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The Hamptons 18 Essential Hotels

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Welcome to Curbed Hamptons' Hotel 18 map, your answer to the question, "Where should I stay in the Hamptons?"

We selected the 18 hotels, with your input, that we feel are most important to the Hamptons. Some are expensive, some are more moderate, but all have character. When you stay in these hotels, you know you are someplace special.

Outraged because your favorite wasn't included? Let us know why for next time at hamptons@curbed.com.

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1. The 1708 House

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126 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 287-1708
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Ancient, charming
This bed-and-breakfast in fact does date from 1708. There are four eighteenth-century guest rooms with original wood floors, beamed ceilings, four-poster beds, and clawfoot tubs and also more modern rooms and cottages. The cellar, dating to 1648, is an atmospheric place to have a glass of wine. Location is unbeatable: you can walk to the center of Southampton and the beach.

2. The 1770 House

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143 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-1770

Beautiful, luxurious
Everything about the 1770 House is luxurious and the staff goes out of their way to be charming. Originally built as a private residence for William Fithian in 1663, this place has been an inn since 1770. The six guest rooms and carriage house are all beautifully appointed; some rooms even have fireplaces and private entrances. The restaurant is also top-notch.

3. American Hotel

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49 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 725-3535
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Landmark, atmospheric
You feel like a guest in an old-fashioned mansion at the American Hotel. The hotel was built in 1846 at the height of Sag Harbor’s whaling heyday, but today, the American Hotel is one of the most elegant and charming hotels in the Hamptons, and offers a noted restaurant and bar. If that’s not enough, it is reputedly haunted by drowned whalers.

4. The Baker House 1650

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181 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-4081

Unique, lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton’s Main Street, walkable to shops and restaurants.

5. c/o The Maidstone

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207 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-5006
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Charming, luxurious
The Maidstone (aka the William L.H. Osborn House) is another old East Hampton inn, built in 1840. But there’s no stuffiness here. The Scandinavian c/o hospitality group remodeled four years ago; now the guest rooms are filled with Scandinavian antiques and the bathrooms are luxurious. Freestanding cottages out back are frequented by celebrities to hide from the paparazzi. Want to sneak away from your adoring public? Borrow one of the vintage Scandinavian Kronan bikes available for guests.

6. Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa

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290 Old Montauk Hwy.
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2345
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Peaceful, relaxing
Feel the cares of the world slip away when you enter Gurney’s, whether you’re staring at the Atlantic Ocean or getting a treatment in the spa. The newest addition to the Hotels 18 list has seen some exciting changes over the past year: new ownership and a new direction. The future looks bright for the inn Maude Gurney started many years ago.

7. Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel

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693 Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954

Unpretentious, homey
Briney Breezes is the quintessential Montauk family motel, right across from Umbrella Beach and a short walk to the village. It’s clean, relaxing, and has a huge greensward in front of the pool on which children play on summer nights. Many rooms are efficiencies, which makes it even more useful for family stays.

8. The Hedges Inn

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James Lane
East Hampton, NY
(631) 324-7100
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Cozy, pretty
At the Hedges Inn, each well-appointed room overlooks either Town Pond or the beautiful gardens. The Hedges was built in 1873 as a summer boarding house and has been recently renovated with 21st century comforts. The front porch has been a favorite relaxing spot for generations of visitors to East Hampton and the inn is particularly renowned for its wonderful breakfasts.

9. Huntting Inn

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94 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-0410
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Historic, comfortable
There aren’t many places you can stay that have been an inn since the American Revolution. The oldest part of the house was built for Rev. Nathaniel Huntting in 1699. David Gardiner, the East Hampton historian described in the 1840s, described the "High merriment and frolicking, the oceans of flip" to be found at the Huntting Inn. While you’re not that likely to find flip on the menu of the Palm restaurant onsite, the rooms are picturesque and comfortably furnished with antiques, and the Main Street location means guests can walk to shops and the movies.

10. Inn At Windmill Lane

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23 Windmill Lane
Amagansett, NY 11930
(631) 267-8500
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Private, relaxing
At The Inn at Windmill Lane (formerly known as The Reform Club), privacy for guests is ensured: many have their own patios and seating areas. It combines European style with Hamptons relaxation. You can walk to the village; you can walk to the ocean, and the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating.

11. Maison Blanche

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11 Stearns Point
Shelter Island, NY 11965
(631) 749-1633
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Cozy, chic
The pet-friendly hotel, close to Crescent Beach, is a Victorian mansion that has been recently updated with modern beach chic and a French vibe. Each room overlooks the beautiful gardens; there’s also an outdoor bar in the garden and a bakery on the premises. The hotel is also known for its petanque court, a French game similar to bocce.

12. Memory Motel

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692 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2702
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Erm…the sign?
The Memory Motel is pretty much terrible. We admit that. We are not advising anyone actually to stay there. But it’s a Montauk landmark (not to mention the title of a Rolling Stones song), and we would be quite honestly devastated if it went away, so that’s why it is here.

13. Montauk Yacht Club

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32 Star Island Rd
Montauk, NY
(631) 668-3100

Nautical, sporty
If your vacation involves your boat (or even if not), the Montauk Yacht Club is for you. It is renowned as a marina as well as a hotel with outstanding leisure facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, spas, saunas, tennis, yoga, volleyball, free loaner bikes, and a fitness center. If you don’t have your own boat, charter one from the marina.

14. Ruschmeyer's

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161 Second House Rd.
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2877
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Active, youthful
The hotel, originally built in 1952 on three acres of next to the lake in Montauk, has been renovated to resemble an old fashioned summer camp. The guestrooms evoke camp cabins, and the lawn overlooking the lake in front of the guestrooms offers camplike activities such as ping-pong. There are also frequent musical performances in the summer, and a renowned restaurant and bar.

15. Solé East Resort

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90 Second House Rd
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2105
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Hip, comfortable
Solé East Resort offers 60 rooms, each unique, in a landmark Carl Fisher building. There are also 7 garden cabana suites. The rooms are small in that boutique-hotel style but they’re very comfortable, and the fantastic setting, beautiful pool with comfortable daybeds and hip music, and Backyard restaurant make up for it. Outdoor fire pits keep the party going after dark.

16. Southampton Inn

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91 Hill Street
Water Mill, NY 11976
(631) 283-6500
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Perfect location
The Southampton Inn is gracious and unpretentious, yet luxurious and elegant. It’s a local landmark set on five acres of beautiful grounds in the center of Southampton village. Its central location means guests can walk to shops, restaurants, and beaches; the hotel also runs a shuttle to Cooper’s Beach. There’s a tennis court for guests to use and even a ballroom.

17. Surf Lodge

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183 S Edgemere St
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2632

Calm, free-spirited
The Surf Lodge is a hipster haven in Montauk, decorated like a surf shack. You immediately feel like you’re on vacation when you arrive and chill vibe stays with you, especially if your room has a balcony with a hammock overlooking the pond. It has a bohemian sensibility and offers a series of free concerts in the summer by well-known artists.

18. Topping Rose House

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1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
(631) 537-0870

Glamorous, landmark
This is the Hamptons’ newest and possibly most eagerly anticipated hotel. The mansion, a landmark at the crossroads of Montauk Highway and Bridge-Sag Turnpike, was built around 1842 for Judge Abraham Topping Rose and his family in the Greek Revival style. The building began to be restored after decades of neglect in 2011, and it opened for guests in June 2013. Its restaurant is already renowned.

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1. The 1708 House

126 Main St, Southampton, NY 11968

Ancient, charming
This bed-and-breakfast in fact does date from 1708. There are four eighteenth-century guest rooms with original wood floors, beamed ceilings, four-poster beds, and clawfoot tubs and also more modern rooms and cottages. The cellar, dating to 1648, is an atmospheric place to have a glass of wine. Location is unbeatable: you can walk to the center of Southampton and the beach.

126 Main St
Southampton, NY 11968

2. The 1770 House

143 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

Beautiful, luxurious
Everything about the 1770 House is luxurious and the staff goes out of their way to be charming. Originally built as a private residence for William Fithian in 1663, this place has been an inn since 1770. The six guest rooms and carriage house are all beautifully appointed; some rooms even have fireplaces and private entrances. The restaurant is also top-notch.

143 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

3. American Hotel

49 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

Landmark, atmospheric
You feel like a guest in an old-fashioned mansion at the American Hotel. The hotel was built in 1846 at the height of Sag Harbor’s whaling heyday, but today, the American Hotel is one of the most elegant and charming hotels in the Hamptons, and offers a noted restaurant and bar. If that’s not enough, it is reputedly haunted by drowned whalers.

49 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

4. The Baker House 1650

181 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

Unique, lovely
Nowhere else on the East End will you find a hotel that looks like this. The public rooms and guest rooms are beautifully decorated in William Morris floral wallpapers and fabrics. Originally an eighteenth century house, the building was remodeled the house in the English Arts and Crafts style. Each guest room is different, and the spacious public rooms are inviting places to gather. The hotel is right on East Hampton’s Main Street, walkable to shops and restaurants.

181 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

5. c/o The Maidstone

207 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

Charming, luxurious
The Maidstone (aka the William L.H. Osborn House) is another old East Hampton inn, built in 1840. But there’s no stuffiness here. The Scandinavian c/o hospitality group remodeled four years ago; now the guest rooms are filled with Scandinavian antiques and the bathrooms are luxurious. Freestanding cottages out back are frequented by celebrities to hide from the paparazzi. Want to sneak away from your adoring public? Borrow one of the vintage Scandinavian Kronan bikes available for guests.

207 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

6. Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa

290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY 11954

Peaceful, relaxing
Feel the cares of the world slip away when you enter Gurney’s, whether you’re staring at the Atlantic Ocean or getting a treatment in the spa. The newest addition to the Hotels 18 list has seen some exciting changes over the past year: new ownership and a new direction. The future looks bright for the inn Maude Gurney started many years ago.

290 Old Montauk Hwy.
Montauk, NY 11954

7. Hartman's Briney Breezes Motel

693 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

Unpretentious, homey
Briney Breezes is the quintessential Montauk family motel, right across from Umbrella Beach and a short walk to the village. It’s clean, relaxing, and has a huge greensward in front of the pool on which children play on summer nights. Many rooms are efficiencies, which makes it even more useful for family stays.

693 Old Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954

8. The Hedges Inn

James Lane, East Hampton, NY

Cozy, pretty
At the Hedges Inn, each well-appointed room overlooks either Town Pond or the beautiful gardens. The Hedges was built in 1873 as a summer boarding house and has been recently renovated with 21st century comforts. The front porch has been a favorite relaxing spot for generations of visitors to East Hampton and the inn is particularly renowned for its wonderful breakfasts.

James Lane
East Hampton, NY

9. Huntting Inn

94 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

Historic, comfortable
There aren’t many places you can stay that have been an inn since the American Revolution. The oldest part of the house was built for Rev. Nathaniel Huntting in 1699. David Gardiner, the East Hampton historian described in the 1840s, described the "High merriment and frolicking, the oceans of flip" to be found at the Huntting Inn. While you’re not that likely to find flip on the menu of the Palm restaurant onsite, the rooms are picturesque and comfortably furnished with antiques, and the Main Street location means guests can walk to shops and the movies.

94 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

10. Inn At Windmill Lane

23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett, NY 11930

Private, relaxing
At The Inn at Windmill Lane (formerly known as The Reform Club), privacy for guests is ensured: many have their own patios and seating areas. It combines European style with Hamptons relaxation. You can walk to the village; you can walk to the ocean, and the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating.

23 Windmill Lane
Amagansett, NY 11930

11. Maison Blanche

11 Stearns Point, Shelter Island, NY 11965

Cozy, chic
The pet-friendly hotel, close to Crescent Beach, is a Victorian mansion that has been recently updated with modern beach chic and a French vibe. Each room overlooks the beautiful gardens; there’s also an outdoor bar in the garden and a bakery on the premises. The hotel is also known for its petanque court, a French game similar to bocce.

11 Stearns Point
Shelter Island, NY 11965

12. Memory Motel

692 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954

Erm…the sign?
The Memory Motel is pretty much terrible. We admit that. We are not advising anyone actually to stay there. But it’s a Montauk landmark (not to mention the title of a Rolling Stones song), and we would be quite honestly devastated if it went away, so that’s why it is here.

692 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954

13. Montauk Yacht Club

32 Star Island Rd, Montauk, NY

Nautical, sporty
If your vacation involves your boat (or even if not), the Montauk Yacht Club is for you. It is renowned as a marina as well as a hotel with outstanding leisure facilities, including indoor and outdoor pools, spas, saunas, tennis, yoga, volleyball, free loaner bikes, and a fitness center. If you don’t have your own boat, charter one from the marina.

32 Star Island Rd
Montauk, NY

14. Ruschmeyer's

161 Second House Rd., Montauk, NY 11954

Active, youthful
The hotel, originally built in 1952 on three acres of next to the lake in Montauk, has been renovated to resemble an old fashioned summer camp. The guestrooms evoke camp cabins, and the lawn overlooking the lake in front of the guestrooms offers camplike activities such as ping-pong. There are also frequent musical performances in the summer, and a renowned restaurant and bar.

161 Second House Rd.
Montauk, NY 11954

15. Solé East Resort

90 Second House Rd, Montauk, NY 11954

Hip, comfortable
Solé East Resort offers 60 rooms, each unique, in a landmark Carl Fisher building. There are also 7 garden cabana suites. The rooms are small in that boutique-hotel style but they’re very comfortable, and the fantastic setting, beautiful pool with comfortable daybeds and hip music, and Backyard restaurant make up for it. Outdoor fire pits keep the party going after dark.

90 Second House Rd
Montauk, NY 11954

16. Southampton Inn

91 Hill Street, Water Mill, NY 11976

Perfect location
The Southampton Inn is gracious and unpretentious, yet luxurious and elegant. It’s a local landmark set on five acres of beautiful grounds in the center of Southampton village. Its central location means guests can walk to shops, restaurants, and beaches; the hotel also runs a shuttle to Cooper’s Beach. There’s a tennis court for guests to use and even a ballroom.

91 Hill Street
Water Mill, NY 11976

17. Surf Lodge

183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, NY 11954

Calm, free-spirited
The Surf Lodge is a hipster haven in Montauk, decorated like a surf shack. You immediately feel like you’re on vacation when you arrive and chill vibe stays with you, especially if your room has a balcony with a hammock overlooking the pond. It has a bohemian sensibility and offers a series of free concerts in the summer by well-known artists.

183 S Edgemere St
Montauk, NY 11954

18. Topping Rose House

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

Glamorous, landmark
This is the Hamptons’ newest and possibly most eagerly anticipated hotel. The mansion, a landmark at the crossroads of Montauk Highway and Bridge-Sag Turnpike, was built around 1842 for Judge Abraham Topping Rose and his family in the Greek Revival style. The building began to be restored after decades of neglect in 2011, and it opened for guests in June 2013. Its restaurant is already renowned.

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932