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Centerboard Inn

8 Chester Street , Nantucket, MA 02554 USA (Show map)
20 Reviews
$99 - $525
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Experience elegance, romance and warm hospitality at our gracious Nantucket Bed and Breakfast. Formerly a Sea Captain's home, the historic Victorian mansion was spectacularly renovated by new owners Paul and Lauri Benk in the Spring of 2012 and is now the embodiment of luxury! This wonderful Nantucket B&B - one of the highest-rated on the island - is located just a few minutes walk from the ferry, delightful shops, fine dining, art galleries, rambling bicycle and paths and historical museums. Each guest room has been completely redecorated to envelope you in comfort and luxury; the new beds have fine linens from Matouk and Serena & Lily, private baths are elegantly appointed with Frette towels and robes and Malin+Goetz spa products. Soundproofed walls ensure privacy. The new owners have also brought technology to our Nantucket, MA bed and breakfast - iPads are available for guests to use during their stay and there is a new business station with an Mac computer and printer located off our Gathering Room for guests to use at their convenience. Innkeeper Barbara Gookin is at the helm ensuring that your stay on Nantucket is absolutely wonderful. After a fun-filled day on the island, enjoy complimentary afternoon tea or wine & cheese. Relax with your drinks on our front porch or soak up some sun in an Adirondack chair in the yard. New photos are forthcoming - check out our Facebook Page in the meantime!

Rooms & Rates

Room 1 - Master Suite

Two-room suite, with fireplace, king bed, queen sofa bed, and oversized bath tub with jacuzzi jets and large marble shower. All rates are based on double occupancy. Additional guests are $35 per person, to be charged at time of check-in. Large flat screen TV in living room and smaller one in bedroom. Matouk bathrobes and Malin Goetz bath amenities, hair dryer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

Room 2 - Deluxe Queen

Located on the southeast corner of the second floor, overlooking our garden patio, Room 2 is a peaceful oasis in our Nantucket bed and breakfast with a coastal contemporary flavor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 6 - Houseboat Studio

2 double beds, 1 twin bed, private bath, kitchenette,with microwave and small refrigerator. Flat screen TV, table and 4 chairs, hair drier, Malin and Goetz amenities and matouk bathrobes.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double , 1 Twin

Room 3 - Queen

Located on the southwest corner of the second floor, overlooking Centre Street, Room 3 is the epitome of beachy chic. With artistic appointments from Serena, Lily it is the perfect place to relax and recharge.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 4 - Queen

Located in the northeast corner of the second floor overlooking Centre Street and Chester Street, Room 4, with design elements from Restoration Hardware, is a supremely serene space which envelops you in comfort.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Room 5 - Deluxe Queen

Located on the northeast corner of the second floor overlooking Chester Street, Room 5, boasts a sitting area with an exceptionally comfortable love seat that converts into a twin bed, ideal for a party of three or for those who like a bit more room for lounging.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Room 7 - Deluxe Queen

Located on the garden level, Room 7 boasts a queen bed and an over-sized twin bunk that doubles as an expansive window seat. With exposed brick and stained glass, original to the building, this room is quintessential island elegance!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Services4.8
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Dining4.4

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Loved it!

5 on July 13, 2012

This bed and breakfast has such a warm feeling. The innkeeper Lyn is wonderful and beyond accommodating. The place is immaculate, updated and beautiful. I highly recommend it!

A really smart choice on Nantucket.

4.6 on May 27, 2012

We had a wonderful time at this charming and homey Inn. Innkeeper Lyn even called to arrange an island tour for us picked up at the front door! Chatted with other friendly guests throughout the day. It was a great experience and we highly recommend it to visitors to Nantucket.

Great B&B!

5 on September 18, 2011

Really enjoyed our stay at the Centerboard! Darling bread and breakfast and the innkeeper Lyn, is really a nice person who I liked so much over the phone that I decided I wanted to stay there before I even saw their website! Very accommodating and more than we expected!

Simply the Best

4.8 on July 15, 2011

From the moment we walked into this lovely Victorian home, we were treated like royalty, or even better, as the very favorite members of the family. Our innkeeper, Lyn, was warm, welcoming, and so very knowledgeable about the island. Reservations were swiftly made, suggestions for activities were spot on, and anything we needed for our adventures was swiftly provided. I haven't even mentioned the most amazing part of our stay, the breakfasts and homemade treats at teatime were absolutely out of this world! Lyn is a fabulous cook and takes such pride in providing a healthy, satisfying, and delicious start to her guests' day. We highly recommend this gem of an inn.

I can't say enough about my stay at the Centerboard Inn nn. Our accomodations were lovely, clean and updated and the location could not have been better. We were a short walk from restaurants, the beach, shops and history. Lyn, our innkeeper was gracious and helpful and an outstanding baker.

5 on July 14, 2011

Lyn, the innkeeper could not have been more gracious and helpful. Our room was lovely, the location was a short walk from excellent restaurants, shops and the beach. Breakfasts were a feast of baked goods and fresh fruit. The porch and reception areas are comfortable and welcoming and we enjoyed every moment of our stay at the Centerboard Inn in Nantucket.

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Location Type

Historic Downtown


Nantucket, MA (ACK-Memorial) 3 miles

Directions to property:

If you are flying from Hyannis to Nantucket from the Nantucket Airport take a right out of the driveway at the stop sign take a left on to Old South Road. follow to rotary take second right of rotary onto Orange Street. Take a right onto Francis Street. Take a left onto Washington Street, you will cross over Main Street and it will turn into Easy Street. Take a left onto Broad Street, and your first immediate right onto South Beach Street take a left onto Easton street that becomes Chester Street.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, Nature area, Ocean, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Kayaking, Walking Historic Tours, Bus Historic Tours, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Limited
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Special event and peak weekends
  • Deposit Amount Required: First three nights of all reservations
  • Cancellations: Cancellations must be received 21 days prior to check-in date. Refunds will be made only to the extent that we are able to re-rent the space with no loss to the Guest House. Early departures are treated as cancellations. A 10% fee will be charged for all cancellations.



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  • Time Served: 8:00am to 10:00am (flexible)
  • Serving Location: Front Porch, Dining Room


Special Package

Gift Certificate Special

Have someone on your list that could use an unforgettable getaway? Purchase a Gift Certificate from Centerboard Inn and your guest will get a free bottle of wine. Available year around. See our website for details.

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8 Chester Street , Nantucket, MA 02554 USA (Show map)

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