C/O The Maidstone
- Style Whimsical Scandinavian chic
- Setting East Hampton hideaway
Quirky Swedish style and understated European elegance await you at the white clapboard c/o The Maidstone hotel in East Hampton. Inside, this stately home is awash with bright colours, bold patterns, rich textiles and carefully chosen furnishings – a true smörgåsbord of eye-catching Scandinavian design. As if serenity and style weren't enough, the hideaway also has an acclamed Scandinavian ‘slow-food’ restaurant with one of the most extensive wine lists in the Hamptons.
Need to know
- Rooms 19, including three cottages and six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $225.00, excluding tax at 11.63 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional service charge of 4% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates do not include breakfast.
- Facilities Private grounds, gardens, library with DVDs, photography collection, free WiFi throughout, iMac in reception. In rooms: flatscreen TV, Sony PlayStation 3, preloaded iPod with dock, Hästen beds, Coyuchi robes, Malin & Goetz products and minibar.
- Check–out Noon, but flexible (half-day rates are available). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Children of any age are very welcome. Cots can be added to any room, and the concierge will be happy to arrange a baby-sitter (request in advance). Children are welcome in the hotel restaurant, high chairs are provided and there's a tot's menu.
- Also The hotel has a full concierge service, including spa specialists, dog walkers, dog groomers and babysitters. The hotel sells eco-friendly, Swedish products, including hand-painted clogs and Palmgrens purses.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms We love the Maidstone’s sovereign take on ‘his ’n’ hers’ in the adjoining His Majesty’s Suite and Her Royal Highness’ Suite, which pay homage to Swedish magnificos King Carl XIV and Queen Silvia with matching fleur-de-lys wallpaper and deep claw-foot bath tubs in gold and silver. For decadent winter afternoons spent shivering deliciously over Skaldic verse, try the Edvard Munch Room; all wingbacks and old-gold walls, its bathroom outfitted in gleaming black Swedish slate.
- Packing tips Bring preppy red Ralph Lauren loafers for free-wheeling around the Hamptons on a matching scarlet vintage bicycle; in colder months, curl up on a sheepskin-covered window seat with cashmere sweaters and a good book.
- Also Each room comes with a much-coveted beach parking permit as well as beach towels, umbrellas and loungers; hunker down for the day on the white sands of East Hampton beach with a picnic basket packed full of organic delicacies by the hotel. Cycle the mile-long journey on one of the red Kronan bikes available to borrow. Have a yoga class in the meditation gardens. Pets get their own special menu, with treats such as Hot Diggity Dog (a beef hot-dog) and Rover Easy (scrambled eggs).
Food and drink at C/O The Maidstone
- Hotel restaurant Dine in a doll’s house in the intimate setting of the Living Room restaurant, where gleaming gold and white candlesticks and candelabras set off seating richly upholstered in Svenskt Tenn florals. Chef James Carpenter’s ‘slow food’ philosophy results in a synergy of Scandinavian cuisine with the freshest and most seasonal of local organic ingredients; watch out for his signature dish of tarte flambé with house-cured Norwegian smoked salmon, crème fraiche and capers, and the Living Room charcuterie plate, which pairs Iowan ham and duck salami from the Hudson Valley with Sweden’s piquant Praest Ost cheese. And Smiths with a sweet tooth need go no further than pastry chef Laura Donnelly's sheep ricotta and pumpkin cheesecake with gingersnap crust.
- Dress code Indulge the fanciful spirit of the Astrid Lindgren Room with perky Pippi Longstocking pigtails. Sashay (or swagger) to your table in your quirkiest vintage outfit, and see which Smith clashes most with the upholstery.
- Top table In this cosy space, any table à deux will feel as intimate as they come. For the ultimate indulgence, however, stay in your bathrobe and sup on Carpenter’s seared Atlantic salmon and löjrom caviar in the comfort of your own suite.
- Last orders Dinner is served until 11pm in the Living Room, but a late menu is available at the bar if you’re feeling peckish after dinner hours.
- Room service The Living Room menu is available via room service between 8am and 11pm.
- Hotel bar Navigate one of East Hampton’s largest wine cellars with the help of the hotel’s dedicated full-time sommelier, then relax with an organic Oregonian or local Long Island vintage in the cosy Living Room Lounge. Or follow the pared-down, laid-back harmonies of Scandinavian jazz to the hotel bar, and sip on vodka, lime juice and lingonberry in c/o the Maidstone’s signature ‘Stockholmapolitan’ (just one choice from a fiendishly innovative Swedish cocktail list).