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
My husband and I went on a weekend getaway to Long Island from Philly to recharge after Christmas and reconnect without our two young children underfoot - and I couldn't be happier to have stayed at American Beech. Every inch of the hotel is stylish, well-curated and thoughtful - from the outdoor spaces to the bathrooms to the guest rooms. Our room was very spacious, gorgeously decorated and filled with every amenity you could ask for - affordable wines and champagne, local spirits, the appropriate glassware for whatever your drink of choice... Fluffy robes, soft sheets, great pillows, a huge TV on a swivel, sparklingly clean bathroom... I wanted to move into our room and never leave. The bar and restaurant were so cozy and beautiful - and the food was FAB (and we are discerning foodies who are never satisfied by hotel food!) and the service was out of this world. I loved the hotel boutique - something for everyone at every price point - and the shopping in the rest of Greenport was a dream too. So much to see and do, even in the dead of winter a week after Christmas. This special hotel was at the heart of all our happy memories from our weekend away. We want to make this an annual tradition and wouldn't consider staying anywhere else! Highly recommend for any time of year - you won't be disappointed!
I recently stayed at American Beech for a New York City getaway (late October). I arrived late on a Sunday evening to find a welcome letter and room key in their afterhours box so check in was incredibly easy. I was in one of the king rooms which was upstairs - a little bothersome to escalate given I had quite a heavy suitcase with me, but that's my own fault. The room was generally pretty clean though it didn't look like under the bed had been vacuumed in a while and I only know this as I was doing some stretching on the floor. The room was spacious and attached bathroom clean and also of a good size.
I did have reservations about booking at this hotel given the reviews of the noise as I was hoping to use this trip as an excuse to relax and get lots of sleep. Most other hotels seemed to have similar issues, or weren't as clean-looking which is why I ended up booking here anyway.
I was there from Sunday night to Wednesday morning so I think the quietest time of the week. Plus with being after labour day weekend, it's getting into Greenport's low time. The restaurant was closed the entire time I was there (the pizza place was open) but the bar underneath was open. Until what sounded like 2am every night. Although the bar couldn't be heard from the street, it could be heard from my room two floors up! Not loud music but just the transmission of the bass through the floors. This in itself wasn't too bad from a noise perspective, but the room is on a floor shared with another room and it's wooden stairs to get up which mean't when the other guests clomped upstairs to get to their room each night at 2am, I was definitely woken though I am a light sleeper. I assume I woke them when I went out in the mornings also. I was given the option of moving for my last night but figured I only had one night left and didn't want to be packing and unpacking again.
The location of the hotel is great! It's maybe a 15 minute walk from the train station and is very close to restaurants and cafes.
Any questions I had about things to do in the area were able to be answered by reception.
This place has by far the best lobster roll on the east end! Fresh, not too much mayo, big chunks of lobster-and no skimping. A lot for the money, and delicious. Chips on the side are an addddbonus, crunchy and yummy,
We were in town for a wedding. The hotel staff was friendly and fantastic. Check-in was quick and easy and the staff even walked us to our room. The room was clean and nicely decorated. Bonus points when I accidentally left behind my phone charger at checkout and the staff at the front desk even retrieved it. The location had a great vibe and is close to everything.
The high room price is the only reason it wasn’t five stars. Most money I’ve had to spend for a nice hotel.
If you want a nice room that is QUIET you should keep looking.
What you get here is a room at a PREMIUM rate which is SUPER NOISY.
There are a handful of rooms that are all above the restaurant and adjacent to the bar.
At one point I brought the front desk clerk up to my room to hear for herself and when I closed my room door she said "OMG it sounds like the party is IN your room".
You will get a sympathetic response for the desk personnel and NOTHING more.
I sent an email to the hotel management and their response was even less - no response.
This experience was a FAIL.