Stepping into The Maidstone diagonally across from the tranquil East Hampton pond is a boutique hotel like none other you will ever come across. In all my years of traveling through Europe and North America, I have not yet stumbled upon lodging accommodations and a restaurant that is anywhere similar to what c/o The Maidstone and The Living Room restaurant deliver.
The kindness that the staff exhibits towards each visitor is compelling. It is like they have invited me into their eclectic ‘satellite’ Swedish residence. I met with the Front Office Manager, India Koster, and General Manager, Jakob Berlin. I have met the owner, Jenny Ljungberg on a few occasions, who is so hands on with her properties and oversees all aspects of her c/o lifestyle brand. As an avid art enthusiast and collector, she showcases works of art from her own collection throughout the hotel. The artwork rotates once each year around the month of May.
The Maidstone has 19 individually designed rooms, each inspired by a Scandinavian Celebrity including the Swedish dramatic soprano, Birgit Nilsson; and Norwegian adventurer and scientist, Thor Heyerdahl. I am enamored with each room. Each room is a masterpiece, a world of its own.
The guestrooms that are inspired by authors and their famous works are like walking into an enchanting storybook. From the colonial bedroom inspired by the adventures of Out of Africa‘s author, Karen Blixen, to the whimsical and playful room inspired by Astrid Lingdren’s children’s classic, Pippi Longstocking, each will teach you a tidbit about Swedish history and literature. There is a particular eponymous room, Sonja Henie, which takes its ingenuity from Henie’s ice skating career with icy pink and grey tones, lace detailing on the wall fixtures, along with a pair of pink ice skates hanging on the wall just above the writing desk.
Each room is a labor of love. The great care and attention to detail is extraordinary. The cottages themselves, located in the courtyard of the property completely separate from the main building, are their own complete residences with a sitting area, and a fireplace in the Carl Von Linné Cottage, for example. These cottages are great as meeting spaces and for larger family gatherings and reunions.
c/o The Maidstone can extend themselves in any way possible. In one of the cottages, you will find a private dining area where you could choose to have your dinner. There is room service available, and you could even dine with Fido and bring him or her along for your vacation stay. If I lived out of the area, I would be a regular here. My goal in fact would be to stay in each of the nineteen rooms at least once. You could view even more photos of each of the 16 guestrooms and three cottages, and read their room descriptions here.
The beautiful and inspiring colors and patterns in the dining, bar and lounge area are a mix of traditional designs with a Scandinavian influence. You name it, you will find that unique accommodation here. There will be yoga for hotel guests in the garden near the Buddha statue, storytelling for children while the adults are enjoying their meals every Monday from 6-6:30pm, and there are a few events and receptions that are held at The Maidstone during the summer months on a fairly regular basis. The talk now is that they may add children’s yoga to their repertoire! The hotel and restaurant is super child-friendly and children get to eat free every day between 5-6pm!
Opposite the front desk, you will find c/o Food items sale, perfect for taking home as a memento. Standouts include dairyer chocolate marmalade ($20), grape and pine nut marmalade ($20), “Honey Bunny” homemade granola ($20), and lingonberry jam ($10). They also sell their own Darjeeling and Sencha Mango tea blends in cute canisters.
Breakfast at The Maidstone is especially lovely. Served from 8am-10:30am, you will find fresh fruit, plain Greek yogurt, homemade granola, boiled eggs, Matjes Herring, Kalles caviar, Pressgurka (Swedish Cucumber Salad), Swedish liver pâté, breakfast ham, cheese, orange & raspberry jam, tomatoes, cucumber & lettuce, and assorted breads including sourdough, Swedish limpa (rye bread), Knäckebröd, bagels, cinnamon buns, and corn muffins. There is a breakfast add-on that is scrambled eggs with or without tomato for an additional $8. Notice the cheese slicer in the fifth and sixth photo above, a fundamental part of Scandinavian kitchenware.
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