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Explore thought-provoking The Hotel Nantucket book club questions here. This instant #1 New York Times bestselling novel by author Elin Hilderbrand (Queen of the Beach Reads) offers many fun options for group meetings.

You’ll foster meaningful discussion and get free printable book club questions to prepare for your in-person book club. Get started below.

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The Hotel Nantucket Book Club Questions

Have you visited Nantucket? If so, how did the descriptions compare?

What was your favorite detail of The Hotel Nantucket?

What was your favorite food description?

Who was your favorite staff member?

Who was your favorite guest?

What did you make of the use of a ghost to tell part of the story?

Which character grew the most over the Summer?

Which character did the worst things in your view?

Did any of the troubled characters redeem themselves in your view?

Did the twists surprise you?

What do you think is in store for The Hotel Nantucket and the characters next Summer?

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Why The Hotel Nantucket Is A Good Book Club Book

My Review: ★★★★☆

The Hotel Nantucket defies genres and offers an immensely satisfying page-turner to which you will want to return — especially for Elin Hilderbrands’s travel guide to Nantucket at the end.

I have heard so many readers raving that The Hotel Nantucket is one of the best Hilderbrand books.

It feels straight out of a season of Bravo’s Below Deck (but set at a hotel rather than on a yacht). Elin’s trademark Nantucket settings, pop culture references, and food descriptions make your mouth water.

This preppy book will have you envisioning the lush details of the hotel: hydrangea-blue throws, Nest Amalfi Lemon and Mint candles (a personal favorite), and Matouk sheets, Heartbreaker cocktails, the disco ball that drops from the ceiling at 9 p.m., the oyster shell tiles, and complimentary minibars filled with bluefish pâté.

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Quick Plot Summary

The Hotel Nantucket is the setting for a Summer on Nantucket Island. The revitalized hotel seeks to earn a renowned “5 key” review by a famous travel blogger.

But, the full story of the storied Nantucket hotel itself begins in the Gilded Age, one hundred years earlier, when an old chambermaid died in a suspicious fire and now haunts the hotel.

As the Summer heats up, so does the gossip of its hauntings, filling the rooms with excited guests for the entire season, as the staff awaits word of their Hotel Confidential review.

Book Club Ideas

The Hotel Nantucket is filled with tons of details to explore further, so dive into these book pairings for your book club to get the full aesthetic:

Frequently Asked Questions

What did Chad do in Hotel Nantucket?

In The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand, it is revealed that Chad
hosted a party, where he opened a champagne bottle and accidentally injured the eye of his less privileged friend, Paddy, with the cork.

What is the heartbreaker drink at Nantucket hotel?

In The Hotel Nantucket by Elin Hilderbrand, the Heartbreaker is a signature cocktail served at the hotel’s bar. The book may not detail the specific ingredients of the Heartbreaker drink.


These The Hotel Nantucket book club questions immerse you in the intricate dynamics of island life and work, and they spark fun discussions about secrets as well as the Nantucket itself. May your conversations be as bright and sunny as the New England island and its hotel!

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