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You won’t find high-rise hotels or big-name chains in the Hamptons — this resort area favors quaint inns and bucolic bed and breakfasts over hotels. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best places to stay in the Hamptons.
1. 1708 House. As its moniker would suggest, 1708 House was once an 18th-century residence, renovated in the 1990s into this Southampton B&B (conveniently located on Main Street next door to Saks Fifth Avenue). With its mix of rustic charm and old-world elegance (the wine cellar has been restored to museum-quality), 1708 House is an inviting place to call home for your Hamptons vacation.
2. A Butler’s Manor. Owned by a former butler with 20 years of experience in the U.S. and abroad, A Butler’s Manor doesn’t skimp on the white-glove experience. From independently operated thermostats to private bathrooms for each guest room, this cheery, yellow shingled bed and breakfast caters to its guests like few others. Situated on an acre of manicured gardens surrounding a picturesque pool, you may be tempted to abandon the beach for an afternoon spent on the luscious grounds.
3. The Baker House 1650. You won’t miss the prestige of a hotel when staying at the Baker House 1650 — considered the most luxurious (and expensive) B&B in The Hamptons. This 17th-century-built residence boasts nearly every amenity imaginable, from lavishly appointed rooms (complete with L’Occitane toiletries) to a luxury spa. Beneath the guest rooms you’ll find a lap pool, sauna, steam shower and spa tub. Expect to be pampered.
4. The Hedges Inn. Built in the 1800s, the Hedges Inn underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2008, meaning its 12 guest rooms boast modern comforts while reflecting the residence’s antique appeal. Overlooking Town Pond, the Hedges Inn is a convenient walk from restaurants and shopping.
5. Southampton Inn. The Southampton Inn is a particularly good choice for families as 21 of the Tudor residence’s rooms adjoin with second rooms to accommodate larger groups. And with five expansive acres, which include a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts, and volleyball, they’ll be well entertained too. If you head to the inn during the winter months, you’ll find the charming library outfitted with a Steinway piano and crackling fireplace to warm any chilled fingers and toes.
In the Hamptons you’ll find chic, beachy inns, not big hotel brands. It can be difficult to decipher one from the next without a little help and insider knowledge. To wit, here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best places to book an overnight stay in the Hamptons:
1. c/o The Maidstone Hotel. This luxury Scandinavian-cool boutique hotel in East Hampton offers individually decorated rooms, views of the village pond and an on-site restaurant.
2. Baker House 1650. If you’re looking for an English manor feel with gorgeous grounds and beautiful architecture in East Hampton, this is your spot. An infinity-edge pool, spa, library and a full-stocked bar are just some of the amenities here.
3. East Hampton Point. This elegant waterfront place may be the closest thing to a full-blown resort in the Hamptons — it’s got a pool, tennis courts, playground, a restaurant and full service marina where you can park your boat.
4. The Inn at Windmill Lake. While there are only seven guest rooms at this quiet spot in Amagansett, they are all-out luxe with wood burning fireplaces and marble bathrooms. The three cottages each have a gym and steam room.
5. The American Hotel. In the picturesque enclave of Sag Harbor, this charming red brick Victorian hotel has a welcoming front porch along the village’s main street and is steps from the harbor.