Nantucket, United States

Faraway Nantucket

Price per night from$161.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD161.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Stylishly swashbuckling

Setting

Heart of the Grey Lady

If going on a trip to Nantucket, choose a hotel that can rock it. Meet Faraway who offers style and play, which is why in our top picks we’ve stuck it. Ahem, let’s re-verse and intro you properly to this fantasy-fuelled hideaway in downtown’s historic district, where decor takes its cue from a fictional female captain who ruled the spice routes, where curios, scene-setting wallpapers and artworks give their heroine, and us, life. The restored properties, some dating back centuries, are connected by a courtyard set for socialising, the restaurant has fine seafood and shiver-me-timbers cocktails and service embraces Moby Dick-sized largesse. So to experience the best of Nantucket, hit up the hotel that’s on it.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

60, including three suites, set across four heritage houses connected via a courtyard lounge.

Check–Out

11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in at the Meeting House, 3pm.

Prices

Double rooms from £181.55 ($189), including tax at 17.29 per cent.

More details

Rates don’t usually include breakfast.

Also

As well as its allusions to romantic missions, Faraway takes its name from the Algonquin for Nantucket. And the hotel even smells transportive, with a bespoke scent inspired by the spices, fruits and florals the fictional female captain would carry in her hold, a blend of rosewood, cedar, lemon tree, dates, sweet orange, black pepper, incense, cardamon, vetiver, and patchouli.

At the hotel

Living room, dining terrace, boutique, free WiFi. In rooms: TV, minibar stocked with gourmet local treats, Le Labo bath products. Some rooms in the Meeting House have a shared bathroom.

Our favourite rooms

Nantucket’s laidback coastal style has been taken on board in all rooms, with maritime paintings, rope hangings, and antique statement pieces alongside jazzy patterns and contemporary pieces. The houses vary in age, from the Meeting House, a former 19th-century Quaker haunt, to the Gate House, built in trad style in 2013. Go for the former if you want a more authentically old-school experience, although expect higgledy-piggledy room layouts and some sloping ceilings. The Gate House and Roberts House have the most space (both have a Two-Bedroom Suite too), and Roberts House has a charming Quad Room with double bunk-beds, ideal for families.

Packing tips

You needn’t have a boat or even sea legs to buy into the nautical fantasy Faraway have dreamt up, but you may want to dress the part: bring Breton-striped tops, dapper deck shoes and a sleek oilskin (sou’wester optional).

Also

Some of the Roberts House Standard King, Gate House Petite King, and Gate House Deluxe King rooms have been adapted for guests with mobility issues.

Pet‐friendly

Well-behaved dogs are welcome for US$75 a stay; a cleaning fee may apply too. See more pet-friendly hotels in Nantucket.

Sustainability efforts

The hotel is an ambitious historic restoration project, comprised of four buildings, some dating back 200 years or more, in downtown Nantucket, including a 19th-century Quaker’s meeting house. Boston’s Blue Flag group have breathed new life into the residences, through gentle restoration and sensitive updates. And, Sister Ship, the hotel’s restaurant, sources local ingredients wherever possible – no small feat on an island.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Come summer, the courtyard hums with lively conversation; when a chill wind blows, pick one of the circular central tables in the dining room for the same level of ambient joviality.

Dress Code

New England nautical by day, ‘thar she glows’ by night.

Hotel restaurant

Daring aquatic adventuring carries through to hotel restaurant Sister Ship, named for Susan R Broomfield, an enterprising spirit who captained an all-female crew on ocean-wide voyages in the 1800s. Decor nods to high-seas hijinks and outlandish escapades, with globe-wide loot (a rogue’s gallery of portraits, Moroccan mirrors and lamps, Asian handwoven baskets, French and Italian glassware and more foreign objets), foliage-filled wallpaper over the ceiling, wicker seating and Turkish rugs. Susan’s Mediterranean voyages and fishier homegrown fare are the inspiration for the menu, crafted by chef Will Harris, who’s deftly navigated the difficulties of running an island-set restaurant by allying himself with local farmers, fishers and producers (vegetables from Washashore and Fog Town farms, bread from Wicked Island Bakery, artisan teas from Moon Mojo). Meals consist of fare fine enough for the captain’s table, such as whipped goat’s cheese with strawberry, tomato honey and almonds, wild shrimp meatballs with chipotle and mango, Provençal Maine mussels and locally harpooned swordfish, followed by beignets and granitas. Safe to say, we’re all on board.

Hotel bar

The bar is aft of Sister Ship, with sink-into sofas, leather and wicker seating and worldly curios, although you could also move your drink to a porch or the courtyard – we like curling up in the rattan nest chairs. Send your prayers for a fortuitous journey to the shell-encrusted sea siren sculpture set behind the bar and hit the deck running with the potent cocktail list: start with the signature India Street with bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth; then seek out the White Whale with lavender-infused gin, vodka, lemon, elderflower and egg white; and ‘aye aye, cap’ the night off with the Sister Ship, with Curaçao, white and dark rum, lime and orgeat. You may not be ship shape when you leave, but you’ll certainly feel boozily buoyed.

Last orders

Sister Ship serves from 5pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Location

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Address
Faraway Nantucket
29 Centre St
Nantucket
02554
United States

Faraway Nantucket lives up to its name on the eponymous remote isle, 30 miles off the Atlantic seaboard. Set amid downtown’s heritage buildings and clapboard houses, it’s within walking distance of the wharf, Brant lighthouse and the whaling museum.

Planes

Nantucket Memorial Airport, a 10-minute drive from the hotel, operates domestic flights from major cities along the east coast; the journey from New York is around 90 minutes and from Boston it’s under an hour. Visitors from outside the US will need to stopover in New York or Boston.

Trains

On account of Nantucket being an island, you could say train travel there is somewhat limited. However, in season (from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day), you can ride the CapeFLYER from Boston to Hyannis in Cape Cod, where you can easily catch a ferry. It allows you to skip the traffic and passes through quaint coastal towns and state forest, so you might even catch the start of leaf-peeping season.

Automobiles

Nantucket is cosmopolitan yet compact (the average commute for residents is a 12-minute walk), so it’s best to wander, cycle or take an Uber rather than use a car. If you really want to vroom around the place, you can catch the car ferry at Hyannis, which docks at Straight Wharf, a mere 10-minute walk from Faraway. The journey’s around 90 minutes, but it can be pricey (around $400 a roundtrip) with limited spaces, car hire on the island can run to a couple hundred dollars a day, and there’s no parking at the hotel.

Other

You can catch the Steamship Authority and Hy-Line ferries from Hyannis in Cape Cod (the latter is the faster option) or from Oak Bluffs in Martha’s Vineyard. And, if you want to arrive in style, Blade run private flights from New York and Westchester.

Worth getting out of bed for

Beyond the limerick, there’s something very poetic about Nantucket, with its ephemeral fogs, forlorn lighthouses, Greek Revival houses and cobbled streets. Herman Melville never actually visited the island before setting part of his epic Moby Dick there, but even from afar, he could sense its promise of adventure blown in with the Atlantic winds. Whaling made the town rich and then a bougie brigade of celebrities and business scions mooring here for the summer made it even wealthier, but it’s held onto its simple pleasures. Most go about by bike and you can easily follow suit with the hotel’s branded fleet; Brant Point Lighthouse is close by to enhance your photo background (it’s still active so you can’t go inside), and Francis Street Beach is less than a five-minute cycle away for kayaking and sandy strolls. For more challenging rides, pedal for an hour to reach the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge on the east coast, a beauty spot bestowed with turquoise waters, undulating dunes and clusters of red cedar. Along the way, you’ll see the wetlands and scarlet stretches of cranberry bogs. The island can be prone to chilliness, but it has more than 100 miles of sandy shoreline; Jetties is busier than some, but popular for sunbathing and beachcombing for seaglass, while at Surfside Beach, the wind is an asset for boarders, and Madaket Beach might be too rough for swimming, but its picturesque isolation makes it ideal for romantic picnics and wistful walks. If you’re taken with the hotel’s historic nature, there’s plenty more of that to take in here – the Jethro Coffin House is the oldest on the island, built in the 17th century, the Old Mill still stands – and operates – by Mill Hill Park, and the grand Thomas Macy House (built in the early 1800s) is a fine example of Federal-style architecture – if the name seems familiar, it’s because the Macy descendents started New York’s famed shopping destination, and its signature red star is what their sea-faring ancestor tattooed on his hand as a nod to his navigation aid. The Whaling Museum tracks the travails and triumphs of the town’s greatest industry using holograms, skeletons, grottoes and more, and the Museum of African-American History details just how progressive the island was in its abolitionist and desegregation efforts. And day trips to VIP playground Martha’s Vineyard are easily done via the ferry. It pulls in at Oak Bluffs, a charming town famous for its ‘gingerbread cottages’: gaily dressed Victorian houses. And the island has more old-school lighthouses, beaches and undisturbed natural stretches to explore.

Local restaurants

The whaling industry may have declined with the fashion of baleen-boned corsets and the invention of more creature-kind industrial lubricants than spermaceti, but Nantucket’s boats still sail out at the crack of dawn to provide its restaurants with fresh catches. Fish and seafood are the predominant serves around here, at restaurants such as wharfside Slip 14, which has a raw bar with oysters, tuna tartare and shrimp cocktail and the likes of clam chowder, lobster tacos and crab mac and cheese. Cru, also by the water, is the island’s premier oyster bar, shucking New England’s finest with tins of caviar and flutes of champagne to accompany. But, it’s not all a pesce-party, try Centre Street Bistro for smoky jambalaya, buttermilk-fried chicken with cheddar biscuits and whoopie pies.

Local cafés

The Handlebar Café knows their coffee (and teas), but that’s not the only wisdom they have to partake – it’s run by the operators of Nantucket Bike Tours, so they’re the ones to ask for local tips and lesser-known treasures. And, they hire staff based on personality rather than experience, so you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. And, to accompany your coffee, some of the island’s best doughnuts; the Downyflake only do five kinds (plain, sugar-coated, maple-glazed, and chocolate- or coconut-frosted), but locals and visitors alike keep coming back for more. And, if you want something more substantial, they have a vast brunch menu, with eggs in all the ways, pancakes, French toast, burgers, muffins, pastries, waffles and more.

 

Local bars

If you want your drinks with more of a ‘yo ho, ho’, Òran Mór has a cosier, captain’s cabin feel, with its central circular bar and more traditional interiors. Their cocktail list plumbs the depths of imagination, with creative concoctions like the Beach Blanket Bingo with rum, cold-brew coffee, coconut milk and orange-flower water; or the Highland Island with Scotch, maple-barrel-aged bourbon, pineapple and sage tincture. For date-night drinks, the Proprietors is a little more polished yet still welcoming, and they’ve gained renown for pioneering craft cocktails on the island. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this white whale of a stay in downtown Nantucket and unpacked their box of Downyflake doughnuts and cans of Hard Tea from Cisco Brewery, a full account of their call-of-the-sea break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Faraway Nantucket…

There once was a hotel in Nantucket, and it’s one to see before you kick the bucket. Ok, so we’re no limerick laureates, but we have a monomaniacal Ahab-esque obsession with hunting down one-of-a-kind hotels, and Faraway Nantucket is on the business end of our telescope. It’s truly unique, a quartet of buildings in the island’s downtown area (on Center Street if you want to know how near it is to pretty much everything), some of which date back more than two centuries, all spilling out onto porches, ivy-covered walkways and a convivial courtyard, where guests curl up in wicker chairs with a drink and a good book or come together to dine on that day’s fisherman’s haul. One of the hotel’s buildings was once used by Quakers, but there’s no teetotalism or plain dress here. In fact, Boston’s Blue Flag group entirely rewrote Faraway’s story when re-dressing it, dreaming up a young Nantucket girl who stole away on a ship in her teens, running the rum and spice routes, and returned to the island later brimming with tales of adventure and exotic plunder. The hotel have sourced items from all over the world to prop up this fantasy: eclectic portraiture, mirrors and lamps from Morocco, Asian handwoven baskets, vases and decanters from France and Italy, and objets and statement pieces from more far-flung locales, plus wallpapers depicting distant scenes and fauna, and a shell-encrusted sculpture of a sea siren watching over the bar. The overall effect is a beacon of hospitality as bright as Brant Lighthouse’s beam, which feels truly boutique, gives an authentic sense of place and inspires with its flair for fantasy. So, if you’re looking for gold in Nantucket, well, Faraway have struck it.

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