The Surf Lodge Montauk
What We Love
- Great late-night bar scene
- Every room has a lakeside view and a hammock
- Bonfires by the lake
- Surfing lessons are available for an additional fee
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What To Know
- The lodge opened in May 2008
- Located 125 miles east of Manhattan
- Despite the on-site traffic, the location is isolated from the rest of the Hamptons
- Rooms and suites are well appointed but relatively small
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On Montauk’s Fort Pond, the Surf Lodge aims to embodies an old-fashioned notion of what a seaside getaway should be. Three bars and daily activities set a lazy, sun-drenched mood by day and conjure a formidable party scene at night. The crew from the popular Cain Luxe and GoldBar nightclubs in NYC brings one-third of the ownership muscle (as well as lively evenings), while a top-notch chef supplies a first-class destination restaurant on the premises. A touch of mod ’60s surfer mojo fills the Den, and in the restaurant, reclaimed nautical furnishings and driftwood cover the walls. At the 2,600-square-foot outdoor deck and cocktail lounge, listen to funky reggae with the hip crowd. The hanging rattan chairs and hammocks outside each room get guests into the chill swing of things while whitewashed walls and sun-bleached pine floors offer a fresh, modern beachy feel. Most mornings the chalkboard in front of the Den lists the day’s activities — stand-up paddle boarding on the lake, yoga on the beach, in-room massages — kind of like summer camp for grown-ups. If only all camps mixed such stellar versions of the classic rum cocktail the Dark and Stormy (here it’s called the Montauk Storm and features ginger beer made on the premises). Only a few miles from the ocean (and what’s said to be the best surfing in the East End at Ditch Plains), the Surf Lodge offers shuttle service to the beach in a decommissioned Panzer military assault vehicle — refitted to carry surfboards, the local weapon of choice.
In the Area
Shoot pool at the Memory Motel (692 Montauk Highway), the dive bar the Rolling Stones immortalized in song after wandering over from Andy Warhol’s Montauk estate. Hop into the Panzer and head over to Ditch Plains to hit the waves. Grab a breakfast burrito or fuel up with a smoothie from the Ditch Witch truck. Check the wave report, scrawled onto a chalkboard in the lobby every morning. If there are no waves, make your own with a kite-surfing session. Stare down the shark that supposedly inspired Jaws. His head is mounted on the wall behind the bar at Salivars (470 West Lake Dr.). Then, cage-dive with live sharks. Charter a boat for a half day, and go deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and shark. Go horseback riding at Deep Hollow, which claims to be the oldest cattle ranch in the U.S. Head to the very end of the East End to see the historic Montauk Lighthouse.
How to Get There
You have to check out Surf Lodge when you're in Montauk - it's a fun and crazy experience, and the epitome of Montauk's summer party scene. Drinks are overflowing, everyone's dancing and the scene is sceney (you will see famous people). BUT don't come here to have good food - it's not great and not worth what you pay. Come here to drink and party, and that's it.
Unique location and summer in a capsule. Great restaurant - incredible bar - super music - and hot women. Does summer get any better??? Lounge on your daybed and watch the drama/circus/spectacle unfold before your eyes. Dance as if you really don't care. You have not seen Montauk until you add this to your list of "I've been there".
Made a reservation over the phone..never told us about parking not available on site?? They make you park .25 miles down the road and expect you to walk but don’t tell you UNTIL you arrive. Called 5 times and no one answers phone in either front desk or restaurant. When you walk into hotel check in, 5 people were sitting there doing absolutely NOTHING. And they still can’t answer the phone?? A joke. Do not give these people your time or money. TONS of places in Montauk that will make you feel happy and welcomed. 0 out of 10 recommended.