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“European Chic, Shelter Island Laid Back!”
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Sunset Beach
Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Reviewed 29 August 2016

We stayed 2 nights at Sunset Beach to celebrate our anniversary. We emailed ahead to make sure we got a room farthest from the restaurant which I was happy with and we thought we had better views. I thought everything was absolutely charming in a chic laid back European coastal way. We noticed some reviews mentioned there were no water views- there were definitely water views. The deck we had was large with great sun loungers and a matching table and chair that we used to watch the sunset. The room was just as described and we liked the simplistic beach elegance of it with yellow and white stripe accents and bright white. The bed was definitely comfortable and the shower head powerful. Beach service was great, the attendant was always available quickly for any needs. When we would call down to ask for something it would be brought moments later. Our 2 points of feedback though, that inhibited us from giving this another star though was the fact the housecleaning team forgot to replace towels and the bathmat so we had to call down. The 2nd point was there was an odd rusty stain under the glass table in the living area that should have been cleaned but clearly hasn't been. Other than that, we loved it and would definitely return! We loved the restaurant as well! Cocktails were great, and we thought the service thorough. Get a table for sunset on the top deck and ENJOY!

Room Tip: far from restaurant
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

Too cool for school. That's what the staff are like at this trendy beach front place. Great bar. Good food. Shabby decor. Dead insects in the drinks. Very buzzy. Tables too crammed in for me. Constantly being knocked by waiting staff and other customers. It's a pretty cool place but don't put money on any of the staff cracking a smile or making you feel valued. They don't care about the customer. The sort of staff to whom I really object to having to pay the 20%.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

I like going early to avoid the crowds - breakfast is very limited - a few choices of crepes, quiche,pasteries, smoked salmon & bagel and great coffee - all excellent - friendly staff ...you order at the counter and take food to your table - informal style with some great music and a view across the street of beach & boats and the occasional sea plane landing & taking off - it is different, international, very fun for breakfast. In past years I have had dinner & lunch - always a little different each time and sometimes a very crazy scene.

Room Tip: ate here only
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  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We spent 4 nights at the Sunset Beach.
The spot is really nice and the sunset amazing but unfortunately the place is very overpriced considering the lack of service: hard to find someone to help you with the luggage which were heavy considering we are traveling from Europe, no service at night in the room, self service for breakfast at the price of a 5 star hotel.
The room are nice but once again not well maintained: don't look below the stained carpet you might get frightened, damaged wooden floor, dust in the closet.
Regarding the restaurant, the food and the setting are really nice, but once again really overpriced and the white seat cushion would need a cleaning from time to time...
Overall we liked it there, not sure though we will recommend it.

Stayed: August 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

My sister and I stopped at Sunset Beach last summer (August of 2015) for a very late lunch (or very early dinner). We also wanted to see how the hotel has changed since we vacationed on Shelter Island when we were kids. Our grandfather owned a home on the island from 1930 until 1985 so my mother and her siblings and then my sister and I (and our cousins) spent every summer on the Island during our childhoods. Of course it has changed but not as dramatically as one would think-we go back every couple of years for long weekends. I would not normally review a hotel/restaurant based on how it was decades ago and this is the only review of any hotel or restaurant on the island that I have written (altho' I do plan on writing about the Ram's Head after we visit in June of 2016). ANYWAY, it is pricey. We had one drink each (each drink cost $18) and some light food and while the food was tasty, the service was lacking. After our food and drinks were delivered after an excessive wait, that was the last we saw of our waiter. The deck bar/restaurant was SO packed and with so many small children running around, it was far from relaxing or even enjoyable. But it is more that the hotel advertises itself as being a "seaside hideaway" with "breathtaking views" (these are all words from their website) that struck us as being a bit disingenuous. It's far from a "hideaway" since the beach is the town beach and there is a steady flow of cars passing by. The bars and restaurant (and hotel itself) is right on the road-look at the website photos to understand that you are not staying (or eating) in some quiet location on any particularly exceptional beach. The beach is long but narrow-the photos on the website must have been taken at low tide since it was and always has been a....narrow beach on the Long Island Sound with views of the north fork of Long Island. Just be aware of this before you book a stay or even eat here because you are paying a LOT for not much (except the name associated with the group of hotels owned by a man with a fancy French name).

  • Stayed: August 2015, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Sunset Beach

Address: 35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11965-2002
Region: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Shelter Island
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #5 of 5 Hotels in Shelter Island
Price Range: €166 - €191 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 20
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