The Samoset is such a fascinating place to stay. Not only was it super close to the bars, beach and village green but it was full of the charm long forgotten by modern Inns on the island. The furniture was original, the view spectacular. and the inn keepers knowledgable about the hidden gems of the vineyard. For a moment id forgotten all about noise,city, and drama of the modern world. stepping back to a time when the little things mattered. truly a getaway.
My fiance' and I go here every year for the 4th, and have already booked 2012. The house is very quaint, but has lots of character. We always stay in The Porch Room. If you're looking for luxury, I'd suggest looking elsewhere. It's a lot like renting one of the cottages in Oak Bluffs.
We've stayed many places on the island, but the ocean views and beach access that Samoset offers are second to none. I highly recommend waking up early one morning and catching the sunrise. It's a five minute walk to Circuit Ave (aka downtown), three minute walk to the ferry, and the bus picks you up just outside the door. Also, compared to everywhere else on the island, the price is very affordable. The breakfast leaves something to be desired, but we looked at it as a good excuse to go to Backdoor Donuts every morning.
We also found Mrs. Arend to be very charming, and always enjoy her well-told stories. If you're looking for a relaxing vacation on the Vineyard - nothing too fancy - this is your place. We're counting down the days till we return this July.
I checked the previous reviews, mostly negative but some positive, given the situation all other places were booked in MV, I took a risk then it turned a nightmare, the worst experience ever. Someone wrote the owner "the rudest person on the planet", I should add her and her niece are the rudest person on the planet (or cosmos). We booked on a phone and subsequently by e-mail for two nights in September. Originally we booked the Twin Room, then we were suggested to stay at "Apricot room" which was $30/night cheaper. The niece also sent me an e-mail denying the review of her aunt's "the rudest person on the planet" and saying that the place was not hotel so do not expect any hotel service and assured us for a pleasant stay. I set my expectation low: minimum courtesy and good sleep. When I arrived, the aunt (an old lady, owner) did not seem too bad. When I saw our room I was a bit disappointed by the size of the room where we could move barely. I was inclined to move back to the Twin Room, but the owner insisted us to stay in the Apricot. When we came back from beach, we realized that our bed was facing a wall adjacent to a shared bath room (toilet) and heard the constant toilet flush noise. The next room to us was a family with a baby thus I was afraid of noise and not sleeping (but the baby was very quiet in the end). I went to see the owner at her kitchen as there was no reception or the office there and the kitchen seemed to be used for an office (with computers, phones). She was upset about my complaint and request to change our room. She also said the room was rented just recently (it was true). I gave up and tried to sleep putting my ear plugs. At 2AM, I was awaken by the toilet flush, then 3:00, then 4:30 in the morning and could not sleep. I complained via e-mail on that night to the niece who was handling e-mails and asked for a solution. In the next morning, to my surprise, the owner told me to leave the Inn immediately. I told them we booked the two nights and what I asked was to resolve the problem of noise, it is extremely unfair to cancel our reservation unilaterally. We decided to leave anyway due the fact we could not stand the situation and asked for the full refunds of the two nights by e-mail (we left). After that, I received five long e-mails of full of offense and insults and even I asked the niece not to send any more messages she continued to send. I am preparing a formal recourse as some other reviewers did. Please do not stay this place, you will definitely have problems. They should discontinue their business not to hurt the reputation of Martha's Vineyard. (Additional: the place was not clean, was run-down)
If you wished you had an aunt with a big cottage on the island, this is the place for you. It's a historical house, even mentioned in some books on local history. The location couldn't be better-- right across from the town beach and one block from Ocean View Park.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the furniture is authentically old. If you must have the best, this isn't the place for you. But if you like interesting "found" articles and a home-like feel, this might be perfect. The rooms are small, but not tiny. The baths are shared, but that's reflected in the price. It's clean and unmusty, with great breezes through the large windows. Though the furniture is old, the mattresses are new and comfortable, with good linens and an extra quilt if it's cool at night. The Porch Room, where we stayed, has a private 2nd story porch overlooking the beach. An great quirk is the narrow spiral staircase to the widow's walk on the roof, where you get a rare roof-level view of the town.
The breakfast, a highlight at many inns, is modest here--toast, boxed cereals, store-bought pastries, coffee, tea, juices, fruit, good jams. The road in front is the main route to Edgartown, so it can be noisy, but that unavoidable if you want a beach front room. When there isn't any traffic, the sounds of the breeze, the birds, and the waves make this feel like Paradise.
This is a wonderful, relaxed, home-like inn with an authentic, unfussy atmosphere.
BEWARE! The owner is very difficult to deal with! I unfortunately had to cancel my reservations the day after I made them due to an unforeseen family emergency and she assured me she had not put through the credit charge and I had nothing to worry about.
That was not the case and getting a credit has become a NIGHTMARE! I have had to make 3 calls and I am still waiting for the credit. The first two times she claims to have misplaced my information and now I am waiting to see if it happens a third time! She also sprung on me that there is a charge from the credit card company that she is passing along to me for the credit – there is no mention of a charge in her cancellation policy and when I told her I would not pay it she said “sue me – good luck the lawyer will cost you more”. Do not say I did not warn you!
I have been several times to the Bed & Breakfast.. Is nothing fancy but I love it... and the host is a hot ticket. It feels like a HOME and you just enjoy every bit of the ocean and simplicity. Everytime I go to the Vineyard I stay with this HOST LOVE HER!
I was a bit apprehensive about booking this place as I could only find two reviews. I am glad that I took the chance. Went for a girlfriends weekend with a friend and we just loved the location. The home is clean and the hosts couldn't be nicer. We stayed in the porch room which overlooks the beach. I can still hear the water lapping at the shoreline. The room was tiny but we weren't there to sit in the room. The only downside was the shared bathroom but we never had to wait to use any of the facilities. The home is in walking distance to everything. I look forward to returning.
Upon arrival to the Inn, there was no check in desk and the Inn keeper could not be located. We were then directed to our room by someone not associated with the Inn and found the stairs leading to, as well as the floors in the Bridal Suite (our room), to be soiled with dirt. The room door would then not close. Check in was scheduled for 2 pm and the Inn keeper finally made contact with us at approx 5:30 pm. She tried to provide us with a portable crib for our infant son, however, the crib was full of mold and dusty. The Inn keeper was then rude and we told her that the place was not what we expected and told her that we would be leaving. The Inn keeper overcharged me for my room and when asked she could not provide a receipt or any other price breakdown. I told her that I expected a refund and she told me I would receive one but it never came. I eventually had to contact my Bank and file a claim.
My wife and I stayed ended up staying at a different Inn in the area that was great.
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