The Christopher is the third boutique property in Martha’s Vineyard by Lark Hotels, a boutique hotel brand based in Amesbury, Mass., with 17 properties. (The Christopher’s sister location, the Sydney, is two blocks over in Edgartown, and the cheerfully named Summer Camp faces the harbor in Oak Bluffs, a town about 20 minutes away by car.) The Christopher opened in May 2016 in the heart of Edgartown. The hoteliers have described the décor as chic yet unpretentious, which, in this case, means they have stripped out the island-style chintz and shabby-chic often found in Vineyard bed-and-breakfasts, added a high gloss dark stain to the wood floors, pulled in cool blue and white geometric rugs and wallpapers, and maintained a crisp teal blue, cream and gray color palate throughout the hotel. The 15 rooms and common spaces are furnished with an updated spin on midcentury modern furniture that seems primed for Pinterest.
The hotel is one block in from Main Street, a block from the waterfront and steps from several restaurants and ice cream parlors. Next door is Wheel Happy, a reasonably priced bike rental shop that’s a major plus on an island perfect for cycling. The property is an easy (and flat) two miles from Bend in the Road Beach, a great swimming spot.
My street-facing Queen, the least expensive of the room categories, was on the first floor next to the staircase yet managed to remain gloriously quiet. The blues and creams of the lobby extended here — a sizable throw rug of the same color palate covered much of the freshly finished dark wood floors. A large carved wood armoire graced one corner. The comfortable bed was dressed with crisp white linens, backed with a navy fabric headboard. Three woven baskets were affixed above the bed, each hewing to the color scheme of blue, cream and the dark brown of the flooring. A single light bulb from the ceiling was wrapped in a woven bubble of what appeared to be hardened beach rope. For a hotel ostensibly catering to beachgoers, it could have used more places to hang wet suits and towels, but the space was otherwise well considered.
Tiny, with a glass shower stall that sprayed the bathroom with water until I adjusted the shower head. A comely slate blue tile lined the main floor and the shower had a white subway tile. Bath products with enticing smells and descriptions like “bamboo lemongrass” and “yuzu bergamot” were from an aromatherapy line provided by Lather.
A large, secluded patio featured a modernist fire pit, lit each night and accompanied by complimentary beverages and light snacks. At check in, the enthusiastic concierge loans each guest a fully loaded iPad with tips on local restaurants, spas, bars, yoga studios and bike paths. Each room has a Tivoli bluetooth radio, flat screen TV and cloth robes. A (loaner) canvas J. Crew beach bag, thoughtfully stuffed with two enormous beach towels, is provided.
There are no meals beyond breakfast, but breakfast was a delightful smorgasbord of fresh baked cinnamon swirl breads and chocolate chip coffee cake, mini-frittatas, oatmeal and fresh fruit served in a small breakfast nook with French bistro-style chairs and banquettes, all in that lovely teal-blue and cream palate.
A fresh addition to a saturated bed-and-breakfast market on Martha’s Vineyard, the Christopher offers a bit of polish in an antique setting.