What We Love
- The property is in a quiet part of Montauk, but the party scene is less than a five-minute cab ride away
- Free WiFi and Sole bicycles
- Pet-friendly (fees apply)
- Fresh off a 2014 renovation (other updates are ongoing)
What To Know
- A small beach (fronting the Block Island Sound) sits across the street, and the hotel provides towels. You can rent chairs from beach vendors.
- It’s about a 20-minute bike ride or five minute cab to the larger ocean-front beaches
- The hotel doesn’t have a liquor license but you can BYO
- Restaurants and bars in the immediate area stop serving food around 10:30 or 11 pm
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located just off West Lake Drive, the two-story Haven Montauk provides a low-key and wallet-friendly alternative to the pricey, party-centric places that now dominate this stretch of Long Island. New management took over the property in 2013, spiffing up the classic wood-clad exterior and adding an effortless, fuss-free vibe with weathered wood paneling and retro beach photos.
Bed and Bath
Haven Montauk’s 27 guestrooms feel simple and bright, thanks to fresh white paint, new carpeting and plantation-style shutters. Turkish throw rugs add boho pops of fuchsia, teal, orange and purple, while low platform beds are wrapped in crisp 600-thread-count Wamsutta linens. Accommodations feature coastal accents (the Complete History of Surfing sits on some dressers) and also have mod cons such as Keurig coffeemakers, free WiFi and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. The bathrooms are understated, with shower stalls (a few have tubs), Pharmacopia amenities and Fieldcrest towels.
Grab a bucket of ice at the main office and stash a few beers in it while lounging poolside, or head across the street to the small Block Island Sound beach (free towels are available). In the evening hang out by the firepit (the Haven provides the wood) and toast marshmallows for your s’mores. You can also throw whatever fish you catch on the grill and enjoy it with friends at one of the picnic tables in the outdoor lounge area.
In the Area
Start your morning by borrowing one of the hotel’s free Sole bicycles and pedaling down to El Vaquero Mexican Food for a breakfast burrito (it’s good enough you’ll want to come back for lunch). From there it’s just a block and a half to the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy shore, or you can ride farther east to the Montauk Point Lighthouse (it’s a bit hilly, but the views are worth it). For dinner make your way to Duryea Lobsters (BYOB only) for one of the best rolls in the area, and if you’re looking for a happening scene after your meal, continue down the road to Surf Lodge, where you can listen to live bands, people-watch and dance the night away. Would you rather hit the shops? Gosman’s Dock, right around the corner from the Haven, has a mix of boutiques selling chic beach duds, homegoods and jewelry.
How to Get There
We planned our trip to Montauk to celebrate my husband's birthday. It couldn't have been more perfect. We arrived in Montauk a few hours before we were supposed to check in. We stopped at the inn and asked if there was something we could do until check-in. The clerk called to check if there happened to be a clean room available. The housekeeping staff had a room available so she let us check in early. All of the staff was amazing.
The beach entrance was a hundred yards away from the inn's drive. There was beach equipment available. We did not take advantage of that or the complimentary bikes. There were some restaurants and shops just blocks away. We enjoyed the walking each day. There was also a small mini mart just a block away.
We would recommend this inn for a nice quiet getaway.
We are a NY couple. This was by far THE best place we have stayed in over 30 years.
They jumped at any request. Front desk Julia is from Sweden...beautiful and right there like a flight attendent. Ficaro property asst always smiling and helpful. Rooms? Snow white clean.
Pool as clear as a mountain lake..5 minutes to 5 seafood restaurants.
We will go back in Sept.
We stayed 6 nights in New York and then we drove to Montauk for 3. I had searched for an accommodation which wasn't too expensive and gave us a room for the adults and the children could sleep in the living room. Positives - chilled out motel. Right next to the beach, pool is great - you can bring your own beers/snacks to the pool side. We used the paddle boards which were great. You can walk to the dock where there are numerous restaurants and ben and jerry ice cream shop. Room was big enough for 2 adults and a 13/11 year old. We got an extra Z bed so that the childre didnt need to share the sofa bed. You can requrest fresh pool /beach towels each day. They provide chairs and parasols for you to take to the beach. You can get a beach pass for parking at other beaches. Negatives - the free bikes for use are a disgrace. We cycled on them to the lighthouse, they had no gears, covered in rust and the chain of two of the bikes fell off 10 times. They really need to replace the bikes or get them serviced. We enjoyed our stay as we just wanted to chill after New York however, I didnt really appreciate that you would need to drive to the main mountauk area. The price was every expensive for what it was however, I think every where in the Hamptons area is like that. The room was clean, the bathroom was very small. Top tips, we stopped off at a big supermarket on our way down to Mountauk which was a godsend as there isn't a huge one there.