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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 142 Reviews
What a waste!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

needs tlc
Reviewed 3 months ago

The restaurant in this hotel is lovely and romantic. The rooms however are very small which I wouldn't have mined except that they definitely need updating as does the outside of the building. The staff at the front desk is very young and made it difficult to get things to do in the area.

Two Incredible dinners!
Reviewed 4 months ago

Had the pleasure of dining both Christmas night and New Years Eve at The Maidstone Inn. The food the ambiance and the service were outstanding. Despite the crowds on both occasions we never wanted for anything. Thanks for two memorable evenings.

Reviewed 6 months ago

If you want to have a quiet night in East Hampton do not choose this hotel. The music from the bar is blasting until 11.45pm and the rooms are facing the main road.
Breakfast is only served from 8.00am, so if you are an early bird or need to check out early, all you’ll see in the restaurant is the cleaner. You won’t have even a cup of coffee....
this place is not cheap so price vs value is absolutely not worth it.

Reviewed 8 months ago

The bed was uncomfortable and the room needed updating. The morning buffet had little to no protein options. Given the price of the room, the name and the location I would have expected more from the hotel.