Centerboard Inn

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


Our newly refreshed Inn features comfortable coastal chic rooms in an ideal setting a short walk from downtown. Guests can relax in 7 beautifully appointed rooms, mingle in inviting common areas or around our fire-pit, and enjoy a complimentary expanded continental breakfast each morning. We are happy to be your personal concierge and provide gracious service to make the most of your Nantucket Island getaway. 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. 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.




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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.5

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4.8 on July 21, 2016

We just left Centerboard Inn! Thank you to Barbara for making our stay wonderful. You were most accommodating to our needs and answered our many questions with a smile and great knowledge of the island. I am so glad we selected this B&B. The rooms and furnishings were beautiful and well kept. We loved it!

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.

A gem!

5 on July 07, 2011

The Centerboard Guesthouse is a perfect, quaint little inn on a quintessential Nantucket street... It has the cozy, historical charm you likely are looking for during a visit to such a lovely island... It was exactly what we were looking for, and were quite pleased with our luck in finding availability here on a holiday weekend... The guesthouse itself is charming on its own, but when you add the lovely innkeeper, Lyn, into the picture, the appeal is that much greater! Lyn is an absolute doll and was such a treat to bump into on our various trips in and out throughout the day. She's warm, gracious, and went out of her way to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and were comfortable. Whether it's helping you make dinner reservations, loaning you beach chairs and towels, or letting you keep your overbearing suitcases under her watch before or after your check-in/out, she was incredibly hospitable to us throughout our stay.... and let's not forget to mention the delicious fresh-baked scones, cookies, and pastries morning and afternoon with tea! It was a pleasure staying at the Centerboard Guesthouse and Lyn makes it her business that each passerby feels at home during their Nantucket experience.... Innkeepers like Lyn are few and far between and I would highly recommend a visit to this gem! I will look forward to visiting again!

Wonderful stay

4.6 on July 06, 2011

Centerboard Guest House is a fantastic place to stay on Nantucket. It is just a quick walk to Main Street, the waterfront, shops and restaurants, yet is is removed from a lot of the noise and congestion of downtown. Lyn was a marvelous host, from her delicious baked goods and granola, to even adding extra foam padding to the sofa bed mattress to increase comfort! My back sure appreciated that! Thanks Lyn!! She also had lots of good suggestions for activities on the island. All in all, it was a great place to stay. Our only regret was that the weekend went too fast! Would definitely stay here again.

Great vacation spot conveniently located

4.8 on June 26, 2011

Embarking on our first family vacation with our 15 month year old son had us a little weary at first. However from the moment we arrived at Centerboard our minds were put at ease. Arriving on the last ferry on a Sunday it took us about a 3 minutes ride to get to this wonderful B&B. We were immediately greeted with warm hospitality by Lyn and established ourselves in Suite 1. So happy with our choice in rooms given that we have such an active little boy who likes to run around and explore, because this 2 room suite has plenty of space as the only room on the first floor. As for our stay on the island, every morning we awoke quite early given the rising habits of our little one and were off to explore the island by foot. Centerboard is conveniently located just at the edge of all the shopping and restaurants. It was just a quick walk to two lovely beaches, the kids park, downtown views and lovely walks checking out the beautiful Nantucket homes. The morning breakfast was delicious every morning with scrumptious baked items and for our little man Lyn made daily hard boiled eggs since he absolutely loves egg whites. Every afternoon we also we able to enjoy tea time with fresh baked cookies after our son's afternoon nap. Lyn was also very knowledgeable about activities to do on the island even though she has only been there a few months. We would definitely stay at Centerboard again and would highly recommend it to anyone with or without little ones in their party.

Wonderful hostess

5 on June 13, 2011

We had a great stay. Lyn was a fabulous hostess and made us feel more than welcome.

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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

Nightly Rate: $659 - $659

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

Nightly Rate: $429 - $429

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

Nightly Rate: $549 - $549

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

Nightly Rate: $399 - $399

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

Nightly Rate: $399 - $399

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

Nightly Rate: $439 - $439

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

Nightly Rate: $499 - $499

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Location Type

Historic Downtown


Nantucket, MA (ACK-Memorial) 3 miles

Directions to property:

Directions ( on foot ) From Steamship Wharf:you are at the foot of Broad street.Proceed up Broad Street and turn right onto Center Street ( at the Jared Coffin House). Go 3 1/2 blocks along Center Street to Chester street. Centerboard Guest House is on the corner of Center and Chester Street. From the Hyline :Proceed up the street (which will become Main street)to the Pacific National Bank. Take a hard right at the Bank onto Center Street.Go down Center Street to the Jared Coffin House. Continue on Center street 3 1/2 blocks to the corner of Center and Chester streets. Centerboard Guest House is on the corner of Center and Chester Streets. By Car Take your first right turn after getting off the steamer.Proceed down South Beach street and turn left on Easton Street.Continue until you reach Center Street.We are on the corner of Center and Chester Streets.

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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel

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: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Special event and peak weekends
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • 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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Lyn Francis

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

Special meal options

Notify us ahead of time with dietary restrictions

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Special Package

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Join us on Nantucket this season and enjoy roundtrip ferry tickets for only $60! Book online at

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