What We Love
- The free bikes for cycling around the neighborhood
- The proximity to the beach as well as the area’s hip bars and restaurants
- The local wine and snacks in the minibars
- Original artwork from Chicago artist Michael McGuire, which fits in with the minimalist aesthetic
What To Know
- Walls are thin, so be prepared for some noise from the restaurant or other rooms
- Staff are almost nonexistent and there’s no check-in desk; guests are emailed codes to access the front door and their room
- Free WiFi
- There's ample street parking
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Greenport, New York, the “un-Hampton” Hampton, has historically been short on places to stay. American Beech’s five suites are a useful addition, although it can seem as though the restaurant is the property’s main focus. It’s not a traditional hotel—there’s no lobby and hardly any staff—but the suites have kitchenettes and minibars, and the town is brimming with cute restaurants and storefronts. IThe interiors, conceived by New York City firm BHDM, could be called 21st-century nautical; spaces are heavy on white and grey and feature fetching references to sailing like the white rope artwork and small anchor-framed mirrors. Each room has a sofa or a pair of armchairs, which helps compensate for the lack of a lobby or any other public space. The best guest perk, however, is priority seating at the restaurant, which draws crowds of locals and out-of-towners with a notable menu of New American cuisine that relies heavily on locally sourced ingredients, including plenty of seafood. (Try and request seats by the outdoor fireplace, which are especially desirable.)
In the Area
Many visitors come to this area, the heart of Long Island’s vineyard-strewn North Fork, for the sole purpose of tasting wine. Borrowing a bike from the hotel is the easiest way to sample the local wares—the region is known for its sauvignon blancs, cabernet francs, and pinot noirs—where you’ll pass lush fields and, depending on the season, farm stands selling strawberries and raspberries. Food options within a few blocks of the hotel are plentiful; try Little Creek Oysters for shuck-‘em-yourself local oysters (they’ll show you how if you’re a newbie) or Vino n Vittles for a bacon-laced lobster roll and a good list of local wines. If you’re headed to the water, be aware that the beaches are sandy on the bay side and rocky on the sound side.
How to Get There
We booked a room and showed up at 9PM to check in, and... the hotel was closed. No staff, lobby door locked. All three phone numbers went un-answered. Eventually, after a few laughs with the staff of the pizza restaurant downstairs, they managed to track down a random employee for us who attempted to check us in. Turns out he worked in the kitchen and had never done that before. Kudos to him for trying!
Near an hour after arriving, another employee showed up finally and checked us into a room half the size of the one we paid for. A consolation prize, I suppose?
Of course, once we realized that, all the employees had left the “hotel” again and the phone numbers went unanswered.
After another hour of wandering around the empty property knocking on doors (and with a few more laughs with a couple of other hotel guests experiencing their own issues and wandering around with us), a restaurant employee convinced an actual hotel staff member (incredible!) to come to the hotel and help us get a refund and get out of there. At that point it felt too scammy and weird to stay the night.
They told us the hotel was fully booked... What hotel on earth sends the *entire* staff home with a dozen full rooms of guests? Or they were lying about their occupancy. Who knows.
Either way - at best, this is an amateur airbnb operation (and yes, they cross-list their rooms on airbnb). The room was clean, though. So at least there’s that?
Food was mostly below average to average, the prices were a little high for the portion sizes and quality, and the service was fair to poor. The waiter did not serve me what I ordered and failed to properly correct the error. He also didn't really care. I would avoid American Beech.
Pretty rooms, convenient location and good food, however... it's really just way too loud. We could not understand how this would be ok for any average couple or family. The music thumping like a club (no exaggeration) was kind of obnoxious and the bar was quite a scene ... goes on into the night. This was not our first time to Greenport and we are not over-sensitive. Otherwise, it is a cool property, but not for us because of this reason. We would not stay here next time around.