10 Luxurious Hotels to Stay in the East End

By Lauren Epstein | May 26, 2016 | Home & Real Estate Feature

From renovated suites and refreshed spas to highly anticipated culinary masters helming the kitchen, the Hamptons is geared up for a glamorous hotel season!

The Quogue Club at Hallock House

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LUXURY LODGING: The nearly 200-year-old Hallock House began as a modest family farmhouse and now features 13 spacious rooms with modern amenities and oversize showers, plus two private cottages, designed by one of House Beautiful’s America’s Best 100 Designers, Alexa Hampton, who dressed the interiors in soft floral fabrics and tranquil hues. An expansive, can’t-miss front porch is a welcoming meeting spot.

FINE DINING: Meals at the Quogue Club means a rich, unique palate experience brought to you by veteran Executive Chef Matt Birnstill. This season, hotel guests and Quogue Club members can expect more wine and Champagne tastings and an expanded pairings menu, as Birnstill concentrates on elevating the restaurant’s wine experience. Just a short bike ride from the Quogue Private Beach and Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Hallock House is in the perfect location for a picturesque picnic—and Birnstill and the hotel staff will pack your bicycle’s basket with a hand-prepared meal and bottle of wine to go, to make the experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. (Bicycles are available on-site.)

SOMETHING SPECIAL: To ensure your mind and body remain as serene as your surroundings, Quogue Club is welcoming yoga instructor and wellness guru Denizzie Kearns, who will lead a selection of weekend yoga classes. Also available: barre and strength training classes, private paddleboard instruction, massages, and a full-service fitness center. 47 Quogue St., Quogue, 653-0100

c/o The Maidstone

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LUXURY LODGING: Constructed just before the Civil War, the Scandinavian-inspired inn was purchased in 2008 by Swedish hotelier Jenny Ljungberg, who transformed the East Hampton house into a whimsical experience, filling each nook and cranny with eclectic, punch-packing personality while preserving a cozy feel. Guests can choose from 16 Scandinavian celebrity-themed rooms and three cottages, including the fairy-tale-like H.C. Andersen room, decorated in eccentric fabrics and pieces that pay homage to the Danish author’s treasured stories like The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid.

FINE DINING: While The Living Room at c/o The Maidstone proudly adheres to the slow food movement, the restaurant itself is anything but reserved—decorated in colorful patterns and buzzing at every time of day from brunch to high tea to late-night dinners. Environmentally friendly practices inform the sourcing and preparation of offerings like köttbullar (Swedish meatballs); there’s even a Woof Menu for guests accompanied by a furry friend.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: The perfect counterpart to the hotel’s aesthetic, Scandinavian design hub Austere opened a pop-up showroom/store hybrid at the inn last year. It displays and sells innovative, uber-modern products like an LED-studded swing by designer Alexander Lervik and Finnish lighting company Saas Instruments, and OKO electric bikes from premium bicycle brand Biomega, which guests can rent and ride around town. 207 Main St., East Hampton, 324-5006

Baker House 1650

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LUXURY LODGINGS: The Baker House 1650 is a 17th-century home once owned by Thomas Baker, one of East Hampton’s original founders. Famed interior designer and illustrator Jeremiah Goodman purchased the on-property carriage house in the late 1960s, transforming it into a luxurious playground for famous friends like playwright Edward Albee and screen siren Brigitte Bardot. Now, The Baker House 1650 is an exclusive Elizabethan-style holiday haven that evokes the elegance of an old English manor.

INTERIOR ELEMENTS: In the main house, a Colonial Revival staircase leads visitors to five unique guestrooms outfitted with special features like wood ceiling beams, antique furniture, claw-foot bathtubs, and L’Occitane bath products. The two-bedroom Carriage House, which sits on its own private acre, retains its original barn doors, wrought iron spiral staircase, and slate and wooden floors from the 1800s, creating a refined country feel. And the inn even holds a spa with an endless swimming pool, steam shower, sauna, and Jacuzzi for the ultimate indulgent experience.

FINE DINING: Morning meals are served outdoors or in the breakfast room, where you’ll find the home’s original wood-burning stove—a distinct testament to the historic nature of The Baker House. Among guests’ favorite dishes is cinnamon French toast, whipped up with freshly baked bread from Breadzilla in Wainscott.

GORGEOUS GROUNDS: Reminiscent of a fairy-tale set in the English countryside, the property is two acres of romantic bucolic wonder. Sit and dream under a 200-year-old wisteria tree, wander along vine-covered garden walls, or bask on a teak chaise lounge by the infinity-edge pool. 181 Main St., East Hampton, 324-4081

Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant

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LUXURY LODGING: Originally built in 1795, the quaint spot began in 1994 as a collaboration between owner Sybille van Kempen and her mother, Anna Pump, the late owner of Loaves & Fishes Food Store. This season, the inn adds a new wing with six guestrooms that duplicate the historical configuration and charm of the original 18th-century structure, flooded with natural light and color, and topped off with a unique collection of king- and queen-size beds from the family’s world travels.

FINE DINING: Guests can enjoy dinner alfresco with the newly enclosed outside porch, a stunning additional space that can be booked for private events accommodating 40 people for sit-down meals and 100 for cocktails. The market-driven dinner menu transforms weekly based on harvests and products from local fields and farms—so too does the bar and cocktail menu, as mixologist Kyle Fengler uses the ever-changing list of offerings to create complementary drinks. Van Kempen prompts visitors to “Look for the orange!” as a bright, freshly painted door and logo round out the restaurant’s retouches in its signature color.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: Inspired by Loaves & Fishes Food Store and the Bridgehampton Inn & Restaurant, van Kempen and her husband, Gerrit, opened the Loaves & Fishes Cookshop, a delightful one-stop destination for cooking and entertaining needs with a hand-curated collection of kitchen necessities, home goods, and accessories. The Cookshop relocated to an extra-convenient location adjacent to the inn, where guests can purchase the same hand-blown orange glasses used at the Bridgehampton Restaurant, among other treasures. 2266 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-3660

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

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LUXURY LODGING: The first two phases of Gurney’s multi-year renovation brought 38 new oceanfront guestrooms, a revamped Beach Club, five new food and beverage venues, and, notably, North America’s only ocean-delivered seawater swimming pool. Now, with the completion of phase three, the iconic destination debuts 42 newly renovated guestrooms with sweeping panoramic sea views.

FINE DINING: Fans of esteemed Italian eatery Scarpetta will be elated to find Scarpetta Beach—the East End version of the original Meatpacking District restaurant (but arguably better, thanks to outdoor terrace seating and fabulous Atlantic views). The fare includes signature house-made pastas, Italian classics, and plenty of seafood selections. Guests can also visit bistro-style American kitchen Tillie’s for a seasonally driven breakfast, lunch, or dinner in a casually elegant space. In need of a morning espresso? Try locally roasted beans at Italian-style coffee bar Corso Coffee. And for a midday snack and après-beach beverage, there’s The Beach Club Bar & Grill and The Regent Cocktail Club, which features a guest DJ on weekends.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: For individualized attention, you can consult the new Summer Specialist, who will arrange accommodations for large groups and families, and verify that your Beach Club cabana is in place every morning. Plus, a new partnership with wellness firm Wellthily means a wide variety of top-of-the-line fitness classes and retreats. 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, 668-2345

The Hedges Inn

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LUXURY LODGING: A vibrant, tulip-lined walkway charms visitors and passersby at this 13-room East Hampton guesthouse. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the inn upholds the traditional beauty of the original 1652 building, but is completely modernized. New innkeeper and Executive Chef Jennifer Lilja is adding a free private wine and cheese social hour to the inn’s list of events to encourage a community atmosphere. Also new: two concierges who will focus fully on guest experience and Saturday-morning yoga sessions on the lawn.

FINE DINING: This season, Lilja breathes new life into The Hedges’ dining and event options, calling on her extensive culinary background to present incredible daily breakfasts. As a Long Island local, Lilja recognizes the importance of using homegrown ingredients in each breakfast dish, and will continue to do so as she prepares guest favorites like Patriotic French Toast with fresh blueberries and strawberries. She’ll also work with clients to create custom lunch and dinner menus for weddings and other special events.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: The Hedges Inn has quickly become an in-demand wedding venue among soon-to-be brides who adore the grounds’ outdoor patios, green spaces, and picture-perfect barn and gazebo. To meet that demand, the inn recently added a new bridal suite, its largest accommodation yet. Couples can rent out the suite, along with the rest of the historic property, and fill the inn with family and friends. 74 James Lane, East Hampton, 324-7101

Topping Rose House

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LUXURY LODGING: This 1842 Greek Revival mansion is the Hamptons’ first full-service luxury hotel, with 22 rooms, a spa, fitness center, and heated outdoor pool. Award-winning hospitality design expert Alexandra Champalimaud handled the interiors and put her signature touch on each suite with cool colors, clean lines, and an overall soothing ambiance. Throughout the property, visitors can view a contemporary art collection specially curated by Winston Wächter Fine Art in New York City and Seattle.

FINE DINING: World-famous chef and restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten lifts Topping Rose House’s dining experience to first-class levels with unrivaled culinary savoir faire and business expertise. Brought on board late this spring, Vongerichten will spearhead expansion efforts at the farm-to-fork restaurant and develop new, heightened seasonal menus. But even as Vongerichten and his team take the reins, the restaurant stays true to its locavore principles—gathering fresh eggs and produce from the organic Topping Rose Farm, and sourcing other ingredients from local ranchers and fishermen.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: Two event spaces at Topping Rose House can be set in several configurations to facilitate important meetings and events. The Barn, a carefully restored antique location, provides plenty of rustic charm for a 100-person cocktail reception. The Studio is a more modern, chic space with plenty of natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows. 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpk., Bridgehampton, 537-0870

Huntting Inn

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LUXURY LODGINGS: Nineteen rooms are available at this country-style retreat, originally erected in 1699 for Reverend Nathaniel Huntting, the second Presbyterian minister of East Hampton. No two rooms are alike, each with its own size and shape as well as vintage furniture and iron beds. Guests wake up to an extensive Continental breakfast before grabbing complimentary beach passes and heading to the shore.

FINE DINING: The star of the Huntting Inn is one of the Hamptons’ hottest power spots, The Palm, where past patrons have included Bill Clinton, Jimmy Fallon, Jack Nicholson, and Sarah Jessica Parker, among other celebrities. Enjoy world-class steaks, colossal crabs, and four-pound lobsters, as well as top-rated Italian classics like veal Parmigiana. The award-winning wine list includes 250 selections, with 30 wines by the glass, which many guests choose to savor on the porch on a warm summer night. A Prime Time menu in the bar and lounge area offers lighter bites for a more casual evening.

SPECIAL FEATURE: If you are (or plan to be) a regular guest at The Palm locations across the country, the restaurant has a special rewards program called the 837 Club. Members receive points for every visit, which can be redeemed for both modest and grand prizes, ranging from a complimentary dessert to a two-person getaway at the Huntting Inn, with airfare included for out-of-town customers. 94 Main St., East Hampton, 324-0410

Southampton Inn

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LUXURY LODGING: Southampton’s largest inn comprises 90 contemporary country guestrooms that have been completely refurbished with soundproof flooring and new crown molding, and outfitted with Restoration Hardware furniture and fun mix-and-match pillows from Hildreth’s Home Goods. A redecorated lobby welcomes visitors in a light and bright style that feels just like cottage living in the Hamptons.

FINE DINING: Lovingly named after the inn’s favorite house cat, Clyde, the new on-site restaurant serves classic casual fare like sandwiches and “gourmet burgers and brew.” Seating is available in the dining room or open-air in the scenic courtyard, overlooking the very gardens where Clyde’s staff handpicks the fresh vegetables and herbs used in the food. Summer sips include Long Island beer and wine and specialty tropical cocktails, served by the heated pool all season long.

SOMETHING SPECIAL: With newly renovated conference spaces, a shuttle to nearby Coopers Beach, pool and tennis access, and information about local events, Southampton Inn has something for every A-list guest. 91 Hill St., Southampton, 283-6559

The Inn at Windmill Lane

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LUXURY LODGING: Stepping into this Amagansett inn feels a lot like stopping by a dear friend’s Hamptons home, thanks to the absence of a formal lobby and standard one-room accommodations. Instead, seven vast king bed suites, three stand-alone cottages— each with an exercise and steam room—and a four-bedroom guesthouse with a full kitchen cover the five-acre property. “At home in the Hamptons” is certainly the design aesthetic here—clean, comfortable Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams furniture, dark hardwood floors, and white wainscoted walls create the same understated elegance that defines many East End abodes, while stunning fireplaces and oversize marble bathrooms with rain showers keep the lodgings undeniably luxurious.

FINE DINING: Guests have priority seating at the inn’s across-the-street sister restaurant, The Meeting House, a family-friendly white tile-clad contemporary bistro that dishes out upscale American comfort food for brunch and dinner. But if you’re more of a quiet night-in visitor, Windmill Lane staff upgrades your experience with a “gourmet guestroom” service. Select a meal from one of several local restaurants, and they’ll place the order, pick it up, replate it, and deliver it to your door in elevated take-out style.

GORGEOUS GROUNDS: Since most of the accommodations feature private patios, no expense was spared to beautify the surrounding landscape. Loungers peer out at a blossoming rose garden, delicate lavenders and hydrangeas, and two large, lush areas called The Park and The Sunken Garden that beg to host a magical outdoor affair. 23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett, 267-8500

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HOTOGRAPHY BY RACHEL MCGINN; Chris Foster; Jason penney; COURTESY OF GURNEY’S MONTAUK RESORT & SEAWATER SPA; COURTESY OF OYSTER.COM; Michael Weber; Jeff heatley photo; Nick baratta

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