A family member (our grandmother, to be exact) put us on the hunt for a cheap, one-night stay at the end of September in order to attend a cousin's wedding. And while the wedding itself takes place in Bridgehampton (near the eastern tip of the peninsula), we quickly realized our hotel search would have to span a larger area than just that.
You see, the usual hotel players just don't have much of a presence in this part of New York. Specifically, in the area around Bridgehampton, the tally is as follows:
· Marriott: 2 (one of them is an airport hotel)
· Hilton: 2
· Hyatt: 1
Rates at Marriott were much more to our liking—$119/night and $149/night at a Courtyard and a regular Marriott, respectively. And both of them have pools. Hooray!
But, as far as non-B&Bs are concerned, that was about it. What gives?
Across the harbor, on Shelter Island, Andre Balazs holds it down with the Sunset Beach Hotel, where rooms start at $345/night during the week and $565/night on weekends. Meanwhile, the one-year-old La Maison Blanche, one of many upscale B+Bs dotted around Long Island, goes for $345-$435/night. And in addition to both of them scoring high on the fancier-than-necessary scale, neither allow for measly one-night stays.
Think we overlooked something? Got a Long Island or Hamptons hotel you think we should know about? Or just want to commiserate on the bleak Long Island hotel landscape? Do drop a comment below!
[Photo: Discover Long Island]