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“Initial welcome could have been better, but overall, comfortable, clean and very quiet...but then it was April”
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1708 House
Ranked #2 of 5 Southampton B&B and Inns
London
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Initial welcome could have been better, but overall, comfortable, clean and very quiet...but then it was April”
Reviewed April 14, 2009

We did not feel particularly welcome as we arrived after a long drive from Maplewood NJ when one of the owners (I believe) rudely interupted the member of staff that was checking us in with a request that she telephone restaurant X to make a booking for a different set of guests. Fortunately the next day we met a further female member of staff who was very friendly and helpful.

We stayed in room 5 on the ground floor (or first floor if you are American) and the only complaint we had was that the thick, wooden blinds at the windows provided doubtful privacy in both the main bedroom and the bathroom. In the latter the glass was not frosted so you might need to rely on the glass misting up (or shower in the dark)! The windows faced the main driveway from the road to the guest car park.

Breakfasts were substantial and offered a good variety. The open kitchen (subject to a service charge of 5% on your final bill) was a great touch once we got over our English reserve of going to help ourselves to drinks and snacks.

The other owner of 1708 (Skip I believe) provided interesting conversation at breakfast time on our last morning, really testing my knowledge of the US and UK political systems. This might not be to everyone's taste at breakfast time but I enjoyed it.

The location in Southampton is very central, but we laughed when we noticed that the website says that it is next door to Saks of Fifth Avenue, but does not mention that it is opposite CVS.

Finally, make sure you take a look downstairs in the wine cellar - a great feature.

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank NoSoupForYou
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, Owner at 1708 House, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
We apologize for not addressing your review sooner. Please be assured we take complaints very seriously and take every opportunity to rectify problems. We understand a guest's frustrations when their stay does not meet their expectations.

As a luxurious historic inn, which has the honor of being included in the 2011 edition of Conde Nast's Johansens Recommended Hotels, Inns and Spas, all of us at The 1708 House aim to meet our guests' needs and provide them with a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We know that it may not be possible to please everyone all the time, but we strive to do our best to ensure warm and welcoming hospitality.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your past stay. For those of you who have not yet visited, we welcome you to come and experience all our property has to offer.
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Cambridge - UK
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2009

We stayed Saturday night and were delighted with the house and the location, just a short walk into town with access to stylish shops and a variety of restaurants. The house has a fascinating history and is beautifully furnished with well chosen antiques. Our room (5)was spacious and the bed incredibly comfortable. Lorraine and Skip were welcoming and helpful and the buffet breakfast was delicious.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank D-H-Coverdale
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2008

We chose to stay at the 1708 house after reading all of the wonderful reviews. This was our first trip to the Hamptons, and we really enjoyed our visit. Our accommodations were perfect - we had two rooms for the first night, and for the second night, we were in one of the cottages, with all of them beautifully decorated and very upscale, including top of the line amenities. The breakfast buffet was very nice, and there were afternoon treats - tea, cookies, and always complimentary cold beverages. The owners were very accommodating with regard to restaurant suggestions for dinner and also were very gracious hosts. We also learned about the history of the house including the restoration process. The staff were also very pleasant and helpful in answering our many questions about the area. We look forward to a return visit to the 1708 house.

  • Liked — It was 5-star quality
  • Disliked — Nothing - it was absolutely wonderful
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
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Thank lovetotravel83
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Los Angeles
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 15, 2007

We just returned from our stay at this charming B & B. The rooms were decorated with various antiques and the tables in the dining room set with fine china. Everything walking distance and beach parking passes are available. All of the staff were very helpful and talkative especially the owner Skip. For breakfast we were offered something different each morning whether it was quiche, eggs or waffles and all was quite good. Would definately stay there again and recommend to others.

  • Liked — The ability to walk to most everything. Complimentary refreshments.
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank Peter1965
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Trumbull, CT
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2007

We just returned from a 4 night stay at the 1708 House in Southampton. It is a charming and immaculate B&B right in town, walkable to all, and were very happy with our stay there.
The staff was always willing to chat, (especially Kiki) , give helpful hints for restaurants, etc, print up maps andn directions for side trips, etc.
The breakfast was included in the rate ,set in a beautiful dining room and was a buffet style, with a change offered of eggs, waffles or quiche. It was more than adequate. We paid $275.00 a night for Room 8 midweek, which was a fair price for this area of the Hamptons. It was a very comfortably sized room. with a queen bed.The only downside was hearing the people in the next room's shower early in the a.m.
All in all, we thoroughly recommend this place to stay when in Southampton.

  • Liked — cleanliness and location
  • Disliked — heard other showers
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank OreoTrumbull
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
new york
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2007

We were charmed by the house and furnishings, and loved the village of Southampton. Our room was smallish but charming. The basement pub and media room were a wonderful touch for a B&B. That is where our pleasure stopped. After having stayed in many B&B's across the country we found the manager at this hotel very cold, distant ,and rude. The other members of the staff we came across were helpful and friendly. The breakfeast was buffet style with boxes of cereal, dry pastry choices and reheated frozen quiche. Food quality in general was not good. It was so difficult communicating with the manager that we felt anxious before we had to ask basic questions, like what's for breakfeast tomorrow? Her response was a cold,, no eye contact "whatever I feel like". We noticed another guest had a similar problem with the manager's attitude when she received a curt,
dismissive response to a reasonable question. We were left feeling very unwelcomed. Would we stay here again? Not with the current manager in charge.

  • Liked — charm of exterior and Interior
  • Disliked — smallish room and rudeness of manger
  • Stayed June 2007
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2 Thank leftyNewYork
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
, Owner at 1708 House, responded to this review, May 17, 2011
We apologize for not addressing your review sooner. Please be assured we take complaints very seriously and take every opportunity to rectify problems. We understand a guest's frustrations when their stay does not meet their expectations.

As a luxurious historic inn, which has the honor of being included in the 2011 edition of Conde Nast's Johansens Recommended Hotels, Inns and Spas, all of us at The 1708 House aim to meet our guests' needs and provide them with a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We know that it may not be possible to please everyone all the time, but we strive to do our best to ensure warm and welcoming hospitality.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your past stay. For those of you who have not yet visited, we welcome you to come and experience all our property has to offer.
Report response as inappropriate
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2007

We spent a very nice mini-vacation at the 1708 house. We booked a cottage on the grounds. It was nicely furnished, and immaculately clean. It was very quiet and comfortable, and worked well for us. It was far superior to many beach town inns which smell bad and are filled with out of date furnishings. The staff at the Inn were very pleasant and can happily assist with whatever info you need. It's very nice that the Inn is just accross the street from the main commercial area of Southampton, so you can easily walk to shops and restaurants.

  • Liked — Tasteful, clean, beautifully restored
  • Disliked — Short on drawer and closet space
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with family
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2 Thank LBDKSK
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Property: 1708 House
Address: 126 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968-4835
Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Southampton
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Southampton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 1708 House is an historic bed and breakfast in Southampton, located at 126 Main Street (next door to the former Saks Fifth Avenue). The house was known to exist in 1708 and has a museum-like cellar dating to approximately 1648 which is open to its guests as a cozy getaway for a game of chess or cards, in front of a roaring fire. Filled with fabulous furnishings, the inn boasts modern amenities such a wireless internet access and flat screen TVs/DVD players in every room. In addition, the property has two-bedroom cottages which are perfect for families. Its central location in the Village is perfect for walking to shops, galleries, restaurants, the renowned ocean beaches, which are only a mile away, and many points of interest in the area. Stays include a sumptuous daily breakfast and afternoon tea to be enjoyed in the formal living room, or inviting library, both of which have fireplaces. Beach parking passes for both Village and Town beaches are available. The 1708 House welcomes you to come and experience all our unique property has to offer. ... more   less 
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1708 House Southampton, NY - Hamptons

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