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The Hamptons Hotels

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
1708 House
126 Main Street
Southampton , New York
11968
Tel: 631 287 1708
1708house@hamptons.com
www.1708house.com

Located at the top of Main Street, this 12-room B&B is in the thick of Southampton's affluence (Saks Fifth Avenue is next door) but also an unstuffy retreat from it. The guest rooms ramble around the original 18th-century house, which has additions from each of the three subsequent centuries. Rooms are individually decorated with floral bedspreads, Oriental carpets, and antiques; innkeepers Skip and Lorraine Ralph recently installed flat-screen TVs. Exposed timbers and a canopy bed lend a rustic atmosphere to room 2, a two-room suite, while room 3 is popular for its claw-foot tub and reading alcove. The stone-walled wine cellar (circa 1648, predating the house) is a cozy setting for an evening game of chess. There's no on-site restaurant, although there are many places to dine within walking distance; self-catering types can book one of the two two-bedroom cottages in the back garden that come with a kitchen, spacious living room, and porch.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

$300-$399
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A Butler's Manor
244 N. Main Street
Southampton , New York
11968
Tel: 631 283 8550
innkeepers@abutlersmanor.com
www.abutlersmanor.com

Co-owner Chris Allen worked as a butler for 20 years in the U.S. and Europe; no surprise, then, that he and his wife, Kim, get so many details right at this five-room B&B, from the abundance of pillow options to the cream sherry offered to guests upon arrival. At first glance, their shingled, 19th-century yellow house, located just off Southampton's main drag, is heavy on Victorian touches: The front room contains a functioning upright piano and displays of vintage dolls. But there's nothing period about the spacious bathrooms (particularly the luxurious one in the Eton Court room) or the individually adjustable bedroom air-conditioning. Each of the guest rooms is named and themed after an estate Mr. Allen has worked at, and the homey, genteel furnishings range from a sleigh bed and hand-stitched quilts to antique armoires and writing desks. After a breakfast of homemade muffins and fresh-squeezed orange juice, it's tempting to repair to the leafy patio, where a stone walkway begins that will lead you past daffodils and hydrangeas to a saltwater pool. Another thoughtful touch: The fresh flowers that the Allens grow there, alongside a variety of herbs and vegetables, find their way into guest rooms every day.—Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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Baker House 1650
181 Main Street
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 4081
info@bakerhouse1650.com
www.bakerhouse1650.com

East Hampton's Arts and Crafts–style Baker House is the most luxurious inn on the East End—and the most expensive. Rates soar to $950 (main house) and $1,750 (cottages) per night in the summer, but you do get what you pay for. The spacious Gardiner Suite—our favorite of the five original rooms—has a wood-burning fireplace, a two-person spa tub, and mullion windows overlooking the walled English gardens and the hotel's elegant infinity pool. The divine Maidstone Room counters with a sleigh bed and views of East Hampton's village green. Two guest suites are located in what was once the property's carriage house; outfitted with bamboo post beds and slate floors, this newer wing has a modern feel. Massages, facials, and body treatments are available in the guests-only spa (there's also an indoor pool, sauna, and steam showers), and guests receive coveted parking passes for East Hampton's nearby strands, such as Main Beach and Georgica. The well-stocked library and honor bar contribute to the sense of staying at a friend's glorious country home—that is, a well-connected friend who can help you secure reservations for the top tables in town.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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c/o The Maidstone
207 Main Street
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 5006
info@themaidstone.com
www.careofhotels.com/maidstone

Formerly a creaky bed-and-breakfast, the Swedish-owned Maidstone 2.0 is a serious contender for most appealingly forward-looking hotel in the Hamptons. Decorator Nadia Tolstoy has given each of the 16 rooms a distinctive, borderline theatrical personality inspired by a specific Scandinavian notable. The gothic Edvard Munch room, with its brooding color scheme and leather canopy armchairs, for example, is not for everyone. The Astrid Lindgren, named after the author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, is decidedly more upbeat, with colorful striped curtains and a zigzag-patterned coverlet. The original inn's paper-thin walls and charmingly lumpy floors remain, albeit clad in brilliantly patterned Svenskt Tenn textiles. The PlayStation 3, potted plant, Coyuchi linens, hand-painted clogs (available for sale), free purified water, and Malin + Goetz amenities that come standard in each room strike a balance between chic and sensible, as does the hotel's willingness to let you borrow a preloaded iPod or a vintage Kronan bike. The on-site Living Room restaurant combines Hamptons glamour with Scandinavian cool. None of this comes cheaply, of course, not least of which the three spacious cottages in the back, which go for $1,175–$1,300 per night in summer.—Darrell Hartman

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
East Deck Motel
40 Deforest Road
Montauk , New York
11954
Tel: 631 668 2334
www.eastdeckmotel.com

This 28-room 1950s beachfront motel is a long way (both geographically and otherwise) from the New England-y B&B-style inns of the Hamptons proper, which is exactly how the devoted regulars like it. This is definitely a no-frills, un-Hamptons experience: There are no high-thread-count sheets, Bulgari soaps, or any shampoo at all, for that matter—just simple (and, notably, un-air-conditioned) motel accommodations. Some rooms have kitchenettes, which is helpful, since there's no on-site restaurant, and the village of Montauk is a mile to the east. What is right out the door is the area's best surf break, Ditch Plains, meaning that even if the hotel's in crowd of photographers and barefoot media types can't swim in the water, the cool factor remains high. Book A12, a beach-facing room in the back corner, if you can.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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East Hampton Point
295 Three Mile Harbor Road
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 9191
Fax: 631 324 3751
www.easthamptonpoint.com

East Hampton Point gets high marks for its family-friendliness, resortlike amenities, and proximity to busy Three Mile Harbor. Located a five-minute drive from East Hampton's center, in the comparatively modest, woodsy neighborhood of Springs, East Hampton Point consists of seven suites and 13 cottages. The spare suites are tastefully decorated in muted blues with dark-wood furniture and have plasma-screen televisions, large bathrooms, and private entrances. Book an adjacent sitting room for more space, or to link suites. (Suite 6 also has a private second-floor terrace.) The cottages are homier, with two-burner kitchenettes and private patios protected by privet hedges. For entertainment, there's a pool, tennis court, playground, and the marina-all rarities in the Hamptons, given the prohibitive cost of real estate. The on-site restaurant serves New American cuisine. If you plan on dining elsewhere, ask the front desk to make a reservation—the hotel proprietors are also co-owners of the popular East Hampton restaurants Citta Nuova and 1770 House.

$300-$399
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Harborwoods Guest House
1702 Sag Harbor Turnpike
Sag Harbor , New York
11963
Tel: 631 537 6393
info@harborwoodsguesthouse.com
harborwoodsguesthouse.com

Savvy Europeans have been in on the Harborwoods secret since this spotless and stylishly modern B&B opened in 2009. Compared with the cluttered, low-ceilinged, and more established competition, Barbro Magnusson and her husband Dean Golden's shingled retreat is a breath of fresh air. Situated along the artery that connects Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor, it's a comfortable distance from the bottleneck of Route 27, and the driveway leads straight into a system of woodsy walking trails. Floors in the capacious main house are laid with gleaming planks of fir, and furnishings in the four upstairs rooms combine Swedish antiques and tasteful Ikea pieces. The nearby but unattached studio with loft, ideal for families, sleeps four comfortably. After serving up a breakfast of omelets, lox and bagels, or pancakes with lingonberries, the owners will outfit you with a beach umbrella and a beach parking permit. Another benefit to being off the beaten track: The drive to East Hampton along less-trafficked Route 114 is a snap.—Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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Hedges Inn
74 James Lane
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 7101
www.thehedgesinn.com

While not as elegant as Baker House 1650, the Hedges Inn still has a dynamite location and plenty of charm. Settle into a rocking chair on the front porch, which looks directly onto Town Pond, and take full advantage of both. The Hedges was refreshed with a multimillion-dollar renovation in 2008: Beadboard wainscoting, beachy pastel hues, antique reproduction furniture, and flat-screen TVs outfit the 12 rooms, which also have marble-clad bathrooms. The comfortable living room is a good place to watch movies and munch on popcorn; bring your own DVD, and the innkeeper will pop the corn. There's no restaurant, but East Hampton's eateries are a ten-minute walk away. And in lieu of a pool, guests receive passes to the East Hampton Gym, as well as everything required for a day on the shore: chairs, towels, a beach umbrella, a cooler, and a parking permit that's good for any strand between East Hampton Village and Montauk.

$300-$399
Editor's Pick
Huntting Inn
94 Main Street
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 0410
Fax: 631 324 6122
www.thepalm.com/Huntting-Inn

Despite slightly rickety staircases and a bit of peeling paint here and there, the picturesque 300-year-old Huntting Inn, encircled by a picket fence and shaded by a majestic elm, is one of the best hotels in the Hamptons. The country-style interiors are a nice break from the area's seaside theme, and thanks to renovations, they look sprucer than in years past. The mansion also houses a tony branch of The Palm steak-house chain, an East End institution since 1980. Everyone from beach-house owners to celebs—including Renée Zellweger, Michael Kors, and Calvin Klein—to starstruck tourists pack in here, clamoring for seats on the porch and enjoying large portions of dry-aged steak, jumbo lobsters, and Italian-leaning classics such as linguine with red or white clam sauce.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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Mill House Inn
31 N. Main Street
East Hampton , New York
11937
Tel: 631 324 9766
innkeeper@millhouseinn.com
www.millhouseinn.com

Occupying an 18th-century house but kitted out with iPod docks and Blu-ray players, the Mill House Inn's ten individually decorated rooms strike an easy balance of old and new. Two suites in an annex have fireplaces and bathrooms big enough to ride a bike in: The nautical red-white-and-blue America's Cup Suite has a gas fireplace and a private deck, while the Captain's Quarters are furnished with a leather sofa and Asian antiques, including a 200-year-old mah-jongg table inlaid with ivory. Rooms in the main inn are equally plush; the Patrick Lynch Room, named for a previous owner of the house, has reclaimed-wood tables crafted in nearby Sag Harbor and a fantastic view of the Old Hook Windmill. (Five of the rooms are dog-friendly.) The breakfast menu takes slightly longer to read than the local newspaper—try the crayfish and andouille étouffée omelet, and heed the menu's warning about portion size. Though it's just a minute's walk from the center of East Hampton, the place has a calming quiet about it. Innkeepers Gary and Sylvia Muller, transplants who opted out of big-city life, are waiting with a warm welcome (and often a fresh batch of cookies).—Updated by Darrell Hartman

$400 or more
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Reform Club
23 Windmill Lane
Amagansett , New York
11930
Tel: 631 267 8500
info@reformclubinn.com
reformclubinn.com/main.html

The Hamptons have never been a hotel hotbed, but a few choice properties are emerging amid the 12-foot privet hedges and manicured lawns. The Reform Club, built on the site of a run-down shingle-covered bed and breakfast, opened in 2009 in the discreet East Hampton hamlet of Amagansett, where the neighbors include Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul McCartney, and Jerry Seinfeld. The look in the seven suites and three cottages is breezy and low-key: white wood paneling, taupe sofas, linen-covered headboards, embroidered bedspreads. Each suite and cottage has different contemporary art—a headless, one-armed woman makes frequent appearances in prints and paintings—a coffee table piled high with art and history tomes, iPod dock, and, best of all, a working fireplace. Voluminous bathrooms with mosaic floors (ours had his and hers walk-in showers) and Bulgari products are another highlight. Unless you're at the beach or browsing East Hampton's pricey boutiques (be driven to either in the hotel's SUV, or borrow a bike), you'll be tempted to stay in your own quarters, which include a terrace in most cases. The communal room, where breakfast is served if you choose not to have it chez vous, is functional but uninspiring.

$400 or more
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Sunset Beach
35 Shore Road
Shelter Island , New York
11965
Tel: 631 749 2001
reservations@sunsetbeachli.com
www.sunsetbeachli.com

This stylishly retro Shelter Island property is owned by famed boutique hotelier André Balazs of New York's Mercer, L.A.'s Chateau Marmont, and the Standard hotels. Each of the 20 rooms is decked out in mod furniture and white-on-white bedding and has a private terrace, complete with lounge chairs and a view of Crescent Beach and Shelter Island Sound. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, guys sporting crisp, untucked oxford shirts and girls in hip-slung jeans and gladiator sandals pack every inch of the hotel's trilevel beachfront hangout. The sunset over the water pairs well with a minty mojito—the potent and pricey cocktail of choice—or a glass of Sunset Beach Reserve (a rosé developed by Balazs and Hamptons vintner Christian Wölffer). Sunset Beach is open seasonally, from the weekend before Memorial Day until September 12.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.