Jared Coffin House

Historic Nantucket charm
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Though Nantucket is a small island and most points within its charming Nantucket Town can be reached on foot, there's still something to be said for a prime location, and the historic Jared Coffin House, a Nantucket Island Resort, has one of the best in town. Perched at the top of Broad Street, the small-scaled 42-room inn (with 30 rooms in the main house and 12 next door in Daniel Webster House) is also an intimate place to stay.

The antique charm that fills the first-floor library and second- and third-floor guest rooms is authentic; the inn was built in 1845 as the home of wealthy whaling-ship owner Jared Coffin, and it survived Nantucket’s devastating 1846 fire to become an inn shortly after the tragedy. It’s been welcoming guests ever since, though today it offers thoroughly modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen HD TVs and new (classically designed) furniture.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Things to Know
  • The hotel’s 12 rooms in Daniel Webster House next door only add to the list of rooming options available here.
  • If you arrive via the two-hour car ferry or one-hour high-speed ferry from Cape Cod, it’s a short walk from the dock to the Nantucket hotel. (Though you may want to take a cab if you have luggage — the occasional cobblestones can be rough on wheels.)
  • If you opt to fly — there are seasonal direct flights from Cape Cod, Boston, New York, Washington D.C. and Providence — you’ll arrive at Nantucket Memorial Airport. From there, it’s about a 10-minute taxi ride into town and to Jared Coffin House.
  • Daniel Webster House, the building next door that houses 12 of Jared Coffin House’s guest rooms, is available for booking all year. The main Jared Coffin House building, on the other hand, stays open between early April and the end of October.
  • While summer is high season on the island — with miles of beaches and months of events like the Nantucket Film Festival and Comedy Festival — early fall brings temperatures in the 70s, along with other draws. The Cranberry Festival in October is one of them.
The Rooms
  • Guest rooms at Jared Coffin House are split between the main house, which has 30 rooms on its second and third floors, and the Daniel Webster House annex next door, which is home to 12 additional guest rooms. Each room in both buildings is individually decorated with fresh floral prints and plush rugs on wood floors.
  • The rooms’ dark Queen Anne furniture is traditional in style but new in 2012, and it looks lovely under pristine, fluffy, white linens and duvets and pastel blankets.
  • Pillows embroidered with “Jared Coffin House” and “1845” are a charming touch, but don’t let the hotel’s historic character fool you: Bathrooms are small but completely updated and each room is outfitted with complimentary Wi-Fi and a flat-screen HD TV.
  • There are six room categories in the main house; they encompass single rooms with one twin bed, full rooms with one full bed, queen rooms and deluxe queen rooms, and king rooms and king corner rooms.
  • In Daniel Webster House, the two options are a superior twin room with two twin beds or a superior queen room, some of which can be connected for families.
The Look
  • 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.
  • The three-story, red-brick building is a beautiful example of 19th-century Federal architecture, with white columns supporting the front façade and side portico. If it seems a bit over the top, it is; it was built by the successful whaling-ship owner Jared Coffin for his family and was the first mansion of its kind on the island.
  • Though every guest room is individually decorated, expect linens that are pure white and other fabrics that bring in fresh floral prints, subtle lace and warm yellows, greens and blues. Plenty of pillows, blankets and area rugs give guest rooms a cozy feel and a gentle palette.
  •  The New England inn’s décor recalls the building’s past while meeting the expectations of today’s traveler with comfortable beds (kings are available in some rooms), flat-screen HD TVs and new (classically styled) Queen Anne furniture.
Getting There
29 Broad Street, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
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