Solé East Resort
What We Love
- The swanky lounge scene by the pool and ample garden space with firepits, hammocks and Adirondack chairs
- Yoga on a private deck overlooking Fort Pond
- Weekend DJ parties and live acoustic tunes on Sunday mornings
- There are ZipCars, cruiser bike rentals and a free shuttle to/from the train station and Jitney bus stop
What To Know
- The ocean is five minutes away, but there are free beach parking passes; limited availability, get one early
- A young, trendy crew comes for the weekend, and families are popular during the week
- Free WiFi can be a bit spotty
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Tucked along Fort Pond, this surfer-chic resort blends in seamlessly with the laid-back Montauk vibe. The 2.5-acre property is a scene set up for the hip crowd — couples canoodle in secluded hammocks, guests mingle around a firepit and the bronzed and beautiful lounge on plush poolside daybeds. The lobby has a breezy coastal feel with black-and-white nautical photographs, rattan furniture and whitewashed wood paneled walls.
Bed and Bath
The 71 bright guestrooms have all the trappings of a beach bungalow (arched doorways, sisal rugs), and sea foam blue, lime green and navy throws decorate the pillow-top beds wrapped in Italian sheets. The spacious garden and poolside suites have living areas dressed with white-linen furniture, slate tile floors and Capiz shell lamps. Red flower print bean bags add a pop of color to the neutral palette. Matching slate bathrooms spoil with walk-in showers (some feature a voyeuristic glass wall looking into the suite), round vessel sinks and Aveda products.
Beeline for a daybed and order a bottle of rosé from the attentive waiters while soft electronica and bossa nova beats provide the perfect chill soundtrack. The low-key Backyard restaurant spills onto a sexy poolside patio appointed with oversize lounge chairs. On the Italian-inspired menu: pappardelle with braised brisket, lobster gnocchi and orecchiette with bacon, jalapeño peppers and cherry tomatoes. Mornings are spent practicing yoga, afternoons lying on the nearby beach or cycling on Solé East’s cruisers and nights (when things shift gear and become more lively) around the firepit listening to DJs spin. There are also movie nights in the garden and live acoustic tunes for Sunday brunch.
In the Area
Start the day off with an Aloha smoothie, made with fresh pineapple, coconut, mango and banana, and an organic wrap at Joni’s Kitchen. Grab a ZipCar at the resort and take a trip out to Ditch Plains to hang ten with the surfer dudes, then head to the picture-perfect Montauk Point Lighthouse for a killer Instagram shot. For dinner, eat al fresco at The Crow’s Nest — we love the blue crab claw tagliatelle and the Montauk striped bass — or nosh on mouthwatering sushi (the tuna, crispy calamari and avocado roll is a must) at Inlet Seafood Restaurant, the best spot to watch the sun set over the water. Charter a boat for a half day and go deep-sea-fishing for tuna, marlin and shark. Don’t forget to head across the pond (to the other side of Fort Pond, that is) and check out the preppy party scene at The Surf Lodge.
How to Get There
We’re visiting NYC from the west coast, and had a free couple of days, so at the last minute, we caught the LIRR to Montauk and then looked for a last minute hotel on a Sunday night. The info online doesn’t really do this place justice. We borrowed their free bikes and rode all around Montauk and the harbor. The “backyard” was fabulous; we sat reading on the egg swing and hammock for a couple hours. Thomas was very kind and gave helpful suggestions for what to do in town, then went out of his way to get us back to the train FAST, when I misread the schedule. I would stay here again if I come to Montauk, without even researching for a better place or better deal.
Cute hotel, nice decor thru out. Rooms are small, but thats because its an old building. Bathrooms updated. FYI bed is a platform bed, 6in above the floor. So if you cant bend that low to get in and out of bed I wouldnt reccomend here. Also a restaurant/bar connected to the hotel. Be aware your bill at the restaurant will have 18% gratuity automatically added. We enjoyed our stay, and will return.
We came out for a fall weekend and were lucky to secure two rooms at this down to earth gem of s place. The owners, David and Cindy Ceva are also the managers. From the moment we arrived they made us feel so special. We actually called and said we would not be arriving till 10:30pm and they were kind enough to keep the kitchen open for us. The place is very chill and one would say Bohemian. Does not have the attitude of the Hamptons which is a real bonus. If you are headed this way ... no other place to stay.
For the room nightly cost I expected a room that didn’t have windows that were painted shut or one with a loud window a/c hanging in it. Paid for an upgrade with a “garden view”, what garden? Getting colder with no heat on.
Weird thing was the bed sat on the floor which made it cumbersome to get out of.
Did have a nice bathroom. Montauk, been there, got a tee shirt, not impressed, left.
My friend and I stayed here to celebrate her 30th birthday and it couldn’t have been better. We wanted a low key experience and Sole East was the perfect spot. The pool and beds were comfortable and easy to reserve. The staff at the pool, especially Kim, was super friendly and helpful. We loved the Sunni Spencer pop up shop and she helped style us for a party at Surf Lodge one evening. On my return trip home, it was the day after Labor Day, and the town essentially shut down. I called an Uber to get to the train, and it was 20 minutes away! The staff offered to drive me themselves so I wouldn’t be stuck! It was my saving grace so I could get home. Definitely recommend staying here!