The Pridwin Hotel opens the doors to a new era on Shelter Island

Islanders present at the opening of the Pridwin Hotel on July 14 who feared that the inn’s familiar atmosphere had disappeared during years of renovation were delighted to see that the bones of the old place had been respectfully preserved and restored.

Indeed, the main salon has retained its comfortably inviting appearance, but every inch of the resort is refreshed and renewed. Remnants of its nearly century-old past have appeared throughout the building, from vintage photographs to old room keys and other artifacts.

Downstairs, light-colored walls leading to a spa area are decorated with framed vintage swimsuits. All-new facilities have been added, including a fitness center, mixed steam room and separate saunas in the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

Decor throughout, with botanical-themed rugs and garden-print upholstery in some areas, evokes an English country inn. Indeed, the hotel was built by a British company in 1924, changing hands over the years until it was acquired by the Petry family in 1961.

Dick and Glenn Petry, still co-owners, were on hand with their new partners from Cape Resorts – a company that manages hotels in New York and New Jersey – for an official ribbon cutting on July 14 to kick off an open house. of celebration.

Visitors were invited to take self-guided tours of the main building and grounds. Staff dressed in crisp pink polo shirts with the Pridwin logo handed out programs listing the names of staff and key participants in the effort to complete the renovation.

While listing the 15 miles of new electrical wiring and 8 miles of data wiring installed, with 1,500 new trees and shrubs planted and 200,000 hours of work, the program also noted the restoration of the mast and the return of two ospreys in their nest.

A partial view of the fully redeveloped Pridwin Grounds. (Credit: Eleaor P. Labrozzi)

Individual rooms and suites were on display, with crisp white linens and bathrobes embroidered with the hotel’s name. Like the spa rooms, the rooms are dominated by views, particularly of the Crescent Beach waterfront.

In addition to the 33 guest rooms, the complex includes 16 chalets, which have attracted the attention of visitors, with their living rooms, private terraces and gas fireplaces. Room rates listed on the hotel’s website range from $623 for a midweek stay to $978 on summer weekends, with a two-night minimum. Larger rooms and cabins, which cost $1,000 or more, can accommodate up to four people. Full information can be found on the caperesorts.com/pridwin website.

A guest bedroom at the new Pridwin. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

The main building’s Terrace Restaurant and Crescent Bar are large and bright, with seating on the iconic porch beyond offering guests stunning views of the bay as a backdrop to enjoy their cocktails and dinner. At the July 14 opening, guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails while a pianist played; music will be a regular offering on the terrace.

Smaller spaces are available for private dining and meetings. A small wood-lined alcove above the ground floor, called “The Nook”, invites book lovers to spend a few quiet hours, perhaps to make the most of a rainy day.

The vintage Pridwin signs that had hung outside the hotel over the years were on display inside the building. The name Pridwin comes from the legends of King Arthur. Pridwin, the name of Arthur’s shield, translates to “pride in winning”.

As the Pridwin opens its doors again in the summer of 2022, it could also translate to a word islanders know well: “Welcome.”

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