Arrival was the weekend of Sept 18 - 20, 2009. Although the hotel is conveniently located at the end of the ferry's ramp from Falmouth, the word disappointment would be an understatement. The room was not ready upon arrival, which is acceptable because we were hours early, but the restroom is for guests only so a 'coin' is needed with every trip to the loo. Check in was at 3 but we gave them a few extra hours and came back at after 5:00. The room had the previous guest's hair still in the bathroom. When asked to have the room cleaned again, we were told there was no one to clean the room which lead to calling the manager at home and having to explain that 'no the room wasnt clean' after he kept insisting it was. A housekeeper came back cleaned the bathroom and left but is it me or if the bathroom isnt clean did they really clean the sheets too? Back down to the front desk to argue again that we needed the bed linens changed as well. Another argument insued and we were handed the sheets to make the bed ourself. After two rounds of twin sheets for a queen bed, we finally got the right sheets and obviously will never return to this hotel.
A great wrap around deck that overlooks the bay, close to downtown oak bluffs and adjacent to the 'tiny colorful homes'.
Great hostel in a beautiful locationon Martha's Vineyard. The dorm rooms have comfortable bunk beds, linens provided, clean and modern bathrooms, along with a helpful and friendly staff. This hostel has no age restrictions so there are people of all walks of life, families, travelers, etc. Has an early quiet curfew (i think 10pm) but you can access the front door at all hours.
Has a great kitchen with numerous cooking stations and refrigerators to hold your food. There are all the cooking and serving utensils you need, as long as you clean them afterwards, and they have pancake mix and coffee for a very cheap price. It is located on a major bike pathway that connects the area to other parts of the island. Also, during the day and early evening the Vineyard Transit Authority Buses run around the island and a couple of route stop right in front of the hostel. Definitely go check out Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head) Cliffs. They are multi-colored clay masterpieces. The beach has lots of wild life and is clothing optional.
The Madison Inn has 14 beautiful guestrooms. Our room was pretty tiny, just a few feet of floor space, but the bed was big and incredibly comfortable; the room was immaculately clean, and the decor wasn't too "quaint." All of the guestrooms have a flat screen TV, heat and air conditioning, and a basket of complimentry bottled water and snacks. Towels are big and fluffy, and complimentry toiletries are from Rusk.
All of the guestrooms have private baths, but in some cases the bath is attached to your room, in other cases it's out the door and down the hall. So be sure to ask when you book! Our bath was outside the room which wasn't bad, but we didn't feel comfortable leaving anything in there (i.e. toothbrush, makeup, clothes) since the door didn't lock from the outside, only the inside (and in the middle of the night I did hear someone using our bathroom instead of their own!).
Walking distance from the shops, restaurants, and nightlife in Oak Bluffs, Madison Inn is a great inn and less expensive than most inns the Vineyard. The Madison Inn also has free Wi-Fi!
I couldn't possibly afford to stay here, but if you have the money, it's ideally situated in Oak Bluffs. It has 95 rooms.
This hotel has been in continuous operation since 1879.
I didn't stay overnight on the island, but there are plently of places to stay to suit nearly every budget, though hotels & inns tend to cater to the hight-end customer. A hostel & campground are available. See this web site for a comprehensive list of different types of accommodations available on Martha's Vineyard.
Pictured here is the Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown. It's a lovely place, but I couldn't afford to stay here. Here's their web site:
I must say that breakfast became the favorite meal of the day in this place. We were so impressed with the fresh fruit and baked goods...several courses of absolutely luscious food and great coffee. We stretched breakfast to almost 2 hrs. sometimes! Served in this lovely little bricked back patio area..fenced for privacy. Couldn't be any better.
Not only are these folks very welcoming, but uninvasive...the light is on when you come home...and there is a bottle of sherry in your room for a bedtime relaxation.
I've stayed in this Inn several times...and never was disappointed. In fact, my son and his wife chose this destination for their honeymoon. the building is beautiful...fully furnished in antiques, and the food is great.
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