What it's like to visit The Chequit, one of the 15 best hotels in the US



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 One of the 15
 best hotels in the US is The Chequit, a 147-year-old seaside inn
 three hours from New York City, according to Fodor's Travel. 
 The Chequit sits on Shelter Island, an 8,000-acre island that's
 a five-minute ferry ride from the Hamptons. 
 Rooms range from $495 to $865
 per night on weekends during the high season, but you can
 find rates as low as $245 during the week. 
 I recently got a tour of The Chequit. While travelers looking
 for a modern hotel rich with amenities like a rooftop pool or a
 luxurious spa should look elsewhere, The Chequit is perfect for
 those who want a laid-back stay at a tranquil, under-the-radar
 destination. 
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 I recently spent a day on Shelter Island, an 8,000-acre island that's a five-minute
 ferry ride from the Hamptons.
 Shelter Island is home to one of the 15 best hotels in the US, according to
 Fodor's Travel: The Chequit, a 30-room seaside inn built in 1872.
 During the wintertime, the hotel is only open on weekends, but
 from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day, it's open every day. 
 Rooms range from $495 to $865 per
 night on weekends during the high season (with a two-night
 minimum), but you can find rates as low as $245 during the week.
 I got a tour of the boutique hotel, which Fodor's calls
 "exclusive yet understated, rustic yet luxurious." My tour guide
 told me most of their guests come from New York City, either by
 car, by private helicopter, or on the Hampton Jitney to Greenport
 and then on the ferry. 
 Here's what the 147-year-old hotel looks like.
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 The Chequit's rustic simplicity sets it apart from most other
 hotels I've visited in the NYC area. That includes hotels at a
 wide range of prices, from 
 Ian Schrager's recently opened hotel in the heart of Times
 Square, replete with a $10,000-a-night penthouse suite, 
 to the Arlo Hotel in Soho, where rooms start at $335 a night.
 It's not the place to stay if you're looking for a party spot or
 amenities like a fitness center and spa, but The Chequit is ideal
 for those who want a laid-back stay at a tranquil,
 under-the-radar destination.
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I recently spent a day on Shelter Island, an 8,000-acre island that’s a five-minute
ferry ride from the Hamptons.

Shelter Island is home to one of the 15 best hotels in the US, according to
Fodor’s Travel: The Chequit, a 30-room seaside inn built in 1872.
During the wintertime, the hotel is only open on weekends, but
from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day, it’s open every day.

Rooms range from $495 to $865 per
night on weekends during the high season (with a two-night
minimum), but you can find rates as low as $245 during the week.

I got a tour of the boutique hotel, which Fodor’s calls
“exclusive yet understated, rustic yet luxurious.” My tour guide
told me most of their guests come from New York City, either by
car, by private helicopter, or on the Hampton Jitney to Greenport
and then on the ferry.

Here’s what the 147-year-old hotel looks like.

The Chequit is a luxury boutique hotel on Shelter Island. The 8,000-acre island is a three-hour drive from New York City and a five-minute ferry ride from the Hamptons. Fodor’s Travel recently named it one of the 15 best hotels in the US.

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The Chequit, which was built in 1872, is located on the northwestern part of the island, just a minute’s drive from the North Ferry terminal that connects to Greenport.

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Despite its proximity to the affluent vacation towns, Shelter Island is known as the “un-Hamptons” for its tranquility, laid-back vibe, and lack of Hamptons crowds.

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On a recent afternoon in June, I made the three-hour drive and ferry ride from New York City to Shelter Island for a tour of the hotel. The Chequit sits right next to the Shelter Island Heights Pharmacy and near the post office, a café, an Italian restaurant, and a hardware store.

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A terrace with string lights and umbrellas, surrounded by hedges, occupies the space in front of the hotel. I found the hotel’s exterior to be charming, but I was a bit surprised to find the hotel right in the middle of the (admittedly tiny) town, as the imagery on The Chequit’s website and social media accounts had given me the impression it was in a more secluded location.

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An elevated plant-filled porch wraps around the front face of the hotel, overlooking the terrace.

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The rocking chairs on the front porch give off a whimsical, retro vibe as guests approach the entrance to reception.

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I headed inside to get a look at the lobby and reception area.

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The hotel lobby, decorated with pops of gold, offers plenty of seating nooks. In the evenings, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., drinks are served in the lobby.

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Throughout the day, guests can serve themselves a glass of fruit-infused water.

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I went to get a look at some of The Chequit’s 30 guest rooms. Each room comes with a king-size bed and includes breakfast.

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The Standard King rooms, which start at $495 a night in the high season, come with an en suite bathroom, a mini fridge, a small two-person table, and an individual air conditioning unit.

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One of the most expensive suites at The Chequit, which costs $865 per night in the high season, comes with its own private terrace with a dining table and a swing.

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Another suite, The Loft, comes with separate sitting and dining areas and a claw foot bathtub.

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Attached to The Chequit is the White Hill Café, which serves baked goods and coffee from Maiden Coffee Roasters, a New Jersey company.

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The café is also a gift shop, selling items like soap and hand cream, beach and picnic accessories, and greeting cards.

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Across the street from The Chequit’s main building is The Cottage, which holds 11 of the hotel’s 30 guest rooms. A bookstore takes up the ground level.

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A shared porch shaded by trees faces the main Chequit building.

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The 11 rooms in The Cottage are decorated almost identically to the rooms in the main hotel, with hardwood floors, pale pink walls, and antique-looking lamps.

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Toward the back of The Cottage is the Garden Suite, the only room in the hotel that has two bathrooms.

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The suite opens up to a private patio in the backyard. Apart from this suite, which comes with two bathrooms and the garden space, I didn’t notice any major differences between the Cottage rooms and the rooms in the main hotel.

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The Chequit’s dining options include the Red Maple restaurant, which serves both brunch and dinner out on the terrace, with dishes like New England clam chowder, caprese flatbread, steak frites, and clams, mussels, and oysters.

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Breakfast, included in the nightly rate and served in the lobby or on the front porch, includes items such as chocolate croissants, Greek yogurt and chia pudding, granola, and fresh fruit. Guests can request breakfast in bed at no extra charge.

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While the Chequit lacks some amenities commonly found in modern luxury hotels, such as a fitness center, spa, and Michelin-starred restaurant, for those looking for a relaxing getaway on a secluded island, the Shelter Island hotel seems worth the splurge.

The Chequit’s rustic simplicity sets it apart from most other
hotels I’ve visited in the NYC area. That includes hotels at a
wide range of prices, from
Ian Schrager’s recently opened hotel in the heart of Times
Square, replete with a $10,000-a-night penthouse suite,

to the Arlo Hotel in Soho, where rooms start at $335 a night.

It’s not the place to stay if you’re looking for a party spot or
amenities like a fitness center and spa, but The Chequit is ideal
for those who want a laid-back stay at a tranquil,
under-the-radar destination.

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