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“Sad Decline”
Review of Jared Coffin House

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Jared Coffin House
Ranked #9 of 14 Hotels in Nantucket
Plymouth, MA
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Sad Decline”
Reviewed 13 July 2006

The Harrison Gray House has been sold. The wonderful breakfasts in the dining room are no longer; dining room is closed. The Tap Room is not serving any meals either. The "soft goods" are tired and worn. We were very disappointed with the major decline in such a wonderfully historic building. The front desk was cordial but stressed. Had planned to book for Christmas Stroll but have decided against this idea. One wonders if they will be open much longer - an uncertain feeling.

Hope things will turn around but it's hard to see.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed 1 November 2005

We arrived at the Nantucket dock after a huge snow storm, and easily walked to the inn carring our bags. (We did pack light expecting the walk.. but it wasn't bad at all!) The town was just beautiful in the snow and the inn looked just great. It's not a modern, showy kind of place, but very homey and warm. We loved our room got a good middle of the week deal on the price. The tavern was just teriffic, and basically all we wanted to do was unwind, and enjoy the island sans people! We did just that The highlight was probably the tavern and diningroom food. It was just what we imagined and would definately go back!For us, it was just what we needed after a busy holiday season. A real retreat. I would definately ask about their seasonal mid-week deals!!

  • Stayed December 2004
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Mount Clemens, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2005

I have stayed at the Jared Coffin house several times during the last 10 year period. Although I had not been there in three years, I was quite taken aback by how the service as deteriorated as well as the general appearance. Staff in general were unhelpful and at times unfriendly. In addition, it does not offer complimentary breakfast as previously. Unfortunately it has become a pale reflection of its previous self.
I will not return.

  • Stayed September 2005
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 8 August 2005

The "deluxe" accommodations in the Harrison Grey House at the Jared Coffin property were sadly disappointing. We stayed in a queen deluxe room, where the wallpaper was stained and faded, the bathroom creaky and tiny, there was a noisy service area in the basement underneath our room where housekeeping and handymen kept up loud conversations all morning; all contibuted to a feeling of being led to believe something other than what we had read online. The "sumptuous breakfast", although nice, was merely some strawberries and muffins; no juice, yogurt, or cereals. (calling it a "continental breakfast" might have been more appropriate). The bath surround was cheap fiberglass, the toilet needed to be flushed many times to empty it, the door to the bathroom could not be opened completely without hitting the toilet, the sink was behind the door and next to the heating unit, and there was zero counter space. We kept our toiletries in the room on the mantel and brought them into the bath when we needed them. The bed and linens were nice, and the room was indeed spacious, but there was absolutely nothing on the walls other than the faded wallpaper and a map of Nantucket. We never ate at the restaurant although it looked nice, but the Tap Room was quite musty and dark. ("Historic"!) The location was excellent, however, for walking into town and dining or shopping. The lobby and public areas in the Jared Coffin House were quite lovely and well-kept, and the staff were friendly, but the hotel was full or we would have requested another room, perhaps in the Jared Coffin House itself. I'd save my money if you're looking for "deluxe" at the Harrison Grey House, which advertised "upgraded amenities". Next time we'll spend a little more for the White Elephant!

  • Stayed July 2005
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Reviewed 19 January 2005

I've stayed at the "JC House" twice, but it's been 6 or 7 years ago. If it gets any better than this, I don't want to know about it. Shabby is being comfortable in its own skin (or bricks) -- Nantucket is not a pretentious place. The food in the two restaurants was outstanding, and the location perfect. As soon as I save enough pennies, I'll be back there!

  • Stayed October 2000
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Reviewed 22 February 2004

Found the place to be stuffy and tired as if it were resting on past laurels. Not worthy of its reputation. Put a nail in this coffin.

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Akron, OH
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Reviewed 16 November 2003

My new husband and I stayed at the Jared Coffin House for our Honeymoon at the beginning of November. We stayed in the Harrison Gray building and found the accommodations to be outstanding. Our room was large and included a sitting room, an enclosed patio and a bathroom. Breakfast was included with our stay and it was exemplary. The service staff at the restaurant and the inn were friendly and personable, remembering our names and that we were honeymooning. The inn is located in town but on the outskirts, away from the most crowded spots. We highly recommend the Jared Coffin House to anyone visiting Nantucket!

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Property: Jared Coffin House
Address: 29 Broad St, Nantucket, MA 02554-6116
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Jared Coffin House 4*
Number of rooms: 43
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Main House of this historic hotel dates back to 1845 and was the home of an affluent whaling captain. Today, this historic hotel welcomes guests to the Main House and directly next door, to the Daniel Webster House. Guests will find modern amenities with the newly refurbished library/parlor--where complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning. All rooms are air-conditioned. Free Wi-Fi is available in the rooms and throughout the hotel. Guest rooms have been updated with stunning traditional-style furniture. With the hotel's superb location, just steps from boutiques and excellent restaurants, guests enjoy wandering the cobblestone streets or visiting the many nearby museums and beaches. ... more   less 
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