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“Perfect Setting for Fall Retreat” 4 of 5 stars
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11 Stearns Point Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965 (Formerly Olde Country Inn)   |  
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Maplewood, New Jersey
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“Perfect Setting for Fall Retreat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

Enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing stay in early November. The location is terrific - you can easily spend a few hours in nearby Sag Harbor or Greenport for lunch/shopping before getting on the ferry to Shelter Island.

The woman at the front desk was incredibly friendly and helpful from check in to check out - answering questions about dinner reservations, bikes, fresh pastries and more in between.

We had a nice dinner at the restaurant - the service was attentive and friendly - and enjoyed an excellent cappuccino on the front porch with the Sunday papers.

We had plenty of room on the second floor and was pleasantly surprised by the abundant natural light. Very comfortable bed.

We found an excellent deal on Jet Setter, but in season rates are high if competitive with other places on Long Island.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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london
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17 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My fiancé and I have just returned from a three night stay here, and we feel nonplussed by our experience. It was just after hurricane Sandy, so we were considering rescheduling, but the front desk assured us they were up and running as normal. We stayed in a junior suite, a fab room that was spacious, light and cleaned thoroughly every day. The bed was incredibly comfortable. But that's the only thing we really enjoyed, which isn't good enough for the rates we paid. We never received a warm, cheery hello, and the front desk was often unmanned as we were going out. The bikes need a good service, two of the four had faulty brakes and were unusable. For a smart boutique hotel with a European flair, everyone was wearing trainers, even at dinner. The food was good, but overpriced and very rich, everything tasted like it was soaked in butter. A dinner that left us feeling really unhealthy. Just lacking the small things, e.g. Freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast, complimentary water in the room, warm and friendly services, all the ingredients are there, but think the people need a bit more energy.

Oh, and Breakfast croissants are fantastic!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

we stayed one night not in the inn but the other building that they own it was so nicely decorated cozy will slippers and bathrobes ,,,,the inns front desk girl teresa was a delight .the bar and the sitting areas were warm and inviting .The food was good but waitress not as friendly as the other staff at hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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new york
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

After needing to cancel our summer reservation (which the hotel generously allowed us re-book), my husband and I spent a wonderful fall weeknd at La Maison Blanch Hotel. We stayed in a king suite -- everything was new, clean and comfortable. And except for some shrieking from the haunted house that the hotel hosted to benefit a local charity, all was peaceful and quiet. The buildings are newly and tastefully renovated. And the location -- near Crescent Beach, which in October, is blissfully empty -- was ideal. Look forward to returning.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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glen head
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My wife and I received a groupon for an overnight stay. We upgraded to a suite, down the road from the main hotel. I don't like to complain, but it was not worth the upgrade. Our room was right on the corner which made it very noisy as well as the creaky bed. The heating system remote was hard to figure out and it took a long time to heat the room. The sink backed up from normal use, some of the light bulbs were out. The shade on the door was insufficient to cover the glass, and worst of all the walls were paper thin and you could hear everything which prevented us from sleeping. Moral of the story --- go to Vegas.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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sag harbor, ny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Lovely country inn...comfortable simple room...no frills....(creaky bed and old heating system!) and basic bathroom
but really all you need after a busy hamptons summer for a one night getaway. everyone was very friendly and nice. we went midweek off season so it was very quiet but just what we wanted. Upon dropping our bags we grabbed the complimentary bikes and took a wonderful ride up and down the shelter island hills along the water...beautiful. Came back to a quick game of petanque and a bottle of champagne outside..It has a Lovely dining and lounge area...we had a delicious meal. We were disappointed there was no room service in the morning ..we just wanted cofffee in bed...maybe a little coffee maker would be nice? Anyway, we got a nice cup from the boulangerie and a croissant too...packed our bags and went on our way ...even though we live only 3 miles away across the water...we felt like we were a million miles away.we will be back for that feeling again soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

My husband and I had gotten a groupon price for a one night stay at La Maison Blanche Hotel. We arrived to a very helpful and polite young lady at the desk, went upstairs to our room (#9) and found it very cozy with a high king size bed, clean bathroom and large tv. The only problem was it was cold that night and there really wasn't any heat coming out of the a/c. They came up to fix, but it never got any warmer. Glad it wasn't winter outside :>) Other than that the hotel lived up to its description on website and the grounds were beautiful. Also, I was wanting a hot cup of tea in room. They got me a great big cup of hot water from restaurant so I could make myself my tea. (again, thanks -- I needed that)!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 11 Stearns Point Road, Shelter Island, NY 11965 (Formerly Olde Country Inn)
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Shelter Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
From the moment you arrive at La Maison Blanche, you feel like you are at home. Located a stone’s throw from the famous Crescent Beach on Shelter Island, the hotel boasts 8 graciously furnished rooms with splendid garden views that add to the tranquility of this very unique hotel. The hotel has both a lounge bar and an outdoor bar in the garden, plus indoor and outdoor dining with a brasserie style menu that has a sophisticated feel. Whether it be relaxing by the fireplace in the winter or dining alfresco in the beautiful gardens in the summer this is a place for all seasons. The hotel was recently acquired by John Sieni and Alistair MacLean who wasted no time transforming the island gem into an international destination. The hotel dates back to the late 1800’s, but they have added a modern beach chic twist that embraces the classic charm while enhancing the allure of this timeless property. With 24hour front desk services our friendly staff will take care of your every need. Come and have a cocktail around our roaring fireplace, where serenity will be right at your fingertips. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Country Inn Shelter Island Heights
Shelter Island Heights Country Inn

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