One of the hottest summer escapes on the East Coast, the once-sleepy Hamptons beach town of Montauk, NY, features lovely beaches at the east end of New York's Long Island. Things can get quite boisterous in the summer and on weekends, but fall is a lovely time to visit as well. If you’re considering a stay, some of the best Montauk hotels range from intimate boutique properties to budget motel-style lodgings to one of the largest resorts in the Hamptons. Here’s all you need to know to plan your getaway in Montauk!

 Comparison Table

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Montauk Beach House

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Ocean Surf Resort

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Aqualina Inn

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Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa

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What Are Some of the Best Montauk Hotels?

There’s no shortage of accommodations in Montauk, which has become a hot summering ticket in the Hamptons. You can stay right at the beach at the affordable and practical Ocean Surf Resort or Aqualina Inn, lounge in elegant style at the sprawling Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, or opt for a hidden gem a block from the beach at the boutique Montauk Beach House. There are great Montauk hotels for every type of visitor, from beach-combing budget traveler to more discerning luxury seeker.

 Montauk Beach House | Boutique Luxury a Block from the Beach

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 Many Montauk summer visitors consider the welcoming and stylish Montauk Beach House one of the best overall Montauk hotels at the tip of the Hamptons, just a block from the beach.

Pricing

The rates of our selected Montauk hotels have a wide range, from a five-star resort with "five-star" room rates (up to $700 a night!) to beachgoing budget traveler stays. We tried to include something for everybody on this list. Rates vary quite a lot in the Hamptons and can soar during the high season. Montauk Beach House rates are comfortably in the middle of rates for the other hotels on our list.

How It Compares

 We picked a few similar hotels in Montauk to see how they compare to Montauk Beach House.

  • Ocean Surf Resort
  • Aqualina Inn
  • Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa

Montauk Beach House

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Price

Prices range a lot, from about $300 to $760, based on average rates for a standard room.

Rooms
(4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Montauk Beach House’s rooms feature high ceilings with exposed beams and hardwood, as well as private balconies and outdoor spaces. The décor is cool and unique, both elegant and whimsical. As far as furnishings, you might encounter a stand-alone clawfoot bathtub, exposed rain head showers, vintage Edison lighting, full-height mirrors and cast iron beds with luxe bedding, or beautiful daybeds set against native feather grass and a backdrop of ocean waves.

The names of the Montauk Beach Houses’s accommodations are evocative: Moonlight, Whitewater Garden, Oceanmist and more. You can also book the separate and standalone The Bungalow, perfect for friends, groups and large families. And featuring three bedrooms, an open layout full kitchen, and rear outdoor deck, among other features.

Service
(4.5 out of 5 stars)

This hotel has a very friendly and accommodating staff.

Amenities
(3.5 out of 5 stars)

Two swimming pools with chaise lounges and umbrellas invite water play or lazing poolside, as does the snug outdoor lounge with fire pits, and an open-air bar and grill serving craft cocktails and tasty nibbles — weather permitting. In the lobby and café, you can find breakfast pastries and artisanal coffee. It offers free Wi-Fi and free parking.

They have a very interesting shop onsite featuring limited-edition, limited-run T-shirts, hats and more. The little store is designed to reconnect people with old-school brick-and-mortar shopping rather than e-commerce and fast fashion and tell people about the background of each featured merchant or designer.

Value
(5 out of 5 stars)

It offers a fantastic overall boutique hotel getaway for your dollars; it’s a stylish and unique escape with better-than-basic amenities.

Location
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Downtown's hidden gem" — as the hotel describes itself — is well-situated in the middle of town, a block from the beach and near the area’s restaurants and shopping.

PROS

  • Close to the beach
  • Nearby restaurants and shops
  • Complimentary continental breakfast
  • Cool limited-edition merchandise shop

CONS

  • Could have more amenities

Ocean Surf Resort

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Enjoying an oceanfront location just steps from Kirk Park Beach and South Edison Beach, this Montauk hotel is a clean and basic, motel-style accommodation within walking distance to restaurants and the Hampton Jitney stop. Its biggest assets are its sweeping ocean views, great rates (except for the summer) and an outdoor pool with a sweet wooden pool deck with lounge chairs facing the beach and barbecues for guests’ use.

Price

Prices start at $200 per night and can even reach $450 (based on average rates for a standard room).

Rooms
(3 out of 5 stars)

Rooms are basic and clean with cable TV, air conditioning, kitchenettes with coffee makers, toasters, refrigerators, two-burner stovetops and microwaves. Oceanfront guest rooms boast private balconies or patios. Ground-floor rooms have access to the pool deck via the patios.

Service
(3 out of 5 stars)

Service is reliable and solid. We've not heard any complaints.

Amenities
(3 out of 5 stars)

There are not a lot of amenities to write home about here as far as top Montauk hotels. The pool area is most definitely the highlight as are the lovely views from the lounge chairs on the sun deck, which face the Atlantic Ocean. Wi-Fi and parking are free and beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas are available for rent — a very nice, practical and convenient touch!

Value
(3 out of 5 stars)

You can enjoy a nice stay right by the beach and savor great views but there's not a lot else in terms of unique or special features aside from the pool and beach views. This is plenty for many folks though!

Location
(4 out of 5 stars)

Many hotels in Montauk are located across the street from the beach, but the Ocean Surf Resort is nestled right on a lovely stretch of beach with stairs leading down to the sand.

PROS

  • Set right on a pristine beach
  • Just minutes from lots of restaurants
  • Lovely heated pool
  • Sun deck with stellar views
  • BBQs for guest use

CONS

  • No breakfast
  • No bar available
  • Rates soar far beyond budget in the summer months

Aqualina Inn

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Aqualina Inn Montauk is just a stone’s throw from the beach and the Atlantic Ocean, in downtown historic Montauk Village. It offers 22 comfortable, modern accommodations with either a King or a Queen bed. This informal hotel is not a year-round property but a seasonal one with a "mostly" adults-only policy: guests 25 and older are welcome, while children are permitted based pending prior arrangement. The Aqualina is situated off of Montauk Highway and is walking distance to Main Street and Kirk Park Beach, and one mile from Shadmoor State Park.

Price

Average rates for standard rooms range from $180 to $380, but you can get lucky and snag accommodations for just around $110, depending on when you book and which booking service you use.

Rooms
(3 out of 5 stars)

The Aqualina Inn’s 22 well-maintained units offer either a King or Queen bed and Wi-Fi access, flat screen TVs, mini fridges and microwaves. Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs or furnished balconies.

Service
(3.5 out of 5 stars)

The staff is friendly and helpful here.

Amenities
(3.5 out of 5 stars)

This hotel features a heated, outdoor, saltwater swimming pool with lounge chairs, a terrace and a BBQ area. Beach gear and bike storage are available as are loaner bikes. Parking on the premises is free, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. You get beach chairs, beach towels and umbrellas for your convenient use.

Value
(3.5 out of 5 stars)

You get a decent, well-situated stay in downtown Montauk for your money.

Location
(4 out of 5 stars)

This reliable spot is located just a two-minute walk from the beach.

PROS

  • 2 minutes walk from the beach
  • Walking distance to beach and eateries
  • They speak 3 languages
  • Great value

CONS

  • Pretty basic stay
  • Not exactly kid-friendly (can be a Pro, too!)

Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa

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On Star Island in Lake Montauk, this Hamptons icon is the only official five-star property in Montauk. Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa does have a lot to offer the discerning traveler. Its laid-back, luxurious lifestyle extends from its renowned, full-service spa with healing treatments to three pools (one is an indoor ocean-fed seawater pool) and a 2,000-foot pristine stretch of private beach.

Travelers enjoy great dining options, stunning Atlantic Ocean views, and accommodations with private wooden balconies. All of Gurney’s 146 rooms, suites and beachfront cottages boast ocean views. It’s a year-round luxury escape.

Price

Room rates start around $270 a night but can go up to $700 a night.

Rooms
(4.5 out of 5 stars)

All of Gurney’s suites, rooms and beachfront cottages boast ocean views and offer a flat screen cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries, wet bar, mini fridge, Nespresso coffee machine, and smartphone chargers. Their 146 rooms feature a clean, crisp and neutral palette with cream, white and blue hues, wood accents and natural light. They appear open and modern but also feature nods to the resort’s 90-year history.

Service
(5 out of 5 stars)

The accommodating, efficient staff and the professional and attentive concierges are top-notch.

Amenities
(5 out of 5 stars)

You can enjoy several swimming pools, a lovely spa offering healing treatments and an ocean-fed seawater pool (the only one of its kind in North America), five great dining and drinking venues, over 25,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space, fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean, and The Beach Club, which offers the only beachfront food and drink experience in the Hamptons, and the lovely private beach.

The spa includes a Roman bath, Finnish rock sauna, Russian steam room and Swiss shower! There’s also a fitness center, lighted tennis courts, volleyball and concierge services, and you can rent surfboards, beater boards, paddleboards and boogie boards. A complimentary shuttle will take you to the Montauk station of the Long Island Railroad and the Hampton Jitney stop, and Montauk Airport transport is available via Gurney’s courtesy car. Golf and horseback riding are just five minutes away.

Value
(4.5 out of 5 stars)

This five-star hotel offers luxurious amenities that warrant its higher room rate. It’s an icon in the Hamptons offering great all-around value when it comes to Montauk hotels.

Location
(5 out of 5 stars)

The Gurney's Montauk Yacht Club & Resorts enjoys a prime beachfront location on Star Island in Lake Montauk and features access to a private beach. Rita’s Horse Stables (ride horses!) and the Montauk Downs Golf Course (tee off!) are five minutes from the resort, and historical Montauk Point Lighthouse is just ten minutes away.

PROS

  • Beachfront location
  • Full-service spa
  • Gorgeous views
  • Ocean-fed seawater pool
  • Fine dining restaurant
  • Pet-friendly

CONS

  • Labyrinthine layout can get confusing
  • Property shows signs of wear and tear
  • Lots of stairs to tackle and no elevators

Conclusion

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It’s a tough choice to make between the Montauk Beach House and the Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, but somebody has to make it. We love both equally and for different reasons. The latter is a five-star property and the only one in the Hamptons, but you may also love a smaller, more intimate escape at a stylish boutique hotel. And boutique hotels rarely get a five-star rating, just because they usually cannot compete with the amenities of a larger luxury resort. We think both are equally lovely options for travelers with taste and refined requirements looking for great Montauk hotels.

If you prefer the luxury of a top-notch spa and more sprawling space, opt for Gurney's Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. If you’re OK with “just” a continental breakfast and a lovely setting, then Montauk Beach House is a fantastic option and a great value.

If you travel on more of a budget, consider the Aqualina and the Ocean Surf Resort. The latter may be far from top-of-the-line, but it’s right at the beach and boasts sweeping ocean views. What more can you want from Montauk hotels? The Aqualina, meanwhile, is smack in the middle of downtown, which also has its conveniences.

Truly, there’s something for every taste and inclination. We're just happy to be in the Hamptons no matter where we stay (well, within reason), and we’d recommend both the marvelous Montauk Beach House and the Gurney with its fantastic spa to all of our friends and family in a heartbeat.

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