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East Hampton House
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in East Hampton
Reviewed April 30, 2013

East Hampton is ground zero of overpriced lodging, so the East Hampton House is a bargain hotel, especially during the off-season. My wife and I spent the night there late in April, 2013, paying winter rates for a "deluxe two-room suite." (About 25% of what the room costs during high season.) The room was clean, the bed comfortable, the tiny kitchenette (I think it used to be a closet) adequate -- it even had a toaster along with microwave over, two-burner cooktop and fridge. For what we paid, it was fine for a night, or even a week.

However, this is an old hotel (I remember when it was built, in the late 50s or early 60s -- both my grandmothers worked there when it was new) that's been upgraded to keep in step with modern expectations. Not all of the upgrades have been professionally done: The tine flat-screen TV in the bedroom is mounted almost at the ceiling to provide clearance for folks to walk around the bed (this is a small bedroom); there's a purpose-built shelf to hold the cable box. It's an unattractive, jury-rigged setup made worse by an extension cord leading from a plug at floor level, passed behind a mirror and tacked to the wall in places to provide power to the TV/cable box. Why didn't they pay an electrician to install a proper outlet next to the TV rather than string a cord? This amateurish setup is what I'd expect at a $40/night place in the sticks, not at a $400/night hotel in the Hamptons.

Even odder, the dresser next to the bed was shimmed under its feet with squares of cardboard cut from a corrugated box to make it roughly level, and had a plastic wire tie secured between its back and the wall to provide further support. A wire tie! Why not at least use a bracket or something more appropriate to keep the dresser from tipping over onto unsuspecting sleeper? Or do something really radical so it stands on its own. (I think the floor has sagged over the years so it's no longer level.) The wire-tie/ersatz bracket interferes with the vertical blinds covering the window behind it, so you have to manually arrange the blind to cover the window -- more of an issue since this window opens onto the exterior walkway along the building, making it possible for passersby to peek in if you don't ensure full coverage from the blinds.

If I were paying top dollar for this room, I'd be annoyed, and out of there pretty quick. East Hampton is a vastly overpriced market when it comes to lodging, and even at its summer rates the East Hampton House is one of the most affordable places in town -- your other choices are even more insultingly expensive -- but there's a limit, at least for me.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

For someone that has grown up on Long Island and spent summers in the Hamptons and Montauk, I can say that for the cost, The East Hampton House is good to above average in value when compared to other housing/lodging options in the area.

The Good:
the location is a short walkable mile into town, the rooms and location is safe, it has a well kept pool and grounds and comes with the Main Beach pass which is by far the best beach of the area. Why? because Main Beach is one of only a few that has restrooms, lockers, food and drink stands. Price, when compared to other options, like renting a house with a pool and within the village of East Hampton and Main Beach, the East Hampton House is the much cheaper option. Be careful because some "East Hampton" homes are actually located in the "Springs" area. There is nothing wrong with the springs, its just that you are not permitted to Main Beach. You much purchase a pass which only a daily limited amount is offered.

The Bad:
Can't say anything bad about this place provided you've truly done your homework and analysis of what options are available to you. People will get confused with the name "resort". It's definitely not a resort however, the points mentioned above make up for the standard and adequate settings.

Bottom line:
There is so much to do outdoors in the Hamptons, too much to list, biking, beach, pools, wineries, shows, music, festivals, sag harbor, etc. that you should be spending 90% of your time outside. The room should be a place where you rest and wash up for the next day's adventure. If you're looking for the "resort" experience, book a trip to the DR.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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4  Thank Evan William N
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

I read all of the reviews before booking a room at this hotel. Most of the reviews were correct. It is a "motel", two floors, VERY accommodating staff, clean, and minimally updated(although clean). My daughter and I did not take advantage of any of the activities on the property, ie. swimming pool, tennis courts as it was FREEZING/SNOW. But the hotel is comfortable and I didn't get that "yuck" feeling although the room was not "modern". Would stay again. Sorry...no pics.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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3  Thank Spen72
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annclarke70, Manager at East Hampton House, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

We believe this review to be written by a person who already wrote an unkind review last year regarding their 4 year old gift certificate. The Hedges Inn is closed for the winter so no one has stayed there with 'ice and snow'. The Hedges not have a swimming pool nor a tennis court. Our beautiful guest rooms, well, they are all luxuriously renovated; marble baths, vessel sinks, new carpeting throughout the entire inn, flat screen TV's, complimentary WIFI, French woven beach baskets, new towels, sheets, bed coverlets, you get the idea. The Hedges Inn is three stories not two but we do appreciate this reviewer stating how clean and comfortable The Hedges Inn is - because it is!
This is the downside to this site, anyone can post anything with out truly having been there.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

This was my second visit to this hotel..We knew exactly what to expect and were not dissappointed...Excellent location. Very large room with separate sitting area. The bathroom is completely renovated. My absolute favorite part is the heating lamp in the bathroom! Ahhh i wish I had one of those at home! Bed was king and was def more comfortable this time than last time..
Rate was about $115 a night. Hopefully next time we go we can stay more than one night!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

Got a 2 room second floor suite, pocket doors separated bedroom area from living room. Small but very clean bath room and kitchenette. Well cared for rooms with flat screen tvs, large balcony. Excellent off season rates compared to luxury guest houses in area which priced as very expensive. Quiet off season stay, but had pool and nice spacious grounds in back for summertime visitors. Small gym/workout area off lobby, rather charmless young lady at check in-- a hello and welcome coming from her would not have been too much to ask for arriving guests. Orignally booked thru Amex, front desk had looked at their email but didn't book room, and second night stay wasn't entered with next day clerk calling to ask why we hadn't checked out. Someone needs to train the front desk staff better !! Comfortable king bed with sleeper sofa in living room with extra pillows and blankets. Bed was near the entrance door so one can hear comings and goings of other guests late at night in parking lot and walkways. It is obvious they take care in keeping the place in good repair and I thought the housekeeping was immaculate with enough towels soaps tissue and ktichen supplies. But a little hospitality training at the front desk is very much needed ! You can't beat the off season room price, what do you expect ?

Room Tip: ask for room in one of the back buildings its very quiet back there and away from the highway.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank UpperWestSiderGuy
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

A fine place to stay, clean, well-appointed room, excellent service and just a short walk to town. A happy thumbs up. Quiet location, and a gym which was a very pleasant surprise. The maid service was excellent, the front desk personnel extremely helpful. My only complaint was that I had trouble getting the cable tv to work properly but that may have been to my ignorance in those matters.

Room Tip: The concierge will provide all the necessary information required.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Yes, it's a motel, but the rooms were spacious & clean, the showers had great water pressure. The time of year has less travelers so the place was very quiet (yeah!). And the price was right.
The a/c was loud but didn't keep us from sleeping well.

Room Tip: Second floor rooms all have balconys looking over the nice landscaping.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about East Hampton House

Address: 226 Pantigo Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937-2644
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > East Hampton
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in East Hampton
Price Range: $156 - $358 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — East Hampton House 3*
Number of rooms: 54
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