Greydon House, Nantucket

by  Christina Valhouli | Sep 19, 2016
Greydon House
Greydon House

Greydon House opens this month in downtown Nantucket, steps from the water, the Whaling Museum, and chic boutiques. The brainchild of Elliot Gould, as well as Alexander and Jeremy Leventhal -- grandsons of Elliot Gant, co-founder of the eponymous clothing label -- the hotel's design is paramount; everything from the staff uniforms (GANT's signature Oxford shirts paired with SeaVees sneakers) to the bathrooms exude an eclectic yet elevated style.

The interiors were executed by Roman and Williams, the New York-based firm behind the Chicago Athletic Association, several Ace Hotels, and the Highline Hotel. The design team had their work cut out for them. The 19th century Greek Revival building was originally a ship captain’s home, and it was moved from its former location down the block to its current lot on Federal and Broad streets to make room for a new wing, which blends seamlessly with the rest of the facade.

Rather than let the building's history pigeonhole them into a nautical theme, designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch imagined the hotel as the home of a well-traveled sea captain. The decor is inspired by the people who passed through Nantucket when it was a key port for the whaling industry (after all, it was the set of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick). Inside, you'll find Indonesian teak chairs, French antiques, and vintage textiles, paired with tasteful nautical touches, such as old brass portholes repurposed as lighting fixtures.

No two of the 20 guest rooms are alike. A mix of custom and vintage furniture includes wrought-iron bed frames and custom Les Indiennes and John Robshaw bedding. The bathrooms are refined: elegant painted wallpaper and polished brass fixtures, accented vibrant blue and white Portuguese tiles which line the shower walls.

Greydon House's intimate, sophisticated vibe makes it best suited for a couples’ getaway or young professionals. Unlike other boutique properties on the island, Greydon House also has a full-service restaurant, helmed by Marcus Gleadow-Ware, former executive chef at Charlie Palmer’s Aureole in New York City. The cocktail program was conceived by the award-winning mixologist Jackson Cannon (formerly of Eastern Standard in Boston). Try the Little Grey Lady, a mix of Plymouth Gin, Cocchi Americano, St. Germain, and fresh lemon juice, served in a traditional gurgling cod cup. In between sips, admire the bar, carved from reclaimed wood, and the mural of the 18th century tea trade with China behind it, inspired by a work at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Connect on Instagram. Rates start at $600 per night.

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