The Pridwin Beach Hotel & Cottages
What We Love
- A sprawling Gatsby-era seaside resort with a private beach and pool – includes breakfastGoing to tennis camp, or taking out a Sunfish, kayak or paddleboard on the Peconic River
- Admiring the Travel + Leisure favorite’s 1920s architecture and renovated interiors
- Sampling fresh fish, caught by the owner and his son, at the restaurant
- Attending one of the popular cookouts, if you’re here on a Wednesday, with movie nights on certain evenings for kids
What To Know
- The overall feel is very Dirty Dancing-esque
- Rooms are small and no-frill
- Free WiFi can have trouble reaching guestrooms—when all else fails, head to the lobby
The Pridwin Beach Hotel & Cottages originally derived its name from the shield used by King Arthur in Celtic legend, and there’s certainly a stately and even mythical quality about this seasonal getaway. That’s always been the case, as it spans 10 acres and is centered around a grand 1920s mansion that overlooks the beach. But today, the property feels especially regal, and not only because it underwent a significant renovation in recent years to return it to its former glory, while adding plenty of modern updates. In fact, it’s become something of a Shelter Island icon, with an endorsement from Travel + Leisure and a reputation throughout the region as a place where the elegance of the past lives on.
Chalk up the 90-year-old hotel’s popularity – not to mention, its longevity – to a wide array of first-class comforts and all-American amenities. The historic tennis offerings have been expanded, while the gentle current around the dock that makes the water perfect for swimming (and paddleboarding and kayaking); the brilliant views; and the inviting atmosphere in the lobby, which now hosts seasonal movie nights for kids, have all remained the same. The dining program is also still impressive, today highlighting fluke, flounder and bass freshly caught by the owner himself and his son, which are prepared by a veteran of a Geoffrey Zakarian restaurant. Come on a Wednesday, and you can even attend a delightful cookout on the front lawn, wildly popular with the locals, where seafood is served and music plays, as the sun disappears into the bay.
There are 40 accommodations, and all are air conditioned and complete with private baths, telephones and cable TVs. They’re spread across three levels of the hotel and each equipped with a complimentary Wi-Fi connection.Water View rooms offer full views of the bay and hold either a king or queen-sized bed. Large Property View rooms offer a bit more space and all include a king bed and a sofa bed. Both room types are found on floors two and three.
Like the hotel, the restaurant at the Pridwin opens seasonally, starting in June. Also like the hotel, it’s been around since the 1920s, but today has been taken in a new, more modern direction, by Chef Swainson Brown (a veteran of Geoffrey Zakarian and Doug Psaltis eateries). Under him, the kitchen turns out dishes of fluke, flounder, bluefish, weakfish, bass, mako, cod and wahoo, all caught by hotel owner Richard Petry and his son. It also prepares the barbecue-style fare for the wildly popular cookouts, which take place on Wednesday nights and the Fourth of July. Sips are on hand at the bar, whipped up by mixologist Jean-Pierre Torrealba.
Hamptons meets rustic, campy chic on Shelter Island, a dream for those looking for a charming, quiet getaway. With quaint cafés, plantation homes, secluded beaches and an abundance of outdoor life, this inviting destination is just what the doctor ordered. Since there are no stoplights – and barely any cars – bikes are a must and are the best way to explore the island, which is only four and a half miles in length. Borrow one of the hotel’s one-speed cruisers.The Mashomack Nature Preserve is near The Pridwin, featuring 2,000 acres of trails, creeks, woodlands, marshes, wetlands and coastline, giving you the perfect backdrop for your favorite outdoor activities. Stay on the 10-acre grounds to swim in the bay-view pool, attend tennis camp, or listen to live jazz music.
How to Get There
Last night we attended an End of Summer Celebration Lenz Wine pairing Dinner with an overnight stay at The Pridwin Hotel.
The menu was carefully put together by the chef at The Pridwin along with the winemaker from Lenz winery. Together they came up with a six course menu of culinary excellence!
The winemaker was in attendance to explain each selection and answer any questions that we may have had. The very talented chef also came out to introduce himself as well.
This was a five star event!!!!! We are looking forward to visiting the restaurant again before it closes for the season.
Our room was comfortable and it had a beautiful water view.
Everything was just perfect.
We should have booked a different room, but we booked one of the cottages and felt strongly that the room was overpriced, way over. We understand a hotel may charge a room in different price in different season. We would be happy to pay the price if our expectations meet even it is overpriced because we accept a reality which summer resort hotels need to make money in the season. Unfortunately, it was not the case for us at this time.
A location of the hotel was nice, but the beach was very small. It did not look as same as the picture years ago. The sea level has been raised or the beach has been eroded? I will tell you about the room later, but the fact is the hotel is old.
Ages of the hotel did not bother us. We thought the hotel has a history and this is a charming hotel. Even there were a billiard table for 50 cents to play and a nostalgic
TV game machine for 25 cents for a game in a room with unmatched movies posters on the wall, James Bond, Dirty Dancing, and a few more. There was a swimming pool and a restaurant has a beautiful view. The staff were very young and the hotel has a nice atmosphere. We would stay this hotel again if our expectations meet what we pay for.
It was a last minutes plan for us so we did not spent our time to read reviews. A room we stayed was one of the cottages. We wanted our room was quiet and separated from the next room because we have a 8 year-old boy so the cottage was a very good option for us. The room had a balcony and a kitchen was in the room. The room was old and needed to be updated. The sofa was dirty, not filthy just old. The kitchen was old. Bathroom was ok, but it was old. Chairs on the balcony were old. Everything in the room except pillows and a comforter on the bed was old. There were many towels in the bath room, but they were thin. To be honest, we felt we were staying in a motel room, not a room for over $500/night.
As I said, we could have booked in a different room and our experience may be very different. It just did not work for us. Unfortunately, we were very dissapointed and we made our stay short and left the hotel a couple day earlier than we planned. We think the hotel needs to work on updating furnitures in the room. It is not fair for hotel guests who stay and pay over $500/night if nothing has been updated.
The restaurant is sooooo good this year. Definitely recommend for dinner. The menu is varied, creative and delicious. I recommend the veal chop, the striped bass, the duck and the chicken. Wonderful atmosphere, delicious menu and good service. Must visit.