A 14-room Nantucket hotel that opened in August has been named to the “hot list” of top new hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveler — just a couple of weeks after the hotel was named to “The It List” for new hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure.
Condé Nast Traveler, in a list published late last week, said Life House Nantucket — in an 1830s sea captain’s home 10 minutes outside of town — “nails the balance between cozy hideaway (rooms done in wicker and floral patterns) and see-and-be-seen hangout (two outdoor gardens with firepits and loungers).”
Life House Nantucket is among 69 new hotels, 24 in the United States and Canada, singled out by Condé Nast Traveler, and among 38 chosen by Travel & Leisure in its North America category.
“We are thrilled about the accolades that our properties have received this year,” said Victor DeVita, spokesperson for Life House properties, in an email Monday, noting the group’s Denver hotel also was part of the Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure lists. “We couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.”
According to Condé Nast Traveler, its 25th annual “Hot List” is “a story of resilience. … Despite enormous hardship in the travel industry, exceptional properties have continued to open across the globe (nearly a thousand last year in the U.S. alone).”
Information sent by DeVita described the Life House brand as “a collection of technology-forward, incredibly well thought-through boutique hotels” that first opened in 2018 with a Miami hotel. Three more are opening in the next few months, he said – in Chattanooga, Brooklyn and Bali, according to Condé Nast Traveler and the Life House website.
Life House is described as “the first lifestyle hotel company to ever be fully backed by Silicon Valley,” offering a “world-class experience” largely through technology. One feature is a mobile app that allows guests to opt in to a social network and interact with each other, “along with locals who’ve been vetted by the community,” information on the hotel says. “Basically, a hotel built for COVID-proof interactions.”
Life House took over Century House, a former luxury bed and breakfast in a building described by the company as the oldest continually operating inn on Nantucket. The building on Cliff Road, at one of the highest points on the island, was once a personal retreat for Captain Robert Calder in between whaling expeditions before he turned the property into an inn.
Life House officials aimed to redesign the hotel as a “nonchalant innkeeper’s eclectic escape that reflects her flair for cultivating the island’s native botany and practicing holistic wellness,” according to its website. Besides guest rooms, the property has a 300-square-foot living room and kitchen, and a 675-square-foot private garden lounge to just relax.
Condé Nast Traveler describes Life House Nantucket as “no frills,” with rooms starting at $339 per night. While there is no full-service restaurant, there is a communal kitchen with grab-and-go food, breakfast and a complimentary happy hour.
That’s all part of what Conde Nast Traveler says adds up to a “memorable stay” at a hotel that has “the feel of a coastal-inspired inn where you’d want to relax after a long day on the water or cool off after a day lazing on the beach.”
More information on Life House Nantucket: lifehousehotels.com/hotels/new-england/nantucket
The full Condé Nast Traveler list can be found at cntraveler.com/gallery/best-new-hotels-in-the-world. The Travel & Leisure choices can be found at travelandleisure.com/hotels-resorts/it-list-the-best-new-hotels.