Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
What We Love
- The only year-round resort in Montauk
- Five restaurant and bar options, including a branch of Scarpetta
- The thalassotherapy-oriented spa
- Unique sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated indoor seawater pool
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Some amenities, like the Beach Club, are open seasonally only
- The hotel was completely revamped in 2014
- The resort is more sprawling and less low-key than some other Montauk stays
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Set on an atmospheric bluff above a 1,000-foot private beach, Gurney’s epitomizes the spirit of endless summer all year. And now — thanks to a major face-lift in 2014 — this grand dame is classier than ever. Expect a spanking new lobby, updated guestrooms and public spaces, and five stylin’ dining options, including such beloved imports as Scarpetta Beach and the Regent Cocktail Club. The guestrooms, suites and cottages have a feel that’s both residential and beachy-breezy, with a light palette, plush textiles and ocean views, as well as all the latest conveniences, like iPod radios and flat-screen TVs showing current movies. The hotel’s showpiece is its famous seawater spa, which features Roman baths, a Finnish rock sauna and an indoor sand-filtered, ocean-fed, heated seawater pool, the only one of its kind in North America. Take in the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean views from the relaxation area before experiencing the thalasso spa (it was the first in the U.S., founded by Nick Monte 30 years ago), which offers unique marine-oriented treatments. Enhance your chill even further by snagging one of the yellow and white striped beach chairs at the Beach Club and whiling the day away in style. The Beach Club’s bar and grill also hosts a barbecue every Saturday during the summer.
In the Area
Montauk may be a beacon for New York’s fashion set these days, but the town’s surfers and fishermen are still the heart and soul of the place. Join the former by taking a surf lesson, renting a standup paddleboard, or taking part in a surf camp with Montauk Board Riders, a posse of enthusiastic wave riders, surf instructors and even a photographer to immortalize your session. For a taste of old-school Montauk, get some grub at The Dock, a fixture on the harbor since the 1970s that serves nostalgic dishes like clams casino and chowder. Prefer to see the other, hipper side of the coin? Head to the Surf Lodge, a beautiful-people magnet with a fun restaurant helmed by Australian Chris Rendell. Wind down at Ditch Plains, the famous surf beach, with its eclectic crowd and picturesque 1796 lighthouse.
How to Get There
Spent our days on the beach and evenings at the lobby bar. Nothing better than that. Friendly staff, great service, delicious food and an all around great trip. We went off season which helped. No hype just a chill week.
It’s sunday so management must be at confession. The rooms are worth about $49 a night. You can’t make the room dark. The place is noisy. You can’t get coffee until 7am unless you want the stale coffee in your room. A movie is $20 in the tv. The beach is beautiful however. They charge $18 for a $3 bottle or Prosecco. They take nickel and dining to a new level. The exercise room is crowded and of very mediocre quality.
This place is for Suckers of which, sadly I am now one of them.
So far this mother daughter trip has been a disappointment. Firstly, we arrived early and while waiting for our oceanfront two-bedroom cottage to be ready, we decided to have brunch at Tillie’s. Although I advised my waitress of my severe food allergies (and she noted them) when my cobb salad arrived, it came complete with croutons and eggs—which I’m severely allergic to. The manager was gracious enough to comp the meal and she apologized. Hungry, we went to the front desk to check on our cottage and proceeded to get settled in. When we arrived, the cottage was a bit worn but I was still excited because of the “direct beach” access advertised on the website. The expansive windows offered a picturesque view and I was delighted to take a stroll to the nearest beach chair and relax. However, as I got closer to the beach, I realized that the cabanas directly in front of my cottage were roped-off brandishing signs which read “reserved for...” I immediately called the front desk to inquire about this and was told by the person who answered that the cabanas were reserved for the residents at the top of the hill (not my beach front cottage). I then asked if I was allowed to sit in the beach chairs located in front of the cabanas in the sand and I was told that this was fine. I then called a second time to inquire about how to procure an umbrella. I was told that there should be an attendant around and she would have one come over to assist me. A few moments later a burly man walked over to me and told me that I could NOT sit in the beach chair because the section of the beach where I was sitting was reserved for owners. I told him that I just spoke to someone at the front desk who assured me that he was wrong. The burly man then said he’d have to call security and I told him to please do so. Next, two security officers came over and eventually they called the front desk and spoke to a manager named Josh. After a lengthy phone conversation and an in person conversation, Josh apologized for the confusion and explained to me that persons residing in the oceanfront cottages could not sit in the reserved cabanas, but could sit in a section of white beach chairs situated between the cabanas, and that I could move the white beach chairs from that section to the beach in front of the cabanas (or anywhere on the beach) but not directly in front of anyone sitting in the cabanas and not directly in front of an empty cabana (which by the way was exactly what I was doing when I was approached by security).
Further, this is not written in any of the promotional materials for this property, it’s not explained anywhere on the website, I was never told any of this during my welcome orientation, nor was I told any of this by any of the persons with whom I spoke to on the phone at the front desk, nor was I told this by anyone else working at Gurney’s except Josh and the 3 security guards who stood in front of me asking me to move out of a beach chair located several feet in front of an empty cabana (which is exactly what Josh said was allowed). So essentially I am staying in a beach front cottage with cabanas that I cannot use (which is fine), but I can sit in a section between the cabanas although I cannot receive ANY beach service in that section (such as towels, food, or drinks), and I can be harassed by security men who don’t want me to sit several feet in front of an empty cabana in a beach chair (although ultimately that’s what I’ve been told by Josh and everyone else except the security agents that it is fine to do so) for a reason that I can only assume has to do with something other than an actual legitimate point of fact.
For my troubles, I was sent a bottle of Moët (as a courtesy although I do not drink) and offered several apologies which were nice but do not make up for the multiple conflicting and confusing narratives I’ve heard within my first 1.5 hours at this resort about where I can sit in front of the cottage I’ve paid to stay in for a few days of relaxation. It is completely unreasonable that any of this has happened. This is infuriating and embarrassing and potentially a false advertising and discrimination law suit; and quite frankly, a bottle of Moët and an apology are not adequate to make up for any of it.