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
Chill beach vibe with three bars, a top-notch restaurant and lakeside bonfires
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
My husband and I went to Montauk every other weekend and did a share house with some friends. We have not been in about 4 years because we moved to the west coast and wanted to go back. We decided to stay at the surf lodge.
-we were told we would have a water front room. When we arrived our room was blocked 100% by trees and bushes. We asked to switch and were moved to another room with trees and bushes blocking the view. When we went to ask what was going on we were told word for word "it is a water front view-it's just behind the bushes." We were told they actually don't have water front rooms unless you book the suites- however their website advertises the room we booked as water front. We put a premium on having water front-- their website blatantly lied.The rooms are not worth the price to stare at a bunch of dirty bushes.
-It smelled like sewer for the first day because they had a party the day we arrived. It was clear that this party was their main priority.
-Our room had so many bugs in it. We had to kill about 10-15 every night.
-People yelling outside our room
-Trash, cigarette buds, old broken chairs, old broken umbrellas stacked in the beach area to the point it was gross to sit at.
-We went for complimentary breakfast and waited forever to be served. When we were it was yogurt and berries. Pretty lame breakfast.
-Blinds in the bedroom are completely translucent- you get woken up when the sun comes up. This is absurd to me. They could not provide me with an eye mask or tell me where to get one in town.
-I was excited because on the website it lists products and amenities in the room. We did not book for the products and amenities, but it gives off the impression that the hotel is nice. They claim they have dyson hairdryers (they do not). They claim that you get goop products etc... and some things to take home. When I asked they said that is only on Saturday nights. Again nothing on the website indicates this. False advertising.
-None of the bikes worked
Literally nothing about this hotel was good. I have stayed at b&b's, hostels, and bungalows without power that were nicer than this and I have been happier with. Save your money and stay someplace else.
They did give us 50% off one of three nights after we complained. It was still not worth it to us.
If you are coming to attend their parties and get a wristband then it is probably worth it for you.
I didn't know I could hate myself for booking a hotel, but with this one I did. We stayed for two days after labor day and it seemed the hotel had nearly shut down for the season already when we stayed. Neither the restaurant or bar were open midweek. So essentially we paid almost $700 to stay in a three star hotel for two nights with no place to eat or have a drink.. eyeroll. I considered giving an average review but there were too many maintenance issues to warrant a positive experience even with just the room. For a "lake view" room there was a large bush blocking the entire terrace, the screened door was broken and there are no chairs to sit out on the terrace either. Room felt dirty. The hanging chair barely fit in the room and felt forced. No toiletries available other than cheap-feeling shampoo, no hairdryer or iron in the room. There was an events guide from 2018 in the drawer, but covered in stale beer...still wet even. The only positive thing was the free bikes to ride around town. I'm embarrassed we stayed here.
Very bad experience with the a person who called himself the manager kofer I believe, not sure of his correct spelling of his name, we had dinner Reservations and told me that he’s over capacity and to leave with a loud and nasty tone, I asked the man nicely on why there was over 20 people getting into establishment when I’m waiting to get seated into restaurant if you’re over capacity, had no response and was disrespectful to me, not one apology to me or my guests, I hope Jayma the owner can take care of this issue of rudeness from the manager in the future, I’m sure I’m not the only person that this has happend too , but it’s unacceptable,