The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin

Personalized waterfront cottages
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The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin, a Nantucket Island Resorts property, is as close as you can get to the water on this charming island, without boarding a boat. Rooms range from studio lofts to three-bedroom cottages and occupy the most unique and bustling locations on the island: Nantucket Boat Basin’s Old South, Straight and Swain’s wharves.

Each of the 29 picturesque units is situated on one of these wharves and provides views for miles. Checking in to a room on the 240-slip Boat Basin, part of Nantucket Island Resorts, is a source of joy for anyone even remotely charmed by shiny yachts (and with Nantucket Sound shimmering in the background, who isn’t?).

The waterfront location also puts a plethora of seafood restaurants and upscale shops in your backyard — a backyard that, thanks to The Cottages & Lofts’ complimentary bicycles and beach bus, couldn’t be easier to explore.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • It is without a doubt one of the most unique settings for a stay on the island. This location means that accommodations overlook downtown, the harbor and a 240-slip, yacht-filled marina (also owned by Nantucket Island Resorts).
  • 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.
  • 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.
Things to Know
  • 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.
  • Fun is plentiful — the kids will love complimentary snow cones, fishing poles and bicycles.
  • More than its sister properties, The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin embraces a laid-back lifestyle. This means that there is no onsite restaurant or room service but you can, of course, prepare a meal in your own kitchen.
  • Twelve “Woof Cottages” on Swain’s Wharf are primed for your furry friend. Special amenities include a welcome goodie bag with a personalized tag, a pet bed, food and water bowls, a litter box and dog-walking services.
The Rooms
  • The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin is made up of 24 cottages and five lofts spread out along Nantucket Town’s Boat Basin. Both cottages and lofts are available as studios or with one, two or three bedrooms.
  • Each type of guest room also includes conveniences like daily housekeeping, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, hair dryers and Keurig coffeemakers. The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin is a great option if you’re looking for the freedom of a rental condo with the amenities of a hotel.
  • They are exceptionally family-friendly, with full kitchens — a rarity in Nantucket accommodations due to strict construction codes — complimentary Wi-Fi and children’s amenities such as Pack ’n Plays available by request.
  • The lofts are second-story accommodations perched above a restaurant or shop (with to-die-for water views). Cottages have more traditional, seaside-inspired interiors than the lofts, but all the same amenities.
  • There are outdoor spaces, too — the newest loft, named Crow’s Nest, comes with a bird’s-eye view of the harbor and a large deck with a dining set and wooden Adirondack chairs for lounging.
Nearby Attractions
  • The Cottages & Lofts at the Boat Basin is a Nantucket Island Resorts property located directly on Nantucket Town’s Old South Wharf, Straight Wharf and Swain’s Wharf, the three wharves that make up the Nantucket Boat Basin.
  • 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.
  • Within steps of your guest room, enjoy seafood straight from the docks, listen to live music at one of the many wharfside restaurants and peruse blocks of upscale shops.
  • Check out the Juice Guys Smoothie Shop — of Nantucket Nectars fame — at the end of Straight Wharf, or walk to a Boat Basin restaurant or head to nearby Brant Point Grill at sister hotel The White Elephant.
Getting There
24 Old South Wharf, Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
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