Let us paint a picture of the best hotels on the beach near NYC: crashing waves, rosé aplenty and the absence of thunderous garbage trucks at 7am. Escape the city and take advantage of the amazing neighboring beaches. And while New York isn’t exactly known as a beach town by default, these coastal hotels are an essential reminder of the seasonal beauty that awaits us all during the summer months and beyond. Now if you’ll excuse us, there’s a cabana with our name on it.
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Best hotels on the beach near NYC
No day trips out to Montauk would be complete without at least one night in this iconic (and rather massive) respite at the end of the world. Following a multimillion-dollar renovation, Gurney’s is back in action with stunning guest rooms, noteworthy dining and drinking by LDV Hospitality—and a private oceanfront that’s fit for even the most discerning beach bum.
Scandinavian vibes meet East Hampton beach life at the Maidstone, a glamorous art-and-design-centric hotel manned by c/o Hotels. This spot is perfect for the eclectic traveler with a penchant for cute cottages, namely those who enjoy cozying up on organic cotton sheets with a complimentary cup of Darjeeling in hand. You’ll have to walk (or drive) a mile to the beach, but it’s totally worth the mini-hike.
Asbury Park’s latest addition to the hotel scene puts a casually cool spin on staycations, and with its two-block proximity to the beach and boardwalk, this is the place to be for any and all New Jersey forays. Be sure to catch a movie at rooftop bar the Baronet, grabbing a blanket and a beer while you’re at it.
Allow us to introduce the crown jewel of Bridgehampton. Topping Rose House simply oozes charm and history, with its colonial characteristics that have been beautifully kept since it was built in 1842. And while the exterior looks historic, the inside is sympathetically modern (no minimalism here) throughout the rooms and public areas, including the fine Jean-Georges restaurant. Around the hotel you'll find not one, not even two, but four beaches, replete with all sorts of activities, including golf, fishing, water sports, horse riding and tennis.
Twenty ocean-view rooms make up this darling vintage-inspired André Balasz hotel, boasting unparalleled seclusion and a prime location just minutes from the beach. There’s plenty to do, see, and eat (think: pétanque, paddleboarding and bouillabaisse), and your inner French Riviera aficionado will be in its ultimate element. Bonus: Each guest room comes with its very own sundeck.
Montauk’s most recognizable life-size tiki head stands perpetually at the ready, greeting guests at the threshold of this East End hotspot day in and day out. Spend your days lounging at the pools or the nearby beach, warming up by the fire at dusk and planning your night around the robust evening event schedule.
Historic charm is the name of the game at Shelter Island House, a sprawling 1800s mansion just steps from the buzz of Sunset Beach. Pull up a chaise at the pool or grab a spot on the beach for a full day of lounging, and don’t forget to reserve a table at the Tavern for an obligatory dinner from a phenomenal chef whose menu changes dutifully with the seasons.