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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- 1708 House Hotel Southampton
- 1708 House Southampton, NY - Hamptons