Andy Warhol, The Rolling Stones, Rufus Wainwright and Billy Joel. These are just a few celebrated musicians who love Montauk. The furthest point east on Long Island and eastern most census-designated place in New York State has always been a creative microcosm and rustic beach town with an active fishing community. However, Montauk has more recently been hailed as the new hot spot for those who want to escape the bustle of Southampton and East Hampton and embrace the open space and relaxed beach atmosphere. There are a number of hotels and inns, but the summer is so busy it’s often hard to find a weekend retreat.
The newest kid on the block is The Montauk Beach House. It is situated in the heart of downtown Montauk, a block from the renowned Ocean surf beaches and a short stroll to Montauk’s most exciting shops, restaurants, bars and cafés. The hotel’s interiors, designed by Two Hats Bureau – the nom-de-guerre of the design collaboration between British hotel owner and visionary Chris Jones, with his designer cohort Walt Lindveld – presents an eclectic mix of European chic style, blended with a relaxed beach vibe and a bit of decadent luxury.
MBH has an avant-garde vibe and unique restoration hardware look. The owners knew what they wanted and it was ready for summer in no time. Since they have opened in June, it has been busy. Weekends are more vibrant, so if you’re looking for a more relaxed environment, weekdays are better and less expensive. There are 33 individually designed guest rooms complete with Gilchrist & Soames products, some with old-fashioned tubs. On Saturday and Sunday mornings, local instructors offer complimentary yoga on the deck.
The Mini Café on premises serves local Stumptown Coffee on tap and freshly baked Montauk Bake Shoppe pastries. The lunch and evening menu has several lighter fare selections of salads, cheese boards and fresh seafood sandwiches. The Maine Lobster Roll is a Hamptons favorite and theirs was delicious, full of big chunks of lobster and flavor. The cocktail menu has several fun items – and is a great place to take in the pool and lounge scene day and night. Cool off with the “Simple Simon” – Aylesbury Duck Vodka served with crushed strawberries & their own fresh house lemonade.
Minnie Rose has a pop up boutique at the hotel filled with bikinis, bags, jewelry and cashmere wraps for cooler beach nights. The summer is booked with special events and a lively outdoor scene – at what they call the No. 50 Beach Club, for guests and members. Live DJ’s, Fashion Shows and other likeminded gatherings. On opening weekend, global jetsetting DJ Paul Oakenfold performed. Industry nightlife and music veterans, Terry Casey and Matt Thomas are curating the music program, so look for what’s on their roster for the rest of the summer. DJ Bridget Marie and Lola Langusta are weekly staples peppered in the event schedule. On weekday evenings, local acoustic musicians perform or they might have something different like “Champagne & Cuddles” or “Game Nights” opening up the lawn to Twister.
Although there are other local hotels such as Ruschmeyer’s, evocative of “Summer Camp” for adults and the Surf Lodge on Fort Pond, neither of them is as close to the beach as Montauk Beach House. It is only a two-minute walk, as well 5-minutes to the Hampton Jitney, so if you prefer not to have a car for the weekend, you can get away with it. Rent a bicycle in town and go from there. The MBH can help you arrange that.
It’s pretty straightforward at MBH. No fuss and if you enjoy a fun environment with a cross-section of culture, music, art and lively scene, you will love the Montauk Beach House. Don’t forget to check out the Montauk Point Lighthouse and one of the top public golf courses in New York State, if not the nation, Montauk Downs. It is more of a 3-night stay kind of destination but if you really want to “sink in” stay for the month. The locals will embrace you.
Montauk Beach House
55 South Elmwood Avenue
Montauk, New York 11954