The Maidstone, East Hampton
Swedish hotelier, Jenny Ljungberg, takes historic buildings and gives them a lick of paint. The Maidstone is a fine example. Constructed before the US Civil War, it was used as a tannery and converted into an inn during the Roaring Twenties. Ljungberg bought the property in 2008, adding the Buddha Garden, free yoga classes and cool Kronan bikes. Each of the 19 rooms is themed around a Scandinavian personality, from Karen Blixen to Alfred Nobel.
The Maidstone, 207 Main Street, East Hampton (00 1 631 324 5006; careofhotels.com). Doubles start at $365 (£243), room only.