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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


Terrible Hotel

I only stayed for 1 night for a business meeting. The hotel is awful and the staff is less than helpful. The rooms are awful with huge gaps in the windows that let bugs in the rooms not to mention there was sad in my bed! At 3 I was woken up because I was sweating and it was 81 degrees in my room even though the window air conditioning unit was on full blast. The heat was coming from the wall vents which I had no control over. The front desk had no idea what to do and said they would send maintenance in the morning. No one showed up and I could not stay in the room in the morning and left as soon as I could and told the new front desk person, who did nothing about it. Awful experience.

Great, comfortable relaxing atmosphere!
Brian M

I have been going to The Maidstone hotel for years now. It’s a very comfortable bed and breakfast that has wonderful food and a great bar. They are open for breakfast through late light. There veal Toscano and the double rack of lamb is top notch!! The bar is relaxing and comfortable and there bartenders are very knowledgeable. The rooms are exquisite. A bit pricey but you are in town with views of the pond, and historical graveyard ????. You have to go!!

What a waste!

We came for a cozy weekend in East Hampton. What a poor choice of hotels we made! I won’t repeat all the complaints about indifferent service that others have described so aptly. The indifferent service carries over to the restaurant, for which I had expectations. The servers at the restaurants made clear their disdain at having to work at all. The experience brought me back to the experiences of traveling in Eastern Europe prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the famous quote,”They pretend to pay us, and we pretend to work.”

Oh, and the food prices in the computers at the restaurant and on our bill did not match the menus - they were 25% higher. Management’s intent to rip off guests and make sure the guests know they are being ripped off seems to come from the top.

Avoid the Maidstone. Look for another hotel that actually appreciates guests. Two weeks ago we stayed at Gurneys in Montauk. We had the exact opposite experience - complete professionalism and the feeling of being a guest, not a mark for a con job.