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Star of the Sea Hostel
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
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“Great value on Nantucket”
Reviewed 2 August 2010

I recently stayed for 2 nights at the Star of the Sea Hostel. I was pleasantly surprised by the stay. The hostel is on a quiet street surrounded by a nice landscape, and is right across the street from beautiful and quiet Surfside Beach. It's about 3 miles from town, but if you don't have a bike you can take a taxi ($14 from town), or a $2 bus ride (the buses only run from around 10am-6pm).

The hostel is clean and everyone was friendly, and sheets, bath, and beach towels are all provided. The women's dorm has 20 beds, a mix of bunk beds & single beds. The bathroom has 3 shower stalls and 3 sinks. There are small lockers to lock your valuables (like purses/wallets), but they are not big enough for luggage, which is just left out in the room. The hostel is open all day and guests are free to come and go as they like. There is a common room with a computer and where a simple breakfast is served in the morning (coffee, tea, oatmeal, granola, yogurt, toast). There is a small room off of this for reading or for playing provided board games, and chairs and picnic tables outside. I don't think the hostel is air conditioned, but there are fans and it was very comfortable during our stay.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 9 July 2010

I stayed 3 nights at this hostel, it is a converted historic lifesaving station 3.5 miles from downtown Nantucket at Surfside beach. We only used bikes for transportation, and getting there from the ferry on the bike path was not a problem. Our group of 16 cooked our own meals daily, but the hostel staff does provide a very basic breakfast each morning, and separate areas to store your personal food in the kitchen. The place was very clean and well kept, the staff friendly and knowledgeable. My only complaint is that there is no private dressing area. Bathrooms clean and roomy, with 4 shower stalls in the women's. Sheets, blankets, towels, pillows even beach towels are all provided by the hostel. There are separate men's and women's dorms with both bunks and single beds, plus a 5-bed family (or co-ed) room. There are lockers available to store valuables. There are picnic tables and a volleyball court outside. The path to the beach is directly across the street. Highly recommend for basic lodging needs on the island.

  • Stayed June 2010
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Worcester, Mass
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Reviewed 2 June 2008

I have stayed at the hostel several times with the Girl Scouts and it is truly a hidden gem. There are 2 buildings: one larger main building with dorm style beds and another smaller one with fewer beds and also accomodation for a family. The main building has a large kitchen , large dining room/common area and smaller room for quiet reading, etc. Outside are picnic tables and a nice large yard to relax or play in. Plenty of bike racks to accomodate those arriving by rented bikes. Best of all is the place is a short walk from Surfside beach. At night, with the windows open, you can hear the ocean and see the light from the nearby lighthouse. Incredibly relaxing and refreshing.
You can bring your own food to store and prepare in the kitchen. Or, grab a taxi and head downtown to the restaurants.
Be aware that they will most likely ask you to do a small housekeeping chore before you checkout. But it's a small price to pay in exchange for spending the night within the sounds of crashing waves on Nantucket. Grab your bike and go!

  • Stayed September 2003
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Property: Star of the Sea Hostel
Address: 31 Western Ave, Surfside, Nantucket, MA 02554-4408
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Nantucket
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Nantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Star of the Sea Hostel 2*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hostel was built in 1873 as Nantucket's first life-saving station, the 'Star of the Sea', so of ocourse, it is located right on the beach. ... more   less 
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