White Elephant Hotel & Cottages
Nantucket, New England, United States of America
At a Glance
Sits serenely on the waterfront, yet is only minutes away from downtown Nantucket
BPG is considered the premier steak and seafood restaurant in Nantucket
Expect huge lobster (up to two pounds) when you order the seafood platter
Best time to Visit
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The most popular time to visit the island for most visitors is in the summer, when the beaches offer healthy waves and the days are long. The season is generally from Memorial Day till Labour Day weekend. There are occasional rainy days even in the summer, but most days are sunny. There may be a morning or late evening fog that can be almost surreal as it envelops the town. The ocean breezes keep temperatures mild with rarely a blistering heat or major snowstorm in the winter.
Many visitors also enjoy the autumn months the most as September offers cooler temps and far less crowds. There is usually an "Indian summer" in October with a few beach days as well. The fall also offers lower rates, easier reservations, and virtually kid-free. The off-season makes for a good getaway, too, as many of the restaurants and shops stay open till the vacations.
White Elephant Hotel sits serenely on the waterfront of Nantucket's harbor a few minutes walk from Nantucket main town. This landmark inn blends colonial island charm and elegant design with sophisticated amenities, prime location and excellent cuisine.
The White Elephant has evolved from an eclectic mix of historic harbor cottages whose weathered grey shingle exteriors typify the simplicity and understated elegance for which Nantucket Island is renowned. The island is 30 miles from mainland Cape Cod and easily accessible by flight or ferry. With its picture postcard main town of cobbled streets and handsome historic homes, glorious beaches, lighthouses, fascinating whaling history (one that inspired Moby Dick no less) and lack of chain stores Nantucket has long been the destination of choice for discerning travelers.
An exceptional level of personal attention from the friendly staff and thoughtful added bonuses such as morning coffee and pastries and afternoon vintage port and cheese in the library make you feel totally at home during your stay at the White Elephant. From the soft furnishings and fine linen with hand stitching and embroidery in the guest rooms, to the rich walnut furnishings of the lobby, the White Elephant radiates island grace and ease of living.
The White Elephant offers a wide choice among its 66 luxury accommodations: from guest rooms and suites, to one, two and three bedroom garden cottages. Each has a delightful character and reflects the islands colonial heritage with antique prints, hand-embroidered linen and shuttered windows. The most sought after have balconies and views of the harbor.
The Harborside Lawn, with its cushioned white wicker furniture, offers the perfect setting for sipping a cool glass of lemonade admiring the yachts and watching the harbor activity unfolding before you.
The hotel restaurant, Brant Point Grill, is considered the premier steak and seafood restaurant in Nantucket. Once you've dined overlooking the harbor, you'll know why BPG is the place to come. Savoring a lobster for dinner, a fresh salad with grilled salmon at lunch or the best Sunday Brunch on the island (try their interpretation of corn beef hash) the BPG Bar is the place to linger over a chilled glass of wine or a beer brewed on island.
The White Elephant Spa's signature spa treatments include massage, facials and body treatments, and guests of the spa can rest in the Serenity Room, with an iced tea and local treats next to the warm hearth of the room’s fireplace. Outside, comfortable chaises-longues form a relaxing sitting area overlooking the harbor and gardens.
The White Elephant luxury Nantucket accommodations boast 54 elegantly decorated rooms, many with a working fireplace, that offer a mix of single bedrooms and two-room suites. The Guest Rooms do not have fireplaces, but can come in Twin or Double occupancy. The Harbor View Guest Rooms have views of the waterfront, some with fireplaces. The Guest Suites does not have harbor views, but has a sitting room and pull out sofa. The Harbor View Suite, has a view, fireplace and sitting room with pull out sofa.
There are also superb One, Two and Three Bedroom Cottages which are ideal for groups of friends or families.
Children's benefits include: Kids’ check-in gift, selection of beach toys, Nantucket Kids’ Adventure Guide, scavenger hunt with fun prizes, plastic infant bathtubs, spout protectors, bottle warmers, emergency diapers, diaper genies, bath products, umbrella strollers, Pack N’ Plays, babysitting service referrals, children’s menus at Brant Point Grill and Sippy cups, kids’ movies.
Facilities include Exercise Room, Library, Spa, Restaurant.
Full service concierge service, Complimentary early risers coffee and breakfast pastries, Movie library DVD, Beach towels and beach chairs, Use of the Nantucket Rapid Transit Authority Shuttle, Afternoon Port & Cheese Reception - Every afternoon guests of the White Elephant can relax in the Library and enjoy a glass of port or sherry, and an assortment of cheese and crackers. The Library, is a favorite spot for an afternoon respite.
There are more than 80 miles of un-crowded, pristine sandy beaches on Nantucket Island. Simply enjoy long walks, combing for seashells and other treasures, ask the hotel to pack you up a picnic or try your hand at body surfing, windsurfing or kayaking.
Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy endless outdoor activities like fishing, boating, biking, and exploring nature. Be sure to take a 4x4 trip to Great Point and visit the Wildlife Center and bird refuge. Go with a knowledgeable local guide or if you prefer to explore on your own the hotel will organize your jeep, fishing poles and a hearty packed lunch. Or if you prefer to explore on the water, why not own your own yacht for the day and tour Nantucket harbor and sound or cruise to Martha's Vineyard. Between June and October you might be lucky enough to spot whales in Nantucket's Great South Channel.
If no trip is complete without some shopping, Nantucket is filled with wonderful antique and collectable shops and boutiques. Local museums, in particular the Whaling Museum are also a pleasure to explore.
Georgina Robertson (Staff)
The White Elephant Hotel and Cottages makes for a lovely stay on the island of Nantucket. Situated alongside the harbor and just a 10-minute stroll to the main town it is in a great location for exploring. The rooms are cosy with comfortable beds and modern bathrooms although they are all fitted with just a shower and no bathtubs. The added extras that the hotel provides such as morning coffee and pastries for the early risers and cheese and wine in the afternoon all contribute to a great stay. The one downside to the hotel is that it does not feature a pool. If you are planning on spending your days on the gorgeous Nantucket beaches then I dont think this will be missed however, if a pool is a must for you then the residences at the White Elephant Village may be a better fit with a selection of high end residences and an outdoor swimming pool that works great for families.
Go surfing at Nantucket Island Surf School, the island's premier surf school offering lessons from Cisco Beach to all ages and abilities. All equipment is provided, including boards and wetsuits. Just show up in your costume and get ready for some fun!
Scott Dunn Suggests: Nantucket
The relatively undeveloped island of Nantucket is historic and idyllic with plenty to offer for both families and couples. Enjoy the beautiful swathes of sandy coastline and be sure to explore Nantucket town where much of the main action takes place.
Location & directions
Nantucket, New England, United States of America
The White Elephant is located alongside the magnificent harbor and close to the downtown area in Nantucket. Nantucket is located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.