If you want an authentic Oak Bluffs experience in a terrific location, the Narragansett House fits the bill. We live across the sound in Falmouth (where the Island Queen departs from) so we make a couple of day trips a year to walk the campgrounds or neighborhoods of Oak Bluffs. This was the first time we had actually stayed on the island in years but we so enjoyed our two nights at the Narragansett House that we plan to make it an annual visit.
We stayed in the Iriquois Cottage which Jane and Paul (the owners) have obviously painstakingly restored. The room had the feel of another time with period furnishings and arched doors (with beautiful stained glass) leading to a wonderful little balcony. Clean, comfortable, and spacious bath (way nicer than we have at home), and a great little flat screen TV so we didn't miss the Patriot's game Sunday night :).
The location is perfect as you are literally steps from everything but it feels like you are far removed from the hustle and bustle. Jane was more than helpful meeting our needs and the other staff we met were friendly as well.
We have read other complaints here about the breakfast of "store bought" coffee cake and muffins. We didn't try the muffins but the coffee cake was awesome (as was the coffee). Maybe it was sitting in a rocker on the porch in the morning sun that made it taste so good (like the hot dog at Fenway Park effect), but whatever it was you can sign us up for more.
Back in the 1980's (due to my work at the time) I stayed regularly at some of the finest Inns on the Island. While many were quite nice I realize now that what most lacked was an authentic experience. Once inside you really could have been Anywhere USA. These days we gravitate toward places that give you the feel of the area you are staying. Our expectations allow for, and in fact we enjoy, the quirky imperfections that give a place it's character. Oak Bluffs is a unique community, beautiful without being sterilized and this Inn reflects that character nicely.
Thanks Jane, Paul, and staff for your hospitality, We appreciate the hard work, frustrations, and long hours that go in to hosting the public and maintaining these wonderful Victorian treasures. We will definitely return!
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- Also Known As:
- Narragansett House Hotel Oak Bluffs
- Narragansett House Oak Bluffs, MA - Martha's Vineyard