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
So the location is lovely, the rooms are great - clean and beach like. However, they were clearly still getting up to speed - there was a sewage smell outside all around the hotel and there was lots of construction. They do not let you get your own car or let you stop for 5 minutes without valeting it. It really isn't the place to go - at that cost - and then explore.
If you are going for a first class accommodation in the Hamptons you should avoid this one. The rates are top of the notch but everything else isn’t. It is built on various levels without elevator, with a lot of steps to be conquered. I have been checked into Room 101, with is located in the lowest level and the room at the very edge of the hotel. Distance to the lobby 300 yards with some 100 steps to be climbed. After my complaints i was changed to a room on the third level, still a lot of steps to be climbed. This room was made available in a reasonable time, but lacking of cleanliness. The terrace is provided with a kind of loveseat, the seat cushions were looking like spotted with excrements (see photos).
I went to the bar, sitting in a chair and not on the bar, and was totally ignored. Just had to remind the bar tender to serve me, which needed quite a time.
Going to the restaurant (the only one at the time being, don’t trust the advice of various ones, not at this time of the year)
i asked for a table on the window with sea view. I have been told, that all such tables are hold by reservations. There was a lady right behind me asking for a table on the window as well, she was asked if she has a reservation, and she denied. Miracles happen, she got the place demanded. I never felt being a second-class guest before, but this time I did, not a nice experience. Never again.
We stayed in a beachfront cottage. Whilst the location is stunning the cottages could really do with some maintenance work. There were cracked windows, rotted timber on the window frames etc. BUT the inside was clean and comfortable and had heaps of space. The furnishings inside were not too bad and we had everything that we needed. The restaurant was good and the staff were unbelievably helpful, happy and just great service all around. I was just a bit disappointed given how much it cost per night that the maintenance wasnt up to scratch. The beach was beautiful and the outdoor areas fabulous.
We were here for a large family wedding on a rainy weekend in May, so we did not get to experience all the outdoor amenities related to the beach. But the room was lovely and overlooking the beach; the indoor salt water pool was delightful; and the food provided for the 300 people attending the wedding was superb. The best part of our stay at Gurneys' was the very high level of service: From the hotel reception staff to the parking valets to the food servers, all did their work attentively and with a warm smile, without being overzealous.
We were a family of 6 come stay in one of the beach cabins at Gurney’s. The cabin itself needed a fair amount of structural maintenance such as broken heater, broken glass window, glass louvred vents on front door broken, a lot of chipped and rotted timer and paint. But the furniture inside is updated and modern and clean. The kitchen is very small and barely any utensils to use (only had knives, forks) no bottle opener, spoons or cookware to use but there was an oven. The location is great. Right on the beach. The staff are very friendly and go out of their way to serve you. We loved how well they treated us. We ate at the restaurant Tillies twice and the food is lovely but both times we ate there our orders weren’t taken correctly but once we advised the staff they were very apologetic and fixed the issue. The staff have cars that they run you around in which was great and helpful. It’s very pricey to stay but worth the visit. Just hope the maintenance on the cabins gets sorted so it feels more comfortable. Great lovely place.