Nantucket’s Luxury Wauwinet, an Inn by the Sea, Unveils Complete Renovation April 2019

The Wauwinet, situated on the northeast shores of Nantucket overlooking Nantucket Bay and the Atlantic Ocean re-opened April 18, 2019 following a multi-million-dollar restoration and renovation of its lobby, library, and 32 guestrooms and cottages. As part of the revamp, the hotel collaborated with Serena & Lily to re-design the property’s three-bedroom Anchorage House with the brand’s signature coastal prints and furniture. The beach cottage will be unveiled as “The Anchorage House by Serena & Lily” on June 1, 2019.


The Wauwinet commissioned Gauthier-Stacy, known for its design of other Nantucket properties such as the Great Harbor Yacht Club and Cru, a local favorite restaurant, to redesign the hotel’s interiors. Under the firm’s direction, each guestroom was reimagined from the bottom up, starting with custom-made carpet and a fresh color palette of foggy greys, beach grass greens, and soft neutrals to replace the original wallpaper. Nautical accents sourced from local antique shops and wooden batten accent walls, a design element found in traditional seaside cottages, have also been added. To complement the picturesque views of Nantucket Bay, an extensive collection of original oil paintings and other artwork are on display throughout the property – each piece hand-selected by the hotel’s owners, highlighting the island’s natural and nautical landscape.

In each of the individually-designed guestrooms and cottages the hotel’s already much-loved beds are updated with new four-poster frames and topped with custom Pratesi by Rivolta linens and European pillows. Antique pine armoires are paired with custom-made plush armchairs, chaise lounges, and other furnishings to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Contemporary updating continues with completely gutted bathrooms now featuring white and grey Carrara marble floor tiles laid in a herringbone pattern and glass-enclosed walk-in showers. Waterworks fixtures have been installed throughout.


In partnership with Serena & Lily, the three-bedroom Anchorage House, located across the street from the main Inn, will unveil a new refined look with the company’s stylish furniture and coastal décor.  Inspired by both brands’ affinity for the sun and sea, Serena & Lily in conjunction with Gauthier-Stacy, developed a relaxed and breezy interior featuring navy and golden sand hues. Surfboard and watercolor whale prints, which pay homage to the island’s locale and maritime history, will be sprinkled throughout. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the private deck will also be outfitted in driftwood-colored sofa and chairs. Guests who book the unit will receive keys to 2019 BMW 760L SUV vehicle for the duration of their stay.


As Nantucket’s only member of Relais & Châteaux, the historic inn made its initial debut in 1875 hosting shore dinners with clam chowder and boiled lobster. Over the past century, The Wauwinet flourished thanks to its natural setting and outstanding service. The property became “the” destination for sailing, swimming, fishing, parties, and picnics. The Wauwinet as we know it today officially arrived on the scene in 1988 when it became the first hotel to launch the Nantucket Island Resorts brand. It continues to be one of the most cherished properties on Nantucket providing a serene and romantic backdrop for countless weekend getaways, weddings and other milestone events.Guests enjoy picturesque sunsets and outdoor activities, from surfcasting to bike tours, and have access to both the beach and Nantucket Bay.


Guests of The Wauwinet return year-after-year to recapture the magic of their first experience, and the hotel’s design team has taken painstaking measures to ensure the new look and feel still feels like home. The Wauwinet has been awarded a myriad of industry accolades for many years, including recent recognition in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards and National Geographic Traveler’s Best Island Resorts.


The Wauwinet is home to TOPPER’S, the island’s only AAA Five Diamond Award winning restaurant, which has enjoyed the honor of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award for 23 consecutive years.  The more casual Deck has also become a perennial favorite offering lighter bites and sunset views.

Rates start at $225 per night.


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