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You’ll notice how Jared Coffin House differs from other hotels the moment you first lay eyes on the inn; historic charm emanates from the façade of this red-brick, white-columned, Federal-style building. The hotel, built in 1845 as the private home of local shipping magnate Jared Coffin, celebrates its heritage inside as well. The first floor is home to a beautiful library (where coffee and pastries are served in the morning and seasonal treats like lemonade are served in the afternoon); pillows embroidered with “Jared Coffin House” and “1845” invite you to make yourself comfortable. Though the décor is traditional and antique in style, much of it is brand new. (The hotel’s public spaces were refurbished in 2011 and guest rooms received new furniture in 2012.) History buffs and antiques lovers will adore authentic Jared Coffin House.
So will shoppers and foodies: Its center-of-town location also differentiates it from other Nantucket hotels. Walk out the door and you’re immediately strolling cobblestone lanes lined with upscale shops. Most are local purveyors (minus Ralph Lauren, which arrived before downtown banned chain stores from its streets), and you’ll find everything from galleries and candy stores to gift shops and home stores. There’s also no shortage of restaurants in the downtown area. A bit farther but still only a 10-minute walk away, Brant Point Grill at sister hotel The White Elephant is worth the trip for excellent steaks and seafood.
One other thing that makes Jared Coffin House different from newer, more uniform hotels is its range of room styles (each one individually decorated). Single travelers can book a room with one twin bed, while families may want to choose a king family room, which pairs a sleeper sofa with a king bed. The hotel’s 12 rooms in David Webster House next door only add to the list of options available here.