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What We Love

  • Historic building in the center of East Hampton
  • Bright, surprisingly quirky Scandinavian styling
  • Each room has its own unique personality
  • Commitment to sustainability shown in a carbon-neutral pledge
  • Personal butler service can be arranged

What To Know

  • East Hampton's clubbiness isn't a part of the Maidstone's aesthetic
  • Kids and pets are welcome
  • The hotel has an eco-friendly bent, so know that requests for bottled water will be met with an admonishment about landfill waste (and an offer of filtered water instead)
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The Review

After a facelift in 2008, the staid Maidstone inn (founded in 1740) has never looked better. Reborn as c/o The Maidstone, the property was redesigned from floorboards to rafters in fresh Scandinavian style by designer Nadia Tolstoy.

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The vibe is cosmopolitan and a bit funky, with bright hues and surprising details at every turn. Amenities range from the modern (iPod docks and iPods preloaded with music) to the classic (vintage Scandinavian Kronan bicycles). The rooms vary widely in style and accoutrements, though you’ll sleep in organic cotton sheets on a Hästens bed and have a bathroom stocked with Malin + Goetz whether you bunk in the Baroness Karen von Blixen-Finecke Room or the Eero & Eliel Saarinen Suite.

And live it up in the Living Room Restaurant: Chef James Carpenter has come up with an on-site dining experience to match the inn’s attitude. The “New American with a Scandinavian twist” menu is heavy with locally produced and seasonal ingredients, with entrees like codfish and mussels in a tomato fennel broth and Swedish lamb meatballs with ricotta dumplings.

Outside, in the private Buddha garden, Scandinavian accents blend seamlessly with Asian-style Zen: a Buddha statue watches over the space.

How to Get There

The Maidstone
207 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937 United States


4.0 Very Good 134 Reviews
A design hotel at its best ......
Reviewed 2 months ago

Once discovered never forgotten. I love the photo art all over, that mixed with a scent from the Jonathan Baker product line made me wonder what was around the next corner. I loved the food as it was all slow cooking, they support the local community with their wine selection and most of all they have a beach butler program that drove me to the beach with 5 star lunch for me and my gal. The Hamptons does not have many of these hotels. Best kept secret until now.

What a treat, what a retreat!
Reviewed 5 months ago

This is the quintessential New England inn – carefully updated. Located in East Hampton, almost at the tip of Long Island’s south fork, you are only a few miles away from Montauk lighthouse and its quaint fishing village. (Nice local oysters, beer and clam chowder.) Swedish-born Jenny Ljungberg has done a fantastic job with her hotel. The décor is stylish. (If you’ve heard of Svenskt Tenn, you know what I mean.) The restaurant menu superb, including a breakfast buffet with homemade granola and butter croissants to die for. My ladyfriend and I visited the first weekend of December, so the fireplaces in the common areas were pleasant to sit by and sip local Cabernet Franc and read. The themed rooms are great! (Some even have working fireplaces; all are equipped with organic amenities and beauty products by Jenny’s husband, Jonathan Baker.) We stayed in a really cool and cozy one inspired by the Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl of Kon-Tiki and Ra fame. It featured a canvas sail bed canopy and a huge Victorian bathtub right in the bedroom. We understand you can borrow bicycles and head for the beaches in the summertime. Plus, they are supposedly a practical way to get around congested Hampton streets in high season. We opted for taking the tiny car ferry via Shelter Island over to Long Island’s north fork and do a winery tour on our own. Fabulous produce – it is said the terroir is a sibling of France’s Bordeaux region, and I believe it. What a treat and what a retreat.

Pleasant but indifferent staff don't do it justice
Reviewed 8 months ago

It is the Hamptons and it is priced accordingly - and I get that. But I travel widely and for me, the staff can make the $$$ worthwhile.
The Scandinavian design we like - try the Portixol in Palma if its your thing too. Our room was tiny but we knew that too. But nobody really cared .... asked about our trip ( we had an obviously british accent), our day or even if we had a nice stay. They carried our case and took my credit card - that was about it.
Someone needs to manage this place properly and just let guests know they matter.
Great location, great fellow guests but poor service - such a shame.

East Hampton at it's coziest.
Reviewed 9 months ago

The Maidstone is like staying in a 100 year old house and being treated like family. While they are still working on the renovation of this fine hotel we stayed in a finished room in an 'Out of Africa' theme with a large room with kingsize bed and desk. Also a couple of comfy chairs and small table. The bath had a huge shower and a fabulous large oval stand alone tub. They have just changed their menu from Swedish food to more healthy fare. The kale salad with corn was great. They have a nice bar with areas to join in the fun or areas to be with friends or even outside on the porch or in the backyard.

Historic inn with Scandinavian influences
Reviewed 9 months ago

The Maidstone Inn is an 18th century property on East Hampton Village's historic green. It has several upstairs bedrooms and residential cottages, and several,small dining and cocktail nooks plus a warm, central bar and dining room. One of the owners is Scandinavian which has influenced some of the decor and the food. A delightful upscale place to drink, have tea or dine.