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.
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