Hamptons, United States

C/O The Maidstone

Rates from (ex tax)$199.50

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD222.70), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Whimsical Scandinavian chic

Setting

East Hampton hideaway

Quirky Swedish style and understated European elegance await you at the white clapboard c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton. Inside, this stately home is awash with bright colours, bold patterns, rich textiles and carefully chosen furnishings – a true smörgåsbord of eye-catching Scandinavian design. As if serenity and style weren't enough, the hideaway also has an acclamed Scandinavian ‘slow-food’ restaurant with one of the most extensive wine lists in the Hamptons.

Smith Extra

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A glass of champagne each upon arrival

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

19, including three cottages and six suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible (half-day rates are available). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $199.50, excluding tax at 11.63 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 4% per room per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD222.70), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

Also

Each room comes with a much-coveted beach parking permit as well as beach towels, umbrellas and loungers; hunker down for the day on the white sands of East Hampton beach with a picnic basket packed full of organic delicacies by the hotel. Cycle the mile-long journey on one of the red Kronan bikes available to borrow. Have a yoga class in the meditation gardens. Pets get their own special menu, with treats such as Hot Diggity Dog (a beef hot-dog) and Rover Easy (scrambled eggs).

At the hotel

Private grounds, gardens, library with DVDs, photography collection, free WiFi throughout, iMac in reception. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Sony PlayStation 3, iPod dock, Hästen beds, Coyuchi robes, Jonathan Baker products, clogs, aromatherapy products and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

We love the Maidstone’s sovereign take on ‘his ’n’ hers’ in the adjoining His Majesty’s Suite and Her Royal Highness’ Suite, which pay homage to Swedish magnificos King Carl XIV and Queen Silvia with matching fleur-de-lys wallpaper and deep claw-foot bath tubs in gold and silver. For decadent winter afternoons spent shivering deliciously over Skaldic verse, try the Edvard Munch Room; all wingbacks and old-gold walls, its bathroom outfitted in gleaming black Swedish slate.

Packing tips

Bring preppy red Ralph Lauren loafers for free-wheeling around the Hamptons on a matching scarlet vintage bicycle; in colder months, curl up on a sheepskin-covered window seat with cashmere sweaters and a good book.

Also

The hotel has a full concierge service, including spa specialists, dog walkers, dog groomers and babysitters. The hotel sells eco-friendly, Swedish products, including hand-painted clogs and jewelry from Efva Attling.

Children

Children of any age are very welcome. Cots can be added to any room, and the concierge will be happy to arrange a baby-sitter (request in advance). Children are welcome in the hotel restaurant, where high chairs are provided.

Overview

Children of any age are very welcome. Cots can be added to any room, and the concierge will be happy to arrange a baby-sitter (request in advance). Children are welcome in the hotel restaurant, high chairs are provided and there's a tot's menu.

Best for

Children of all ages are very welcome.

Recommended rooms

The hotel’s cottages and suites are great for larger families, with pull-out couches and private patios.

Activities

Kids will love playing lawn games on the hotel grounds (especially the Viking ‘Kubb’!), and board games inside on wetter days; ask the hotel to point you towards child-friendly events in the local area. The Children’s Museum of the East End (www.cmee.org) organises a whole array of activities for kids, from tea parties to French classes, and The Art Farm (www.theartfarms.org) is an eco-friendly arts and crafts centre that caters to children as young as six months.

Meals

Children are welcome in the hotel restaurant at any time (high chairs provided), and there’s even a special children’s menu, which emphasises a relaxed but healthy approach to local organic produce – with a Scandinavian twist. Dishes range from ‘fresh from the farm’ soup to Swedish meatballs on potato roll with lingonberry ketchup and homemade pickles; and kids will love the cookie selection plate to finish. Staff are happy to heat up milk or baby food for younger Smiths.

Babysitting

The concierge will be happy to arrange baby-sitting with a local nanny (request in advance).

No need to pack

Cribs can be provided for any room (request in advance), which will be included in the cost for an additional guest.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

In this cosy space, any table à deux will feel as intimate as they come. For the ultimate indulgence, however, stay in your bathrobe and sup on Brogie's seared Atlantic salmon and löjrom caviar in the comfort of your own suite.

Dress Code

Indulge the fanciful spirit of the Astrid Lindgren Room with perky Pippi Longstocking pigtails. Sashay (or swagger) to your table in your quirkiest vintage outfit, and see which Smith clashes most with the upholstery.

Hotel restaurant

Dine in a doll’s house in the intimate setting of the Living Room restaurant, where gleaming gold and white candlesticks and candelabras set off seating richly upholstered in Svenskt Tenn florals. Chef Mathias Brogie’s ‘slow food’ philosophy results in a synergy of Scandinavian cuisine with the freshest and most seasonal of local organic ingredients; watch out for his signature dish of tarte flambé with house-cured Norwegian smoked salmon, crème fraiche and capers, and foie gras tacos in a pistachio rub. Smiths with a sweet tooth need go no further than the pastry chef's sticky toffee date cake with caramel sauce and elderberry frozen yogurt.

Hotel bar

Navigate one of East Hampton’s largest wine cellars with the help of the hotel’s dedicated full-time sommelier, then relax with an organic Oregonian or local Long Island vintage in the cosy Living Room Lounge. Or follow the pared-down, laid-back harmonies of Scandinavian jazz to the hotel bar, and sip on vodka, lime juice and lingonberry in c/o the Maidstone’s signature ‘Stockholmapolitan’ (just one choice from a fiendishly innovative Swedish cocktail list).

Last orders

Dinner is served until 11pm in the Living Room, but a late menu is available at the bar if you’re feeling peckish after dinner hours.

Room service

The Living Room menu is available via room service between 8am and 11pm.

Location

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Address
C/O The Maidstone
207 Main Street
11937
East Hampton
United States

Planes

The nearest airport is Islip MacArthur (+1 631 467 3210; www.macarthurairport.com), 50 miles from East Hampton (around a 90-minute drive). Private jets can land at East Hampton Airport, three miles from the hotel.

Trains

The nearest station is East Hampton Village, 8 miles away. You can get the Long Island Rail Road (www.lirr.org) direct to and from New York City.

Automobiles

New York is a two-hour drive away. Guests can make use of free parking.

Worth getting out of bed for

The staff at C/O the Maidstone vow to arrange ‘anything’ for their guests; here at Smith we suspect you’ll want for nothing during your stay. Don blazers and boaters and head out to the hotel’s immaculately manicured lawns for a lazy afternoon’s croquet, then doff the boater and square up to your inner Viking with a game of Kubb, known to fans as ‘Viking Chess’. Or visit the hotel library for a weighty tome on the Hamptons’ history, then grab a Hendrick’s gin-and-cucumber, stake out a Swedish sunlounger and fall asleep behind your sunglasses to the swish and thunk of croquet mallets, and the strangely Norse-like grunting of Mr Smith. If you must leave c/o The Maidstone's glorious gardens, the hotel can arrange hiking, skiing, kayaking, sailing, golfing, tennis, riding, swimming, surfing and (in true Swedish style) vintage biking. Save some kilojoules with a slow-paced browse in Main Street and the Circle’s boutiques; then explore the nooks and niches of Sag Harbor’s antique shops. Sample local wine at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard (www.wolffer.com) in Sagaponack, or venture further afield for a day-trip to the Martha Clara (www.marthclaravineyards.com) and Jamesport (www.jamesportwines.com) wineries.

Local restaurants

If you can tear yourself away from the Living Room at the Maidstone, reserve a table at Hamptons hotspot Nick & Toni’s (+1 631 324 3550) on North Main Street. Sunny white-walled dining rooms, colourful folk art and a locally-sourced rustic Tuscan menu dripping olive oil and authenticity make this the restaurant of choice for A-listers holidaying in the Hamptons. Don’t miss whole striped sea bass sourced from local fishermen and baked to perfection in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, and polenta pound cake with thick cannoli cream for an indulgent dessert. For a more intimate setting, dine by candlelight on elegantly prepared all-American cuisine at the nearby 1770 House (+1 631 324 1770). This boutique hotel on Main Street also has a terrace strung with twinkling fairy-lights – sit outdoors and sup on champagne and iced oysters. On winter evenings, hole up in the 1770’s Tavern bar, a historic speakeasy with low lighting and exposed brickwork; for a more informal dining experience, don't miss the Tavern’s signature meatloaf.

Local cafés

For the best coffee in town, as well as home-made granola and peach muffins, head to Mary’s Marvelous (+1 631 267 8796) on Main Street, Amagansett, for breakfast or brunch. The little café is painted a merry red and white, and packed with cookie jars. If you’re planning an indulgent picnic, explore the shelves and deli counters of Loaves and Fishes (+1 631 267 8796) on Sagg Main Street, Amaganasett – haunt of celebrity gourmet Ina Garton. Don’t leave without sampling their legendary lobster salad – although, at $75/lb, you may prefer to ask the obliging staff at the Loaves and Fishes for a free taste.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

There was a moan of ecstasy from behind the red curtain; Mrs Smith had just sunk her exhausted body into one of the world’s most comfortable beds. ‘I’m never moving again’, she groaned with pleasure. Minutes later she was bounding down the stairs, drawn by the promise of a vodka on the rocks. She had spotted the perfect bar as we arrived at c/o The Maidstone, our home for two nights, right in the heart of the Hamptons.

The Hamptons. Just the two words, savoured in the mouth like a chocolate truffle, promise decadence and pleasure, perhaps a chance to bump into some of America’s richest and most famous people. The towns that make up the Hamptons are strung along a stunning stretch of pristine ocean beach at the eastern end of Long Island. Just 100 miles from New York City, the entire area is studded – like diamonds on a Damian Hirst artwork – with the summer homes of Wall Street bankers, corporate executives, supermodels, rockstars and Hollywood’s top names.

East Hampton is particularly thick with celebrities, and while they spend most of their time behind the walls of private houses or attending exclusive parties, it is possible to spot them occasionally as they go about their business – crossing the road in flip-flops with a multinational brood of children, perhaps, or ordering a organic chai latté.

And so Mrs Smith and I slowed our rental car (possibly North America’s ugliest) to a crawl as we arrived on Main Street, East Hampton, eyes darting left and right, hoping to spot someone we recognised. We soon found our hotel, c/o The Maidstone, a pretty, white clapboard house with red geraniums at every window and an immaculate garden. It manages to combine Scandinavian style with a timeless elegance and we soon discovered that charm, too, comes effortlessly in this oasis of colourful comfort and eclecticism. The place works its magic on its guests immediately; the whole atmosphere is cool and calm, and at every turn there are elegant chairs to sink into, books to flick through, DVDs and games to enjoy. Above all, the hotel’s staff is outstanding; relaxed, efficient and effortlessly friendly. They are also tolerant, dealing with our boisterous little boy with a smile and an affectionate ruffle of his hair.

Our room, the gorgeous Her Royal Highness suite, is equipped with the world’s most comfortable bed – did we mention that already? – and is bristling with user-friendly hi-tech gadgets. A huge bathroom comes complete with Mrs Smith’s new favourite (environmentally friendly) lotions and potions. The restaurant more than delivers on its promise of a modern American menu, plenty of slow-cooked dishes and a strong (and authentic) flavour of Sweden. Meatballs work just as well on little boys, too, we quickly discovered. The bar is a gem, a perfect place for guests to relax after a day spent spotting celebrities among the boutiques and antique shops of East Hampton. It is popular with locals too, throughout the day and into the evening. They escape the heat to drink ice-cold local wines, from some of the excellent Long Island vineyards. On rainy days and weekends we hear it is often filled with vodka-swilling fashionistas all afternoon. Evenings see it consistently packed, the excellent barman mixing outrageously good cocktails and dealing with the crush with style.

Mr and Mrs Smith had, it is fair to say, been dreaming of time spent poolside during their Hamptons break. Fortunately, c/o The Maidstone has a beautiful, shady garden in which to relax, read and escape the heat of summer. The lack of a swimming pool is also handsomely compensated for by the provision of beach towels, umbrellas, deck chairs and, best of all, a coveted pass for parking at the best of East Hampton’s achingly beautiful ocean beaches. Dudes surf, locals fish and families do what families do on beaches everywhere; sunshine for Mrs Smith, sandcastles for Master Smith and his Dad.

We find our way back to the hotel at the end of a smoking hot afternoon on the beach, in serious need of a cup of tea. Well, we are British. We immediately lose our three-year-old Master Smith, off exploring the drawing rooms and bar with his toy London bus. When we eventually find him he is, of course, fine. He has chatted up Australia’s diminutive Queen of Pop, in town for a concert the following day, and is busily explaining to her that the number 94 goes to Acton Green. Thanks, Kylie.

Someone described c/o The Maidstone to us as a quirky Swedish bolthole by the beach. If that means great style, fabulous comfort and delicious food, all delivered by some of the friendliest staff I’ve ever discovered in any hotel, anywhere, then we’ll take quirky Swedish every time. And did I mention the beds? Tack tack.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in C/O The Maidstone’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Such a little gem - perfect for off-season weekend in Hamptons. We felt so cozy, yet also so pampered - the rooms are unique, the living room has a great fireplace, the bar is great, the restaurant is delicious. Then there is a great garden, bikes, perfect location, etc. All in all, a PERFECT stay. We would surely come back.

Don’t expect

This is not a big deal - but don't expect Malin and Goetz products everywhere, as is stated in hotel site. They only kept the lotion, but for the rest they switched to another brand.

Rating

Stayed on 11 Nov 2016

We loved

Decoration and the friendly hotel staff, bikes. Beaches are great! The Hamptons are always worth travelling to!!!

Don’t expect

Service in the garden area could be better

Rating

Stayed on 17 Jun 2016