Sound View Greenport
What We Love
- The seaside swimming pool
- Malin + Goetz bath products in all bathrooms
- Each room has a private deck or shared balcony
- Freshly picked lavender (from a nearby farm) in the lobby
What To Know
- The hotel offers complimentary onsite parking
- Your room rate includes continental breakfast
- James Beard Award-winning chef Galen Zamarra runs the hotel’s 150-seat dining room
- Guests can pick up picnic-style lunches and enjoy them beachside
Long Island’s North Shore has always attracted weekenders in search of a low-key alternative to the jam-packed Hamptons. Thankfully, this scenic peninsula finally has a home base worthy of its world-class vineyards and vistas. It comes in the form of a trio of recently redesigned buildings, bordering a quarter-mile of private beach. And though faint glimmers of its mom-and-pop past are still visible—the bar, with its ruby red booths, still contains a piano from the property’s motel days (a collaboration with the Manhattan-based music venue, Joe’s Pub, hosts live performances every Saturday), while the blonde-wood lobby is reminiscent of a vintage train cabin—they are eclipsed by artfully revamped spaces, starting with the guest rooms. Splashed in a decidedly New England palette of blues and maroons, the 55 accommodations take a page from their adjacent coastline, all untreated cedar, knotted throws and nautical textiles; color-blocked bedspreads, made in Brooklyn, add a hipster charm. Ingredients at the hotel’s restaurant, where must-haves include the lobster beignets and oyster po’boys, are sourced strictly from the North Fork and Atlantic Seaboard—just another tasteful tribute to your bucolic surroundings.
In the Area
The North Fork is less than 100 miles from New York City and easily accessible via the Long Island Rail Road, the Cross Sound Ferry, or the Hampton Jitney. But its idyllic attractions (all short bike rides or drives from the hotel), which include the Bedell Cellars (a pioneering winery that started operations in 1980), one of the country’s largest lavender farms, a 19th-century lighthouse, and a restored 1920s carousel, all fuel a wonderfully far-flung vibe. If you’d rather not too stray too far from the hotel, don’t forget you have 1,400 feet of private beach right at your doorstep.
How to Get There
I was so dejected driving up to this run down motel, sadly in need of paint and repair. But there it was, the Soundview! Great investment in the public areas, lobby, library, dining room but the rest of the property is pretty dreary. Decaying wood railings everywhere with signs warning not to lean on them. A few rooms have screen doors so as to enjoy the salt air, but ours did not. The deck chairs are incredibly uncomfortable as are the weird chairs in the room, one of which was bent so badly it rocked left and right. I like the Nespresso coffee but our in room machine only worked half the time. No place to hang any clothes except on a tacky wall hook. I would recommend a safety bar in the shower because it does get very slippery when soapy. Better than a broken hip and a law suit. The bath was very small but clean. Only place to put toiletries was on the toilet. I have no idea who "planned" the layout but it should be thought through again. The location is the redeeming factor but for $350++ per night I just expected so much more. We stayed at the Soundview to celebrate our 58th wedding anniversary and in those years we have stayed at hundreds of hotels all over the World. This experience did not match up to expectations. Still, there is so much potential in this property but without much competition in the area they may not have to invest what would take it to the next level.
Funky Boutique hotel right on the sound. The rooms are a bit spartan (and lacking space to hang/store clothes) but you can't beat the view of the sound and the sunsets. The restaurant is also amazing. Excellent service.
We loved our stay at Sound View. The views are spectacular and the food was excellent. Every room has a view overlooking the ocean with direct access to the water front. There is a nice bar-area to relax in with drinks and board games. The pool area is nice, with a small shed that sells light lunch and refreshments. Highly recommended!
It was very difficult to sleep due to the noise of the road. I would suggest trying to install some sort of noise barrier between the road and the rooms. Also, the windows should have a secondary blackout shade for sleeping, we were unfortunately awoken before 6AM due to the sun! Not very relaxing for a vacation. The restaurant was amazing, would prefer more high end local wines on the wine list.
The design of the rooms and the restaurant was amazing! The pool furniture, patio looks very old and dated.
The Sound View is the kind of place where you can do as much or as little as you want. I go out there because it’s so close to the Long Island Sound that I can hear the soft lapping of the waves on the shoreline. I get deep restorative sleep when I go there. Note: I have never stayed there “in season” so I don’t know what the noise level is at that time.