The Surf Lodge
Style Big Kahuna cool
Setting Hip Montauk
Board-toting wave riders and Boho beach bunnies call The Surf Lodge hotel home during the swell season. Laze away the days swaying in a hammock on a private deck overlooking Fort Pond, party by night at the thriving bar, or take a vintage Swiss army truck to Ditch Plains Beach to hang 10. Whether you can rip like Kelly Slater, or fancy yourselves as Gidget or Moondoggie, you’ll be stoked about this non-stop boutique beach bonanza.
Need to know
- Rooms 19, including one suite.
Double rooms from $250.00, excluding tax at 11.63 per cent.
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- More details Rates include Continental breakfast.
- Facilities Surf Bazaar boutique, library of books, DVDs and board games, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock, minibar, Frette linens and John Masters Organics bath products. Bikes, canoes and paddle boards are available to rent.
- Poolside No pool, but you’re surrounded by Fort Pond where you can stand-up paddle board and canoe, and the lodge is a five-minute car ride from the miles of sandy beaches both private and popular.
- Check-out 11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
- Children Welcome, although the hotel isn’t particularly geared towards little ones. There are high-chairs and a kids’ menu at the restaurant.
- Also In-room spa treatments such as massages, manicures or facials can be organised – just ask the concierge. Pets 40lbs and under are welcome for a US$100 fee. No smoking throughout.
- Hotel closed Late September to mid-May.
Food and drink at The Surf Lodge
Seafoodie chef Sam Talbot of Imperial No 9 in the Mondrian SoHo (and Top Chef fame) makes fresh beach fare at the Restaurant at the Surf Lodge. Lobster rolls, spaghetti with clams and fresh-from-the-surf fish tacos are must-trys. Whitewashed wood banquette seating is set against a splashy scrawl of multi-coloured graffiti on the wall. Picnic and round-top tables sit out back on the distressed wood deck.
- Dress code Flip-flops, Technicolor bikinis, board shorts and a floaty sundress or two.
- Top table Under the shade of upturned woven baskets, the corner table on the back deck is worth fighting for.
- Last orders Dinner’s normally available until 11pm; lunch is 11am until 3pm. The restaurant is closed on Tuesdays. Drinks are served until midnight most weekdays, but the party goes on as late as 2am or 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Room service No traditional room service, but if you’re feeling peckish between meals pop by the food truck in the parking lot, for Polynesian plate lunches from noon to 5pm. After-hours snacks of lobster rolls and sandwiches are available from 8pm to 3am as well.
Cocktails are served from Surf Lodge’s weathered yellow driftwood bar. Settle into one of the turquoise chairs with a Montauk Storm (rum, ginger beer and lime) and soak up the rock and reggae soundtrack. The second bar is on the big deck overlooking the pond, with low wicker tables, striped chairs and vintage lanterns. A roster of DJs rock the turntables at weekends.
The Surf Lodge 183 South Edgemere Street, Montauk, New York NY 11954
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Our favourite rooms
We love Room 2, the two-bedroom suite with blue and white gingham couches that double as day-beds, a kitchenette and driftwood details. An enormous plaster whale tail tops the dresser in the bright, white bedroom. Room 10 is airy, sweet and ideal for a duo. The bed faces Fort Pond, and the hanging chair in the room makes a perfect reading nook. Each room has a private deck and a hammock big enough for two. If you’re looking for quieter nights, pick a lower-numbered room, as they’re furthest from the restaurant and bar.
Forget bejewelled beach frocks: wet suits, breezy cover-ups and flip-flops will get the most wear–along with sweaters and hoodies for night-time chilling, fireside. The hotel is a scene at night, so light sleepers should bring ear plugs.
After hitting the waves, stretch out during a Vinyasa flow yoga class, held every weekend morning on the back decks. Catch a free ride on the Pinzgauer military truck shuttle to Ditch Plains Beach on weekends from 10am to 5pm. Catch some waves vicariously in the Den where surf movies are flickering across the big screen 24 hours a day.