An international crowd has flocked to this trendy hotel ever since celebrity hotelier Andre Balazs (of Los Angeles's Chateau Marmont and SoHo's Mercer) opened it in the late 1990s. Each retro-style guest room has a sundeck that looks out over the parking lot to the water. The beachfront restaurant provides the best sunset- and people-watching around. French bistro dishes, such as moules frites (mussels and fries) and fried calamari, are the things to get here, but
choose an American finale and go for the chocolate sundae.
May 5, 2004
Overpriced, alot of hype and attitude, poor service, cheap motel redo. Very disappointing
Jul 5, 2001
Like a movie set, this trumped up motel is all for show. First, consider the beach chair conundrum. There are four picturesque striped umbrellas shading two beach chairs apiece. By my math, that means eight hotel occupants can actually sit at the beach. I guess the rest are supposed to be content lounging on their decks, and after all, they do provide a lovely view of the parking lot. Of course, sunbathing isn't everyone's cup of tea. However, speaking
of, it would have been nice if they could have gotten our breakfast order right one out of the three mornings we stayed there. We heard everything from "the computer didn't take your order" to, "oh, have they really not brought your coffee yet?" It got a bit old by the end, especially since the ratio of waitstaff to customers was remarkably close to one to one. The final straw was the correal of bicycles. Despite having called the day before to reserve two, my boyfriend and I seem to have been left choosing from the remainder bin. Every tire was soft, every seat rusted firmly at its current setting. When asked if we could get the tires pumped, the staff did run to find the bicycle pump but were completely mystified as to why it didn't work ("but it is brand new," they kept saying). Our feeling was, there are plenty of places to stay in the Hamptons that are actually designed with customers and not photo editors in mind. Stay at those, and go to Sunset Beach for a cosmopolitan.