking and music require similar cadence of creativity”. Chef Sireci comes to us from New York City where he led the kitchen at @fineandrarenyc and @theflatironroom. He lands on Nantucket alongside his wife Marla and their adorable dog, Mona Lisa. ...

Join us in welcoming Urmas Karner as he takes the helm as General Manager of The Nantucket Hotel. Urmas comes to us from the Turks and Caicos where he once won Hotelier of the Year as GM of the Somerset on Grace Bay. “Now another island beckons… I look forward to applying my experience and enthusiasm for the benefit of our guests, visitors, the local community, and my co-worker family” says Karner. We are glad Nantucket beckoned him here and can’t wait to welcome him to The Nantucket family!

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It’s with great fondness that we bid farewell to General Manager Jamie Holmes. Jamie’s been with us since our opening day, way back in 2012, and has been a genial presence, a capable leader, and a good friend for all of his ten years at The Nantucket Hotel. Share a Jamie Holmes memory in the comment section, and join us in wishing him well in his next adventure!

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We’re now accepting Mother’s Day celebration brunch reservations. 💐 Tap the link in our bio to learn more! ...

There’s nothing more Nantucket than blooming hydrangeas. Looking forward to seeing these colors come bursting back in just a few short weeks. ...

At long last, Daffodil festival is back, just the way you remember it: flower show, parade, picnics and all. This weekend sells out fast so don’t hesitate to make a reservation for this unforgettable weekend. ...

Appreciation post for all of our wonderful staff at the Nantucket! 👏 Thank you for always having a smile on your face. Share a memory you have with your favorite staff member! ...

We’re hopping into Spring with our Easter weekend festivities! Join us April 15th - 17th for fun a brunch and Easter egg hunt each family member can partake in. ...

No one knows Nantucket better than our concierge team. Looking for an activity? A restaurant recommendation? The perfect place to watch the sunset from? Contact the concierge desk and start planning your Nantucket getaway. ...

We’re open! Whether you’re joining us for a fun filled spring or relaxing with us this summer, we’re eager to welcome you back. ...

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