The 1770 House
What We Love
- Less than a five-minute walk into downtown East Hampton
- Intimacy: The inn has six rooms and a private, two-bedroom Carriage House
- The property is flanked by manicured gardens and a gurgling fountain, and offers meals alfresco in the summer months
- Fresh seafood at the stellar in-house restaurant
- Personalized service; staff often greets repeat guests by name
- The inn provides guests with pamphlets for East Hampton walking tours
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- You'll need to arrive by 11PM for check-in
- The quiet, romantic atmosphere makes this inn a great retreat for couples
- Cozy rooms have been recently refurbished, and feature flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms with Molton Brown amenities scented orange and Indian cress
- You must walk through the ground-floor restaurant to get to two of the guestrooms
- Room service is available during dinner hours; guestrooms are stocked with Dean & DeLuca snacks
- Free WiFi
Built in 1663 as a private home for William Fithian, one of East Hampton’s original settlers, The 1770 House has become a stalwart sleep. And it has lost little of that colonial charm. A crackling fire greets guests in the library, which features a warm oriental rug, original wood-beam ceiling, fresh flowers and eclectic trinkets hand-picked from the owners, Bonnie and Ben.
Bed and Bath
Welcoming and historical it is, but the rooms abound in modern, sleek amenities: Flat-screen HD televisions, silky white Frette linens, goose down comforters and marble bathrooms with rainfall showers and Molton Brown bath products. Gleaming dark wood beams, gas fireplaces and sumptuous finishes define the six bedrooms in the main house, which was redesigned by renowned local architect Frank Greenwald. Expect cozy spaces with muted jewel-toned, floral wallpaper, thick multihued curtains and classic, plush period furnishings. The bright and airy two-bedroom, two-story Carriage House is well worth the splurge for families and has a beachy aesthetic, with tan walls, whitewashed ceilings and dark hardwood floors.
The inn boasts a prime Main Street spot, not far from some of the East Coast’s best beaches. Chef Michael Rozzi helms the ground-floor dining room (a favorite of local culinary doyenne Ina Garten), which has been lauded time and time again for its inventive new American fare (try the natural Pennsylvania chicken with fricassee of artichoke, pancetta, fresh garbanzos and mushrooms), impressive wine list and romantic outdoor garden seating (in summertime). Breakfast is a cut above your standard continental spread, offering dishes such as smoked salmon frittata with cream cheese, chives and green salad, and poached eggs over English muffin, Canadian bacon and hollandaise. But the real local secret is the lower level Tavern — which serves a juicy burger and has a convivial speakeasy-like coziness, with a small bar, stained glass accents and an original beehive fireplace.
In the Area
The Monogram Shop is the quintessential (albeit teensy) one-stop shop for all things beautifully monogrammed, initialed or etched. From cashmere baby crewnecks to personalized plastic tumblers, this store proves that custom never goes out of style. The unofficial tunic provider of the Hamptons and beyond, designer Roberta Freymann’s East Hampton shop is a happy mix of her beloved bright Indian block prints, jewelry, and gorgeous bedding. The charming Fresno restaurant is tucked off the beaten path, with a romantic patio and creative cuisine that’s not to be missed. A must-see for any self-respecting art lover, the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center is where some of Jackson Pollock’s most famous works were produced.
How to Get There
We stayed at 1770 House as a base from which to explore East Hampton and the surrounding area.
From the online reviews and room rate (comparable with a Four Seasons or Fairmont), we had high expectations.
Having made our booking, Randye (Inn Keeper) was proactive and responsive in following up with us and offering a wide range of information and insights, which was all very good service.
The property, accommodation (we stayed in room 6) and service during our stay though fell short of expectation.
Rooms are pleasantly furnished and clean, but lack basics such as a coffee machine. Storage in the room is limited and storage and space in the bathroom even more limited. The seating area comprised a narrow window ledge with cushions.
Continental breakfast is basic, is self service and is not varied at all day to day. A cooked breakfast is provided in place of continental at weekends. This is table service, however, although breakfast was included in the room rate, we were presented with a $0 bill each morning with an expectation we would tip the waiting staff. Service was poor, with aspects of simple orders missed and even orange juice and tea / coffee problematic to get right.
On checkout we were very surprised to find a 5% gratuity had been added to the total bill. There was no reasonable explanation for this. We had tipped throughout the stay where reasonable to do so (e.g. bar staff in the Tavern bar and housekeeping) and the room rate was already high. This was removed from the bill, but left a bit of a sour taste.
As others have commented, this really is a restaurant with a small number of rooms. The restaurant is formal dining and clearly popular. This didn't fit with our stay and we didn't eat in the restaurant, but it's interesting that many of the higher rated reviews appear to be for restaurant experiences rather than the B&B.
Overall, if returning to the area, we would look for better, alternative accommodation.
Many misfires here, starting with the room rate of $750/night which is way out of line with the value. This is really a restaurant with a few tiny rooms attached. When I say tiny, I mean tiny! We couldn’t go from the bed to the bathroom without stubbing our toes. We finally stacked the rickety benches at the foot of the bed in a corner so we had a bit more space. The bathroom door swings in such a way you have to shut it to use the facilities. Bathroom had an overwhelming smell of chlorine all four days we were there. Coffee is quite bad and I’m fine with Tasters Choice so not picky! Breakfast was so-so. TV premium channels didn’t work so had to watch live tv. Room so small tv attached to wall near dresser so everything we opened a drawer we bumped into it. Bathroom amenities basic. All around would have been ok at $250/night.
The 1770 House offers and prepares the most delicious meals! We brought our daughter to this special restaurant to celebrate her birthday. The waiters and staff could not have been more kind and celebratory, and the food was outstanding as usual.