My wife and I have spent several very enjoyable anniversaries at the Maidstone over the years. We decided to go back for our 25th. It had been over 8 years since our last visit when we arrived on a late September afternoon. To us, the new decor is not as cozy and welcoming as the old days, but maybe we are out-of-date with newer styles, so no points off yet. Our room was quite small, which was not a big shock, but the room looked tired, with stains on the rug, and linens that were not as crisp and perfect as we remember from long ago. There was no dresser or drawers at all, only a small closet. In a word, it was a little depressing. As we walked out past reception, the manager asked how everything was (+ 1 point). We were honest, saying we were disappointed. He seemed concerned but it was late afternoon, and all other rooms were full. After a trip to town, he met us as we entered to say he would be able to get us an upgraded room the next day for the following 2 nights, at no extra charge (+ 2 points).
That first night we ate at their restaurant. We started with drinks at the bar, which filled up quickly with a lively crowd. DInner was average at best. The service was very slow, despite only a few tables taken.The Swedish meatballs were dry, and fairly tasteless, and the fish was overcooked. We would not be going back. There are many other places to choose from. In the morning, we had no interest in risking a bad breakfast, so we just got coffee from the bar to bring back to the room. That took a little time. The morning staff seemed new to their jobs, and had to scurry to find the cups, etc. (lost another point). Later that day we did get the upgraded room, which was much bigger, and had a very nice bathroom with 2 sinks, a tub, and a rain shower (+ 2 points). We used the hotel bikes one afternoon which was fun, and we spent one late afternoon enjoying cocktails in the garden area out back. Very nice (+1 point). Overall, we will always miss the "Old" Maidstone, and we won't be quick to return, given the high prices for the better rooms, but if you pay up for a larger room, you can have a very pleasant stay, and be convenient to town and the local beaches.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- From the moment you arrive at The Maidstone boutique hotel, just a short drive from New York City, you will be welcomed as a friend. Located in the storied East End of Long Island, The Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton offers superior style, natural beauty and fine living. We invite you to discover all the unique nooks of our Long Island retreat: from the chic comfort of our lounge, our glorious garden, and our cozy rooms, to the pure, natural flavors of our cuisine while every whim is satisfied by impeccable service that is always gracious and never pretentious. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- c/o The Maidstone Hotel East Hampton
- The Maidstone Hotel East Hampton, Hamptons