The Nantucket Hotel & Resort History

Our grand Nantucket Hotel has over 100 years of intriguing history behind it that we’d love to share with you.

Late in 1890, work began on “The Nantucket Hotel & Resort,” then called the “Point Breeze,” a new hotel close to the Nantucket Sound beaches. Among the islanders who watched the building rise from its foundation that fall were men and women who remembered the great Nantucket whaling industry days.

Just 50 years previously, Nantucket whaleboats had set out across the oceans returning, oftentimes after years at sea, laden with oil that helped light a pre-industrial world. However, by the mid-1800s, a cheaper, more abundant way of powering America’s homes and factories was discovered and Nantucket found that half its population had fled and, for the first time, that its warehouses and wharves had fallen silent.

However, Nantucket possessed a spirit and beauty unlike any other and it wasn’t long before summer visitors began disembarking from the steamers that now linked the Island to New England’s coastal towns. They came every year to admire her mansion-lined streets, historical sites, and pristine beaches. After decades of decline, Nantucket had discovered a new kind of business…tourism.

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort (The Nantucket) opened its doors in the summer of 1891 and, today, still embodies the spirit of that age. Early advertisements boasted of the hotel’s running water, gaslights, billiard halls, croquet lawns, sea views, and orchestra. Guests danced across the Hotel ballroom’s polished, wooden floors or reclined in rocking chairs on the verandah. The more adventurous guests even allowed themselves, in the words of a newspaper from that period, “the invigorating and delightful indulgence of sea bathing.”

Today, visitors are still drawn to Nantucket. They come to experience the Island’s charming streets, and to take in her seascapes and shifting Atlantic Ocean light. And, The Nantucket still stands…the last of the grand, old Nantucket hotels from the Island’s age of elegance.

In the summer of 2012, The Nantucket, re-opened its doors after the most extensive refurbishment in its history. The Hotel retains the authentic feel of its historic exterior – while inside – it embodies a completely new, casual-style atmosphere and 21st-century, family-friendly comforts. The Hotel’s new name pays tribute to the Point Breeze’s predecessor and neighbor, “The Nantucket,” which was the first grand hotel built on Nantucket in 1885.

With its two outdoor heated swimming pools, The Nantucket Club, Breeze restaurant, and Grand Ballroom, The Nantucket offers the all-suites’ accommodations and amenities that guests expect from a world-class hotel that is within close proximity to the beach and heart of Nantucket’s historic, old town. Welcome to “The Nantucket!”

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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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