The Montauk Beach House
What We Love
- Free daily continental breakfast, WiFi and self parking
- Heart-of-the-action location in downtown Montauk just a block from the beach and Atlantic Ocean
- Staying steps from the pool scene; guests have access to the 60 cabana beds, 2 small pools, daily grill and outdoor bar
- Weekend party place: DJ events, Sunday parties, pop up galleries, fashion shows and more
What To Know
- This destination is more of a lively social spot than a quiet beach escape
- Pets are not permitted
- Whitewater Garden Rooms are on the small side and have views of a public parking lot, so it's worth splurging on a higher room category
- All Double Queen Rooms accommodate up to four people
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In downtown Montauk, a block from the Atlantic Ocean and prime surf beaches, this 33-room summer pad is primed for alfresco parties and poolside posing. Unabashed in its celebration of the summer scene, the three two-story accommodation blocks are set around the busy public spaces so you’re never out of ear shot of the daytime action and DJ sets. Guest rooms have a handsome, hipster style that’s straight from a Restoration Hardware catalogue, with gun metal grays and whites on the board and batten walls, brass anglepoise lamps, Edison bulbs and subway-tiled bathrooms. Whitewater Garden Rooms are the smallest at a petite 150 square feet, but all have private decks and day beds overlooking the street; larger Moonlight guest rooms sleep four in two Queen beds and have clawfoot tubs. Start the day with a cup of artisan coffee and a fresh croissant from the No. 50 Cafe, then make the one-block walk to the beach or claim a cabana beside the hotel’s two small pools. A light-bites snack menu (lobster rolls, paninis, and more) is served poolside, and the outdoor grill dishes up burgers with all the fixings. The music kicks off at 1 pm and keeps going until sundown, but the rare in-town location means Montauk’s best bars and restaurants are within walking distance.
In the Area
Head into town for blowout breakfast wraps and thick waffles at local fave Joni’s. Get some daytime exertion with a surf lesson from Corey’s Wave or Air and Speed at Ditch Plains Beach, then refuel with a pressed sandwich or healthy salad from the summer staple food truck, Ditch Witch (open until 4 p.m.). Head to Surf Lodge by late afternoon for a Montauket Storm cocktail and killer sunset views, or take your own tipple to Duryea’s Lobster Deck and dine alfresco on fresh mussels, clams, lobster rolls and more.
How to Get There
We’d never been to Montauk and I did much research to find an upscale property in town and close to a beach. My family of 4 with kids 16 and 14 recently spent 3 nights during the week at MBH. My daughter looks forward to when she’s a twenty-something and can return with friends to enjoy the much touted weekend party scene. (I am not looking forward to that.) Multiple families with infants up to teens dotted the loungers. The two pools are very nice; the smaller is a figure 8 that’s marked from 2-5 feet and the larger I think 3-9. The pools and property were spotlessly clean. About the size of a nice backyard pool, we sometimes had it entirely to ourselves and it was never too crowded. The loungers are comfortable, poolside service attentive, and food good. We loved the trendy, beachy atmosphere. The small lobby is charming and artfully decorated. I think Tasha was the young woman whom we saw most frequently at the desk. She was gracious and always had a welcoming smile. At check in we were upgraded to a Moonlight room, which we entered from the property interior. If you’ve read reviews, you know this is a renovated motel. Industrially funky decor greeted us in our room with 2 queen beds. My son loved the tub and my daughter the rain shower. The room footprint from the motel’s previous incarnation remains; the bathroom is ridiculously small. We knew that from reviews. We brought a cooler for beverages and a small fan so we could hang and dry bathing suits and towels in our room. I’m a woman of a certain age and I appreciated the Arctic temps the ac provided. I am nutty about cleanliness and MBH exceeded my expectations. Kudos to the cleaning crew. David at the pool was adorable and funny. The only person whose attitude did a disservice to MBH was working the night of August 15. I won’t name her here, but I recommend management speak with her. I’d read in a manager’s response to a review to ask to have a fire pit table lighted. Around 8 pm, I asked the young woman if someone could turn on the gas for us so we could relax and enjoy the property. She told me no one was available to do that for me. Her response was curt and unapologetic. I then mentioned I’d read to ask. She said I could turn the pit on myself if I knew how. That was fine with me. We couldn’t figure out how to do it. I went back in to ask. She didn’t know how either and said no one else was available to help. I could have lived with that. Then she added we “weren’t even supposed to be sitting out there because the cabanas must be rented.” Wow. A. It’s an umbrella, not a cabana by definition B. We were literally the only guests on the property. C. WE WERE GUESTS ON THE PROPERTY. I am always kind and respectful to people until I’m not. I debated teaching her how to speak to people. I can make people cry with my venomous tongue if need be; I decided to not ruin my last night of our mini vacation by semantically eviscerating her. We enjoyed the cabana without using the fire pit. The only other annoyance: the pool is open until 8. At 7 one night we took a swim. The attendant had closed up shop- no towels available. We used our forbidden beach towels. Back to the positives: we loved the lattes and açaí bowls sold in the lobby. The continental breakfast was perfect for us. Croissants, bagels, fruit, yogurt, cereal, and yogurt. Orange juice and coffee. Newspapers. We also had great fun exploring using the hotel’s bikes. Parking was no issue. It’s a 2 minute walk to Kirk Beach and the in-town location was perfect for us. On both sides of our room were families with young kids. We were pleasantly surprised how quiet it was at night. The room was spacious. For longer trips we rent homes bc after a few days in one room, I feel like Jack Nicholson at the end of The Shining. If we return to Montauk for just a few days, we’d for sure stay here again.
Me and my wife definitely enjoyed our stay at this establishment. The rooms were very clean and the decor was cool. Enjoyed the outside bar with the DJ. Will definitely return anytime we visit Montauk. Has a good center location to walk to everything you need to.
The property is super cool, like an old Montauk Motel, totally redone! The rooms are way cool, with modern finishes, all around the pool. Loved the frosted glass that lets light in but still provides privacy. Windows in the back open to let some fresh air in. Great sink, the floors are really nice. The vibe is hip and fun. Great music around the pool, and both pools are nice to swim in. Drinks and food are also served pool side, and there is always a pitcher of ice water.
And to top it off, there is a breakfast buffet, fresh croissants, great fruit, yogurt, and such, and really good coffee, and that made my morning! Coffee from Left Hand, sometimes coffee that is complementary is jus so so, but this coffee was really good. The only thing that kind of annoyed me is that they use all these plastic disposable cups and plates, such a waste, they need to invest in a dishwasher and some great pool side cups and plates, and coffee mugs.
While there were no kids while we were there, our kids loved the place...