For travelers to Long Island who want to take a dip indoors, these are the top hotels with inside pools.
The beachfront Gurney's Montauk is a Hamptons mainstay: The structure dates back to 1926 (a fact attested to by its attractively weatherbeaten wood exterior) and is today a sleek, pricey Hamptons hot spot. No other Hamptons resort can match Gurney's truly terrific and massive stretch of sand, and no other Montauk resort can compare in terms of features -- of which Gurney's full-service spa is a highlight. Guests have free access to its facilities, which include steam rooms, Roman baths, and a big indoor swimming pool surrounded by sun loungers. There are dedicated sections for men and women (only the pool is coed).
Like Gurney's, this family-friendly resort goes back to the 1920s. The resort maintains some of its 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, one indoor pool, and small private beach are popular with kids, so if you’re looking for some celebrity-style peace and quiet, head to the ocean. 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 A-lister roaming its grounds.
Built in 1927 as a getaway for the rich and famous, Montauk Manor is a Tudor Revival-style hotel perched on a grassy hilltop overlooking the water. In addition to Old World panache and Atlantic Ocean and Gardiner's Bay views, the historic sprawling property boasts tons of features, like tennis courts, a putting green, an Italian restaurant, and a free shuttle to town. The heated outdoor pool is large and clean, lined with simple loungers, and set a short walk away from the main building. Inside, there's a heated pool with an adjacent hot tub.
The four-room East Hampton Art House Bed & Breakfast is a villa-style property designed and decorated by artist-owners Rosalind Brenner and Michael Cardacino. The bed-and-breakfast's showpiece feature is its 66-foot-long heated outdoor pool with a hot tub and waterfall, and indoors there is an "endless" exercise pool where guests can swim against a simulated current. Other features include a fitness center overlooking the pool and garden and a 24-hour pantry stocked with treats like cookies, crackers, cheese, chocolate, nuts, and water.
Kids love Hyatt Place Long Island East End for its indoor and outdoor pools, free breakfast, and proximity to the Long Island Aquarium and Splish Splash Water Park. In the warmer weather, there's an outdoor bar and grill poolside. The hotel also rents canoes, kayaks, bicycles -- including electric bicycles -- and paddle boards. Guests should expect to see and hear children, especially during the summer months.