Rooms have air-conditioning, coffee/tea facilities, and balconies or terraces
Two lovely outdoor pools and one indoor pool
A nice variety of restaurants and bars on-site
An on-site spa, fitness center, and saunas
Four outdoor tennis courts, bocce ball, and volleyball
Free shuttles to Montauk Harbor, downtown, and beaches
Free use of beach cruiser bikes, paddleboards, and kayaks
Nightly bonfires with s'mores during the warmer months
Playground and Kids' Surf Academy for young guests
Private or group surf lessons available
Charter boat trips leave from marina
Free parking and free Wi-Fi throughout
High prices during the summer season
The outdoor pool and beach areas can get crowded with kids
The location is not walking distance to the ocean or town
Overlooking Lake Montauk, this family-friendly resort is a classic summer getaway with views of the attached marina, bobbing with boats, and a white lighthouse. Its 107 rooms, suites, and villas are nicely decorated in nautical style, and equipped with air-conditioning, flat-screen LED TVs, and mini-fridges. Though the location is not directly on the ocean, Montauk Yacht Club's great food and drink options, many free on-site activities (pools, tennis, volleyball, kayaking), and free shuttle service to town and the beaches make it a draw for an amenities-filled Hamptons getaway. Beach-or-bust travelers could consider Surf Club Resort, which has a stunning beachfront location, but no on-site dining.
A family-friendly resort with a variety of activities and restaurants
The historic Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina evokes another time. Originally built in 1928 by entrepreneur Carl Fisher (the man credited with turning Miami from a sleepy backwater town to a thriving resort metropolis), the resort quickly became the local go-to vacation destination for the wealthy (original members of the club include J.P. Morgan, Vincent Astor, and Harold S. Vanderbilt). Charles Lindbergh is said to have often flown his seaplane into the harbor to dock at the club's marina. And according to local legend, the Island Club (which was located next door to the original resort and would eventually become part of the resort as it stands today) was the most popular speakeasy and gambling casino around town during Prohibition. To avoid trouble, the club posted watchmen at the stone stanchions at the end of the island's causeway -- when the police stopped by, the guards would radio the club for management to hide the liquor and gambling equipment.
Today, the resort maintains some of that storied appeal (the towering white lighthouse is what beaconed guests to the resort from its inception). Yet there are plenty of modernized amenities to keep today's guest happy -- though the two outdoor pools and small private beach are popular with kids, so if you’re looking for some celebrity-style peace and quiet, head to the ocean. Despite updates and upgrades, one original trait has remained consistent through the years: The resort, as a whole, attracts a wealthy set, and guests shouldn't be surprised to see the occasional celebrity roaming its grounds.
Minutes from Montauk Harbor, the resort faces a marina, and is a short drive from the ocean and downtown
At the easternmost tip of Long Island, the Montauk Yacht Club’s lakeside location is kitty corner from Montauk Harbor -- an area with restaurants, shops, and plenty of harborside sightseeing. In addition to downtown Montauk (a nine-minute drive from the hotel), there are many nearby towns to explore, and, of course, miles of sandy beaches to enjoy. The drive to East Hampton takes about 25 minutes, and driving to Sag Harbor and Southampton takes about 40 and 55 minutes, respectively.
Nautical-style rooms, suites, and villas appeal to the jitney haute summer crowd
The 107 rooms and suites at the Montauk Yacht Club are -- not surprisingly -- decorated in nautical style, with splashes of navy blue against white. Housed separately from the main buildings, the resort's 22 Villa Rooms offer more space -- between 320 and 560 square feet. Villa Rooms (there are three to nine units per villa building) don’t have their own private balconies or terraces, but they have access to lawn space with tables and chairs. Rooms in the main buildings all have a balcony or terrace (views range from the beach and marina to the resort grounds, so make sure to ask in advance).
All rooms feature comfortable beds with 300-thread count sheets, duvets, and goose-down pillows. Other amenities found in every room include air-conditioning, Keurig coffeemakers with free coffee, mini-fridges, and 43-inch flat-screen LED TVs. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryers, and custom-made toiletries, and all rooms have walk-in closets.
Pools, tennis courts, and bonfires make this a fun summer resort
Montauk Yacht Club Resort isn't right on the Atlantic, but it offers many on-site amenities to redress the non-oceanfront location. There are two outdoor heated pools, both surrounded by brick patios and overlooking the marina. A small sandy beach with loungers and umbrellas (free; cabanas also available for a fee) overlooks the lake, but both it and the outdoor pools can feel crowded with kids. The oval-shaped indoor pool, also heated, provides a nice alternative; it's set in a skylit space with vintage pinstripe wooden surfboards hanging on the white wood walls.
The full-service Spa MYC offers massages, body treatments, facials, waxing, and nail work, as well as spa packages and the option of in-room service. A fitness center provides all the necessary equipment (free weights, ellipticals, treadmills, machinery), plus cedar saunas, and there are four outdoor tennis courts, with racquets and balls free to use. Paddleboards, cruiser bikes, and kayaks are all free to borrow, and there is a playground for kids. The resort grounds include areas for volleyball, bocce ball, and horseshoes, plus outdoor seating areas and fire pits (the resort holds bonfires with s’mores in the warmer months). Private, semi-private, or group surf lessons and paddleboard sessions or tours can be arranged, and a Kids' Surf Academy is held on the weekdays. Excursions are available from charter boats in the marina. The hotel offers free shuttle service to Montauk Harbor, downtown, and beaches. Parking and resort-wide Wi-Fi are both free.
A range of upscale cuisine, specialty cocktails, and casual bar bites make it easy to stay close
Montauk Yacht Club offers a good mix of dining options that appeal to both families and couples seeking romance. The upscale Coast Kitchen is a New American restaurant focusing on local ingredients (the menu features a daily fresh catch), while the casual The Alley & The Deck has a Florida feel and offers both indoor and outdoor seating. B-Bar is an indoor nautical-style lounge offering specialty cocktails and small bites, and the seasonal Sunset Pier allows for dockside eating, drinking, and watching the sunset.
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