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HI - Nantucket

31 Western Ave, Nantucket, Massachusetts, 02554, United States

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Overall Rating 97%

From 35 Reviews

Hostel rating (35)

Rating category Satisfaction percentage
Staff 97%
Cleanliness 98%
Location 99%
Security 96%
Service 97%
Comfort 95%
Green rating 98%

Nantucket, voted the best island in the world, has a beautiful, historic hostel on the beach known as the 'Star of the Sea'. Seasonal Hostel: Open May 18 - October 6, 2018.

  • Dorm
    From $42.00
10 or more people?

Nantucket Hostel

Hostel Nantucket

Hostelling International

Welcome to our hostel

Seasonal Hostel: Open May 18 - October 6, 2018.

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.

Seasonal Hostel: Open May 18 - October 6, 2018.


Prices are members' prices

Dorms - Per guest per night


Private - Per room per night


Important info

  • 24-hour check-in is not available
  • Check-in is available between 16:00 and 22:00
  • Government-issued photo ID is required to check in.
  • A maximum stay of 7 nights applies at this hostel.
  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Children under the age of 5 are unable to be accommodated in shared dormitories
  • Membership can be purchased on arrival at hostel.
  • Rates quoted assume guests are members of Hostelling International or a National Youth Hostel Association.
  • A non-member supplement of USD 3 per person per night is payable on arrival at hostel.
  • Pets are not permitted in the hostel.
  • Prices and product availability is as accurate as possible but may be subject to change during checkout



Leisure & Fitness

  • Common room
  • Garden
  • Playground


  • Suitable for wheelchair users

Food & Drink

  • BBQ
  • Self-catering kitchen

Facilities - Internet Access

  • Wifi - Free

Facilities - In-Hostel Services

  • Car Parking at Hostel - Free
  • Booking Centre for HI hostels worldwide
  • Cycle Storage
  • Library / Book Swap
  • Lockers Available - In Room
Opening times

Opening times

Open from 19 May to 08 Oct

From 08:00 to 10:00
From 16:00 to 22:00
From 16:00 to 22:00

Get in touch

Get in touch

Tel. 1-508-228 0433

Main attractions

Main attractions

  • Surfside Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Whaling Museum (3 to 5km)
  • Life Saving Museum (3 to 5km)

See the full list of attractions



Great location and friendly staff. The beds were a bit hard.


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Mon 09 Jul 2018

Thank you for your response! We appreciate your feedback. We are currently waiting for new beds to arrive with new mattresses. We are excited for this upgrade and hope you can return to enjoy it.

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HI - Nantucket, Hostel Manager

Wed 11 Jul 2018

It’s just great. Wonderful staff, beautiful place.


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Thu 05 Jul 2018

Thank you for your feedback! We really appreciate that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope to see you sooner than later!

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HI - Nantucket, Hostel Manager

Sat 07 Jul 2018

Although I had a lovely stay (location was amazing, facility was clean), somebody took my credit card while I was there - I had my bags up in the common room and somebody 'borrowed' my debit card and went on a shopping spree including trying to buy ferry tickets and online shopping.


Avatar for Beth


Wed 04 Jul 2018

Thank you for your feedback. We are sorry you had this experience with your credit card. This has never happened here at the hostel before. The hostel is safe and secure and we provide lockers you can use to store your valuables. We hope this does not deter you from returning to the island and staying with us in the future.

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HI - Nantucket, Hostel Manager

Fri 06 Jul 2018

We could not be happier. We had the family room for the 4 of us. It was great.


Avatar for Edward


Fri 22 Jun 2018

Thank you for your feedback of the hostel and your trip. We are happy you enjoyed your time with us. Come see us again!

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HI - Nantucket, Hostel Manager

Sun 24 Jun 2018


Around the hostel

Around the hostel

Nearby attractions

  • Beach (At or next to the hostel)
  • Cinema (3 to 5km)
  • City Centre (3 to 5km)
  • Cycle trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Golf course (5 to 10km)
  • Hiking / Walking trails (At or next to the hostel)
  • Local market (2 to 3km)
  • Museums / Art Galleries (3 to 5km)
  • Nightlife (2 to 3km)
  • Restaurants (3 to 5km)
  • River / Harbour / Lake (3 to 5km)
  • Shopping area / Mall (2 to 3km)
  • Supermarket / Food store (2 to 3km)
  • Theatre (3 to 5km)
Getting to us

Getting to us

Boston/Logan Airport: 90 miles to Hyannis then take ferry to Nantucket. Nantucket Airport: 2.5 miles away from hostel.
Shuttle Bus service runs from late June to early September from 10am to 6pm.
3.5 miles from Nantucket docks. Walk take a $12 taxi or a $2 bus or rent a bike.
Onsite parking.

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