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Hamptons Hospitality Hits All Time Low

Elsie Boskamp

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The Hamptons ranked as the eighth unfriendliest city in America in Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey. (Photo: Nicole Barylski)

The Hamptons, famous for beautiful beaches and sizzling summers full of tourists and seasonal residents, has always been the East End's paradise point. The name alone defines luxury living, with some of the world's best beaches, magnificent mansions and countless celebrity residents. But, New York's famous hotspot is apparently not that hot after all - according to a recent survey by Condé Nast Traveler this vacation getaway is one of the unfriendliness cities in America.

In Condé Nast Traveler's annual Readers' Choice Survey, vacationers ranked some of America's most popular escapes in respect to friendliness and where they felt most welcomed. Collectively, the Hamptons ranked as the eighth unfriendliest city in America, achieving a score of 50.6 out of 100.

The "consensus" of the ranking concluded that the Hamptons are "incredible if you know someone and challenging if you don't." Travelers reported that the best time to hideout in the Hamptons is during the off-season when visitors can "get to know the natural environment and local artist communities, rather than the upscale summer crowd."

It seems that voters blamed the apparent lack of Hamptons hospitality on the high influx of vacationers during the hot and hazy days of summer.

What do you think about the low rating? Was it deserved?

Guest (bryon connolly) from sag harbor new york says::
I believe its quite true. The demographic that has been coming out in the summer season has change dramatically. Entitled, pretentious and incredibly disrespectful are the kinder word that come to mind. I have lived out here for over 20 yrs. It is a stunning place with amazing energy, light, creativity and people. We are highly protective of our towns and villages. We are a community, not a nouveau riche kardashian wanna be place to be seen..... Enjoy the beauty out here. Be kind to the people who live and work here. But most of all, treat people the way you would expect to be treated.
Aug 16, 2014 6:05 pm

Guest (T Elkins) from Bridgehampton says::
Everyone seems friendly enough until they climb into their car and then watch out! NYers bring rudeness to a 'fast moving' level. Everyone is entitled here so one bothers to follow the rules of road.
Aug 16, 2014 8:00 am

Guest (Chris Florio) from Palm Springs Ca says::
I wouldn't doubt it for a minute . . look at all the trash that's moved out there . No more wonderful Mom & Pop stores. It looks like a cross between 7th Avenue and a Real Housewife episode . .Ridiculous looking people in ridiculous looking clothes .I'm glad we got out when we did . It's a shame . .
Aug 15, 2014 2:34 am

Guest (Jimmy King) from Sagaponack says::
Try driving through the town of East Hampton on any given Saturday in August. People will cut you off, steal parking spots, lay on their horns. I have never seen a larger collection of A-Holes in my life. I LOVE it out here, but this is a well deserved ranking
Aug 14, 2014 5:41 pm

Guest (D. Mistler) from Southampton New York says::
Not true, the hamptons are a friendly place, mostly everyone is vacationing and are happy and relaxed. Shop owners love the business and people love to shop and dine in nice restaurant s. win win
Aug 13, 2014 8:25 pm


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