Broad Street has certainly changed over the past year. From the additions of the Nantucket Culinary Center to the remodeled Nantucket Bookworks to the newly redefined Meursault… now, the street that brings us culinary delights and sweet spots to stay and play has another property for all of us to chat about… welcome GREYDON HOUSE . There has been some serious buzz surrounding this new hotspot, so you know blACKbook had to get a leg up on why you’ll want to get down at this downtown hotel. Here are the nine things to note about Greydon House.
1. THE NAME
Where does the name come from? Well, it’s a cool twist on a masculine Grey Lady… Greydon is the old english term for “son of the man with white hair.” Jeremy Leventhal (one of the partners) came up with the name as they were brainstorming… it also serves as the name of both the hotel and the restaurant. You may also recognize the logo which is called a “ hippocampus” which is half horse/half fish found in the old nautical maps towing Poseidon’s chariot. Other food for thought is the hippocampus is also the part of the human brain that controls memory and emotion. When you enter this new hotel concept, you’ll have feelings that you’ve been here before and are also some place totally new!
2. THE BUILDING
One of the coolest parts about Greydon House is how it began on Broad Street as a doctor’s office and residence, fondly remembered by many islanders. With an incredibly discerning eye for creating architecture that fits seamlessly into the Nantucket esthetic, Matthew MacEchern and his team at created the hotel by beautifully combining the private residence dating back to 1850 with a newly designed addition. The highly complex project took almost three years, but as you can see from the results, it was well worth the time and talent that went into this stunning space! Emeritus
. THE DESIGNERS
When the Greydon House partners decided on the hotel and restaurant concept, the challenge was to keep the quintessential Nantucket vibe but introduce something incredibly luxe and fresh… They recruited the uber-chic NYC designers for the concept… (you may recognize those names from the Ace and Standard, High Line Hotels!) Roman & Williams
What they created is nothing short of a visual feast when R&W’s impeccable design meets modern day hotel functionality.
4. THE ROOMS
Greydon House boasts twenty hotel rooms, each appointed with authentic antiquities as well as custom fixtures such as nautical pendant lamps, Keetsa mattresses, and John Robshaw and Les Indiennes bedding. You’ll even notice upon arrival their custom scent which has been bottled and can be purchased to remind you of this special spot.
With a gamut of views of downtown Nantucket, some of the Greydon House’s rooms offer unparalleled views of Federal and Broad Streets.
The bathrooms are like visiting a friend’s house, with a mixture of curated amenities from Ursa Major, AESOP bath products and blACKbook fav Follain hand soap. Instead of typical terry robes and slippers, the bathrobes are Turkish made Pesthemal and Greydon House flip flops. (Take Note: the flip flops are complimentary with your stay and if you love the bathrobe, buy it at the front desk!)
5. THE RESTAURANT
The Greydon House restaurant will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. The lounge area, exquisitely designed, has a seven seat bar, twenty seats around the library and wood burning fireplace, and a separate dining area which seats 26. The real story is that Chef Joseph Keller, brother of Thomas Keller and long-time Nantucket chef owner of The Woodbox is now in charge of the restaurant operations… which you can be sure is going to be one incredible experience.
. THE CHEF
When it comes to the cuisine, Greydon House brought in a seriously talented chef to open the restaurant. Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware hails from England, but has been in the US for the past ten years. Over the last six years, he worked under Master Chef Charlie Palmer at Aureole in New York City. A Michelin Star Chef, fans best describe his cuisine as Seafood Centric. As a big pescatarian, he’ll fit right in with the Nantucket culinary scene. Right now he’s stoked about the Nantucket Bay Scallops as well as being able to create dishes with local shellfish and oysters. He says… “It’s really about working with the local fishermen and purveyors to get the best of what’s authentically Nantucket.” His menu will be constantly revolving around the best of what’s seasonally driven and available. Take note… we savored the Cod this weekend and it was nothing short of divine.
. THE LANDSCAPING
There’s no missing this striking Greydon House on Broad … especially with the landscaping and window box design by Nantucket’s very own Marty McGowan of Sconset Gardener… The most Instagram worthy building right now, if you ask us.
8. THE EXPERIENCE
The GH experience is whimsical, unpredictable and a treat for the senses. When you walk in, you’ll see local antiques paired with fine contemporary artists like Terry Winters and Julian Schnabel. The hotel exudes an immediate sense of home and the restaurant and lounge translates more to your living room and dining room. It’s a truly original place!
. THE OUTDOOR SPACE
Sure, we love a good bed and cool bar spots, but there’s also something so amazing about enjoying that fresh Nantucket air… and lucky for those that stay at Greydon House, there’s both a veranda and patio that face the sunrise! A perfect place to enjoy some quiet moments, people watching and a good book.
Looking to book your next Nantucket vacation? Greydon House has a special right now with a weekday introductory rate from now until the end of October at just $249 per night! In addition, for island residents only: please book in person and present your driver’s license for a STAYcation special at the amazing weekday rate of $149 per night!*
*Available Sunday-Thursday through October 31, based on availability. Blackout dates and some restrictions apply… call 508.228.2468 to book
17 Broad Street ~ Nantucket