• Boutique beach hotel within easy walking distance of the area's attractions
  • Close to ferry landing and beach
  • Varying room sizes, from small efficiencies to multi-room cottages
  • Air-conditioning in every room (atypical for Fire Island hotels)
  • Lovely interior courtyard in main hotel with barbecues
  • Private bayside "beach" area with loungers and cabanas
  • Kayaks for rent and free bicycles to borrow
  • Local restaurant/bar associated with hotel serves up tasty fare
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  • Rooms in main hotel are small
  • Interior noise (thin walls in main hotel)
  • No fitness center, business center, or pool
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Bottom Line

This lovely, 27-room boutique hotel is located just minutes from the ferry landing in the Ocean Beach section of the island, and is best described as a collection of lodgings versus a hotel, since there are rooms in the main hotel as well as separate cottages, bungalows, suites, and efficiencies. In other words, your stay will largely be predicated on the type of room you book. No matter what size space you end up in, however, you can rest assured that it will be clean and comfortable (though perhaps somewhat small) with comfy bedding as well as modern amenities. Some rooms have full kitchens and patios as well. There’s also an interior courtyard with loungers and barbecue grills, and a private "beach" near the bay. The affiliated CJ’s restaurant serves up a varied menu and strong cocktails. Bicycles and wagons -- the latter used to cart luggage from the ferry or umbrellas and towels to the beach -- are free for guest use.

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The Palms Hotel Fire Island


Laid-back oceanside vibe with some nice perks

While this is undoubtedly a beach property where guests stay to relax, the prices associated with The Palms also mean that the clientele are generally more upscale. The main hotel has a quaint exterior and a small lobby with a rather mod vibe for a seaside venue -- think white leather chairs and couches flanked by a Roy Liechtenstein-style painting on the wall. Large containers of chilled water, as well as popcorn, await guests in many of the common areas. Since the lodgings are spread out, guests of The Palms may be found all over the island, creating the feel of a small island family.

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Centrally located in the Ocean Beach area of Fire Island

Fire Island is largely a seasonal destination, so keep in mind that getting there may not be the easiest, as it's a 45-minute ferry ride from the Suffolk County portion of mainland Long Island. However, once you're there this hotel is ideally located. Just a three-minute walk from the ferry's landing, the hotel is within easy walking distance of the beach and other island attractions. Though the hotel's actual properties are spread out, they are all within the commercial district, meaning that restaurants, stores, and the main drag are right outside the guest room doors.

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Many types of guest rooms spread about the island

Rooms here are clean, comfortable and cheery; in fact, many even have brightly painted yellow walls. The decor is simple but welcoming with gauzy white sheers on the windows, cushy duvets accented with plush throw blankets and pillows, and occasional modern or classic art prints or mirrors on the walls, helping to make the smaller spaces feel a tad larger. Amenities and sizes vary, as there are rooms meant for two, as well as cottages that can host groups of up to 12. The Palms accommodations are actually spread out around the island, so you could end up in a quieter separate cottage or get a room in the main hotel, where units tend to be much smaller, lack closets, and have thinner walls. 

The efficiencies and some of the suites have full kitchens whereas other rooms just have mini-fridges, so make sure to inquire about what you're getting when you make a reservation. As far as modern amenities, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and iPod docking stations are found in all spaces, along with temperature controls. The tiled bathrooms are spotless, even with all the sand that gets trekked in, but they only have showers; still, the L'Occitane toiletries are a luxe touch. The beds are super comfy with Egyptian cotton sheets, and at night you'll be left with chocolate kisses in your room.

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Beach chairs and bicycles, kayaks for rent, and CJ's restaurant on the main drag

While there’s no on-site gym, pool, or business center at the hotel, there’s plenty to do while on a Fire Island vacation. For those headed to the beach, The Palms offers red wagons in which you can pile up your stuff to pull to the sand. Beach chairs and bikes can be borrowed, and there are kayaks for rent at the private dock/"beach" area on the bay, with its cabanas and barbecues. Barbecuing is also available in the hotel’s inner courtyard. If you decide you'd like a meal you haven't grilled yourself, however, CJ’s Restaurant & Bar on the main drag is The Palms' official food spot. The eatery serves up a varied menu for lunch and dinner as well as a mean Rocket Fuel -- Fire Island's "must-have" cocktail. And in case you need coffee in the morning after too many of those signature drinks, you can find some in the lobby.

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Best Rates


  • Air Conditioner

  • Basic Television

  • Beach

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Kids Club

  • Laundry

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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