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Harbor View Hotel Reopens Redesigned & Expanded

Posted by David Lott on June 19, 2020
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The long-awaited renovation of Harbor View Hotel is officially complete.

With beautifully redesigned spaces, an expanded suite of world-class services and countless modern amenities, this iconic Edgartown landmark is ready to welcome its guests with an even more luxurious and elegant experience than before.

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The new Bettini Restaurant is open for take-out, call 508-627-3761 to order.

Presidential Skyhouse

“Soaring over the ocean, lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island, the Presidential Skyhouse offers the best views and VIP experience on the entire island,” according to hotel representatives.

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The Skyhouse has wide harbor views and even its own in-room soaking tub.

The Skyhouse features four spacious bedrooms, five brand new baths, an elegant dining room, cutting-edge kitchen (perfect for personal chefs) and outdoor viewing deck.

Covering more than the 2,265 square foot space, it’s a luxury getaway you’ll never forget.

Please contact the Harbor View Hotel directly to inquire about reservations at (833) 790-1077.

About the Harbor View Hotel

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The Harbor View Hotel was grand right from the start.

Edgartown was settled in 1671 and steadily came to be known as a prime port for whaling. And as that enterprise grew, so too did Edgartown, in both prominence and influence.

By mid-1800, this bustling municipality had become the Vineyard’s wealthiest. But as the whaling industry began to ebb, Edgartown officials turned their attention to a new source of prosperity: tourism.

Construction & Launch

With ambitions of building the finest resort of its kind, local leaders set about creating an infrastructure–starting with light rail that connected the ferry port of Oak Bluffs to Edgartown, where a proposed hotel would welcome guests from around the world.

Construction of this highly-anticipated endeavor concluded in the spring of 1891. Not long thereafter, on July 23rd, the Harbor View opened its doors.

The exclusive, invitation-only gala welcomed 400 privileged guests, who mingled and danced until dawn on the hotel’s verandas, which were festively adorned with exotic Chinese lanterns.

Famous for Guests & a Mechanical Shark

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The welcoming, modern-day lobby complete with fireplace.

Thus began its reputation as the ultimate island retreat, becoming the resort of choice not only for generations of returning families, but for high-profile celebrities, powerful politicians and legendary stars of sport, stage and screen.

One of the most memorable guests was the infamous mechanical shark named “Bruce,” who, along with Steven Spielberg and a profusion of Hollywood cast and crew, virtually took over Edgartown (and the remainder of Martha’s Vineyard) while filming the blockbuster “Jaws” in 1975.

    The long-awaited renovation of Harbor View Hotel is officially complete. With beautifully redesigned spaces, an expanded suite of world-class services and countless modern amenities, this iconic Edgartown landmark is ready to welcome its guests with an even more luxurious and elegant experience than before.

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