The Greydon House: A new jewel sparkles amid Nantucket's storied past

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The Greydon House comprises an original two-story residence plus a three-story edition completed in 2016. As you can see the transformation was seamless and authentic. (Rochester Voice photos).

NANTUCKET, Mass - From its oversized showers accented by hand-painted tiles depicting Nantucket's 1800s whaling industry to its burnished brass light fixtures to its plankboard floors and walls, the Greydon House speaks to this island's nautical roots.

Yes, the Greydon House is all about its attention to detail, but when you delve more deeply into this boutique hotel's roots you will be astonished they go back just two years, to 2016 when it became Nantucket's newest hospitality entrant bearing the look of a centuries old grand dame.

Architecture Digest, the building industry's magazine of record, spoke of the 20-room boutique hotel's birth in glowing terms as nothing short of an historical district miracle.

Rooms comes with their own bathrobes and slippers not to mention their own library.

"Change does not come naturally to the island of Nantucket. What was once a Colonial settlement and later a whaling capital now stands as an architectural time capsule of sorts - where every shingle, every roofline, and every exterior paint color is scrutinized for historic sensitivity," the magazine said in September 2016. "For construction to occur, let alone be embraced, is no small feat. October 1, however, the downtown district welcomes a new neighbor: Greydon House, a 20-room boutique hotel brilliantly outfitted by the Manhattan design firm Roman and Williams."

Yes, this gorgeous property has the look and feel of a 19th-, or even 18th-century sea captain's mansion, but where all the modern amenities are juxtaposed with old world charm.

The intimate bar and breakfast nook adjacent to the diningroom located in the original house portion of the Greydon House.

In this hotel there are hidden wonders and eye candy everywhere, from its gorgeously warm intimate bar and breakfast area, to its boutique in-room toiletries like cilantro-scented hand soaps to other myriad thoughtful amenities inside every room.
Alongside the delightful décor and relics that infused the room with 19th century charm came a large flat-screen TV, a healthy wifi connection and Bose Bluetooth that paid homage to 21st-century tech.
Our room overlooked Water Street and had a slanted ceiling that came with a large skylight with motorized shades to block out the sun if desired.

But here's the money shot. Outside our door of our second-floor hallway a fully outfitted Nespresso coffee machine was available 24/7 putting out a $5 cup of coffee, latte or expresso, all complimentary of course, in less than a minute.

A look from inside the oversized shower, with its rare roominess, ample shelf space and glorious water pressure to boot!

Now if you've ever been to a hotel or motel - and I mean even an outrageously priced one - you know what it's like to struggle with one of those silly miniature Mr. Coffee wannabes that put out an abhorrent cup of joe.

We are always disappointed when there's no "real" coffee till 7 a.m. at these places, that is until now.

And visitors aren't the only ones taking note of Greydon House charm. It was named Best of Boston in 2018 and to Traveler's Hot List in 2017.

Standard room rates this spring go anywhere from $209 for a standard queen to $334 for one of several suites, one that has a private entrance.

All rooms come with bathrobe and slippers, umbrellas, Bose Bluetooth speaker and retro house phones.

Walking up Broad Street from the ferry landing you can't miss it. The Greydon House is the first hotel you come upon, just a couple of minutes from the wharves.

You won't believe your eyes, both inside and out.

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