If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the Hamptons -- which comprises a number of hamlets and villages in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton -- you have many options, including several in Montauk. The majority of the area's small, design hotels are located in this hamlet. Many of the boutiques are right on the beach, if not on a private estate. The boutique community is quite diverse; it includes a resort, a beach bum's paradise and a few historic buildings.
The Village Latch Inn Hotel
Southhampton's Village Latch Inn Hotel spreads across a five-acre estate. Each building has its own distinct interior design, ranging from a "Great Gatsby style" to a Moroccan motif. The buildings range from a 24-room inn to a five-bedroom villa. The artists who run the inn have given it an international feel, with decor like African artifacts and Burmese puppets. Amenities vary from building to building but include fireplace, full kitchen, private deck and balcony. Carly Simon, former Vice President Al Gore, and current Vice President Joe Biden have all been guests of the Village Latch Inn Hotel.
The Surf Lodge
On Fort Pond in Montauk, a half-mile from the beach, The Surf Lodge provides a laid-back, surfer-friendly ambiance for its guests. In the guestrooms, the walls and linens are white; the floors are made of bleached pine; and a rotating collection of artwork by local surfers adorns the walls. The rooms, while small, open up to private sun decks and have views of the beach. In the lodge's main lounge, The Den, guests can relax in low-slung seating in comfortable surroundings while watching screenings of surfer films, which play 24 hours a day. The Surf Lodge also has a 2,600-square-foot outdoor area with live music, a seating area, and a full bar. The boutique offers yoga classes, in-room massages and spa services, as well as bike rentals and surf lessons.
Sole East in Montauk operates a 67-room hotel resort, Sole East Resort, and a 26-room motel, Sole East Beach. The resort is housed in a landmark American Tudor building, with heated pool and a poolside DJ. While the hotel is a five-minute walk from the beach, its lawns, gardens and bamboo walkways bring a natural element to the hotel aesthetic. The Sole East Beach is 50 feet away from the beach; a pathway through the sand dunes leads to the shore. The pet-friendly motel sports a mixture of vintage and modern decor. Rooms at both the hotel and motel are either king or double size and offer Aveda bathroom products. Both lodgings share the beach aesthetic seen in the Hamptons: white walls, white linens and pine furnishings.
c/o The Maidstone
The Swedish hotelier responsible for East Hampton's c/o The Maidstone used her Scandinavian roots with a bohemian flair in the hotel's design. The hotel was built just before the Civil War and was converted from an inn to a boutique in 2008. This family-friendly hotel has a private garden with Swedish lawn furniture and games, kid-friendly dining and babysitting services. Guests can choose between four categories of rooms: Divine, Magnificent, Fabulous and Cozy. A different Swedish personality has inspired the design and decor or each of the rooms. Amenities include a Sony PlayStation 3, iPod docking station, aromatherapy burners and essential oils and a Bodum French press. In keeping with the Swedish motif, the hotel bikes are adapted from Swedish military models. In September 2010, "Hamptons Magazine" called the hotel restaurant's menu "proof that slow food can be phenomenal."
The American Hotel
Built in 1846, The American Hotel is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. Each of the eight individually designed rooms has antique furnishings dating back to the early 1900s and double Jacuzzi bathtubs. You will also find Empire and Victorian furnishings in the restaurant, which serves up American-French cuisine and has four dining rooms, including a garden room with skylight. Each morning the restaurant serves a continental breakfast, which is included in the room rate. This Sag Harbor hotel features Victorian styling and decor throughout, giving it a cozy feel.
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