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Over the weekend, a family wedding drove us out to the Hamptons, where we booked a room at the quaint 1708 House, a 15-year-old bed and breakfast whose building dates back to—you guessed it—1708. Joe Biden, Kristin Davis (that's Charlotte from Sex and the City), and even Bill Marriott have all stayed here as guests.
Some of the B&B's main selling points include a small patio that connects the different wings of the house (perfect for afternoon tea, which is served complimentary every day, buffet-style), a charming dining room with the original wooden ceiling beams, and a hammock in the backyard.
But it's what we discovered in Room A that made us even happier: a gigantic bathroom with marble finishes, a wide jacuzzi tub with separate shower stall, Molton Brown toiletries, and the largest vanity we've seen in a hotel since moving to New York.
Finally! The newest hotel in the Hamptons, The Capri Southampton, which opened over Memorial Day Weekend, has posted photos of their guestrooms. For now, you can see a room shot on the hotel's Facebook page but we hear the full gallery will up on the hotel website by tomorrow.
Our first thought on the rooms? It looks like The Hudson goes to the Hamptons with the white furniture and bed and the curtains along the wall (covering the bathroom we presume.) But we're loving the nautical touches such as the lamps that hang from nautical rope as well as the brightly colored accents and artwork like the special design print from Cynthia Rowley Design Studio that hangs above the bed. (Rowley also has a shop inside the hotel.)
The club king room (pictured above) also feature bed linens from Sferra, bath toiletries from Red Flower, iPod docks, free WiFi and complimentary beverages from Panna, Perrier, & San Pellegrino. Because this is the Hamptons and three different kinds of water is to be expected.
Our curiosity was piqued last month about the new Capri Southampton property, whose "bathing club" and Nobu restaurant had us booking tickets on the next Hampton Jitney out of Manhattan! The New York Times also included it in their annual Hamptons preview. As of now, the meager website continues to offer nothing more than a pretty press image (no rooms, no pool, no nothing!), but we spoke to manager James Woods about the hotel's first week of business—for a "slow opening," the picture he painted wasn't that bad at all!
"This was supposed to be a slow weekend, but we ended up doing 485 covers, which is about 250 reservations. We had celebrities coming out, people were really packing in, and we had to call in extra staff to accommodate everyone."
Though weekend rates remain at $495, Woods clued us into a new weekday special of $250 (Sunday through Thursday) which might make your Hamptons poolside getaway dream that much more of a reality. And if lowered room rates weren't enough, how about a Nobu-catered bar menu while you lounge at a Miami-inspired pool area?
With Memorial Day just a few weeks away, it's time to start thinking about your Start of Summer vacay plans. And while the Jersey Shore may have stolen the spotlight from the Hamptons as far as interesting characters go, the Hamptons hotel scene still remains hot.
Opening this Memorial Day weekend is Capri Southampton which promises not just hotel rooms (31 in total) but a (OMG) Nobu restaurant, a Cynthia Rowley Shop and its very own Bathing Club aka pool scene.
While the draw of Nobu and Cynthia Rowley are self-explanatory, it's the latter offering that has us most curious about Capri, especially since the beach is not quite close by. The website is not much more than a landing page at this point (no rezzies, no room descriptions, nada) but here is how the PR peeps are describing the BC.