This was our first trip to the Hamptons and I couldn't wait to get to East Hampton. We have stayed at B&Bs before and they've always been wonderful. I don't even know where to begin as there was so much about this place that disappointed us. We were charged $730 plus tax for Room #6, which I believe was the Garden Room. Yes, way too expensive but when we booked in the springtime, this was one of the only decent places I could find under $850. Due to the expense, I was expecting something really fantastic. First, the parking lot was extremely tiny. The capacity is maybe eight cars and that's squeezing them in. The signs to the reception were not clearly marked, but we found the front desk. A guy checked us in and quickly walked us right to our room and immediately left. He didn't give us a tour or tell us about the home, nothing. We walked into the tiniest bedroom/bathroom we've ever been in. Add our luggage and there was hardly room to move. Our "garden room" had no privacy whatsoever. Right outside our room was a walkway that led employees and customers from the parking lot to the inside/outside of the B&B's restaurant. That's another downfall. This place has a restaurant on site. In fact, it's obvious that the main focus is the restaurant and the B&B is an after thought. We felt like all the attention is given to the restaurant, rather than the guests staying in the rooms. While in our room, all blinds except one had to be shut, or else anyone walking by could look right in. So, we were in a tiny room with the blinds closed. At night, there were dining guests right outside our window. Not my idea of a beautiful stay in an expensive bed and breakfast. My husband took a shower and the drain was clogged. Not a minor clog, but one that was above our ankles by the time we stepped out of the shower. It was disgusting. The next morning after breakfast (which I will get to) we informed the desk about the clog. The same guy (won't mention names) that checked us in assured us it would be fixed. We went on our way and returned to our room that evening. Seeing that housekeeping had been there, she left no toilet paper...none. In fact, she took the little bit that had been left in the holder. We marched back up to the front desk in our daytime casual clothes. Walking through the fancy restaurant with dining customers all dressed up. We picked up the toilet paper and I also asked if they addressed the clogged drain. They had not. We walked back through the fancy restaurant with our three rolls of toilet paper followed by a maintenance man and Drano. When we go to B&Bs, the breakfasts are ALWAYS fantastic, in fact most places take great pride in their breakfast. This place has the same menu everyday and it's as basic as you can get. It was a huge letdown. Eggs, omelets, French toast or pancakes with a few side selections like bacon and hash browns. Other place we've been to also offer evenings or afternoon tea. Not this place. I called in advance to say we eat gluten free. The first morning, they had bread for us and the chef went out of his way to make a special French toast for my husband. I ordered an omelet and it was the worst omelet I've ever had. Very oily and I think they only used egg whites which I did not order. I didn't eat it. The second morning, it must have been a different chef because he couldn't find our gluten free bread in the kitchen. Since I didn't care for the omelet, my only choice was the gluten free French toast and for $730 per night, we intended to eat breakfast! We got to breakfast at 9:30 that morning. They sent someone out to get our bread and we sat for over an hour waiting for breakfast. What a miserable time it was! Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that when we arrived home from dinner the second night, there was nowhere for us to park. We had to leave our keys at the front desk so they could move our cars after their "dining" customers left the parking lot that is to be reserved for overnight guests. They said they deal with that on a daily basis. When we checked out, the Innkeeper took $50 off our bill due to the breakfast fiasco and clogged drain situation. From our experience, bed and breakfasts are places you go to relax and unwind. You can sit in various rooms or outside and freely roam amongst the inn. This place is not that at all. When you walk inside, you are immediately running into servers and staff due to the restaurant and all they offer is one sitting room in which I don't think they want people actually sitting in there! Although East Hampton was lovely and we made the best of our time there, this place certainly put a damper on our short and expensive vacation. I strongly advise anyone reading this to stay elsewhere. I read the negative comments on this B&B, but decided on it only due to cost since I booked so late. What a huge mistake that was. Check out other Trip Advisor reviews, book early and choose wisely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A charming, three-story house bordered by a white picket fence embodies traditional Colonial appeal. Built in the mid 1600's, some original architecture remains, especially in the lounge, with its beautiful wood paneling and ceiling beams.Rooms vary in size and each has a sitting area, some have a fireplace.The 1770 House has two fine restaurants. The Tavern, a favorite for Hamptons locals, has a tiny bar, fireplace, famous meatloaf and other casual fare. The main dining room is more elegant and sophisticated, serving a contemporary American menu with a Wine Spectator award winning wine list. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The 1770 House Hotel East Hampton
- 1770 Hotel
- The 1770 House East Hampton, Hamptons