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“quintessential Nantucket”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of White Elephant

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White Elephant
Ranked #5 of 13 Hotels in Nantucket
Certificate of Excellence
New York City, New York
1 review
“quintessential Nantucket”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2011

Recently stayed in one of the White Elephant's cottages (two-bedroom). Was super warm and inviting, with plenty of charm. Having a private deck was hands down one of the best parts. Perfect for reading one of any number of national newspapers available free of charge from the main hotel (as well as yummy breakfast pastries!). Felt like we got to live like an island local. And was such a short stroll to town. Top recommendations in town are the Brotherhood of Thieves for a pint (try one of the local brews like the Whales Tale Ale) or the new Brick Bistro. Didn't get to eat at the latter but popped by for a quick drink as it seemed to have a ton of buzz. Boy was it buzzing! Can't wait to go back. Will definitely be staying at the White Elephant again!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2011

I stayed in a two bedroom cottage at the White Elephant - it was amazing! Incredibly charming and has a real sense of privacy. The little grey-shingled houses have a front deck with a table - perfect for sitting in the sun and reading. Inside, the living room has a fireplace, two window seats, a couch and a dining table by the little kitchenette. The bedrooms were my favorite. The beds have the most amazing bedding - incredibly soft, and the comforter was so fluffy and warm. The cottages are a 5-10 minute walk from town and the Brant Point Lighthouse is 5-10 minutes in the other direction. The location is perfect, and the food at the White Elephant's Brant Point Grill is delicious. The two bedroom cottage would be great for two couples - definitely recommend!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2011

This hotel's goal was to make us feel pampered, appreciated and welcomed. Our room was beautifully decorated with very comfortable furniture. The hotel staff, at every level, was gracious, professional and informative. Everyone remembered our names, was happy to see us as we came & went and made us feel like "family." We were travelling with a 9 month old and she was treated with such care and always a smile! The Brandt Pointe Restaurant was wonderful...good food and an attentive staff.
The gift shop was well organized with so many fun "treasures".
It was obvious that everyone, especially at the front desk, the concierge desk and the "guys" manning the doors were there to make their guests feel at home.

Room Tip: Second floor harbor view is wonderful.
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Dracut, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2011

I have travelled extensively in my life, in several areas and locations. The White Elephant Inn was such an unexpected joy I cannot tell you. From Graham at the door to Jen on the Concierge desk the staff could not be more helpful. They actually questioned me regarding a child in the dining room in hopes it did not disturb me. No hotel has ever offered such caring service to me as a guest. I truly cannot wait to go back and would not stay any other place on the island. Again it was awesome.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2010

My husband and I spent a delightful two days at the White Elephant over Thanksgiving. The entire staff, and I mean each and every member we came into contact with, was exceptionally friendly, courteous and helpful. The staff alone made the stay memorable. We couldn't have been more pleased with our room. If you go in the fall, you must book a room with a fireplace facing Nantucket Bay. Charming. Indeed, the entire hotel, including its grounds, has a distinctive charm about it. Thanksgiving dinner was bountiful and the raw seafood bar was especially welcome. The hotel is perfectly located for brisk walks around beautiful Nantucket. This was our second stay at the White Elephant. We definitely will be visiting again.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Gilbertsville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2010

My husband and I spent our anniversary at The White Elephant, and when we checked into our upgraded room, they kicked off the celebration by leaving a beautifully decorated cake. The resort exceeded my expectations in every way. The port and cheese served in the library each day was nice, the staff was very friendly, and the place was spotless. I look forward to our next stay.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Archbold, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

The White Elephant was a fantastic place to stay. They called before we travelled to see if there was anything they could do for us--dinner reservations, how we were arriving on the island, and what or if we wanted to do while visiting. In easy walking distance to town. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about White Elephant

Property: White Elephant
Address: 50 Easton Street, PO Box 2580, Nantucket, MA 02554
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — White Elephant 4.5*
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The White Elephant has been an exclusive summertime retreat since the 1920s. The height of preppy New England elegance, this is the place where brides dream of being married and families come for generations. A stone's throw from the center of town, this 64-room island treasure has accommodations ranging from garden cottages to suites on the harbor. The hotel's mascot, a white elephant named Trunket, presides over its greener than green lawn. Set with plush lounge chairs, it overlooks bustling Nantucket Harbor and calm Children's Beach. Brant Point Grill serves up a famed Sunday brunch, with their signature Lobster Bloody Mary. ... more   less 
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