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
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
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
The hotel is unbelievably fun...it is an old dive bar/22 room hotel at the tip of Long Island and is pretty much booked the whole season--i heard Jimmy Buffet and several other great singers there--the AC freezes the room--what more could i ask for-which has one side completely filled with large square windows that face out onto a great pond...bringing in a fresh sea breaze...The most fun nightlife including NYC...(full disclosure i am friends with the owner but it does not change my review---the place is great...No phone in the room. No TV in the room---which are two of my favorite things to have gone...real privacy if that is what you are looking for...
Great dinner and bar. We enjoyed a 50th birthday for friends, the band was great and overall a real fun evening. will definitely visit again . The property is on the beach so once can wander in the sand
Extremely terrible experience is an understatement for this place. Don't waste your time looking into visiting this spot because you are setting yourself up for disappointment and your time and money is far better spent at any of the other Montauk venues! My husband and I were celebrating our anniversary weekend and wanted to pop in here to enjoy a drink before dinner. The employees here were very unfriendly and rude, and couldn't provide a clear answer in where the line was formed to get inside. Every single one of the staff standing outside failed to give a clear answer on whether or not we could complete the simple task of walking inside to enjoy cocktails. One incomprehensible answer after another, there was an air of pretension that permeated this entire venue. My husband and I frequent many spots in the Hamptons (which are all friendly and welcoming) and the service here was substantially worse than anything I could have imagined. If you're looking for an undeniably poor experience, this is your place! It is no surprise the majority of the ratings are low.
Loved everything about this hotel! The nightlife, the rooms, the staff...everyone was amazing! Tim was by far the highlight of the trip - he is absolutely the best! Cant wait to visit again next summer!
Attended a wedding this past weekend. First the good. The food was outstanding !
The service was responsive and friendly. The bar tenders were quick and knew how to mix a drink. NOW THE NOT SO GOOD ! The place needs more than a coat of paint. The restrooms should be called latrines. Marines would refuse to use them. The furniture is shabby. The chairs that the guest would sit on were dirty. This for a wedding when people come dressed !