Need to know
36, including 6 suites.
11am. Earliest check-in, 4pm, but flexible, subject to availability.
The building dates back to 1872, and was converted from a Methodist community hall into a hotel in 1874. In its 1960s heyday, the likes of Marilyn Monroe and the Kennedy family stayed here, but it later fell into a state that was a bit… err… shabby-without-the-chic. David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea (head honchos of the Salt Hotels minigroup) came to the rescue in 2014. They restored the building to the lofty standards of their Provincetown boutique hotels – Salt House Inn and Eben House – and they’ve since repeated the trick at The Asbury in New Jersey.
In low season (November to March) the Chequit is only open Thursday to Sunday. It closes for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
At the hotel
Café, car park. In rooms: Free WiFi, air-conditioning, minibar, free bottled water, C.O. Bigelow bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The Garden Suite boasts two bathrooms and is flooded with light from its large bay window; outside, it has a private terrace with a table and sofa built for two. The bedroom in the Loft has a claw-foot bath tub under its vaulted ceiling, almost splashing distance from the king-size bed.
Boots and binoculars if hiking in the Mashomack Preserve is your bag. If not, a straw sunhat and a good book – John Steinbeck lived across the water at Sag Harbor, and his Travels with Charley begins with a trip to Shelter Island.
The hotel’s White Hill Café has you covered for stir-brew coffee, sweet treats from Brooklyn-based Baked, and grab-and-go picnics for the beach.
Pets aren’t allowed, sorry. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hamptons.
All ages are welcome. Most rooms have space for a travel cot, but it’s best to check when you book. Highchairs are available in the restaurant.