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“Nice little B&B - excellent restaurant”
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Ships Inn
Ranked #14 of 38 Nantucket B&B and Inns
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New York, NY, USA
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“Nice little B&B - excellent restaurant”
Reviewed 2 February 2007

We booked a place here on Memorial Day weekend. Every hotel on Nantucket was packed solid and we only got a room here because of a cancellation. Note that most of the hotels require a minimum 3 day booking during the summer. I would also recommend that you book early as there are limited numbers of rooms vs. tourists during the summer months.

The B&B is a quick 8 minute walk from the main dock up main street and a left right before the bank. There's a bicycle rack in the back to lock your bike. The plate of cookies and fruit were a nice considerate touch and there are also clean beach towels to be borrowed from the front desk.

The rooms themselves are rather small but that is to be expected. Depending on the room you get, the ceilings may be sloping downard in places, a possible problem for the tall. Showers and tub is functional but small. The rooms here are typical of all rooms in Nantucket.

Free breakfast was very good - muffins, cereal, pastries, sausage, ham, eggs. Dinner here is excellent though. It rivals some of the better establishments in Manhattan. It could very well be one of the top 5 restaurants on the island next to the Wauwinet and the White Elephant restaurants. We had dinner at both the Wauwinet and here. Both are not be missed. Do try to take the free Dock - Wauwinet shuttle for dinner. There's nothing like sitting on a beach having a drink while being served fresh lobster tail. Be prepared for the bill however.

All in all, the Ship's Inn was a good deal for $179/night during the peak season.

  • Liked — Restaurant, proximity to dock
  • Disliked — Pricy (all of the island is...)
  • Stayed May 2004, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 August 2004

The Ship's Inn in Nantucket is many, many good things, but could be great with some more effort and personal attention.

It has a great in-town location, around the corner from Main Street and up the street from Murray's Tuggery. It's in the home of a historic whaler and and a suffragette, Lucretia Mott. The food is good, with a fine breakfast (although making apple crisp without cinnamon and brown sugar misses the point). We didn't sample dinner but that was a mistake; the smells were delicious and guests appeared to be having a fine time.

For Nantucket, it was a good value, too, with fair prices and less money up front, minimum stay rules than other places. We were stuck up on the top floor though, with rooms less grand than the web site showed.

My main complaint was about the noise. We traveled with two children, and the Inn carefully checked their ages to make sure they were over six. The kids behaved themselves, but the Inn's other guests didn't, nor did the staff. Other guests were entertaining until the early hours of the morning, and the kitchen staff kept up quite a racket out back until very late. No one was home to supervise either the staff or the guests, spoiling our stay.

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Property: Ships Inn
Address: 13 Fair St, Nantucket, MA 02554-3742
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #14 of 38 B&Bs / Inns in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Ships Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ships Inn represents a unique piece of Nantucket history while providing the comfort and convenience essential to visitors.Located in a quiet historical neighborhood near town.The sought after combination of a historic inn and an acclaimed restaurant serving fresh local ingredients. A truly memorable Nantucket experience. ... more   less 
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