The 10 Best Hampton Hotels of 2019

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Best Overall: Aqualina Inn Montauk

Aqualina Inn Montauk

Aqualina Inn Montauk

Ranked number one on TripAdvisor, the simple and affordable Aqualina Inn Montauk is loved by reviewers for its immaculate cleanliness and exemplary service. The inn enjoys a prime location in downtown Montauk, across the street from the ocean, a block from the main street, and just two blocks from the Hampton Jitney stop. 

Complimentary beach chairs, beach towels, umbrellas, and bicycles are available to help you make the most of your location, while the outdoor saltwater pool stays open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Spend lazy hours swinging in the poolside hammocks and long summer evenings cooking out on the barbecue grills in the sandy courtyard.

The hotel has 22 modern rooms and suites, each with a King or Queen bed. Natural wood furniture and a subtle ocean theme set the tone for a laid-back beach getaway. All rooms have a coffee maker, microwave, mini-fridge, Smart TV, and high-speed Wi-Fi while upgraded rooms come with a whirlpool tub or private balcony. The hotel is open from May through October and also offers free parking. 

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Best Runner-Up: Ocean Surf Resort

Ocean Surf Resort

 Ocean Surf Resort

If staying directly on the beach is a top priority, make a reservation at Ocean Surf Resort. Located in Montauk, the hotel boasts sweeping sea views and easy access to Kirk Park Beach, and you’ll love hearing the waves from bed at night. 

There are three room categories, all of which include a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, cable TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Upgrade to the top-tier Oceanfront Gold or Beachfront Platinum rooms for a stovetop and a private balcony or sundeck.

The highlight of the property is the pool deck, with its beachfront panorama and tiki-style umbrellas. Take a dip in the heated pool, or pull up a lounger and get to work on your summer tan. Beach towels, chairs, and umbrellas are all available to rent, while on-site barbecue grills give you the option of self-catering. Otherwise, the restaurants and bars of downtown Montauk are all just two blocks away. The Hampton Jitney stop is a five-minute walk. Like many Hamptons hotels, Ocean Surf Resort is open seasonally from May to October. 

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Best Budget: Daunt’s Albatross Motel

Daunt’s Albatross Motel

 Daunt’s Albatross Motel

Family-run Daunt’s Albatross Motel is a well-reviewed Montauk property, located within 100 feet of the beach and the main street. It’s a solid pick for budget travelers, as standard rooms include Wi-Fi, a TV with HBO, and a vintage VHS player and tape collection. You can also save money by using the microwave and mini-fridge for some basic self-catering. Deluxe room types cost a little extra but offer added amenities ranging from kitchenettes to sleeper couches and/or private balconies. 

In peak season (July and August), the motel serves a free continental breakfast – saving you money on your first meal of the day. Throughout the year, you can cookout on the barbecue grills or use the brick pizza oven to make dinner. Alternatively, free bike rentals make it easy to explore the restaurants and bars of downtown Montauk. Other highlights of this affordable accommodation include an outdoor saltwater pool and a yoga studio with complimentary yoga and cardio boxing classes. 

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Best for Romance: East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast

East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast

 East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast

East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast is a luxurious, exclusive pick located in a historic artists’ community of the namesake village. With just four guest rooms, it’s the ideal choice for couples in search of uninterrupted privacy. 

Choose the Master Spa Suite for the added romance of an indoor fireplace, a two-person whirlpool spa tub, and a private balcony. Every morning you’ll be treated to a complimentary gourmet breakfast, while a fully stocked Butler’s Pantry supplies local delicacies around the clock. 

The villa is filled with impressive art, much of which is the work of the resident artists, or is on loan from local collectors. You can walk to private Clearwater Bay Beach in minutes, while complimentary parking passes for several of the local beaches are included. 

The hotel has its own indoor and outdoor pools, and a hot tub with its own waterfall. In the evening, set up a board game by the fireplace in the living room to unwind. There’s also a full gym, a game room, and a bar lounge with a pool table and darts.

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Best Nightlife: Solé East Resort

Solé East Resort

Solé East Resort

Located at the end of the South Fork in Montauk, Solé East Resort gets mixed reviews on TripAdvisor with some guests complaining about the noise. However, if you’re in town to party, this American Tudor building with its retro ‘70s vibe could be a great fit. After all, what good party doesn’t give off a little bit of noise?

The center of the action is the heated pool, with its food and beverage service and beach-club feel. During high season, it becomes a social hotspot on weekends, with pool parties, guest DJs, and barbecues. Head to Backyard, the restaurant, and poolside lounge, for craft cocktails and Montauk oysters. 

A property-wide sound system means you’re never far from the party, although landscaped gardens with hammocks and a fire pit provide ample opportunities to unwind and get some peace. 

The beach is a three-minute ride away on one of the hotel’s rental bikes. There are 60 bungalows and seven garden cabana suites to choose from, all with cable TV, an iPod docking station, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Parking is free, as is high season transport from the train and jitney stations.

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Best Boutique: The Baker House 1650

The Baker House 1650

The Baker House 1650

To experience one of the most luxurious accommodations in the Hamptons, make your way to The Baker House 1650. Situated just a four-minute drive from East Hampton Main Beach, this 17th-century hotel is one of the oldest continuously occupied structures in the United States. Its architecture, inspired by the southeast English countryside, evokes the elegance of a British country manor – but with the addition of every conceivable modern comfort. All rooms spoil with an opulent private bath, Frette linens, and a gourmet mini-bar. Most have wood-burning fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. 

Your room rate includes a sumptuous breakfast prepared with organic local produce. On sunny days, dine outside in the manor’s charming garden with its vine-covered trellises and trailing wisteria. 

Other notable features include an outdoor infinity pool, a bar stocked with fine wines and single malt scotches, and The Baker Spa. The latter is complimentary for guests and offers countless ways to relax, including an endless swimming pool, sauna, steam shower, Jacuzzi tub, and massage treatments. Coveted parking passes for East Hampton beaches are also provided. 

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Best for Self-Catering: Hartman’s Briney Breezes Beach Resort

Hartman’s Briney Breezes Beach Resort

Hartman’s Briney Breezes Beach Resort

There are many reasons to self-cater on vacation: perhaps you want to save money on dining out, or maybe you have special dietary requirements or small children. Either way, Hartman’s Briney Breezes Beach Resort in Montauk gives you the freedom to cook for yourself by supplying every suite and apartment with a full kitchen. You can eat at the indoor table, or on your private terrace or balcony. Other in-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, a flat-screen TV, and daily housekeeping. 

The property is ideal for families or friends traveling together, with a social, laid-back atmosphere and a spacious lawn area for barbecue cook-outs. The heated outdoor pool stays open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, and the beach is mere steps away.

If you feel like exploring downtown Montauk, the center of town is five minutes away by car. Accessible rooms are available upon request, while all rooms are smoke and pet-free. For the best rates, keep an eye out for the hotel’s generous off-season specials. 

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Best B&B: The Hedges Inn

The Hedges Inn

The Hedges Inn

Located in between downtown East Hampton and the beach, The Hedges Inn was established in 1873 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The historic property has hosted a slew of celebrities from Hollywood A-listers to former presidents.

Today, the inn’s newly renovated guest rooms reflect the perfect blend of classic and contemporary style. There are 13 to choose from, all decorated in sophisticated shades of white and sage. Expect cable TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a glorious mahogany and marble bathroom. 

Breakfast is a highlight, made with fresh ingredients from local farms and the inn’s own garden. Opt for a languid continental breakfast in bed, or head downstairs for a multi-course feast. In-room massages are available upon request, and in summer, yoga classes are hosted on the lawn. 

Your rate includes complimentary parking passes for five local beaches. Order an artisan beach picnic for two, then pick up towels, chairs, and umbrellas at reception. In the evening, reminisce about the day’s adventures in a rocking chair on the front porch. 

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Runner Up, Best B&B: White Fences Inn

White Fences Inn

 White Fences Inn

Located in Water Mill, the White Fences Inn has a low-key vibe and offers down-home comforts. Its convenient location means you’re just minutes from the best boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants on Southampton’s Main Street.

Recently renovated accommodations give the B&B an updated, Scandinavian feel, with pastels and minimalist, chic furniture. Rooms include flat-screen TVs, gas fireplaces, giant soaking tubs, and some even boast heated floors for maximum comfort. Other nice-to-haves include Malin + Goetz toiletries and Frette linens so you can refresh after a day at the beach.

The complimentary breakfast is focused around seasonal ingredients and includes treats like freshly baked croissants with orange honey butter, or asparagus and avocado egg sandwiches.

The B&B also has a backyard pool that’s lined with cushioned loungers - it’s the ideal spot to while away an afternoon with a good book and a glass of wine.

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Best Luxury: Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa

Just minutes from downtown Montauk, Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa is perfect for a luxe stay near some of the most exclusive Hamptons zip codes. The iconic property was first constructed in1926 and underwent a head-to-toe renovation in 2014 to modernize the facilities. It’s a favorite with well-to-do Manhattanites looking to escape hectic city life and a place where there’s a high chance of rubbing shoulders with celebrities and professional athletes. 

The hotel boasts 146 accommodations, from deluxe rooms and suites to beachfront cottages. Wooden furniture and muted shades of gray and blue help bring the outside in and complete the beachy vibe. All rooms come equipped with a wet bar and a Nespresso coffee maker, while bathrooms pamper with rain showers and Lather toiletries. More well-appointed options feature separate living rooms, kitchenettes, and even fireplaces.

The spa offers an indoor seawater pool (if you ever get tired of the ocean), a Finnish rock sauna, and a Russian steam room, making it an excellent place to unwind and find your inner Zen. And when hunger strikes, Scarpetta Beach restaurant serves up tasty Italian classics such as branzino with fregola, baby turnip, kale, and pepperoncini jus, which is best washed down with a glass of a Rosato from Channing Daughter’s local vineyard.

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