- Style Scenester's summer camp
- Setting Into the woods
Ruschmeyer’s hotel, a revamped Fifties estate, is a summer camper’s dream. Mid-century modern couches and chairs mingle with nautical details such as criss-crossed roped-lined walls and tailored sail cloth. After a feast in the Manhattan-grade restaurant, slink to the low-lit Electric Eel Disco, where the leather banquettes let you lounge, but the DJ’s beats urge you to dance all night long. Ruschmeyer’s is the coolest camp you never went to, but always fantasised about.
Need to know
- Rooms 19, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $900.00, excluding tax at 11.63 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional room tax of 0.75% per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Treehouse, teepee, spa treatment room, bocce ball pitch, ping-pong table, library of books and DVDs, free WiFi throughout, bikes to borrow. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, Frette linens and John Masters Organics bath products.
- Check–out Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Welcome, but discouraged on weekends during the summer, when the bar scene takes over. Even during the week, Ruschmeyer’s is more geared towards families with older children. There’s a kids’ menu at the restaurant.
- Hotel closed Late September to mid-May.
- Also Mani-pedis, facials and massages can be provided either in your cabinor in the spa room – book through the concierge. There’s US$100 charge if you want to bring pets (under 40lbs). The bar and disco environs can be quite noisy at night in summer.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The suite, Room 13, is the biggest cabin, its two bathroom-linked bedrooms perfect for families or two couples staying together. There’s a pair of sunset-yellow couches in the second bedroom, laden with black-and-white embroidered cushions. We also love Room 16 because you get prime views of the courtyard and a little more space. The decor of Ruschmeyer’s rooms is best described as ‘seafaring hippie minimalist’, with khaki curtains strung like sails, multicolour woven rugs, vintage wicker headboards and seafoam-green walls with prints of palm-trees and clouds. The suspended macramé swinging chairs are a cool, crafty touch.
- Packing tips Bring bug spray to minimise the time you spend leg and arm slapping. A mini head lamp for late-night strolls will make you one of the most popular campers.
- Also Each room comes with its own kelly green compass, so you won’t get lost on the hiking trails. We love the minibar, actually a wicker picnic basket, packed with a canteen, a S’more-making kit, bubbles, a balsa wood glider, Mast Brothers Chocolate and more goodies.
Food and drink at Ruschmeyer's
- Hotel restaurant The team from New York’s famed Fat Radish have landed in Montauk. Their fanaticism for fresh produce has travelled to the Restaurant at Ruschmeyer’s, where seasonal ingredients and locally landed seafood make the menu. Creamy white Japanese lanterns line the ceiling and the long slated pine-wood booths, with gingham-covered cushions, offer plenty of space to sprawl. The Nook, a takeaway outfit opposite the restaurant, open from 8am to 5pm, offers fresh-squeezed juice, baked-goods, salads and sandwiches.
- Dress code Merit badges will be given out to those rocking casual-cool gear: skinny jeans, bathing suits and deep-v t-shirts, along with gauzy scarves for sea-breezy nights.
- Top table Pick one of the middle booths, right in the thick of it. The centre separator can be pulled out to connect seating; great for a large posse.
- Last orders Sip until midnight on weekdays and 3am on weekends. The last dish is served at 10pm during the week and on Sundays. On weekends you can dine until 11pm.The restaurant is closed on Wednesdays.
- Room service There’s no room service, but the minibar is there for the pillaging.
- Hotel bar The Pool, an outdoor sand pit that was a swimming hole in a former life, boasts a hut serving craft beer, a bocce ball pitch and ping-pong courts. Spectators can catch the action from the bleachers or picnic tables. The Electric Eel Disco, in the main house, opens at 5pm and keeps going into the wee hours. Teal Japanese fishing floats are suspended around a disco ball, walls are covered with sails, and some of Manhattan’s finest mixologists shake up old-school cocktails behind the gleaming bar.