Free guest transportation to and from train and Jitney stations
Free Wi-Fi and parking
Breakfast is not included
Noisy on weekend evenings
No phones or mini-fridges in rooms
This American Tudor-style hotel in Montauk is a summer hot spot that maintains an essence of “cool” without pretension. The 67 rooms and suites have a surf-chic vibe and appeal to the Manhattan set with amenities such as pillow-top beds, free Wi-Fi, and Aveda products. Though not directly on the beach, the hotel has beautiful grassy grounds that include daybeds, hammocks, fire pits, and an organic restaurant and bar. The outdoor pool -- with live music on weekends -- is popular, and the party scene has been known to carry on until the wee hours of the morning. Travelers dead set on a beachfront stay should splurge on Gurney's Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, which has one of the best beachfront locations in the Hamptons (and higher rates).
A surfer vibe with contemporary art and live music on weekends
This converted Tudor-style property is classic on the outside and modern on the inside. The unique, laid-back vibe has just enough sophistication to make some city slickers dream of quitting their jobs and joining the Montauk surf culture. The rear of the lobby leads to a canopied walkway, which turns into the organic restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating. Expansive grounds include a decent-size heated pool and pool deck, and lounge areas -- some more private than others -- in the form of extra-wide sun beds, hammocks, and circles of wooden Adirondack chairs, some around wood-burning fire pits. The joint cranks out the fun (and noise) with DJs and barbecue parties on summer weekends, and the bartender -- depending on the crowd -- will continue serving drinks well into the early morning.
On a quiet road off Montauk Highway within short driving distance to beaches and village
A 120-mile drive from New York City, Sole East Resort is located on the outskirts of Montauk but within walking distance to the village and beaches. The Montauk area is spread out, and there are many attractions within a 10-mile radius, so a car is recommended. Otherwise, there are taxi services in town, and the hotel provides rental bike cruisers for shorter trips.
This two-and-a-half-acre property offers 60 renovated bungalow-style rooms in the hotel section, and seven Cabana Suites in the garden
Sole East Resort's 67 rooms consist of 60 units in the main hotel building, and seven Cabana Suites by the pool and garden. Room decor throughout is simple and beachy with a touch of surfer-chicness thrown in for good measure. Seagrass area rugs cover the white wood-plank or gray tile floors and graphic accent pillows (suites have large Marimekko floor pillows) and framed photographs of the region add a bit of color. Low-profile platform beds contain Simmons pillow-top mattresses, 300-thread-count Italian cotton linens, and white knitted runners. There are flat-screen TVs in every room (DVD players and DVDs available on request), as well as iPod docks, individual air-conditioning units, and free Wi-Fi. White round paper lanterns by the beds provide a nice alternative to the overhead lighting. There are no minibars or coffee facilities, but free boxed water is provided.
The renovated bathrooms are a particular highlight. They have marble countertops with above-counter vessel sinks, white tile walls, and a row of vanity lightbulbs. Aveda toiletries and lots of ribbed towels are provided.
Rooms do not contain phones, fridges, irons, and hairdryers, but the latter two are available upon request.
Thriving weekend pool scene, lounge areas, and a full-service restaurant
Sole East Resort's features are centered entirely on relaxation, but social relaxation. There is a large outdoor heated pool surrounded by a deck and grassy grounds with bamboo walkways and outdoor lounge areas, including shady hammocks and fire pits. The groove really picks up on summer weekends, when nights are filled with DJs, live music, reggae parties, and barbecues. The hotel also offers yoga classes in the summer, and outdoor massages are available. The hotel's restaurant and bar, Backyard, is open throughout the day, serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and cocktails. Around the pool, outdoor attendants serve food and drink from the restaurant.
Pool and beach towels are free to borrow and bike cruisers are available to rent. The hotel provides free parking and distributes a limited number of free parking passes for local beaches. During high season, the hotel also provides free round-trip transportation for guests arriving at the train and Jitney stations. Wi-Fi is free throughout the resort.