c/o The Maidstone, East Hampton, New York $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
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
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