Think of the Hamptons, and chances are, you’ll conjure up images of salt-spritzed beach days, glam mansions, high-end shopping and of course, a celebrity or two. But picture a place to stay, and it’s hard to find a hotel that matches up with the area’s ritzy reputation, with nary a big-name brand to be found. That’s why insiders know that the very best place to stay is none other than The Inn at Windmill Lane, a chic yet understated collection of homes, cottages, and suites perfectly situated in Amagansett, just minutes from East Hampton shopping, beaches and more.
Fresh from a renovation this past winter which saw updated furnishings and fixtures in all guest rooms as well as a total interior update of its private residence, 21 House, the Inn looks newer and nicer than ever. Decor is coastal chic, with pops of color in the form of thoughtfully-curated accessories (think coffee table books and pillows) as well as art from the owner’s extensive private collection. Perks abound, from gratis treats like goldfish and malted milk balls as well as sodas, juices and seltzers in lieu of a traditional mini bar to Keurig coffee in special flavors from local favorite Hampton Coffee Company.
In terms of amenities, the Inn is small, more like a bed and breakfast than a true hotel, but that doesn’t mean it’s lacking — fresh made treats are available each morning and evening from innkeeper Erin (don’t miss the blueberry muffins!) and available in a communal kitchen or for in-suite delivery. Cottages boast private massage rooms (some even have saunas) and a small fitness center is available for guest use.
Gourmet “room service” is also available from sister restaurant Meeting House, located just across the road, as well as from local favorites like East Hampton Grill and Nick & Toni’s. Just name your favorite item and the Inn’s staff will bring it to you on fine china — no doggie bags and plastic knives here. Similarly high-end service is available for the beach — gourmet beach baskets, loungers and umbrellas are available, and the staff will drop you off in their on-call SUV or give you a parking pass if you prefer to come and go on your own terms.
We stayed in the bi-level Suite 1, one of the Inn’s most popular, which features a massive bathroom with double shower, deep soaking tub, and not one but two wood-burning fireplaces. It’s easy to see why boldfaced names return time and again, despite the high price tag — rooms start at nearly $1,000 per night in the summer months.
That said, given the high prices for summer rentals, which can easily exceed $25,000 a month, the cost feels well worth the return. The Inn is literally the closest thing you can get to staying at a well-to-do friend’s private home … with the benefits of twice daily housekeeping and your own attentive staff!
We can’t wait to return.