Century House

Century House, Nantucket Island

"Some say Nantucket, like the Hamptons, is best enjoyed from the comfort of a friend's summer house. In the wealthiest East Coast enclaves, the most desirable real estate--sprawling beach-side houses off some quiet lane named after a pond or a bird--belongs to home-owners, and not luxury hotel chains. In fact, luxury hotels are few and far between in the best neighborhoods, and where they do exist, visitors must face the indignity of paying over $525 per night to stay in them while their luckier friends, with home-owning friends of their own in the area, stay for free. Visitors...can stay in a luxury inn with rooms decorated and maintained to feel like their very own, or at least their new Nantucket best friend's--and a very generous best friend at that...Breakfast is complimentary, as is the chocolate, freshly baked cookies, crackers and cheese placed in the Inn's central dining room throughout the day. These snacks are a good chance for fortification before setting off to explore the island on bicycles: The picturesque towns of Sconset and Madaket are both well within biking distance, and Cliff beach, a good spot for kite- and wind-surfing, entails a stroll past Tommy Hilfiger's house." forbes.com

"The Century House [in the best location in town, Cliff Road] located a couple of blocks from the bustle of town on Cliff Road, fits the mold, with weathered shingles, white picket fence, wraparound porch and planters overflowing with hydrangeas, geraniums and pansies." Rhode Island Monthly

"Arriving on the ferry, we looked down onto a busy dock full of people waving hello and saying goodbye surrounded by mounds of blue hydrangea, small buildings covered in weathered shingles and some of the world’s truly astonishing yachts. The welcoming of Nantucket appeared to be as beautiful as we had heard...we grabbed a cab at the end of the dock for a quick lift with our luggage to a charming wide white porch dripping with flower baskets and covered with small tables and chairs partially hidden by thick green flowering vines. Behind the charming porch was our home for a few days, one of the oldest inns on Nantucket" travellady.com

"...classic styling is met with luxurious modern amenities (Molton Brown bath products), at this cliffside spot frequented by TV producers scouting locations..." ZAGAT Top US Hotels, Resorts and Spas 2006 Guide

"Top 5 U.S. Eastern US Summer Inn Destinations !" forbes.com

"It is classic island architecture, with white picket fence and a delightful sitting garden populated with Adirondack chairs. The breakfast buffet is a bountiful affair of berries, fruit, granola, and other things healthy, bought fresh daily at local markets..." Boston Globe

"If you are one of those SouthCoast natives, that dreams of mixing a dash of history with some salty, nautical charm to your wedding celebration, then set your course to Nantucket Sound. Listen carefully! You just might hear wedding bells in the wind. Now let your imagination sail beyond the horizon to the sandy shores of Nantucket. That’s where you will find the Century House, one of the oldest continuously operating inns on the island. Captain Robert Calder, a Nantucket whaler of Scottish descent, built the 18 room house in 1840. Century House became a rooming/boarding house in the early 1870’s following the decline of the whaling industry. The business thrived in the gay 90’ and roaring 20’s; survived the Great Depression and witnessed the flower power of the 60’s. This site finally joined the modern Bed & Breakfast trend with fancy private baths and air conditioning in the 1980’s..." Wedding Bells Chime Over Nantucket Sound, Upscale Living Magazine

"Nantucket, a vacation spot since 1880, is resolute in its quest to remain "yesterday's island." In other words, no Starbucks. But what it lacks in 21st-century brand names, it makes up for with miles of beaches, photography-friendly light and landscapes, plenty of lighthouses and a Main Street jammed with art galleries and independent restaurants. Nantucket is so synonymous with "summer vacation" that some locals advise visiting during September. It's chillier, yes, but by then the crowds have gone and the restaurants, weary of impressing tourists, have returned to tried-and-true menus. Sixteen-room Century House, opened in 1833, has a flower-festooned wraparound front porch; the inn is within walking distance of Main Street and beaches. Breakfast and afternoon tea are served daily, and the innkeeper has a stash of beach-worthy paperbacks on hand" chicagobusiness.com

"This handsome inn offers a homey atmosphere just a short walk to the center of town. One of the highlights is the immense wraparound porch, complete with rocking charis, where you could relax away an afternoon if you like. Rooms, which are spotlessly clean, range widely in size from the garret rooms on the third floor, to more spacious expanses on the second floor. Little extras include luxury bath products and robes. The entire property is outfitted with free wireless Internet. An artist-in-residence program means the walls are hung with numerous interesting paintings." Frommer's Guide 2006

"Cobblestone streets, shade trees, old-fashioned streetlights and stately homes make a visit to Nantucket Town like stepping back in time, especially early in the morning before shoppers overflow the streets and the upscale boutiques. The entire island is recognized as a historic district" ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION, September 2006

"Our room was a romantic mix of old and new. Provincial wallpapers, recessed paneled ceilings, wide windows that open, large fireplace with mantel for charm, plus air conditioning, television and large bathroom because convenience is a modern thing. And then there was the bed, oh goodness what a bed it was! So delicious that naps became something that we eagerly looked forward to, and getting up in the morning..." travellady.com

"If you are like us you totally forgot the show existed, but when we showed up at the Century House and spotted a photo of Innkeeper Gerry with the cast of Wings, it all came together. the Century House ...Nantucket Inn located on "Inn Row", convenient to town and the beaches, yet far enough away to get a good nights sleep. The Inn's location, personality, fresh fruit breakfast, and free WiFi, were enough for us, but as you know, these Nantucket B&B's are filled with stories...The service we received was top notch. We were impressed with the lack of noise in our second floor room, Rosebud." hotelchatter.com

"Among the many places to stay, some are historic, like the 1840s Century House on Cliff Road, the island's oldest continuously operating guesthouse. Traditional inn charm-substantial buffet breakfasts and afternoon tea-mixes with modern amenities, including high-speed Internet and WiFi access. More luxurious accommodations can be found at..." The American Lawyer