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“Beautiful view, lovely room, so-so breakfast”

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Menemsha Inn and Cottages
Ranked #1 of 2 Menemsha B&B and Inns
Portland
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45 reviews
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“Beautiful view, lovely room, so-so breakfast”
Reviewed 15 October 2013

The inn is comprised of outbuildings with suites and full cottages settled discreetly on a hill overlooking the sea. One can walk to the tiny town of Menemsha, with its fishing boats and lobster shacks, as well as the beach. My suite room with a view of the sea and the Coast Guard's lighthouse (active) had cable and wifi, and was prettily furnished in blue and white. There was a small, private, balcony and a small fridge. For ice, you had to journey to a cooler at the building next door. Also next door was the complimentary, self-serve breakfast, which you could take indoors or on a lovely terrace. The ingredients of the buffet were uninspired, the sort you might expect at a downscale motel: Cold cereals, juices, yogurt, bagels and muffins and toast. Some fruit. Inside the main building is a game room, computer, lemonade and cookies in the afternoon. It's a very comfortable stay, even if a few details are not in keeping with its ambiance.

Room Tip: If light at night bothers you, you might not want a lighthouse view.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This is the second time my girlfriend and I have been to Menemsha. You should know that the Menemsha Inn runs a half-off special on rooms after Labor Day, and every store in Edgartown has sales between Labor Day and Columbus Day (the unofficial end of season). You'll also want to get here before Larsen's shutters for the season--it's where you go in Menemsha Harbor for the most amazing fresh seafood imaginable. Each morning my girlfriend and I order our two two-pound lobsters, a dozen oysters and a dozen shrimp, and a pound of mussels from Larsen's, spend the day in Edgartown, come back to our cottage, make a fire in the fireplace, eat our unforgettable dinner, and hang out with our little poochies, who love it here almost as much as we do, except they don't really like the wild turkeys walking around. This is probably my favorite place to visit anywhere in the U.S.

Room Tip: Stay in one of the cottages.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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MA
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

If you are anything like me, the crowds (even off-season) in Edgartown, Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs are daunting and uninviting. Staying on the other side of the island was the best decision we made! And because we were traveling off-season the Inn was half the high-season price. I would not have given them 4 stars if I had paid $400 versus the $200 we were charged.

The property overlooks Menemsha Beach and Harbor and you can walk there in minutes. The rooms are clean yet need new paint. They could also splurge on better linens. The room was small but still had a tub in the bathroom and a sweet balcony overlooking the water.

The staff (brought in from Jamaica each season) was superb - they were happy, friendly and helpful.

Truthfully the sister Inn, the Beach Plum Inn, is a nicer property but you pay for it! If staying at the Menemsha Inn walk over to the Beach Plum for dinner - amazing. And walk to the Menemsha Fish Market for a lobster lunch. Eat on the dock while watching the boats bring fish and lobsters in the back door of the market.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mexico City, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

We stayed here for a week and took it as our base camp to travel all over the island. This inn has a very good restaurant (not the breakfast one), with incredible views. What we liked the most is that it is less touristy than the rest of the Island so after a day's exploration it was worth the while to arrive at your beautiful cottage and simply relax. Staff where incredibly helpfull and to be honest it's a no brainer. I would not go to one of the more popular hotels because I enjoyed the sense of uniqueness this inn offers.
LOVED IT

Room Tip: Choose a cottage instead of a room. Ir really is worth the price
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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A'dam
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

The Inn has beautiful grounds and lots of charm and great views. It feels very personal to the tastes of the owners and absolutely not chain-ey. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The free continental breakfast at the Inn was enh (although the fresh fruits was fantastic as it was everywhere on the island). We were happy to pay for a delicious warm breakfast at the sister property Beach Plum (again with a wonderful view) The whole place does the Martha's Vineyard game very well.

The (relatively) cheaper rooms were booked during this holiday weekend so we stayed in the Ditty Box, a cottage whose name I did not understand. It was very private, with a screened in porch, those rustic wooden lean-back Adirondack chairs in front. Naturally there is no lighting from the parking to the cottage and no paved path. But then again that wouldn't go with the hand-painted signs, the rabbits and the wild turkeys that roam the area. Indeed, the whole Island is underlit to keep up its rural charm and to help see the stars that shock the city slickers.

If my friends owned this property and let me stay here, I would gush and gush and try to come up with the perfect thank you gift to match the celebrate-the-past and protect-us-from-the-change-that-will-ruin-it that is Martha's Vineyard.

The problem is the room was $500 a night. Granted it was a peak peak holiday weekend, but still. At that price, I want better furniture. I don't want a loud refrigerator, cheap track lighting over the kitchen counter, and blah bathroom fixtures. It wasn't dirty or shabby, just a bit lazy.

I can hear the supporters saying if you want the Tyson's Corner Courtyard by Marriott, go there, but it's not that I need steamed milk in my coffee (although that would have been nice), it's just that the cottage didn't quite pull off it's rustic charm. More antiques!

While I'm getting it off my chest, why oh why is "up Island" dry? That's right, in New England in a area with sophisticated millionaires and few bible thumpers, you can't buy booze. Edgartown is 25 minutes away. Locals just laugh it off, and get their wine delivered, but to me that's just silly and mean to restaurant owners. When I was there, there was a town hearing where they decided to not change things (surprise).

At $350/night plus tax, the Ditty Box gets five stars. At $500, I want empty shampoo bottles and dirty beach towels not just taken, but replaced on day three.

Room Tip: Be rich enough to not care about the price, but not so rich that you are always disappointed
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Weehawken, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

My whole family stayed here last summer and we returned this past year briefly.

The pros:
1. Breakfast was great every morning and the homemade scones are just ridiculously delicious.
2. Facilities were pretty decent, we used the tennis court and rec rooms, although they could seriously use some AC in the rec rooms.
3. The grounds are beautiful and we used the grill a few times.
4. Staying up island there is a different pace and everyone, staff to management is so relaxed and happy to help with any issues.

The cons:
1. Mosquitoes galore. I've never seen so many and I've been on many camping trips/evening walks by the water, etc. I think the mosquitoes have been conditioned to all hang out in the parking lot and the second you open your door, you can literally see a cloud of them just chilling waiting for some fresh meat in human form to emerge from that metallic monster (aka: the car).
2. You are still somewhat isolated, even for up-island standards. It's probably a 10-15 minute walk from the hotel to downtown Menemsha and as stated above, these are mosquito infested routes.
3. The "private" beach the hotel provides access to is actually a couple miles away so it's definitely not walking distance when loaded down with proper beach accoutrements. It also is a shared beach that a lot of hotels have access to so you aren't really alone and the beach section is not that long. When walking down the beach a little ways there were many sunbathers sans swimsuits which was a bit off-putting.

All in all, the hotel is nice and has some nice services, but there are some issues that make the price point a bit too high for what you are getting. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could since Menemsha is such a beautiful area and there are not a lot of great places around, but the cons were too significant for me to go to 4 stars.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 August 2013

So happy to have been back for a visit even if it was a shorter then normal visit.
The hotel and cottages continue to get more fabulous every year and this year was no exception.
Had almost every meal at Beach Plum which is also fantastic. But also be sure and have the Key Lime Pie from Homeport (two minutes from Menemsha Inn and Beach Plum. And of course don't miss the sunsets from either place.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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bobnixon, Owner at Menemsha Inn and Cottages, responded to this review, 23 April 2017
Dear izabeth,
Thank you for the wonderful comments. Its just wonderful to here from one of our guests who really gets what we are all about! We so appreciate your support and
hope you can stay longer this year!

best regards, Bob Nixon
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Property: Menemsha Inn and Cottages
Address: North Rd, PO Box 38, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
Region: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Menemsha
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Menemsha
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Menemsha Inn and Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Founded in 1923 the Menemsha Inn and Cottages is the quintessential Martha’s Vineyard hideaway. Our tranquil compound is nestled on 16 acres of flowering gardens and green fields which roll westward towards a sweeping vista of the waters of Menemsha Bight. Each evening our guests pause to witness the stunning spectacle of the sun setting into the waters of Vineyard Sound. Luxurious yet laid-back, the very family friendly Inn is just short stroll down a winding path to the calm waters of Menemsha Beach and our 300 year old commercial fishing wharf. Guests receive coveted passes to Chilmarks famous private beaches Lucy Vincent and Squiby. Our grounds are a tennis court, fitness center and bikes for rent. A weekly rental in one of Inns twelve charming cottages with full kitchens and fireplaces is coveted. Many families have returned to "their" for decades. These are but a few of the reasons the Menemsha Inn and Cottages have been the perfect base camp for unforgettable family vacations for ninety four years! ... more   less 
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