We had been thinking about visiting the Hamptons for some time now and finally bit the bullet and made a reservation about 2 months ago. I emailed Eileen and she was very prompt with a reply, along with various dates that fit my requirements. I "booked" the room and sent in my deposit check and once she received it, she sent me a confirmation email.
There aren't many places in the area that takes dogs and Bowen's had the best reviews. Not cheap by any standards, but then again, they do offer a niche product.
We had the Columbine cottage, which is a one bedroom closest to the office, and closest to the highway. I'm not sure where the LIRR tracks are, but there are definitely times when we can hear the trains honking their horns (and why do they do that in the middle of the night?!) Living so close to the highway proved to be quite noisy one night as well -- my husband and I must've woken up at least 4 times during the night due to loud noises either coming from the highway or through the driveway. There was even one time when it sounded like someone threw something at our door?
Aside from the noise issues, the cottage is very quaint. We have never been to a B&B so cannot compare. There was a full kitchen, which came in handy when I wanted to fix some food for my son. The microwave was broken and a call to the "front desk" corrected this pretty quickly. The bedroom was a bit small; it fit a full sized bed and a mini crib that my son slept in. There are a/c units in both the bedroom and the livingroom. The furniture is slightly dated and mismatched and there was a lot of wood paneling everywhere but this is also what I pictured most B&Bs to look like. The bathroom only had a standing shower, and since I knew this beforehand, I brought a small inflatable tub for my son to use.
Bowen's is right across the street from a Stop & Shop and a McDonald's, which was quite convenient for some necessities as well as a quick breakfast.
The main strip that is a few minutes drive from Bowen's is quite small and there isn't much to see there, but this was expected from a small town. I have heard that Hampton Bay is the "poor people's Hamptons" and it is reflected by the types of people and houses in the area.
We did drive out towards Mattituck (for Harbes Farm) and East Hampton and it made a world of difference.
Aside from the noise issues, we wouldn't mind coming back to Bowen's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a small family oriented resort with rooms and cottages that have been described as quaint and charming. Each is individually decorated and has it's own personality. We have a pool, lighted tennis court, shuffleboard, small putting green and playground. The grounds are shady and flower filled. Pets are welcome in the cottages by prior arrangement, but never in the rooms. This offers a choice for those with allergies to stay where there have never been pets. All accommodations have flat screen cable tv and air conditioning. All rooms have refrigerators and coffeemakers with complimentary tea & coffee, and all cottages as well as the studio have compact but complete kitchens equipped with dishes, pots, utensils and microwave. We are approximately 3 miles from both ocean and bay beaches where all are welcome. Pets can be taken to the beach before 9 a.M. And after 6 p.M. Both North & South Forks can be easily accessed from here, and we are about halfway between Southampton and Westhampton Villages. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bowen`s By The Bays Hotel Hampton Bays
- Bowens By The Bays Hampton
- Bowen's By The Bays Hampton Bays, Hamptons, NY