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“A DELIGHTFUL PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC HAMPTONS GETAWAY” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mainstay Inn

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Mainstay Inn
Ranked #3 of 6 Southampton B&B and Inns
Sarasota, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A DELIGHTFUL PLACE FOR A ROMANTIC HAMPTONS GETAWAY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2012

After having read some of the reviews posted here by guests of The Mainstay, a delightful Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Southampton, I'd like to begin by making two points:
First - A Bed and Breakfast is not for everyone. It has been stated in some of the reviews, that staying at Mainstay is like being someone's houseguest. Not quite true. You ARE someone's houseguest. That's the way it works. In this case you are the guest of the owner, Elizabeth Main. I found her to be charming without being intrusive, and informative and helpful without being pedantic or over-indulgent. If bumping into the owner's pets, or spending time in close proximity to the other guests bothers you, then perhaps another style of venue is what you need. I have stayed in B&B's in New England, Virginia, and California, and find The Mainstay to be right up there with the best of them. That's not to say that it has no flaws. Experienced B&B guests take the venue's flaws to be part of its charm. I enjoy the feeling of being part of the community that a B&B offers, without the impersonal sense of isolation that a hotel provides. But that's just me. I enjoyed being greeted at The Mainstay's front door by the owner's Apricot Standard Poodle Talullah. But again, that's just me. I find a wagging tail to be a welcoming event - a warm beginning to a Fall weekend in The Hamptons. The Mainstay's rooms vary in size, some with private baths, and some with shared, depending on how much you want to spend. The style is mostly country pine, which gives you the feeling of staying in a friend's country house. The location is right in Southampton Village, in walking distance to just about everything - particularly those fabulous beaches. The makings for a hearty breakfast are provided in the kitchen each morning, but you are left to fend for yourself, in terms of putting it together. Personally, I find this to be a major plus, since it gives you time to get to know the other guests, and maybe pick up a few tips on where to go and what to see. I recently spent my second weekend at The Mainstay, and seeing Elizabeth and Talullah again was like visiting old friends. I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. If you need to be pampered and your every need provided for, then perhaps you're lookning for a Ritz Carlton. I found The Mainstay to be a charming and relaxing destination for a real Hamptons experience.
My second point (I Know, the first was pretty long): There is no such thing as doing The Hamptons on the cheap. Be prepared to spend. Everything is pricey. I read some reviews here, suggesting that The Mainstay's room prices were a bit high. This is untrue. I paid $325 a night on my first stay, and $275 a night on my second, and found these prices to be competitive. Price wise, you'll do better on the Jersey Shore, but then you might wind up spending some quality time with Snooky.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Peter K
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

The Mainstay is so charming and I highly recommend this bed and breakfast. It is located just minutes from the beach and town. The room I stayed in was gorgeous and I felt so comfortable and cozy. Great hospitality and delightful breakfast. Very clean and well kept with beautiful garden. No complaints!! I look forward to returning!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kristy s
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2011

I can't believe what the previous reviewer wrote about this wonderfully charming establishment. We just came from spending a long weekend at the Mainstay and couldn't have asked for a better experience!. The inn was charming. Elizabeth the inn keeper was gracious and most accommodating. We had a marvelous stay and will definitely return with friends and family!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank J E
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2011

We rented we thought a two bedroom suite for $650.00 a night
Instead we were in a hot attic with a air conditioner from 1960.
The hallways were 105 degrees.
The innkeeper was MIA and lost in space.
The room was dirty and old so was the inn. It should of been demolished 50 years ago. It was a fire trap.
There was not one thing I liked about it except that I plan on getting my money back.
We were out to midnight and woke up at five and left.
Don't ever think about staying there..........

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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ElizabethMain, Owner at Mainstay Inn, responded to this review, September 14, 2011
We are very sorry this woman was so unhappy. On rare occasions its true that some guests should only stay at a Four Seasons Hotel. This guest disturbed any and everyone around her and used two bathrooms of which did not belong to the room. We helped these people with beach chairs and umbrellas when they arrived 4 hours early and were happy to help them, they needed a room at the last minute and even though the only accommodation we had available was a two bedroom suite which is wonderful for families and which was why it was a more expensive room. This is a two hundred year old house full of charm and grace, it was impeccably clean and had a excellent air conditioner. As I say, some should only stay in a Four Seasons Hotel.
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2011

this little bed and breakfast was a very nice weekend getaway. Elizabeth was a wonderful host....friendly but not intrusive. when we were running late she actually called to make sure we were not lost. upon arrival she was there to greet us with a key and lots of information on places to see and things to do. breakfast in the morning was delicious, fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh baked bread and yummy banana waffles. the rooms were clean and the beds were very comfortable. the pool is warm and a great way to end a long day out. the house has a lot of charm and we had a wonderful time. Elizabeth it was a pleasure to meet you and we hope to come to visit you again soon.

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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank hamptons7
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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2011

your experience staying here will be a 100% authentic southampton stay, the best of all it has to offer. Elizabeth Main does everything right. Casual luxuries abound. To spend an afternoon lounging by the beautiful pool and checking out the lush gardens is a little piece of heaven. The house it self is amazing, every detail done beautifully in classis hamptons/country style. breakfast is fantastic, it's not really continental, it's a nice, full spread that you can see she really puts a lot of thought, effort and love into. there are always home-baked treats (do not miss these!) I live in NYC and have been going to the Mainstay for almost 5 years in the summers and there is NO WHERE else I would stay ot east. Elizabeth is an wonderful innkeeping who makes every effort to heighten your entire southhampton experience. can't wait to get there next month and live the good life for a little while : )

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  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank primi79
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2011

Nice owner clean, comfortable place light in bathroom not working but that is fine but hard to put on makeup.
Quality of breakfast is simple.
The price is too expensive for the quality here.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Elisang
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Property: Mainstay Inn
Address: 579 Hill St, Southampton, NY 11968-5305
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Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Southampton
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Southampton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Southamptons B&B in historic village on Long Island, NY. Colonial House 1870s, Minutes to town and ocean beaches,Delicious waffles inc in cont. breakfast. All rooms dripping in charm from hand painted walls to slanted ceilings with skylights. All rooms had antique iron beds. King master suite with fireplace, two bedroom suite sleeps 5. Situtated on one acre with garden and pool. Most rooms with private bath. ... more   less 
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Mainstay Inn Southampton, NY - Hamptons

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