Article by Sam Dostaler
In June Faraway Nantucket will open its doors and become the newest boutique hotel on the island.
The 62-room boutique hotel in downtown Nantucket is comprised of a collection of four inns formerly known as the Roberts Collection. The hotel will open with a new look in June after Blue Flag Partners bought the property in April 2019 and began renovations this past fall.
The guest rooms are spread among the four buildings, one of which is a former 1880s Quaker meeting house. The rooms feature king- and queen-sized beds, suites, and luxury bunk rooms. The quad room offers two bunk beds, a mini-fridge, and a private bathroom. It can connect to a queen room for families and groups.
“Faraway has always reflected what we thought was lacking from the hotel scene in one of our favorite places in the world,” said Jason Brown, partner at Blue Flag Partners. “It’s a bit of revelry tucked into a historic and refined collection of buildings. It’s like what we imagined might have happened back in the ’20s in Gertrude Stein’s living room in Paris, but on an island.”
Faraway also offers a 140-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant that was designed as “an oasis from the busy streets of Nantucket’s historic cobblestone downtown” according to Blue Flag Partners. The area includes a “luxuriously appointed living room” and private dining rooms, a redesigned garden patio with a grab-and-go cafe window, new deck seating, and a lobby and garden bar.
Brad Guidi, a partner at Blue Flag, called the restaurant, “the heartbeat of the property. Not limited by a single cuisine or vernacular, the concept and menu will be beverage forward, with a focus on an impressive cocktail and wine program alongside high-quality local ingredients,” Guidi said. “By creating a communal experience offering a coffee lounge/bar during the day and a full-service restaurant in the evening, we hope to become a clubhouse for our guests as well as those wandering through downtown Nantucket.”
In addition to what guests can find on the property, they will also only be steps away from everything that makes Nantucket a perfect summer retreat. Guests will be able to explore nearby restaurants and shops, the Nantucket Whaling Museum, the beach, and much more. There are also plenty of opportunities to explore the rest of the island and it is all at your fingertips when you stay at Nantucket’s newest boutique hotel.