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

We’re almost back! The Nantucket reopens March 5th for some cozy off-seasoning in the heart of historic and downtown Nantucket. Tap the link in our bio to learn more! 📸: @styleinherited

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Valentines Day is around the corner and maybe you’re still looking for a gift... give the gift of Nantucket this year with a Nantucket Hotel gift card. Tap the link in our bio for details! 📸: @marcsford // @prepfordwife ...

We're closed for the moment to spruce the hotel up for the year ahead of us. We'll be back open in March and ready to host more cozy moments like this PC: @dirtandglass

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Missing celebrating the new year with all of you but can’t wait to see you all in the next year none-the-less! Happy 2021 from all of us at @thenantucket

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A merry merry Christmas from our family to yours 📸: @nantucketislandprints

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All is calm, all is bright, and the drinks aren’t bad either! Thanks to those who have chosen to cozy up with us this holiday season 🥃Did you know we have the most extensive hot drinks menu on the island? 📸: @ashleyculkins

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It’s the perfect December to stay in and stay cozy. Tag someone you want hunker down with on Nantucket 📸: @ashleyculkins
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Looking your usual festive self, Nantucket. Raise your hand 🤚 if you love the #GreyLady in December 📸: @zofiaphoto
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Things are looking magical in our lobby. Tap the link in our bio to learn about our holiday to-go boxes and other festive activities at the hotel this December!
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Anyone else feeling festive as we stride into December? Tap the link in our bio to learn what’s happening at the hotel this holiday season 📸: @kristynewengland
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Looking for the perfect gift this season? Why not give the gift of Nantucket with a Nantucket Hotel gift card? Tap the link in our bio to share a little #nantucketing with someone special in your life 📸: @kristynewengland
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From all of us at The Nantucket Hotel, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! 📸: @styleinherited
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Dog party 🎉 in one of our pet-friendly cottages. Tap the link in our bio to learn about our pet-friendly accommodations! 📸: @mindybriar
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Introducing a new member of our family, @lovangoresort. Our newest sister resort is situated on a lush private island in the #USVI, just a short ride from St. John + St. Thomas. Featuring a beach club, a waterfront restaurant, and a villa for rent, Lovango will open for the season on December 23rd. Tap the link in our bio to browse Lovango’s new website. We’ll see you at the dock!
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Picture perfect ACK fall by @lck.photographs
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More pumpkin pictures, because we’re big fans of October on #ACK 📸: @handydallaireevents
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Step into the season on the way up our front porch 📸: @theparishouse
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It’s a golden time of the year here on the #GreyLady
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Firepit season is coming 📸: @annah_todd
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There’s still time to fall in love with this golden season on Nantucket 📸: @greyladygirl
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It’s always robe & slippers season at 77 Easton Street 📸: @travelikealocalma
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Lobster Caesar views 📸: @zacharyweiss
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Morning rituals at The Nantucket 📸: @marcsford // @prepfordwife
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