Long Island + The Hamptons

Hotels in Long Island + The Hamptons

In the late 1990s, hotelier André Balazs put his fashionable stamp on New York’s tranquil Shelter Island by turning a vintage motel into a buzz-worthy inn. More than 10 years later, the property has managed to retain its chic sensibility without disrupting the island’s laid-back vibe.

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.

On the western corner of New York's Shelter Island, the Pridwin offers guests panoramic views of Southold Bay and easy access to Crescent Beach. Some of the rooms and cottages come with water views, while others have fireplaces.

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.

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 north fork of Long Island—a 30-mile strip of oceanside plains dotted with farms and boutique wineries—is the quiet alternative to the nearby Hamptons. Overlooking trellises of grapevines, the four-room Shinn Estate Farmhouse is a place of respite for urban epicures.

The low-key property is a revamped oceanfront motel.

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

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

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.

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

Surfers and New York City media types flock to the shingled, L-shaped East Deck Motel for its retro look and unbeatable location along Ditch Plains beach, on Long Island’s South Fork.