What are five things to know about The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin?

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Michelle Doucette

The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin offers some of the most unusual accommodations on Nantucket, and certainly in one of the best locations. To enhance your stay, here are five things to know before you go:

1. The reservations team can help you find a perfect fit. With 24 cottages and five lofts spread out along the Nantucket Boat Basin, there are more than a few options when it comes to accommodations, and the hotel’s reservations team can steer you the right way if you provide plenty of details. If you have small children, for example, a second-story loft with a steep staircase near the water may not be right for you — but an easily accessible cottage would be just right.

2. You’re in the middle of the downtown action. It’s downtown Nantucket, so this isn’t exactly city living, but you’re still on top of or next to many of the island’s restaurants and bars. (Tip: Check out the Juice Guys Smoothie Shop — of Nantucket Nectars fame — at the end of Straight Wharf.) If you plan on taking advantage of the bustling wharf scene, this is the perfect location. If you’re looking for a serene seaside spot where the only sounds are the waves crashing, you’d be better off booking a room at a different Nantucket Island Resorts property.

3. The atmosphere is casual. More than its sister properties, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin embraces a laid-back lifestyle. This means that fun is plentiful — the kids will love complimentary snow cones, fishing poles and bicycles — but that there is no onsite restaurant or room service. You can, of course, prepare a meal in your own kitchen, walk to a Boat Basin restaurant or head to nearby Brant Point Grill at sister hotel The White Elephant.

4. The beach beckons. The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin provides a brightly colored beach bus from mid-June to mid-September, and it’s equipped with all the towels, chairs, boards, coolers and toys you’ll need for a day at the beach. Moreover, the beach bus will drop you elsewhere, too, whether it’s a golf course or a place to hike with your dog (pets are welcome on the bus). Just sign up at the front desk.

5. Accommodations are pet-friendly. The beach bus isn’t the only place where pets are welcome here. Twelve “Woof Cottages” on Swain’s Wharf are primed for your furry friend. Special amenities include a welcome goodie bag with a personalized tag (with your animal’s name on one side and the Nantucket hotel’s contact information on the other), a pet bed, food and water bowls, a litter box and dog-walking services. “Pawparazzi” keepsakes and a dedicated turndown are also available for your pet as well.

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