Hamptons, United States

The Crow's Nest

Price per night from$475.00

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If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

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Playfully patterned


Lakeside perch

The Crow’s Nest is different, and proud of it. Montauk’s fabled pool-party scene, hippie-styled surf shacks and roaring Atlantic breakers are well within reach, but happily out of earshot. Instead, there’s an organic restaurant of local legend, a fire pit crackling in the garden, and Lake Montauk gently lapping on the shore. Each of the free-spirited rooms has bags of bohemian character and a bamboo-shaded balcony facing the water. Hop on bikes to explore Long Island’s wild and windswept tip, or pootle around the bay on a paddleboard; just make sure you’re back in time for dinner.

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The hotel's signature drink, a Watermelon Cooler (made with fresh watermelon juice, mint, lemon and vodka), on arrival


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Need to know




11am, check-in 3pm, but flexible, subject to availability.


Double rooms from £395.48 ($516), including tax at 8.625 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 3% per booking on check-out.

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Rates include a Continental breakfast of freshly baked croissants, yoghurt, granola and a selection of juices.


The front desk doubles as a worldly boutique stocking art, jewellery and textiles from around the globe; it’s run by the enviably well-travelled folk at Melet Mercantile. Owner-designer Sean MacPherson also runs the Ludlow, Bowery and Greenwich hotels in NYC; in other words, the guy knows his onions.

Hotel closed

The hotel is closed from 1 October until 17 May.

At the hotel

Free-to-use bicycles, paddleboards and WiFi. In rooms: TV, minibar including Montauk craft beer and local North Fork crisps, air-conditioning, tea- and coffee-making facilities, free bottled water.

Our favourite rooms

All the rooms in the main lodge face the lake, but for an elevated view go for one on the upper level and settle in under the bamboo balcony roof.

Packing tips

Tuck in a pair of bats for a not-trying-I-promise game of paddleball on the beach.


Unfortunately the property is not suitable for wheelchair users.


Sorry, pets aren’t allowed. No, not even crows. See more pet-friendly hotels in Hamptons.


All ages welcome. There are day-beds in units 4-7 and 11-27; one extra guest can stay for $125 a night (free for children aged 12 or under). Cots can be added to all rooms.


Organic, locally-sourced food; planet-friendly bathroom and cleaning products.

Food and Drink

Photos The Crow's Nest food and drink

Top Table

Out on the terrace, for lungfuls of fresh seaside air and a view of the lake.

Dress Code

You’re no crow (Jon Snow) – ditch the dour and bring out your psychedelic prints, daisy headbands and bead bracelets.

Hotel restaurant

There are lots of reasons this place has a reputation as one of the best eateries in the whole region, and they’re all listed on the menu. The blue- crab tagliatelle with Calabrian chili is a must, and there’s nothing more local than the black seabass with quinoa, sweet potato and harissa. The mountain of ricotta drizzled in honey, bee pollen and pink peppercorn seems unconquerable… and then you taste it. All this is served in an travel-inspired wooden lodge with tribal prints and African artifacts overlooking the lake. Outsiders flock here every night, but hotel guests are the only ones who get to bagsy a table in advance.

Hotel bar

Pick a Long Island tipple from the wine list scrawled in chalk, or choose a speciality cocktail from the menu. The Ruse (the house margarita) has a feisty habanero kick, but you can always follow up with a watermelon cooler, simply shaken with Reyka vodka, lemon and mint.

Last orders

In June, July and August, the restaurant is open every night for dinner and at weekends for lunch (11am– -3pm). In May, September and October, dinner is served from Thursday to Sunday only, as well as Memorial Day Monday.

Room service

There’s no room service, but the food is well worth the trip across the lawn.


Photos The Crow's Nest location
The Crow's Nest
4 Old West Lake Dr
United States

Head east out of New York City and keep going… and going. The surf town of Montauk is on the point of Long Island’s South Fork, at the very end of a long line of wave-beaten sandbars, dunes and beaches.


JFK airport is New York’s largest international hub, and also on the right side of the city for escaping to Montauk; it’s about two hours and 45 minutes by car. Closer still is MacArthur airport (one hour and 45 minutes by car), which has routes to several cities in the eastern US. Newark and LaGuardia are New York City’s other major airports, with arrivals from around North America and Europe.Smith24 can arrange flights on request.


The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) runs from New York City all the way to Montauk in just over three hours. Get on at Penn station (34th Street in Manhattan) and then change onto the Montauk branch at Jamaica station. The hotel is a five-minute cab ride from Montauk railway station.


A car will come in handy for exploring the Long Island coast, even more so if you’re carrying surfboards. The Smith24 team can help you arrange a rental; picking up from an airport usually gives you the best rate, but there are countless merchants in the city, too. There’s plenty of parking space at the hotel.


The Hampton Jitney busses Manhattanites out to the East End several times a day; check out the Hampton Ambassador and Hampton Luxury Liner for cushier alternatives. Private aircraft can land at Montauk airport (five minutes from the hotel by car), or the larger East Hampton airport (40 minutes’ drive from the hotel).

Worth getting out of bed for

Start the day with a dip in Lake Montauk, either intentionally or because you can’t balance on a paddleboard. Then borrow a Crow’s Nest bike and pedal down to Ditch Plains beach, where Atlantic breakers crash into soft golden sand at one the East Coast’s swellest surf spots. Hit the waves, take a lesson, or just gulp in the salty air before mooching around Montauk to top up on tie-die and scout out a pool party. Local critters hang out in the wetlands at Camp Hero State Park, and at the very tip of Long Island, Montauk Lighthouse has been politely posing for tourists since 1796.

Local restaurants

Fine-dine at Scarpetta Beach (290 Old Montauk Highway), the flagship restaurant at Gurney’s resort hotel – seafood is the star of the menu, and the best catches of all are the halibut with artichokes, the yellowtail crudo, and the jumbo seared scallops. For Mex on the marina, sneak off to The Hideaway (364 West Lake Drive) and don’t forget to finish with a palate-cleansing jalapeño-infused tequila. The go-to for fish tacos and poké bowls is Seamore’s (769 Old Montauk Highway), at the Breakers Motel.

Local cafés

A lobster roll is a lobster roll, right? Wrong. Hot or cold, with crunchy celery, creamy butter, or a housemade secret sauce – there are countless varieties and only one, tasty way of settling on a favourite. Start the sampling at cryptically-named roadside diner The Lobster Roll (1980 Montauk Highway) and then see how Salt Box (99 S Edgemere Street) and Red Hook Lobster Pound (34 S Etna Avenue) compare. For a day at the beach, fill up the hamper with cold cuts and deli delights from Herb’s Market (778 Montauk Highway). 

Local bars

There’s really not that much going on… only kidding – any Montauk bar worth its sea-salt has a party scene. Surf Lodge (183 Edgemere Street) is the most raucous rave-den in town, with live DJs and dancing till dawn all summer long. Grey Lady MTK (440 West Lake Drive) is more low-key but still upbeat; house cocktails and rosé flow until 4am on the patio overlooking the lake. Ruschmeyer’s (161, 2nd House Road) has a grown-up summer camp feel, with ping pong and cornhole in the garden.


Photos The Crow's Nest reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this lakeside hotel in Montauk and unpacked their surf wax and sun cream, a full account of their beachtown break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside the Crow’s Nest in Montauk…

By the time the desserts are demolished, the Crow’s Nest is brimming with very full, very satisfied diners, tipsily reliving the tastes and textures of everything they’ve just devoured – the beausoleil oysters, honey-doused ricotta, crab-claw tagliatelle and so on, all washed down with a chilled North Fork rosé. Most of them jump in with a designated driver and head off into the night. Only a lucky few remain. Perhaps they gather for a night cap around the firepit, stroll down to the moonlit water, or pair off to their rooms. And these are no ordinary rooms, especially down this end of Long Island. There’s not a nautical theme in sight – instead it’s layer upon layer of patterned throws and hippie stitchwork, with worn brass rain-showers and Victorian tiling in the bathroom. When you can call this home, even for a little while, you might just decide Montauk’s party scene isn’t that tempting after all.

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