The Charlotte Inn’s extraordinary attention to detail, plus the unusual collection of fine antiques, makes it unique among Martha’s Vineyard hotels. Hotel reviewers continually laud the consistent quality found here.
Guests find that each of the nineteen rooms has its own distinct personality. Room Fourteen in the Summer House, accessed through two oversized mahogany doors, has a fireplace and a baby grand piano.
Number Seven, like each of the rooms at the Inn, creates its own mood through the furniture placed in it, the flowers that adorn it, the bedding that defines it, the lamps that both lighten and reflect it and the art that brightens it. Antique silver mirrors and brushes turn a tabletop into a miniature tableau.
Room Fifteen, past a marble doorstop with the date “1895” etched on it and up a sweeping staircase, has one of the most luxurious bathrooms at the Inn. The bathroom is oversized, equipped with period marble-topped tables and elaborate antique lighting fixtures, accented by three windows.
"The Charlotte Inn consummately realizes the value of a bygone era. Its exquisite and fascinating antique furnishings came together with energy and life. Come to the inn for an Edwardian fantasy." – Foder's Travel Guide
The mood in the Coach House Suite, a second floor guest suite, is set the moment you peek over the top of the stairs and see the huge Palladian window in the front room. Like many of the pieces at the Inn, the window, a natural frame for a heavily leafed tree and harbor beyond it, has a long pedigree. It was recovered from a building in Vermont where the innkeepers spotted it. As often happens with the things at the Inn, the window, though beautiful, is also useful. Since the frame is made of steel and the glass is very thick, it is the perfect window for an Island where hurricanes are not unknown.
Then there are the gifts of providence: a full moon over Edgartown is clearly visible from Number Three, the bluish-white light highlighted by wavy, 19th century period glass in the windows. The moon, a spectacular sight in itself, is almost no match for the sound of water spilling from the mouth of a lion-headed fountain outside the window, the muted patches of light from lanterns on the ground below you, or the antique-laden suite before you.
Housekeepers in traditional black and white turn down beds, replenish towels, and adjust lighting. Italian toiletries are the best the innkeepers can offer. Beyond these trappings of a fine hotel, however, is the generous spirit of the Inn staff. You are a treasured house guest.