For Lucy Swift Weber and Charles Lemonides, simplicity should be the first ingredient of any recipe for a Hamptons hotel. But thanks to their eye for high design and lush living, the enterprising couple and creators of the newly opened “A Room at The Beach” have gone several steps further. And now, as they like to put it, “what was once a rather average motel has been transformed into a luxurious and serene oasis.”
Located a stone’s throw from downtown Bridgehampton (and, counter-intuitively, some two miles from the beach), the quaint 10-room operation is set into a wooded, 1.5-acre plot and is roughly what you’d expect if a summer share house were grown to twice its natural size and carrying capacity: There’s an outdoor pool and sauna, a suite of Weber grills at your disposal, and a fleet of Serena & Lily bicycles. Each room, individually designed by Weber, is a unique collection of antiques and flea market finds, Frette linens, and rainfall showers. Gourmet minibars are stocked with Casa Dragones tequila and treats from L&W Market on Main Street, Bridgehampton, the latest offshoot of the Almond group, conveniently co-owned by Lemonides’s brother, Eric. On-site yoga classes, massage, and aromatherapy are available by appointment.
Needless to say, all of that doesn’t come cheap. For your own room at the not-quite-the-beach, prices start at $420 per night, with weekend rates currently topping out just above $800 per night.
A Room at The Beach is located at 2668 Montauk Highway in Bridgehampton. Reservations can be made online at www.iwantaroomatthebeach.com.