La Maison Blanche Hotel
What We Love
- Cote d’Azur vibe from the in-house bakery, wraparound porch and Pétanque courts
- Free bicycles for touring the 27-square-mile island
- Beautiful Crescent Beach is five minutes away
What To Know
- A $2 resort fee per night will be collected at checkout on Jetsetter
- Queen Rooms are very small
- The hotel is super quiet — not ideal for singles or partygoers (you'll find that down the road at Sunset Beach)
- Shelter Island is accessible only by ferry or seaplane
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The intimate eight-room La Maison Blanche has been attracting weary Manhattanites east to Shelter Island since the 19th century, when the Victorian home was known as the Olde Country Inn. And although the outside retains its old-school charm — gardens, gazebo, wraparound porch — the inside is a revelation. After a top-to-bottom renovation, owner John Sieni rechristened the place La Maison Blanche in honor of a similarly genial St.-Tropez hotel. There’s plenty of wainscoting, to be sure, but modern color schemes, chic rugs and contemporary furnishings in both properties set the spot firmly in today’s era.
Bed and Bath
Guestrooms are light-flooded spaces done up in white and mint green, and most have views of the garden and pool. Pitched ceilings and overhead fans keep things cozy, while luxe sheets, flat-screen TVs and WiFi supply the modern comforts. Bathrooms are surprisingly spacious and have Côté Bastide toiletries, porcelain fixtures and plush towels.
In a hotel this small, you can expect to greet the staff members by name. Locals mingle with guests in the cozy bar, and the co-owners, aperitifs in hand, often come by to cheerfully recount the property’s history. After a filling meal at Shelter Island Tavern (reservations recommended), work it off with a ride on the hotel’s free bicycles. Or go full Euro and while away the day on the pétanque and bocci courts.
In the Area
Shelter Island sunsets are the stuff of legend. For optimal viewing, swing by the hotel bakery for a croque monsieur and make your way to Crescent Beach, or ditch the sandwich and nab a deck chair by the bar at Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach. Active types should head to the south side of Shelter Island for hikes through lovely Mashomack nature preserve and its 10-miles of pristine coastline. For off-island excursions, take the five-minute ferry ride to the picturesque whaling village of Sag Harbor then drive to East Hampton for the shopping (Calypso, Eres and Catherine Malandrino) or to Montauk for good surfing and a hipster scene. Ferries also stop in quiet Greenport, jumping off point for bike rides and drives along the North Fork Wine Trail.
How to Get There
Visited for the Labor Day weekend. This place is good not great. 1) rooms were adequate, nothing special 2) staff is horrible. Just horrible. No one runs the place. Either the front door is unmanned or basically unmanned by a 20-something, texting away on her phone. She wouldn’t even bother to look up and acknowledge guests as they walk in. Very weak. 3) bikes? There are 2 for the entire place. Rarely available. 4) TVs in room are small 5) safe is basically portable. Could be taken at any time 6) no restaurant in morning or afternoon. No drinks available at pool
Pros - pool is nice. Quiet.
Advice to owner - get some real staff. No phone texting millennials!
Overall we had a nice time.
First, the positives: nice pool, clean room and comfy bed, and all the croissant you can eat at breakfast.
The negatives: very expensive for a small room ($395 per night during summer non-weekend days). We were also placed on the small first floor wing, with rooms overlooking the bocce courts. One of the bedroom windows had a large crack -- from a bocce ball I assume? Noise from the courts was not an issue, but you could occasionally hear people on the second floor above. Also, the room is really small -- maybe 270 square feet as advertised, maybe not -- and the tiny bath is far from "sublime." The in-room snacks consistent of potato chips.
Low key Charming hotel/bed and breakfast . Rooms ok(3*)Need to be able to do a flight of steps to get to most or all rooms. Staff friendly . Atmosphere is laid back . Common areas quaint and restful. Lovely bar/restaurant with outside porch seating . Complimentary continental breakfast needs improvement . My cousin staying at Chequit and visited here and recommends Shelter Island House over Chequit .