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Candlelite Inn
Reviewed August 3, 2010

We dropped in without a reservation mid-week and found a reasonable price. The rooms appeared extremely clean and well maintained. The owner was found in the first floor hair salon and he provided good information on dinner opportunities.

We are not B&B experts, but there is no one living in the building (or on the property we were told) and the front door in unlocked at all times. This is Shelter Island, not Cape Fear, but if you are uncomfortable with only a fragile room door lock between you and the outside world, you need to take note.

Although the rooms and common areas are “clean”… I have only one complaint… bugs. Upon check in, there were a few small black ants on the bathroom floor. This is the country in summer, so a few ants are no surprise. After returning to the room from dinner, I sat in the large, very comfortable leather chair to check email. Joining me on the arm of the chair was a half inch long, multi-legged, antennae sporting, tubular shaped, light brown bug.

We went to bed with a half eye open and at 1:15 my wife leapt out of bed, turned on the lights, and stated that a bug was crawling on her. We looked and found a good sized silverfish crawling on the pillow. The Japanese beetle flying around the room at the time can also to be expected in the country. We did not sleep well the rest of the night. We did not see roaches or bedbugs. (although I never identified that 1/2 inch tan fellow)

Since the Innkeeper’s hair salon was busy with customers the next morning, we thought it more appropriate to tell him about the issue when we got home the next day. He said he would look into it. The place was very clean – but dirty and bugs don’t always go together. These things happen, but should not be taken lightly by the owner, so ask to be sure he has had the building de-bugged before you stay.

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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candleliteinn, Owner at Candlelite Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2011

In reference to this review, We do have someone on the property at all times for emergencies. I, the owner live 2 blocks away and supply all guest with my cell phone number in their check in paper work, posted on the entrance door, the refigerator and all emails that we exchange.

The door lock is far from "fragile" it is a regular house front door lock on each room. If it was on the front door or the bedroom the security is exactly the same and would keep you safe from "the outside world".

The hotel is sprayed regularly for bugs, this is the country. If there was a flying beetle it would indicate that the guests left the door open and the beetle flew to the light. All beds are BRAND NEW Sleep to Live, pillow topped, hypoallergetic, foam reinforced coil mattress.

Unfortunately this review makes it sound like we are in a high crime, burgular infested, bug infested deserted area. We have been in business since 1997 and have had 3 reviews of people who are afraid to be alone. There are other larger less quaint hotels on the Island, none of which have 24 hour armed security. Shelter Island is the country, beautiful and SAFE with or without natures creatures.

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Reviewed August 23, 2009

This is a small B&B, at 230$ a night somewhat expensive for what you get. Does the work but has no particular character and limited service.

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We stayed on a room facing the street with a bathroom in suite. The room was clean, tasteful and well appointed with high end soaps, shampoos and the like. There is no TV in the room. You can watch a small tv with basic cable in a living room downstairs.

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We've been greeted by our keys in an envelope and the breakfast was self service. So the service is efficient but rather cold.

Breakfast
The breakfast was continental buffet with one of those cool self serve capuccino makers. The breakfast room was nice, but the food nothing that you cannot buy in the grocery store.

We went to the Olde Country Inn for dinner and we had a memorable meal. After beach drinks at the Sunset also a must people watching activity.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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candleliteinn, Owner at Candlelite Inn, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2011

Positives, clean, tasteful and well appointed with high end soaps sampoos and the like. Like many bed and breakfasts there are no Televisions in the rooms, as of now we have a 42" flatscreen in the living room. Things left out of positives. 600 thread count sheets and bedding, pillow topped foam reinforced, hypo allergetic mattresses, white fluffy cotton towels, Central Air conditioning, well maintained grounds, hammocks in a private area of the yard, plenty of parking. We are a casual Island and love our guests and hope that we can continue serving the public with a quality product. Thanks for the review

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Reviewed April 19, 2009

I booked a quick trip to Shelter Island and found The Candlelite Inn on the SI Chamber of commerce web page which directed me to their web site. The Inn had just undergone an update and when we contacted them they werent officiall open but would be happy to accommodate us. Everything was spotless and the beds, a dream. We slept like a rock. We had an amazing weekend there and would absolutly go back. The owner was friendly and helpful and we had dinner at Vine Street which he recommended and the meal was great. My wife had her hair blown out in the salon located on the first floor. she was thrilled to not have to do it herself. We will be going back soon.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 30, 2009

My friends were coming to visit us on Shelter Island, but told us at the last moment that there would be 12 of them and we could not accomodate them in our small 2 bedroom home. I called the Candlelight Inn, which came to our rescue. Our guests arrived late (after 6pm) and let themselves in. They liked the independence the Inn offered, with no one asking what their plans are etc. All they wanted was a good, clean, and quiet place to sleep so this was perfect. On top of that, my friends' son, 5 years old, and hyper, broke a lamp and the Inn was understanding. We went to a local coffee shop and saw the proprietors there and they could not have been more friendly and caring. The Candlelight Inn is an unassuming, low-key bed and breakfast--the owner's mom cooks breakfast and for those who want to get to the beach early, the kitchen offers a "do it yourself". Some people might find this odd, but my gaggle of friends--ranging in age from 65 to 5 years old, all liked it and have been talking about it ever since. Incidentally, the owner of the B&B is also one of the best hair colorists on the east coast, which makes for a fab spa-like vacay on Shelter Island

Stayed: August 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2007

My husband booked the private back cottage for our anniversary last October. Upon ariving (Friday) we walked in to a hair salon (main floor of the B & B) and were given a key to the back cottage. The room was nice and had a huge bathroom w/ jacuzzi tub. However, there was NO ONE on premises for the ENTIRE WEEKEND. We walked in to the kitchen the next morning (expecting to get breakfast (It's called a Bed and Breakfast, right???) but there was no one in the house. We made our own cooked breakfast (there was a kitchen). It's not a big deal, but when you pay these prices (250+ a night) you expect a cooked breakfast and SOMEONE THERE! For example, we needed ice and had some questions about the area, and no one was there to help. We took it upon ourselves to check out the rest of the house, and it seems they are just bedrooms upstairs, possibly with a bath at the end of the hall. We couldn't get over how they would let strangers in their home and just leave. Weird.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with family
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Address: Route 114 South, Shelter Island, NY
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Shelter Island
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Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Shelter Island
Number of rooms: 5

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