My wife and I stayed at LMB over this past Labor Day Weekend. While there are some great things about the hotel (location and rooms), overall the price paid ($750 per night) should have come with much more.
Service - While the hotel is small, the staff is bare bones and every staff member seems to do double duty. E.g., the restaurant host is also the front desk manager. So if you want to ask the front desk manager something during dinner time, you better hope he / she is not seating guests in the restaurant. Given the double duty / minimal amount of staff, towels will sit on the pool chairs all day long without being swapped out. If a guest leaves a finished drink by the pool, it will probably stay there all day long.
Value - While we knew we were paying an inflated price for Labor Day Weekend, LMB simply does not offer any ancillary things that any other hotel at this price point would offer. There is no free continental breakfast or even coffee in the morning; however, LMB has set up a quick shop bakery that will sell you these items at an inflated price. There are no phones in the rooms, so if you want to order room service (only available when the restaurant is open) you need to go down to the restaurant and order it. There is no free bottled water in the room. While all of these things are minor, they are terribly inconvenient and are rather frustrating when you are paying $750 per night.
Rooms - The room we stayed in (#8) was large and well appointed. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom was massive. Only room issue is that the blinds do not shut out the light, so it is difficult to sleep in with the sunlight.
- 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