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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- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
We have been there before . We know that chefs have changed over time and that in the beginning Tom Colochio was involved . Our meal was wonderful . the menu was well balanced with fish and meat and one veggie dish . What we had was great , tasty and well presented. We are thinking of returning very soon
Booked this hotel via Airbnb (which I have done in the past) and when we arrived - which took my family and I over 2.5 hours to get to - they said they didn’t have my reservation and there were no rooms left. The receptionist checked other rooms in the area and said the only room we could find was “too expensive” so she wouldn’t do it. The host on the Airbnb would not reply back to me but was communicating with her. They would not even rebook us for another weekend. On top of it, the host lied to Airbnb stating that “the heat would not work” and that is why they canceled our room. If this is how they handle their guest I can’t imagine how they run other parts of their business.
My husband and I went for a quick getaway for our wedding anniversary. Because this property had great reviews and a highly rated restaurant, we decided to give it a try. The restaurant did not disappoint, but the hotel was a real downer. I struggle to comprehend why people would pay so much for a room in the summer. First of all, the room was noisy. Every time someone entered/exited the neighboring room, our door would clatter as well. Second, we are surrounded by roads, so we hear the cars coming and going. I imagine that to be worse in the summer. The room itself has so many lights in the night, I’ve had to tape a card over it to keep the thermostat light from shining on my face all night. Finally, at 10am, they started cleaning the neighbor’s room. I could hear the vacuum as if they were cleaning our room. I asked to change rooms an hour after we checked in due to the noise and because the wifi wasn’t working, but they said they were working on the wifi and the clanging was due to some things they were fixing in the room. We didn’t get the room change and it is still noisy. Definitely not coming back.
Photo: our room’s “view” - of a parking lot
Since Jean Georges took over the restaurant 3 years ago the food had improved but in the las 6 months a clear decline, very disappointing, the pasta was cooked in the morning and reheated with lots of tasteless sauce, the burger was not cooked to the proper temperature and the fries seamed that they have been cooked a week ago , no restaurant should serve such poor food and certainly not this one .
It is a shame.
We were in the Hamptons for a wedding, and decided to make a long weekend of it. Had a great time, and truly enjoyed the Topping Rose. Our room was in the Studio building, and was very nice, clean, comfortable, and convenient. The property is very well kept, and all of the staff did a great job and were very helpful. This was our first visit to the Hamptons, and the visit couldn't have gone better. Thanks to all the Topping Rose staff for making our trip a great experience.