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Life House, Nantucket: First In

Life House, Nantucket straddles the line between bed-and-breakfast and hotel, with some welcome modern touches, such as the app (iOS only) that allows for contact-free check-in and check-out. The brand has even created training apps for staff, with built-in checklists that serve as reminders during the day. Seamless technology, both in terms of what guests experience and the back-end operations, is a core part of the brand. Any needs during your stay—extra towels, a morning yoga session, booking a sunset sail—can be arranged via text with the house manager, who sends you a note shortly after check-in. There’s no on-site restaurant, instead, there’s complimentary breakfast and happy hour, but there is daily housekeeping (the team is working on the ability to opt-out at check-in, particularly during the pandemic). Certain other adjustments have been made as well—daily disinfecting, friendly signs reminding everyone that masks should be worn indoors, hand sanitizer in the doorway. The kitchen, originally imagined as a place for a communal minibar full of grab-and-go food items, is temporarily limited to just staff, who whips up yogurt parfaits and blueberry and almond toast for breakfast. For those looking to explore Nantucket further, the hotel provides recommendations of its favorite local spots (restaurants, bike rentals, wine shops), as well as towels and chairs to borrow for nearby Jettie’s Beach (family-friendly, with life guards and a beach restaurant) or Steps Beach (much quieter, with none of Jettie’s amenities).

A bedroom at the Life House, Nantucket

Courtesy Life House Nantucket Hotel

Up a narrow flight of steps are the guest rooms, 14 in total, which are well-appointed with plush beds and smartly designed furniture. The rooms are cozy, with everything you’d need for a weekend getaway but the rooms are not really the point. Across the brand, which includes properties (in Miami and Denver, with plans to expand in Brooklyn and Chattanooga, Tennessee), rooms are on the smaller side. The Miami property even has shared rooms, like a high-end hostel. Life House was built with the idea of creating friendships and allowing like-minded digital nomads to meet each other on the road. Even with the pandemic, the highlight of the Nantucket property is the public spaces, which are designed to draw in locals, as well as those staying at other hotels on the island, to mingle with hotel guests.

In the mornings, guests in masks heading for the beach grab coffee and a quick breakfast in the indoor sitting room, but by afternoon everyone has migrated outdoors to the deck and garden for the mezcal, raicilla, and Ghia, a non-alcoholic aperitif that gets muddled with Nantucket blueberries during the complimentary happy hour.

For a hotel that opened during a pandemic, Life House, Nantucket felt surprisingly normal. I’m not sure if there’s a higher compliment you can give a hotel right now than saying that, for the few days of our stay, we recaptured that sense of normalcy we’d been craving for so long—one that can only happen when you stretch slightly beyond your boundaries, and remember that while we were stuck in one place, that feeling of home, of comfort, of hospitality, hasn’t gone away at all.

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