Also known as ‘The End’ by the locals, the beautiful Montauk occupies 120 miles of the easternmost point of the New York state. Montauk has a rich history. The town was originally inhabited by fishermen, and then later by surfers. It was named after a Native American tribe known as Montaukett, who hunted, fished, and raised cattle while living on the land. Today, Montauk has grown to be a substantial tourist location and is home to the largest recreational and commercial fishing fleet in New York. It prides itself as having more saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world.
Montauk’s former scruffy enclave has been colonized by hotel and fashion–forward boutiques that are upping the Hamptons with a great sense of style. The most appropriate time to visit Montauk is in the fall, when the weather sparkles and the area is not crowded. If you have already decided on your trip and are wondering where to stay, perhaps our top five hotels in Montauk New York 2016 will help you get started.
The Driftwood Resort
A family favorite resort located among the dunes, the Driftwood Resort is the best stay for those looking to enjoy excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean. The first class resort is a perfect place for you to relax and enjoy the sun and surf while exploring various tourists’ attractions. Nestled in Montauk on a stretch of sand, the hotel features 52 air conditioned condo units that are privately owned. The one and two bedroom suites and studios are dated-looking units with elegant furnishings and pleasant beach cottage décor. All of them have kitchens or kitchenettes and some come with decks or patios overlooking the ocean.
Here you will find well-maintained grounds with picnic tables, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, barbecue grills, a large pool, sandy yoga and Pilates and shuffleboards. The hotel has a communal lounge and a fitness center equipped with free weights and cardio machines. Free parking, coffee, and Wi-Fi are also provided. The laundry room is coin operated. The quandary is that the resort does not offer any onsite restaurant. The regular rate for a room here is approximate $229, but the prices vary depending on the condo unit chosen. Ultimately, it is the perfect place for a family retreat.
Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa
The 109-room resort and spa stands out from most other upscale hotels in Montauk. It is one of the largest hotels with the best beachfront location. Full-service spa facilities are offered including Roman baths, an indoor pool bath, and steam rooms. The ongoing renovations have left most of the rooms attractive and contemporary, most of which feature private verandas and stunning ocean views. Dinner is offered at the elegant onsite restaurant, including a taste of fresh seafood.
Other amenities include a big fully-equipped fitness center, salon with nail services, and plenty of space for events such as the popular beachfront weddings. Their labyrinthine layout can make it a bit difficult to reach some rooms, and there are numerous stairs but no elevators. You have to part with $242 to stay at this luxurious resort, but the stay is worth the trouble
Sole East Resort
Nestled in the American Tudor building, the Sole East Resort has 60 uniquely renovated, bungalow-like rooms. Additionally, there are seven garden cabana suites, featuring a heated pool with St Tropez style oversized beds to keep you comfortable during the night. Live music is also available, and the party scene carries on until early mornings. The lush gardens and lawns with bamboo walkways give the resort the much needed natural sensation.
Although the resort isn’t located directly on the beach, it has expansive grounds for lawn games, an organic restaurant, and a bar. You will also get access to sprinklings of luxury in favorite hot spots in the region. Their rooms are fitted with luxurious 300 thread-count Italian linens, Simmons pillow-top mattresses flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. They offer free parking and wireless internet. The friendly and dedicated staff will do everything they can to ensure your stay is spectacular and memorable. For all this, you will spend about $189 each night.
The Ocean Resort Inn
As the name suggests, the Ocean Resort Inn can be found approximately five miles from the harbor and a few steps from the ocean. The hotel is elegantly decorated and offers an easy access to the beach. The 26 room property is reminiscent of the time American Seaside resorts were more about the location then frills. The rooms are cozy and clean and feature in-room Jacuzzi tubs that provide a peaceful retreat after a long day of fun at the beach. Complimentary beach chairs, towels and umbrellas are available.
All the rooms are furnished and adorned with ocean inspired art. The rooms also offer free Wi-Fi, a fridge, coffee and tea making facilities and flat screen cable TV. You get BBQ facilities on site, but no restaurant, fitness center or bar. A room goes for about $122.
Built as a getaway for the rich and famous in 1927, this Tudor Revival style hotel is one of the most exclusive hotels in Montauk. It is located on a grassy hilltop overlooking the ocean and sits on a three-pearl twelve-acre property with a quiet vibe. It is just a short drive from the town. Montauk Manor has 140 condo style units that are privately owned. The units have flat screens TVs and kitchens, but the décor varies considerably. Most of the units have balconies.
Noteworthy amenities include heated outdoor and indoor pools, tennis courts, shuffleboard court, bocce ball and organic spa treatments. There is no room service, but an onsite Italian restaurant caters for all the meals. Free shuttle to town and wireless internet are also provided. Personal care items like iron, hair dryer, premium bath facilities and ironing board are availed in all the rooms and suites. The accommodations here are intended to enhance your comfort and your overall experience in Montauk. You will spend at least $127 in one night.