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
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 .
We had the privilege of staying at Shelter Island House for two nights in May. We were looking for a peaceful, quiet getaway and that is exactly what we found! Shelter Island House exceeded our expectations and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. Management and staff were friendly and accommodating. They went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed for our stay. They gave personal references and recommendations of things to do while on the island and even when we traveled to Montauk and Sag Harbor. They have bikes on site you can use to cruise the island and beach chairs if you want to take the 5 minute walk down the road to quiet Crescent beach (and watch the beautiful sunsets!) The only thing we could have asked for was more time there. We will absolutely be a repeat customer! Thank you for making our anniversary so special!
We stayed here for a few nights over July 4th weekend since it impossible to find a rental for less than 1 week or even 2. This is a clean, small boutique hotel in Shelter Island Heights. It is a 2 minute drive to Sunset Beach, I would not recommend walking for families (anyone with small children) The room we stayed in was clean and decent for a family of 4. I believe they only have 1 family room (it was in a cottage separate from the main hotel so you have to walk outside to get to it) and 1 cottage to accomodate families so most of the other guests are adults/ couples/ empty nesters. Some of the guests (on romantic weekends or older singles) seemed to be bothered by little kids so I would not recommend this hotel for very small children/ babies. The mood here is serene. However if your kids are relatively calm, it is a nice relaxing place to stay. They serve pastries and coffee in the lobby in the morning but there is no real "breakfast"/ no tables to eat at only the lobby couch. There is a restaurant downstairs but we did not try it out, since it seemed to be more adult than family friendly.
Also, just a warning there are a lot of bugs in the hotel/by the pool/ in shelter island in general... there was even a frog in the pool.