About a three-hour ride from New York City, Montauk hotels make for readily accessible weekend getaways to an oceanfront playground. Finding a place to stay in this Long Island village that’s close to pristine New York beaches or even the downtown area is just as stress-free. From chic motels to iconic resorts, here are some top-rated Montauk lodgings with the right balance of relaxation and recreation. Just don’t wait too long to book them.
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The best Montauk hotels
Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina
This lux property was a crown jewel in Carl Fisher’s vision of turning Montauk into a well-to-do playground. On a private waterfront, this resort from circa 1928 charms with luxe accommodations, a prize marina and cuisine sourced from local farms and waters. It holds 107 guest rooms, 22 villa rooms and one harbor-view suite; they all possess scenic water or resort views, 40-inch LCD TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Enjoy amenities ranging from daily beach cabanas to a fitness center to a private beach lake to paddleboards, bicycles and kayaks. Its marina holds 232 slips with a craft capacity of 220 feet and a maximum 12-foot draft, plus it offers boaters access to both its amenities and the resort’s. 32 Star Island Rd (631-668-3100, montaukyachtclub.com)
At this condominium resort hotel, 100 rental units are available for a stay on Signal Hill, Montauk’s second-highest point. The property’s got a neat backstory, too: It opened in 1927 by Fisher, an industrialist who wanted to make Montauk a summer getaway. Nowadays, guests have access to heated indoor and outdoor swimming pools (the latter is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, weather permitting), a day spa, three tennis courts, a small gym and an on-site restaurant, La Finé (schedule varies; check on seasonal availability). Daily maid service is also offered. Choose between studio apartments or one-, two- or three-bedroom suites. A courtesy van can get you around, just put in a request beforehand.
This resort has prime oceanview real estate, with 146 rooms, suites and beach cottages plus direct access to a 2,000-foot private beach. Dining options consist of five food and beverage venues serving elegant seasonal cuisine or casual fare. Your choices are: Italian hotspot Scarpetta Beach, Tillie’s, Corso Coffee, The Beach Club (with a complete refresh for the summer of 2018) or The Regent Cocktail Club. Its spa is noted for its healing treatments; an indoor ocean-fed seawater pool has undisturbed water views.
Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel
The management gets high marks for its helpfulness and upkeep…plus there’s the location right across the street from the beach. This newly renovated motel contains studio apartments and one-bedroom suites with a fully equipped kitchen, terrace or balcony. Free Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the property; daily housekeeping is also provided. Get into the summer scene by having a barbecue soiree at one of its outdoor lawn areas, or soak in their outdoor heated pool (open from Memorial Day through Columbus Day). 693 Old Montauk Hwy (631-668-2290, brineybreezes.com)
This 33-room boutique hotel in Montauk’s Downtown Circle is a block away from the beach. Onsite, it provides quite the summer social scene with a well-rounded mix of events. Also, find an outdoor bar, a restaurant, a lounge, a lobby café, a curated retail shop and two heated pools in a beach club setting. A daily continental breakfast buffet and free Wi-Fi in all rooms and commons areas are included. Lodging consists of four uniquely designed settings: The Moonlight Rooms overlook the entire property, while Whitewater Lofts have south-facing windows and private balconies. The Whitewater Garden Rooms have a 200-square- foot exclusive outdoor space; the Oceanmist Terrace Rooms and Oceanmist Rooms greet check-ins with a 14-foot-wide window glass wall at the entryway.
This 27-guestroom boutique motel is not only close to a private stretch of bay beach and shopping areas, but it’s near key Montauk attractions. It’s two miles from Montauk Downs State Park and six miles from Montauk Point Light. Choose to stay in its classic or premium studios (with AC, free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs and mini refrigerators) or one- or two- bedroom apartments (containing living rooms, dining areas and kitchenettes). Property amenities include an outdoor pool, a barbecue area and a fire pit. Some dog-friendly rooms are available, and you can also rent a bike to explore Montauk on two wheels. 533 W Lake Dr (631-668-7000, havenmontauk.com)
Beach Plum Resort
From studio to one- and two-bedroom units and cottages, this boutique resort provides a family-friendly co-op rental community that makes you feel like you’ve won an HGTV contest. As a home away from home, these recently updated lodging come with outdoor showers, fully-equipped kitchens, direct beach access, complimentary Wi-Fi and AC. Make it more of a gathering around an in-ground heated pool, children’s play areas and barbecue grills. Plus, the resort is within walking distance to town and many restaurants. 779 Old Montauk Hwy (631-668-4100, beachplumresort.com)