The historic Maidstone Hotel looks west for design inspiration and a brand-new menu.
The Maidstone’s co-owners, Jenny and Jonathan Baker, have teamed up with hospitality firm Partners & Alchemy to reimagine the hotel.
The Maidstone has been an East End fixture since the mid-17th century. But after a Scandinavian makeover nearly a decade ago, the inn is getting a kiss of California sunshine. Co-owners Jenny and Jonathan Baker have teamed with hospitality firm Partners & Alchemy and brought in David Standridge of New York City’s Cafe Clover as the restaurant’s new consulting chef. Reimagined as a grand house with an exclusive outdoor garden, 19 unique rooms, and three freestanding cottages, The Maidstone is stepping into the 21st century with Tesla charging stations and modern amenities. Here’s a first look:
Bright colors pop in The Maidstone’s rooms.
Color splash: The Maidstone’s color palette has been fine-tuned and simplified for a whimsical coastal vibe. Highlights include bright azalea pink for the hotel’s public areas, dark salamander green in the restaurant, and soothing “Chippendale rose” in the sun room.
California dreamin’: Standridge’s menu draws inspiration from California’s produce-driven cuisine by using local ingredients from nearby farms, such as Good Water Organics and Mecox Dairy. Menu highlights include chilled lobster with peach and corn salad, seared Montauk fluke with white gazpacho, and peach pie with chia-seed crust. Need a reboot? The brunch menu features house-made smoothies and fresh presses from Montauk Juice Factory.
Half lobster with tarragon remoulade and peach corn salad.
Coffee talk: Cafe Clover’s Johnny Sweat is working hard on some innovative cocktail recipes. His Negroni Spiked Cold Brew, with gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and Grady’s chicoryblended coffee, is a wake-up call for any time of day.
Stay awhile: Welcome drinks, luxurious Hästens beds, and daily yoga classes may lull guests into spending a lazy day at The Maidstone, but the slightly more adventurous can take advantage of free bike rentals, beach passes and picnic baskets for a day in the sun. 207 Main St., East Hampton, 631-324-5006; themaidstone.com