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
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.
Last week we took a quick getaway "Out East"
to the Hamptons, Montauk, Shelter Island and a few requisite vineyards along the way.
All was wonderful. Charming, yummy and Giant Fall Days.
Our best experience was our stay on Shelter Island at the Shelter Island House.
Soo good we stayed an extra night!
Suzanne had a fire in the fireplace, afternoon tea/wine and a charcuterie platter set out for guests. She was amazing offering low key hospitality, great restaurant recommendations and interesting notes of history re Shelter Island and The SHELTER ISLAND HOUSE.
Suzanne has restored the Inn to a warm, beautiful and welcoming hidden hideaway on Shelter Island.
Another fabulous touch was our Continental Breakfast set out each morning by the warm and wonderful Amaryllis... each morning we had the most delicious assortment of croissants and pots of steaming coffee. YUMMY
I write this not only as a seasoned traveler...I write this with the greatest respect for the Inn Keeper/Owner, Suzanne, as one who has owned and run a Historical Inn I know the work and details which go into making an Inn memorable.
Extremely expensive!!!! Staff is very nice. Pool is great but staff does not pick up towels and left out in rain, etc., still wet in am. "Breakfast" is a joke. 4 day stay and same minimal pastries, each day. No coffee available until 8:30 am. Great location for our needs. Due to cost, will not be a choice again.
Had an amazing time at the shelter island house. The accommodations were top notch. The pool was refreshing and the staff was accommodating. We went for a quick weekday getaway and it was just what we needed. We also ate at Caci in the hotel. Food was superb and fresh. I highly recommend both! We will be coming back each year for sure.
Such an incredible stay in the most quaint boutique hotel in a place I feel in love with years ago. The grounds are gorgeous, the rooms so chic and clean and the staff incredibly kind. Loved the amenities. Pool, small breakfast, fire pit and walking distance to the beach. Best perk, the new restaurant Caci on premises. Had the most delicious salad, burrata and truffle fries. It's nice after so many years visiting the island, finding some place fresh and new and updated! Will be back.