Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina
What We Love
- Walk-on access to the lakefront beach
- Sriracha lobster rolls at the Pool Club
- Nautical-chic interiors by California-based designer Stella Abdoulin
- North America’s only ocean-fed, Olympic-size swimming pool
What To Know
- A complimentary shuttle ferries guests to the hotel’s oceanfront sister property, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa
- Local fishermen catch the seafood for Showfish, the property’s centerpiece restaurant, daily
- The 232-slip marina is the largest in the Hamptons
- The property took over the site of the former Montauk Yacht Club
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Lakefront beauty that packs all the perks of a resort—a kids’ club, a private beach—into a 107-key property
All eyes were on Gurney’s when the owners announced the launch of a second luxury Montauk resort, a follow-up to their historic —and wildly successful—year-round seaside Shangri-La, practically a Hamptons institution. Set on an equally iconic marina, the refurbished resort’s main event is undoubtedly the 2,000-foot private sand beach. Rooms are elegant homages to the boating scene, awash in neutrals with plenty of glass windows to showcase surrounding water views. Hamptons native Jeremy Blumstein, formerly chef de cuisine at Almond in Bridgehampton, was tapped to lead its hyper-local food and beverage offerings—only seasonal produce (that means no year-round corn or tomatoes) and meats sourced from a 20-mile radius make up the menus at each of the three restaurants here, which include Showfish, Pool Club, and Il Forno—an Italian-style café with artisanal pizzas and salads. The cherry on top (pun fully intended) is the first-ever permanent hotel outpost of NYC-based creamery Van Leeuwen’s, who rolled out dedicated flavors for this airy waterfront retreat.
In the Area
Gurney’s Star Island Resort and Marina is six miles from the more established Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa, on Long Island’s bucolic South Fork. Even if fishing, one of the region’s highlights, isn’t your thing, this hamlet still offers an engaging to-do list, from visiting a centuries-old lighthouse—now the backdrop to a three-day musical festival every May—on its easternmost point to sun-bathing on Kirk Park Beach, known for an especially gentle surf. For evening fun, embark on one of Gurney’s famed sunset cruises, or head to the nearby Memory Motel (the lodge was made famous by its namesake Rolling Stones song) for live music.
How to Get There
This is our second year staying here and we have been satisfied both times. The room was very nice, although our view was of the parking lot. This worked for us because we would have been nervous with our kids with a patio that opened onto the water and we were very close to the indoor Poole which they loved. The kids also had a great time on the beach and on the kayaks even though high tide started encroaching on the beach thanks to extra water from the hurricane.
The staff was extremely friendly. Hailee of the front desk went out of her way to make the visit special for my little girls and I can’t thank her enough!
We recently stayed at Star Island for three nights. Unfortunately we were disappointed because the price point didn’t align to the expected service. First off, the space itself is gorgeous. Our frustrations were more with the service than the property.
We were able to check in early, which was awesome. I will say Hailey at the front desk was great and helpful.
We dined at showfish, which was overpriced. We decided to sit at the bar and the bartender was simply rude. We asked one of the two men what type of Belvedere they served and he said “I don’t know what sh*t we have” and brought over the bottle choices. It was also really hard to get his attention to order and he made it clear he didn’t normally work that bar...as if he was trying to excuse his nonchalant-ness. He then shared he was about to come off the clock so it started to make sense. But when you’re paying $400 for a meal, we expect to be served promptly. Food was really good though.
Then we decided to sit out by the fire pit. However, we needed to call the front desk to call engineering to start it because the propane tank was empty. There was also glassware out there from other guests. It took about 25-30 minutes for engineering to arrive.
Our other frustration was with housekeeping. There is no turn down service. Normally for the $600/night price point and on weekends, housekeeping would come and prep your room for the night. Nope. Our glassware wouldn’t even get changed everyday. Or if they did change it, the replacements weren’t clean.
Finally, check out is 11am. I went to the front desk to close out. There was an issue with the bill and they needed time to credit back my account since I was over charged. No problem. Things happen. However, housekeeping appeared at our door at 11am on the dot and knocked. My husband told them I was at the front desk checking out and she said “it’s 11:01. Check out is 11.” He reiterated that I was at reception and we would be out as soon as I returned. Mind you we were all packed and she could clearly see the luggage was ready to go.
All in all, awesome location and property but the service needs improvement. The hotel is overpriced for what you receive.
WE loved the Start Island resort. It is private and the staff was great. The room was big, beautiful, and clean. We had one of our best meals ever in the restaurant. The lobster and the lobster fried rice were amazing. Loved it. Cant wait to go back with the kids b/c it was so family oriented as well.