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



The manager was so friendly and comforting upon arrival. My mother and I walked from the boat to the hostel, instead of a cab and we were greeted with open arms and fresh fish, salad and lemonade! I didn't want to leave. Perfect location and amazing staff make everything so much easier. Although the island is a little more "high end" than we are used to, the hostel made us feel at home. I will be back next summer!!!


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Tue 21 Jul 2015

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Whaling Museum

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Wed 17 Jun 2015

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Tue 30 Jun 2015