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The Latch Pop-Up Inn Opens in Heart of Southampton Village
June 29, 2017, Original Article
by Kelli Delaney
Formerly the historic Village Latch Inn, and originally the Grand Annex to the Southampton Irving Hotel in the early 1900s, the ambience of the five-acre retreat is charmingly rustic, relaxed and reminiscent of the great Summer Colony past with a 21st century refresh.
Behind the white gates, enjoy a no-frills yet all-essential relaxing stay in newly refurbished cabanas and home-style guest rooms in a private, bucolic setting.
The prime Village location is a short walk to restaurants, shops, entertainment and Lake Agawam Park or a one-mile ride to Cooper’s Beach.
Latch Pop-Up Inn: A Destination for Relaxation
June 23, 2017, Original Article
by Leigh Anderson
Getting a pre-summer makeover is common practice, whether it comes in the form of working out more or getting a tan. The Village Latch Inn in Southampton got one, too. It reopened Memorial Day Weekend as the Latch Pop-Up Inn with a look and feel fresh for the 2017 season. Located just off Main Street, the Inn is aiming to provide guests with an oasis-style getaway while allowing for easy access to shops and restaurants.
“Unless you own a house in the Hamptons with a couple of acres, you don’t get this kind of peace and quiet,” explained owner Steven Dubb of The Beechwood Organization. “We offer something that harkens back to the days before the Hamptons were as busy as they are now, and people really respond to that.”
Originally the Southampton Irving Hotel, the Latch Pop-Up Inn’s history goes back to the turn of last century and an era when the Hamptons first began to spike in popularity for the summer season. Embracing its roots in serving East End vacationers, the Inn has simultaneously distanced itself from the summer bustle with a laid-back approach to a Southampton getaway.
The Inn’s light, airy and spacious rooms are furnished in light blues, grays and whites, adding to the simplicity and tranquility. They feature all new paint, furniture, beds and linens.
But Dubb knows vacationers don’t come East to sit in their rooms. The Inn offers guests other amenities, like traditional breakfast of pastries, fruit and coffee in a refurbished greenhouse-turned-dining-room and beach passes.
Outside, the five-acre paradise with a two-acre meadow is designed to help guests relax, unplug and enjoy the atmosphere without moving a muscle.
“It’s all about communing with nature and just enjoying the beauty of the land,” said Dubb. “The layout of the property is such that, even when we’re fully booked it doesn’t feel crowded. People can expect to have a really relaxing, amazing time.”
A Day in the Social Life - Southampton (Excerpt)
June 25, 2017, Original Article
by Karen Holly Berliner
Historic inn to open for the summer, but owners eye condo conversion
May 19, 2017, Original Article
by Daysi Calavia-Robertson
A historic Southampton hotel will open as a "pop-up" inn in time for Memorial Day weekend, but its new owners are eyeing converting it to luxury condominiums after the summer season.
The Latch Pop-up Inn, housed in the former Village Latch Inn, a 67-room hotel built at the turn of the last century, will offer guest rooms priced from $125 to $300 on weekdays and $175 to $650 on weekends, with premium rates on holidays.
The property, at 101 Hill St., includes several buildings and was purchased by Jericho-based residential developer the Beechwood Organization for $23 million in early 2016.
Since then, the new owners have hired five employees and refurbished 20 rooms including "cabana-style" rooms with a beach club feel, ground-floor access and decks, and "homestyle" rooms reminiscent of a bed-and-breakfast.
"We invested several hundred thousand dollars in the refurbishing of these rooms," said Steven Dubb, 30, principal of the Beechwood Organization. "And we’re working on refurbishing the remainder of the rooms as well, so more rooms will become available as the summer goes on."
Dubb said that while the company wants people to enjoy "this beautiful property" during the summer, it has submitted an application to rezone the property from a lodging facility to luxury condominiums.
Beechwood is also exploring other options, "including keeping it as an inn with 67 rooms," he said.
Dubb described the 5-acre property as being "charmingly rustic" and "relaxed."
"The location is a five-minute ride to the beach . . . Guests can step out the front door onto a 2.5-acre lawn." he said. "We’re excited to keep this property active as an inn for this season."
Is The Latch Pop Up Inn Making Southampton Cool?
May 31, 2017, Original Article
by Christie Grimm
The beginning of each summer season sees the blooming of more than just trees - each Hampton comes alive with new spots fresh for the perusing. And while many might be making the rush to Montauk, a host of restaurants, shops and hotels are more than making the case for the west east end. Hey - anything for a shorter train ride! One such gem is The Latch Pop-Up Inn. Once the Grand Annex to the Irving Hotel in the early 1900s, the ambiance of the refurbished five-acre retreat is charmingly rustic, with a modern allure. Tucked away in Southampton - just a stone's throw from favorite Tutto Il Giorno, and the main street drag, it's the sure to be hot spot haven to young professionals who need a Hamptons moment, sans the 3 hour schlep to The End.
Owner Steven Dubb, a certifiable, card carrying cool kid (he is Vogue's Selby Drummond's boyfriend after all), has surely breathed life back into the space. When not relaxing on the property's chaise lounges, soaking in the sunshine, Dubb has some other must-try recommendations. "My favorite spot in Southampton is Fowler Beach in the morning. I love the long drive up to the beach from Wickapogue Road. It has these open views that really make you feel like you're alone in the Hamptons, no matter how crowded it is back in town."
The Latch Pop-Up Inn Opens In Southampton with a Sleek New Look
May 24, 2017, Original Article
by Laura Euler
Remember the Village Latch Inn? It was purchased by the Beechwood Organization, the folks behind Bishops Pond, and given a fresh new look for 2017. It’s right in the heart of Southampton Village on Hill Street (walk to restaurants, shops, the movies) and is very reasonably priced, too.
Now called the Latch Pop-Up Inn, the property boasts five acres, and as the former annex to the fabled Irving Hotel in the early 1900s, the ambiance is reminiscent of the great summer colony past. The first 20 refreshed rooms are now available for Memorial Day weekend, with plans to refurbish more underway.
But wait, how can an inn be a pop-up? Owner Steven Dubb says, "We’re a pop-up in that we’re new, up and running fast and in a prime location. We want our guests to enjoy their Hamptons experience with fresh accommodations at refreshing prices. They can wake up to birds singing, be a five-minute walk to the Village or a five-minute ride to the beach. They will have a freshly decorated room with new bed and furnishings, flatscreen TV and wifi, and a nearby cup of morning coffee. All for as little as a couple of hundred dollars a night."
Pop-Up Inn debuts in Southampton
May 18, 2017, Original Article
by David Winzelberg
A new boutique lodging option in Southampton is opening for Memorial Day weekend.
The 5-acre property at 101 Hill St., formerly the home of the historic Village Latch Inn, was renovated by Jericho-based Beechwood Organization. The prolific home builder purchased the property for $23 million a little over a year ago.
Called the Latch Pop-Up Inn, the property is opening with its first 20 refurbished accommodations for the start of the summer season, as more of its rooms are being renovated, according to a company statement.
"We’re a pop-up in that we're new, up and running fast and in a prime location," Steven Dubb, a Beechwood principal, said in the statement. "We want our guests to enjoy their Hamptons experience with fresh accommodations at refreshing prices."
Guest rooms are offered at $125 to $300 a night on weekdays and from $175 to $650 a night on weekends, with "premium pricing" on holidays.
Originally the grand annex to Manhattan’s Irving Hotel in the early 1900s, the Village Latch Inn property has a main hotel building with 25 guest rooms and six smaller buildings that have 42 additional rooms.
"We’re excited to keep this property active as an inn for this season," Dubb said.
New Hamptons Boutique Lodging Option Opening Over Memorial Day Weekend
May 18, 2017, Original Article
by Nicole Barylski
The Latch Pop-Up Inn, a new and unique boutique lodging, is opening just in time for the start of the Hamptons season.
In 2016, The Beechwood Organization, Long Island's largest home builder and developer of Bishops Pond Southampton Village, purchased the historical Village Latch Inn Hotel. After revamping the beloved family run inn that welcomed several impressive guests, including Vice President Joe Biden, who stayed there when he was senator, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, former Vice President Al Gore, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, actor Michael J. Fox, actress Kate Hudson, actress Anne Hathaway and actor Bill Murray, The Beechwood Organization is launching The Latch Pop-Up Inn, which will be available for bookings starting Memorial Day weekend.
"We're a pop-up in that we're new, up and running fast and in a prime location," explained owner Steven Dubb, principal, The Beechwood Organization.
Located in the heart of Southampton Village, the property originally served as the Grand Annex to Southampton's Irving Hotel in the early 1900s. Situated on five picturesque acres, The Latch Pop-Up Inn offers a serene, private retreat that is conveniently just a quick walk away from all that the Village has to offer.
"We want our guests to enjoy their Hamptons experience with fresh accommodations at refreshing prices. They can wake up to birds singing, be a five-minute walk to the Village or a five-minute ride to the beach," said Dubb. "They will have a freshly decorated room with new bed and furnishings, flat screen TV and WIFI, and a nearby cup of morning coffee. All for as little as a couple of hundred dollars a night."
While it's not over-the-top lavish, visitors will find everything they could possibly need during a getaway, including 20 newly refurbished accommodations, from cabana-style rooms to home-style guest rooms.
"We're excited to keep this property active as an inn for this season," adds Dubb. "People know us as a residential builder but we are in the hospitality space too."
Historic Village Latch Inn Refurbished As Latch Pop-Up Inn
May 17, 2017, Original Article
by Michelle Trauring
Come Memorial Day weekend, the Latch Pop-Up Inn will usher in a fresh new look and aesthetic for 101 Hill Street as a luxury—albeit temporary—accommodation, following an extensive refurbishing and the legacy of historic inns that came before it.
The 5-acre property in Southampton, which is currently awaiting a rezoning to allow for a condominium complex, was formerly home to the Village Latch Inn, which was originally the Grand Annex to Southampton’s Irving Hotel in the early 1900s.
"We fell in love with the property the first time we saw it," explained Steven Dubb, the property’s new owner and principal of The Beechwood Organization. "It’s quiet, it's large, it has beautiful trees on it, these old historic buildings, and it’s just a special property, especially because of its proximity to Main Street and the village and to all the village’s beaches.
"We knew from day one we wanted to buy it, it was just a question of figuring out how to do it."
In January 2016, after more than four decades of welcoming high-profile guests from movies stars to vice presidents and everyone in between, Marta and Martin White sold the Village Latch Inn to The Beechwood Organization for $23 million. It was a "tough deal" to make, Mr. Dubb said, noting it is one of the few inns of its kind on the East End.
"I think the reason for that is the Hamptons is so seasonal. It’s tough to make the case to invest in hotels because you only get your money between Memorial Day and Labor Day," he said. "But I think that’s changing. Everybody knows that the Hamptons has become less and less seasonal every year. I think the time for something a little bit nicer is approaching and we certainly felt like it was worth spending the money to upgrade these rooms and to continue to upgrade the hotel because we feel that we’ll be pretty full."
With a few hundred thousand dollars—Mr. Dubb declined to disclose a specific amount—his team got to work. In two months, they renovated and refurbished 20 rooms, bringing in new beds, nightstands, lamps, rugs, linens, door hardware and televisions, installing new air conditioning, heating and phone systems, and gave everything a fresh coat of much-needed paint, he said, while keeping much of the original flooring and structural elements.
"The rooms we inherited are pretty dark, a little bit musty, old finishes and needed an update," he said. "So we thought it would be nice if our guests could stay in rooms that were bright and felt fresh, felt cheery, felt like they were part of the 21st century, while still enjoying the property, which hasn’t changed much in the last 40 or 50 years."
Because this is not a traditional hotel, nearly every room is different, but they all reflect the same vibe, Mr. Dubb said: "simple, clean and letting the Hamptons, and the property, speak for itself."
"I think for our guests, they’re going to find it relaxing, they’re going to feel like they’re in the country, they’re not going to feel—at least not when they're on our property—how busy the Hamptons can be in the summer," he said. "We were just going for simple and clean and relaxed, and I think that’s what we’ve done."
By the end of the summer, Mr. Dubb said he plans to have the property’s remaining 45 rooms complete and available to book. Whether the inn will be open next summer, though, remains unclear.
"We have an application in with the village to rezone the land for a condominium project, but in the meantime, we figured it would be nice to share it with everybody who wants to come and stay there," he said. "There aren’t many places in the Hamptons where you can stay at a hotel and really feel like you’re on a private piece of property. Most hotels in the Hamptons, you feel pretty congested when you’re there. In this case, you can walk outside your door in the morning and you look out on a 2-and-a-half-acre meadow, and there’s nothing there but a couple of chaise lounges and sunshine."