Topping Rose House
What We Love
- Daily breakfast, nonalcoholic minibar items and snacks are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Buzzing locally-sourced restaurant uses ingredients from the property’s one-acre farm
- Just 22 guestrooms split between the historic House, Studio building and contemporary Cottages
- Flawless interior design by Alexandra Champalimaud and modern artwork from Winston Wachter Fine Art gallery
What To Know
- Located at a busy junction; guestrooms in the main building are kept quiet with the soundproof windows
- Although it's two miles from the beach, free bicycles and beach passes are provided for your use
- Spa treatments can be booked in advance, but there’s no therapist on the property
- An 11.63 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In a Greek Revival mansion just off Route 27, Topping Rose House made its much anticipated debut in May 2013. Named for original resident Judge Abraham Topping Rose, the 19th-century building was restored to its original glory, and then some, over eight years by architect Roger Ferris and interior design supremo Alexandra Champalimaud. The finished product is a handsome, grown-up mix of old and new: large porticos, original moldings and uncovered fireplaces mixed with clashing contemporary artwork, patterned rugs and light-flooded public spaces. A wide back porch opens onto manicured gardens, an apple orchard, a one-acre farm and a heated lap pool — a bucolic setting that feels a world away from the Hampton’s tony scene.
Bed and Bath
The 22 guestrooms are split between the original mansion and newly built modern cottages and all show off Alexandra Champalimaud’s exacting style, from the wide floorboards and custom mahogany chests to the iron frame four-poster beds and pillow-strewn window seats (in some). The walls are painted in shades of gray or daubed with floral wallpaper, the linens are by Frette, the colorful rugs were designed by Madeline Weinrib, and there are iHome docks, as well as iPads in place of newspapers. Unusual for a boutique hotel, all soft drinks and the bumper basket of snacks (North Fork chips, Mast Bros. chocolate, Tate’s cookies, organic dried fruit and more) are free. The modern bathrooms have over-tub showers, Matouk towels and gorgeous Naturopathica products.
While weekend trippers are still getting acquainted with the new guest floors, Hamptons residents have been filling the seats of the farm-to-table restaurant since its debut in October 2012. It’s spread across the art-adorned main dining room, the more casual bar and lounge and, in the summer months, the wraparound porch, with the emphasis on American seasonal cooking; many of the ingredients are grown on the hotel’s own one-acre farm. While Colicchio devises the menus, it’s his chef de cuisine, Kyle Koenig, who crafts the delicate dishes that change with the seasons and whatever’s available from the garden, nearby ranches and farms. The wine list also showcases local vineyards and North Fork favorites including Bedell Winery, Sparkling Pointe and Shinn Estate. Beyond the restaurant there’s a petite spa, a fitness center and yoga in the new event space, a second-floor library for afternoon lounging, and cruiser bikes for rides to the beach or into Bridgehampton.
In the Area
Art lovers shouldn’t miss a trip to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, where some of Jackson Pollock’s most famous works were produced, or keep things cultural with the Guild Hall’s year-round slate of plays, concerts, readings, films, special events and art exhibitions. Hit the shops along Main Street in East Hampton, including the Ralph Lauren East End Polo flagship, John Varvatos, Blue & Cream and Elie Tahari, or hit the trail and explore some of the South Fork’s surprisingly diverse hiking routes. Oenophiles should schedule a tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard & Winery, located less than two miles from the hotel.
How to Get There
I booked this hotel because I was told it was quintessentially "the Hamptons" whatever that means....first the kudos - if the hotel was of the same quality as its barman it would be spectacular - he's impeccably turned out in that beachy casual way that says I've been understatedly cool and attired for decades...he remembers your name and effortlessly makes you feel like a local when you know you're not...(hint to hotel - whatever you do, don't lose him). My first impressions of the kitchen were excellent - first breakfast and lunch were really wonderful with menus that were surprisingly interesting...unfortunately the following day (Sunday) breakfast was very patchy at best...the previously added table touches were missing, they brought the wrong order, then returned with the right one using the obviously same eggs which of course were only luke warm and the coffee was unforgivably luke warm too...what happened??? So kitchen impression took a major dive. The room was large, clean and comfortable EXCEPT for the bed which was lumpy...really...what gives (maybe its a Hampton's thing?) but apart from that the room was good. The real disappointment though was the shabby outsides with the very dirty much used logo'd door mats, the obvious tell tale signs of the previous evenings outdoor activities with open serving station cupboard stuffed with stuff - do I really have to see that coming to breakfast...it's a detail thing and if you present yourselves as one of the more expensive places in town you really should pay attention to the details - like your barman does on every level. I won't mention the night auditor that was an unpleasant initial experience too but the charming manager made up for that...so in summary - a great location, a spectacular barman, a generally great kitchen that was in my experience unfortunately patchy and please please please tidy up outside and replace the damn doormats (or at least clean them). First impressions and all that - would I stay again, sadly, probably not. Will I come for a drink - absolutely.
Don’t waste your money. This place is absolutely shambolic. The staff are demotivated and not interested in the guests. Hotel room and poorly kept communal areas were beyond disappointing for the $800 a night price tag. The bed was riddled with bed bugs. Unfortunately this hotel is not clean, and definitely not loved.
We recently stayed for 5 nights having paid more than $4000 for a Cottage Twin room. We were expecting 5 star facilities and service the reality was very different. This hotel is living off its reputation and previous good reviews, the management and staff are not interested in the guests. Corners are being cut on health and safety in many areas. I was bitten by a spider whilst in bed one evening. I reported this to Jennifer the duty manager, her response was negative, no apology or offer of help. In the dining room the seats are stained and dirty the general environment around the hotel is lacking attention and detail. It appears the owners have stopped investing are milking the guests for every dollar they can get. DONT STAY AT THIS HOTEL IT IS A RIP OFF