Way before surfing became a hipster sport and decades before Andy Warhol brought the cool to Montauk, Gurney’s Inn drew travelers to its prime stretch of beach and marine-therapy-based spa.
For years, the old-style decor had a nostalgic appeal, but management finally decided to update everything.
Room furnishings now have a bright, beachy feel, and some suites have giant windows that offer awe-inspiring views of the sea ($420 for two, including dinner and breakfast credits). The new Acqua patio deck--which has lounge furniture and a king-size stone fire pit--is open all day for continental breakfast, wine, cocktails and snacks like a raw-bar platter ($20) or lobster martini ($20).
State-of-the-art equipment has been installed in the gym, and a detox foot treatment ($25) and a vitamin C facial ($160) have been added to the spa services. But don’t worry: Those superstrong massages are still available ($115 for Swedish).
Meanwhile, the hotel’s sous chef was sent to the macrobiotic Kushi Institute and returned with yummy vegan, gluten-free and macrobiotic dishes for the new menu, and Gurney’s now has weekly beach concerts. Sit by the bonfire, grab a drink and watch the surf roll in.
Gurney’s Inn, 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2345 or gurneysinn.com