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The Carlisle House Inn
Ranked #11 of 38 Nantucket B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Level 5 Contributor
98 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Basic B&B”
Reviewed 12 July 2013

The Carlisle House is conveniently located close to town, in a nice quiet location just a few minutes walk from everything. We stayed in a room on the second floor that turned out to be fairly small and cramped - and while we normally might not have minded so much, the weather was not great during our stay and the room was not at all conducive to relaxing in. There is a parlor area downstairs but it is not air conditioned and it was much too hot and humid to hang out there. Aside from this, the one truly unredeemable aspect of the place was the bed - not sure if it was a cheap mattress or just old, but it was so uncomfortable I could hardly sleep and my back was killing me afterward. Overall the Carlisle is an ok place to bunk for the night if you're looking for nothing more than a bed to sleep in (albeit a very uncomfortable one). But in retrospect we would opt to pay more and stay in a roomier and more comfortable B&B or hotel, with more amenities.

Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carlislehouseinn, Owner at The Carlisle House Inn, responded to this review, 16 July 2013
We realize that what one person might find comfortable in a bed, another might not. This particular room is very popular, in fact we have repeat guests who always request it! While not the largest of our rooms, it is 15 by 15 feet, with enough room for a queen canopy bed and two wing chairs. Unfortunately we were experiencing an extremely hot and humid weather pattern during this guest's stay with us and it was difficult to keep the parlor cool with front and side doors being opened and closed constantly during the day. Although this guest did not offer any of this feedback when asked how she enjoyed her stay, we have contacted her directly to hear her comments because we value each guest's feedback and wish to ensure our future guests a superb experience with us.
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Sudbury
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Reviewed 9 July 2013

We have come to this great inn for a few years. Wonderful location and charm. Heather is a pleasure to deal with. Love the availability of beach towels and the breakfast. We are able to leave our luggage on departure day so we can extend our visit to the Island. Inn is always clean and hospitable. The side yard is a pleasure to relax in as well. Can't wait to go back!

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

I just recently spent three days/two nights here - my wife and I actually booked a reservation at another hotel on the island that was suppose to open in early June but did not because it had not obtained its certificate of occupancy yet. We were fortunately re-located to the Carlisle House Inn.

We were very pleased with this inn. It is centrally located to everything in downtown Nantucket and the inn maintains the great New England classical style that is so pervasive throughout the island. We stayed in the Madeket Suite which was spacious, clean and, most importantly, comfortable. The very slight "con" to the room was that the bathroom is outside the suite and has to be accessed through the general hallway. Any concerns I had about the situation were assuaged by the fact that the bathroom is private and can only be opened by that suite's key. The inn also has a charming parlor adjacent to the check-in lobby as well as a very serene outside sitting area.

We found the staff to be very personable and they provided us with terrific suggestions for maxmizing our enjoyment of the island during our stay. We were very happy to have been re-located to this inn and we will certainly look in to staying here again when we return to Nantucket.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Concord, New Hampshire, United States
1 review
Reviewed 1 July 2013

There were three of us (our 16 year-old daughter joined my wife and me) and we had the 'Sconset Suite on the second floor. It was great to have our daughter stay in her own room so we could all sleep comfortably.

The timing of our trip was a little goofy - we had to check out by 11 am but our next destination did not allow checking in until 3 pm that same afternoon. However, the innkeeper allowed us to keep the parking pass until we left for the next destination. This allowed us to enjoy Nantucket Town for several additional hours and grab lunch.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Upton, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 29 June 2013

From the moment we arrived til the moment we departed, everything was perfect. Heather was the perfect host. The continental breakfast was just right, peach breakfast bread and popovers were my favorite! We stayed in 2 of the suites and everything was clean, just perfect. Thank you Heather for making our stay such a good one. We will definately be back.
Angie.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Carlislehouseinn, Owner at The Carlisle House Inn, responded to this review, 1 July 2013
Thank you for your comments, Angie! We will look forward to seeing you again!
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Asheboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

We chose Carlisle based on positive trip advisor reviews and lower daily room charges compared to most other places we considered.
The prior reviews proved quite on the point and we readily agree that the owner Heather was most gracious and helpful during our recent 2 night stay. Our 3rd floor king room was tasteful and comfortable with very large bathroom. Bkfst was quite tasty with daily fresh baked offerings and wonderful fruits in addition to toasts, coffee/tea etc. The side yard repose area was comfortably lovely and frequented by many of the guests and proprietor for quiet conversation. Heather was seemingly always readily available and helpful in providing advice for and assisting with making dinner/tour reservations.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Boston, Massachusetts
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2013

My husband and I just spent the weekend here, and we loved this adorable B&B! It was originally an old whaling captain's house, and the current owner Heather is a descendent of the original owners. Heather was SO unbelievably friendly and helpful- offering up great restaurant and sight-seeing advice, along with fresh-baked banana, zucchini, and pumpkin breads each day.

The inn is very clean, and has all of the original details (old paintings of the whaling captains, little wooden doors to the rooms, 4 poster beds, etc) which give it a wonderful quaintness. Breakfast is available each morning on the sunny porch, and there is a beautiful garden out back which is great for relaxing with a cup of coffee or glass of wine in the afternoon. The location is very convenient as well- situated on a quiet street, walk to the right and you are downtown within less than 5 minutes. Walk left and you are on your way to Jetties Beach (about 15 min walk).

On our last day, check-out was at 11a and we had a 6p ferry... Heather was really helpful and let us keep our bags at the inn and even offered up beach towels we could that use so ours wouldn't get messy before having to throw them back in our bags. We had full use of the Inn and Garden all day until our ferry that evening. I would absolutely stay here again next time I am on Nantucket!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Carlisle House Inn
Address: 26 N Water St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3548
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic charm and convenience are the hallmarks of this year-round downtown inn, formerly a whaling captain's home, situated just five minutes' walk from the ferries, shops, restaurants and beaches. Enjoy a warm and welcoming atmosphere and a variety of rooms to suit any traveler, from singles and double with shared bath to spacious queens, kings and suites with private baths. Free Wifi, A/C, TVs in every room, including some large flat-screen HDTVs. Four guest rooms have working fireplaces. Included in your rate is a delicious continental breakfast featuring home-baked breads and muffins, seasonal fruits, yogurts, cereals, coffee and tea. Common areas include a cozy parlor, guest office and lovely garden. We look forward to welcoming you at any time of year! ... more   less 
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