The Hot New Hotel You Need to Know About
Jetsetter gets a first look at Shelter Island's latest crashpad, where hoteliers Kevin O'Shea and David Bowd take retro-chic to a new level.
Ditch all your summer plans: We’ve got the scoop on a new hideaway that’s poised to be the hottest East Coast hotel opening this year. The Chequit, set on New York’s idyllic Shelter Island, is the third property from Salt Hotels, the visionaries behind two of Provincetown’s most fashion-forward lodgings, Salt House Inn and Eben House. The 37-room inn, tucked away in tony Shelter Island Heights, has a history that’s not so much salty as swanky: Built in 1872, it once served as a dining hall for Methodists on religious retreats, and later as a glamorous getaway for New York’s elite, who started flocking to the eastern part of Long Island in the 1940s.
Hoteliers Kevin O’Shea and David Bowd have coaxed the old gal back to her former glory, retaining the classic whitewashed inn’s patrician bones while injecting an of-the-moment sense of shabby-chic fabulousness. The light-filled guestrooms have a streamlined cottage vibe, with a white, blush and French gray palette that makes a backdrop for hand-crafted bed frames with crescent-shaped headboards, vintage-inspired brass lamps, hardwood floors and tribal print rugs. Some rooms have ocean views, and two swoon-worthy suites offer features like a rooftop terrace, a clawfoot tub and a private deck. We’re even excited about the bathrooms, which have rainfall showers and amenities by C.O. Bigelow and the L.A.-based sustainable brand Further.
With all your style needs fulfilled, you won’t have to venture far to find nourishment of the literal kind, either. Rise and shine to a breakfast spread in the airy lobby or on the ocean-facing porch that will feature an ever-changing roster of sweet and savory treats. Expect house-made granola, fresh-baked fruit-filled pastries (courtesy of Baked at Salt Hotels, a collaboration with the cult Brooklyn bakery Baked) and frittatas, paired with coffee by West Village fixture Jack’s Stir Brew. Feeling decadent? Opt for the signature Breakfast in Bed option, delivered to your door at no extra charge.
In the evening the lobby and porches are transformed into a wine and champagne lounge for guests. Raise a glass while watching the sunset before heading into Red Maple, the restaurant helmed by chef Richard Pims that will showcase rustic small plates and wood-fired flatbreads using ingredients from local suppliers. Not content to simply wine, dine and shelter us, O’Shea and Bowd also want to make sure we’re suitably attired for the laid-back island scene. To that end they’ve installed a boutique overseen by Wampum, a Hamptons-based skate and surf brand that will be producing a special limited edition collection just for the hotel. Bowd calls his latest venture "a magical spot… with a strong sense of place and history." Consider us under its spell.