The Hamptons

Hotels in The Hamptons

People looking to escape New York City’s sweltering summers for the relaxation and coastal breezes along New York’s shores frequently forgo hotels in the Hamptons in favor of a house rental. Weekend vacationers typically gather groups of friends and co-workers to split the cost of these many-roomed, palatial beachfront homes, which offer more flexibility than one of the Hamptons hotels.

If you opt for one of the traditional hotels in the Hamptons, it’s important of course to narrow down which hamlet you want to be in. Having a car or bicycle is great way to get around and see the other regions, so you won’t be entirely limited. Beach access, restaurants and nightclubs, art galleries, and shopping vary by city, so it’s important to decide on the hotel that gets you closest to what you seek.

Some of the best hotels in the Hamptons are in East Hampton and include the Maidstone Arms, a destination retreat for decades that feature less than 20 rooms and a handful of cottages. The Mill House Inn is a quaint bed and breakfast that’s another great option in the hamlet.

This inn’s breakfast has made a name for itself as one of Long Island’s most indulgent; don’t leave without sampling the lobster frittatas and crayfish and andouille étouffe omelettes.

Hidden in the dunes beyond the center of Amagansett, the property isn’t the height of glamour, but it has steps leading right onto a private beach. 

The 10 motel-style rooms are outfitted with crisp white linens and flat-screen televisions.

The 80-year old island staple, where Charles Lindbergh once visited, gave its 107 rooms a multimillion dollar overhaul in 2009. The property has a scaled-down replica of the town’s famous lighthouse, not to mention three pools, four tennis courts, a spa, and a marina.

The low-key property is a revamped oceanfront motel.

The low-key Tudor-style hotel has beachy accents like sisal carpets and wood-burning fireplaces.

Owned by a team of New York City club impresarios, the Surf Lodge made a splash when it opened its 32-waterfront rooms on Fort Pond in the summer of 2008.

Units at this gray-shingled northeastern beach cottage come with their own kitchens for staging private wine-and-cheese wind-downs.