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!”

The Nantucket on Instagram

Morning rituals at The Nantucket 📸: @marcsford // @prepfordwife
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Summer lingers on 📸: @stellenevolandes
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September is here but that doesn’t mean summer is behind us. Tap the link in our bio to learn why. 📸: @vic_nkt
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Checking into the weekend 📸: @stacieflinner
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Pool days are here to stay when you stay with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about the other summer activities and amenities that are lingering a little longer this September 📸: @jenniferjhughes
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Summer later with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what’s happening around the hotel during this spectacular month on-island 📸: @mrsnipple_
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Did somebody say weekend? 📸: @howieguja // @janaguja
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Summer later with us this September. Tap the link in our bio to learn about what’s happening around the hotel during this spectacular month on-island 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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What a pretty little island we have here 📸: @kristenconnorphotography
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Congrats to @mpappag, the latest winner of our #MyVintageSummer series! Her vintage summer photo stirred our Timeless Summer heartstrings and captured the essence of a day of adventures under the sun. If you have a vintage family photo that you think will do the same, share it with us and you might win a Nantucket vacation (or one with our sister resort, @winnetu.mv). Tap the link in our bio to learn more, and happy summering!
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Pop the cork! 🍾🍾 Opened the newspaper yesterday and found out we’ve been named @tripadvisor’s #1 Luxury Hotel of the year. Thanks to our wonderful guests who made this exciting award possible! Head to the link in our bio to read more! 📸: @stacieflinner
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Blooming with fun over at The Nantucket this summer- tap the link in our bio to learn about how we’re making this summer timeless 📸: @katiefromboston
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Endless blooms 🌸 this time of the year 📸: @vic_nkt
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The crunch of oyster-shells and the smell of hydrangeas means you’re probably staying in one of our cottages 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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30 miles out to sea and never a dull sight to see 📸: @jamie.watkins
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Every day feels like the weekend on this island 📸: @shorelinesillustrated
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It’s a great day to have a great day. Happy 4th from all of us at The Nantucket Hotel 🇺🇸 📸: @howieguja
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Sights and scenes like this surround you on the pleasant stroll into town from our front door 📸: @pjhavel
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Did you know that the cottages at The Nantucket Hotel are dog-friendly? 👋 to @hunt.the.whoodle who was with us recently!
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In-room breakfast never looked so good 📸: @jackiegreaney // @pjhavel
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We’re having so much fun sorting through your #MyVintageSummer submissions and we’re excited to announce the second winner!Congrats to @daniellemalfitanaduane whose photo is filled with the splashy summer-y energy we’re channeling this summer. We turned her vintage summer photo into this poster to use in our Season 2020 advertising campaign and she will be receiving a voucher for two-night stay with us or our sister resort on Martha’s Vineyard, @winnetu.mv. We’re picking two more winners this summer so keep those submissions coming! Share it with us using the #MyVintageSummer hashtag or tap the link in our bio to learn how to submit if your Instagram account is set to private.
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Summer looks good on the neighborhood. What’s your favorite evening stroll in Brant Point?
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