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“NOT a hotel, more like a hostel”
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Nashua House Hotel
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oak Bluffs
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 August 2011

My boyfriend took me on a romantic trip to Martha's Vineyard this weekend and the island did not dissappoint- however, this "hotel" certainly did. The location is great, right in the center of town, but that was about all that I appreciated about this place. Upon checking in, I mentioned that my boyfriend was outside smoking, and would be in in a minute; the attendant launched into a speech about how the property was non-smoking, and anyone caught smoking would be removed from the property immeadiately. Fine, we certainly understand having smoking regulations, but there is a way to express this to your guests without sounding condescending and judgemental. This "hotel" is not cheap, and when additionally we were given a piece of paper with the smoking policies highlighted, it felt like a smack on the face, and this on top of the many MANY signs throughout the "hotel" that state the same smoking policy- on the front porch, in the room, and on the 2nd floor porch as well. It may have even said it in the bathroom.

Our room was small, smaller than my bedroom in Boston, and although there was a stand up airconditioner, it always felt damp and sticky. The TV, which we used for only a few minutes, was about 13 inches. The bathrooms are small as well, one person can hardly relax in the tiny upright shower stall.

I'm not sure who was around when other visitors stayed at Nashua House, but EVERY TIME we entered into the hotel, not a single person greeted us. Not once. In fact, when I needed to ask about how to park the moped we rented, I stood in front of the desk while someone typed at a computer for about 3 minutes without being noticed. We needed a phone charger and my boyfriend asked the front desk where we could get on and they gave him the name of a store. The next morning, a different attendent gave us directions and asked if the person the night before had checked through a large box of forgotten chargers they have; they had not. These people don't seem to understand hospitality, and for over 200$ a night, they should. I've had more plesent experiences in hostels where you get the same shared bathroom experience (which regardless of what people say, is unpleasent. No one wants to walk around in just a towel in front of strangers) and better hospitality for much less money.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Elizabeth S
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OwnerofMadisonInn, Owner at Nashua House Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 31 August 2011

We regret that these guests felt that we were heavy handed when relating the no smoking policies of our hotel. We didn't intend for them to feel singled out. Our hotel is entirely non-smoking and we don't provide a smoking area. We know that it's an inconvenience to smokers to have to find someplace off-property to smoke, and the last thing we want to have to do is impose the extra cleaning fee for smoking in the room, so we err on the side of abundant warning. And for the record, the "piece of paper" that these guests were given was their registration, which every guest receives and which reiterates all of the pertinent policies of the hotel. And there are NOT no-smoking signs in the bathroom.

Many of our rooms ARE small; it says so clearly on our web site. All our rooms have individual heat and AC, and, as you can see from our many positive reviews on Trip Advisor, our guests rarely find fault with our AC system or our bathrooms. Also please note that the Nashua House Hotel is virtually the least expensive hotel on all of Martha's. Small rooms, small price, exceptionally clean and tidy, excellent location, many happy customers.

The three woman who run the Nashua House Hotel, Lory, Linda, and Marybeth, possess superb customer service skills and this gues'ts experience is hardly typical. We are a small hotel (16 rooms) and we do not ask the on-duty front desk person to be sitting behind the front desk at all times; there is always work to do around a hotel. There is a paging system button at the front desk so that guests can summon the on-duty person, who is always available to tend to the guests needs. Linda is the newest member of the staff and was unaware of the box of left-behind phone chargers we keep behind the front desk, and she (helpfully) recommended the local office supply store.

These guests would have paid $43.00 per person per night to stay at our local youth hostel for their romantic trip to Martha's Vineyard, and so would certainly have saved money. However, our local hostel is not one block from the beach as is the Nashua House Hotel, but rather is in the middle of the island, miles away from the three popular down-island towns, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven, and Edgartown. As well, they would have been in a dormitory with other couples, in bunk beds, and would not have been allowed to sleep in the same bed.

The Nashua House Hotel is charming, affordable, very well run, scrupulously tidy, superbly well located in the heart of Oak Bluffs, and has long been considered one of the very best lodging values on Martha's Vineyard.

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Reviewed 22 August 2011

We had the most difficult time finding a hotel room on the Vineyard for the weekend we wanted to come, but finally found one at the Nashua House. The room was advertised as "cozy" and was on the third floor, so we were very skeptical about what we would find when we arrived. I was also worried about the shared bath as I had never stayed at a hotel where that was the case. We were SO pleasantly surprised when we got to Nashua House! Our room was adorable - small but cute and VERY clean. The bathrooms were very clean as well and as there are two per floor we never had a problem finding an open one. Our room was cleaned every day, and from what I could see of other rooms each was cuter than the next! The front desk staff is super nice and helpful, and the hotel is right in the middle of everything! Overall, we had a wonderful stay and I would recommend the Nashua House to anyone looking for an affordable, clean, and convenient place to stay in Oak Bluffs!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 August 2011

They were very nice and accommodating. Also, we were very close to everything in town. I had a great experience and plan to stay there next time.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

The name of the game in Martha's Vineyard was "actitud". The locals call it August burn, but you know, it was not our fault that we where there in October. We had really bad luck on the first 2 places we stay, but finally we decide to move to Oak Bluffs and we had a great time there. Nice details, nice stuff, beautiful room, and even when the bath is shared, it was always impecable. The cost/value is excellent. With the difference on the price from the more expensive places full of actitud and bad service and this one, we rented 2 bikes and enjoyed the island biking everywhere, we even took a bus to the very west point and get back biking visiting several small towns on the way. Not that we will be back any time soon to the island, but if we had to, we know where to stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank BohemiaViajera
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

I had the pleasure of staying in this quaint little gem in the heart of Oak Bluffs. I walked in a was greeted by the innkeeper (her name escapes me at the moment) and instantly felt like this was a place that has been truly loved.
She produced us with the keys to our room. As I entered room 6 at the top of the stairs, I instantly fell in love with the original bead board walls and the touches that truly make it a home away from home. Room 6 overlooks one of the main roads in Oak Bluffs and while some might see this as a drawback, I saw it as an opportunity to scope out the scene below. The waft of backdoor donuts in the late evening can lure even the most avid dieter down for a tasty treat along the water. I will definitely stay here again during my future excursions to the Vineyard.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Megs3482
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Reviewed 20 July 2011

We give the Nashua House 5 stars but would give it 10 if we could!

We have stayed at the Nashua House several times now and in different rooms. All the rooms are very clean and the beds are great. Although we are not big fans of sharing a bathroom at the Nashua House its not a problem at all. The bathrooms are so clean and the staff stays rght on top of keeping them that way.

MaryBeth and Lori that run the hotel are the greatest people on the island. They are so helpful and accomadating and make you feel so welcome. We will always make the Nashua House our first choice on the Vineyard because the rates are reasonable and the place is in a great location (we also go off season and the rates are even better!)

Also, the best part of all is it is right next door to "Back Door Doughnuts" so be sure to ask MaryBeth and Lori about that hidden secret!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled solo
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1  Thank GaryRob8
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Reviewed 19 July 2011

After much research my husband and I booked our trip to the Nashua house for our 5 year anniversary. We arrived at the Nashua house and were able to leave our luggage in the hotel lobby until we could check-in at 3. Now You may be hesitant to do so, But the great thing about the Hotel is that you need a key to open the front door, as well as your room!!! I felt so safe. We rented bikes and the hotel also had an offsite bike storage room. Stayed in room 2 which had a balcony, which was awesome to hang out on before heading off to dinner. The staff was super friendly, and we felt like we were at home. They made our trip special and enjoyable. It is in the heart of a busy town, but with the AC on we didnt hear a thing!!! Definately recommending Nashua house to friends and family, and WILL stay again!!.....

Room Tip: Any with a balcony, Room 2 or 3
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 9 Healy Way, PO Box 803, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
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Region: United States > Massachusetts > Martha's Vineyard > Oak Bluffs
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Hotels in Oak Bluffs
Price Range: £73 - £74 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nashua House Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Super charming and very affordable 15 room Victorian era inn in the heart of Oak Bluffs. Cozy rooms, cottage style furnishings, quality linens, spotlessly clean, free Wi-Fi, just one block from the ferry and beach. Within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, public transportation, bike and car rentals, historic sights. Always the lowest price on Martha's Vineyard. Shared bath. ... more   less 
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