Known locally as Star of the Sea, HI Nantucket was built as a lifesaving station in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lookout station, or cupola, is still accessible from the women’s dormitory, and the hostel is just minutes away from Surfside Beach and only 3.5 miles from the ferry docks and Nantucket village.

This Nantucket hostel has a fully equipped kitchen for preparing your own meals, a large dining area, outdoor picnic tables and bicycle racks. Breakfast, Wi-Fi access and parking are free. The hostel also has one of the few sand volleyball courts on the island!

From the hostel guests can take the bike path into town and check out the Whaling Museum to learn about the island's fascinating past. Explore by bicycle, inline skates, kayak, or on foot and finish your day with a seafood dinner or sunset on the beach.

What travellers think

Best for

  • Nature-lovers
  • Relaxing
  • Unique atmosphere
  • Sightseeing

Green rating



Great location and very enjoyable stay. It was wonderful to have access to the beach gear but the only negative I can think of was the yard was somewhat messy and hazardous, especially when coming in at night.


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Thu 30 Jul 2015

Janice runs a great hostel. Use her for any place that may need an overhaul in the U.S. For many years this was a dump and now it is first class


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Thu 30 Jul 2015

Travel tips...

Attraction tip

Whaling Museum

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Wed 17 Jun 2015

Where next?


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Tue 30 Jun 2015