Situated at Long Island’s easternmost end, Montauk offers the opportunity to enjoy the best of the Hamptons without the big crowds. It has a long list of beaches, parks, dining and shopping options, as well as opportunities for relaxing in the sun and sipping drinks at a beach bar, splashing around in the water and taking part in all sorts of other activities. When it comes to where to base your stay, these hotels are some of the very best options.
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Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa features 146 rooms, suites and cottages in a variety of categories, all with ocean views and high-end amenities like bathrobes, Nespresso machines and rain showers. One of the area’s largest resorts, it provides direct access to a 2,000-foot private sandy beach and offers free spa specialties which include a Roman bath and indoor pool, massage, facials, and everything from seaweed body wraps to facials and mud therapy. There are five unique options for drinking and dining, including an impressive buffet breakfast spread at the Ocean Cafe and the seafood-focused Seaward Grill with ocean views.
The Montauk Beach House sits just a block away from the beach and offers a wealth of amenities, including two outdoor swimming pools ringed with shady umbrellas and chaise lounges, a cafe serving artisan coffee and breakfast pastries, an outdoor lounge with fire pits and an open-air bar and grill. Especially popular for its lively party scene guests tend to gather around the pool not only for sunbathing and swimming but to enjoy mingling during the Saturday night pool parties that come complete with a live DJ. The rooms feature a mix of trendy and vintage, with claw foot tubs, wrought-iron beds and Edison lamps. Some include private balconies and outdoor spaces too.
The Montauk Manor is a sprawling historic condominium resort hotel with 100 units set upon Signal Hill the second-highest point in Montauk, providing Atlantic Ocean and Gardiner’s Bay views. Accommodations range from studio apartments to one-, two- or three-bedroom suites. Opened in 1927 to transform the town into a summer holiday retreat, today guests can look forward to a host of facilities and desirable amenities. There is a heated indoor pool open year-round, hot tub and an outdoor seasonal pool, open from Memorial Day through about mid-October, along with three tennis courts, a gym and day spa. La Finé, the onsite restaurant serves Italian cuisine with indoor/outdoor seating.
Located on the south side of Montauk just across from the Atlantic within walking distance to Kirk Park Beach and downtown, the Aqualina Inn offers clean, comfortable rooms at budget-friendly prices. They feature flat-screen TVs with Netflix, mini-fridges, microwaves and nautical decor, while some also include private Jacuzzis or balconies. The property has a central courtyard with grills and picnic tables as well as an outdoor pool surrounded by loungers and a central courtyard with picnic tables and grills. Complimentary loaner bikes are available along with umbrellas, beach chairs, towels and sports gear.
One of the most popular spots to stay in Montauk, the Surf Lodge hosts a weekend lineup of fitness classes, live music and artist residencies that draw the “in” crowd. The lodge has a subtle coastal theme with rooms designed with the beach in mind, including large works of art by surfers and surf lovers, bohemian decor, private balconies, shady hammocks and comfortable beds. Enjoy beachside bonfires and dining on organic fare, including tasty signature lobster rolls and impressive fresh seafood towers at The Aloha restaurant with surf images and surfboards throughout.
The boutique Beach Plum Resort offers a wide range of accommodation with privately-owned condos that include everything from studio to one and two-bedroom units and cottages. All come with the comforts of home, like a fully-equipped kitchen along with plenty of extras like a private balcony or patio, some with ocean views and free Wi-Fi. The property offers free yoga classes and a fitness center during the summer, and it’s just a short walk through the sand dunes to a beautiful beach. Guests can also take advantage of outdoor showers, barbecue grills and a picnic area.
Just across from Long Island Sound and a peaceful beach, a 5-minute walk from harbor restaurants and bars, Haven Montauk features 27 white-washed rooms with hardwood floors, free Wi-Fi, beach artwork and sunset views. Some come with kitchens and separate living areas, ideal for families or friends vacationing together. There is a garden with a BBQ grill and fire pit as well as an outdoor swimming pool with lounge chairs and day beds. An onsite shop sells boogie boards, jewelry, clothing and other items, while complimentary coffee and pastries are available in the morning at reception.
Kenny’s Tipperary Inn is a favorite for many, a budget-friendly inn set in a quiet location with lots of local character located within walking distance to the restaurants and fishing excursions at Gosman’s Docks. It hosts 33 rooms, ranging from standard rooms with king beds to two-bedroom apartments. All have attractive wood furnishings like desks and armoires, full kitchens or refrigerators and balconies. There is a seasonal outdoor pool surrounded by BBQ grills, lounge chairs and tables with Tiki umbrellas as well as fire pits. As its name belies, it offers an Irish twist which includes an Irish pub serving tasty dishes like pot roast and Shepard’s pie along with cold pints of beer. A tranquil Zen garden was recently added, filled with lush plants and flowers, a cascading waterfall and meditation music for relaxing.
The Sun ‘N Sound is centrally located near fishing, dining, shopping, and live music. It offers fabulous views of Block Island Sound and colorful sunsets with affordably priced rooms located along the oceanfront. Rooms have fully-equipped kitchens while the property also hosts a swimming pool with BBQ grills and lounge chairs as well as a library for a rainy day. Nearby are a number of restaurants and a grocery store.