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
Should we accept just anything for $425 + tax = $475 ... (for a double queen room cottage during the week in June)?
Old, grimy, expensive, what else?
The problem is that there is no competition and no valid alternative on Shelter Island.
The room : spacious but dirthy and in poor condition. Outside next the cottage room : a dump site.
The bathroom : basic and old fashion.
The breakfast : absolutely ridiculous !
The staff : strict minium service !
The only positive elements I could find are:
- spacious room
I could have given 1 star more for this reason but not at that price. This is a rate for a 5 star hotel which do rarely make mistakes.
Season had not really started yet on the island so the hotel was very quiet. Restaurant not yet open unfortunately. We had a very nice and spacious room with view on the backyard. Our king bed was extremely comfortable which was a huge plus as well. Breakfast in the morning was small but of very good quality. Enough to give us energy for a 5.5 mile walk in the Mashomack Nature Preserve. Hopefully we can come back one day during the Summer season so that we can fully enjoy the hotel's amenities and everything this beautiful island has to offer.
We thoroughly enjoyed our two day stay at The Shelter Island House. Our room was impeccably clean and well appointed with a lovely view of the pool (not open yet) and comfortable backyard seating area. The staff was friendly and helpful providing us with restaurant recommendations and things to do. Unfortunately the restaurant (Caci) replacing The Tavern was not open yet but looks like it will be a perfect setting for drinks and/ or dinner. Sue, the owner was kind enough to show us around and we were very impressed. We ate breakfast (danish,juice and coffee) on the front porch. After a lovely day we drove down the road to experience the remarkable sunset.
Came in for fun cozy weekend with my girlfriends, can't wait to come back in the summer!
The owner Sue is fantastic, she always made sure we had everything we needed and then some. If you're looking for an escape out East with a great wine selection (at reasonable prices) don't look any further. The rooms are clean, beautiful, and airy but the best part is the bar that makes you feel like you are at home (if your home were a bar).
The best part is that my four-legged bff, Ella, got to come along on the trip and she was taken care of as well as anybody else.
We stayed at the Shelter Island House for a family wedding a couple of weeks ago and couldn't have been more pleased with our stay. The accommodations were just lovely, our room was clean and bright. We stayed in the 3BR Osprey suite and it was very spacious for our family of 5. In addition, the staff is outstanding, including the owner who was extremely helpful. We truly loved our weekend at the Shelter Island House, and cannot wait to visit again!