The Best Hotels in Long Island, New York

Relax at the serene haven that is Hero Beach Club in Montauk, New York
Relax at the serene haven that is Hero Beach Club in Montauk, New York | Courtesy of Hero Beach Club / Expedia
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16 December 2020

What comes to mind when you think about vacation on Long Island? Are you sipping on the vino at Martha’s Vineyard, meandering through the Gatsby-style mansions or kicking back poolside after a day spent by the sea? Are you simply desperate for a nautical escape from New York City? No matter what type of traveler you are – and what kind of holiday you need – the best hotels on Long Island are a breath of fresh (sea) air. Read on and check in.

The Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Hotel
Don’t just stay on Long Island – taste what it’s like to live here at the Vanderbilt, in Westbury. This luxury address embraces rental residences, but you don’t need a lifelong financial commitment to enjoy its fabulous facilities, as there’s a hotel, too. From the outdoor pool and children’s playroom to the 24-hour concierge service and the private screening room, you’ll live like a local even if just for one night. And, if you want to step out, the Roosevelt Field mall, as well as Mexican, Italian and steak joints, are just a few minutes away by car.
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The Garden City Hotel

Garden City Hotel
We’re all for first-class vacations without the long flights. The Garden City Hotel – in Garden City, no less – is just 22 miles (35km) from Manhattan. Before you know it, you’ll be dining on pastrami salmon and cheesecake lollipops at the Red Salt Room. It’s not coastal, and the room look is corporate-cool, but it’s an agreeable oasis for weddings and romantic escapes. On which note, the plush Luxe Dreams pillow-top mattresses are made for making the most of, so why not dial the room service to get some exquisite meals delivered right to your room?
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Allegria Hotel

Allegria Hotel
The luxury oceanfront Allegria Hotel is the only one on Long Island that can sign you up for surf lessons – you’re right on the boardwalk overlooking the sweeping shores of Long Beach. It’s a smart affair, with ocean-view rooms and limestone bathtubs and rain-showers, as well as a rooftop pool for summer cool-offs and – should you come in winter – ice skating. Epicureans won’t be disappointed either, with Allegria clam and corn chowder and Long Island striped bass on the menu at the hotel’s restaurant Atlantica.
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Preston House and Hotel

Preston House
With a charging station for your Tesla, it’s clear that the century-old Preston House and Hotel in Riverhead is ahead of its time. The decor is Scandi-funky (pale wood and Japanese-look ceramics in the rooms), and there are indoor/outdoor pools for any-season soaking. But it’s the old-world hospitality that speaks volumes about this hotel’s eternal popularity. The staff rocks up promptly for the nightly turn-down service, and there’s round-the-clock assistance for hair and makeup. Indulge in New American dining here: the restaurant does a great lobster roll with citrus mayo and fries.
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Inn at Great Neck

Inn at Great Neck
Here’s a travel hack for your next NYC getaway: go budget in Manhattan, then take the train for 20 minutes out to Long Island’s Gold Coast for the splendor of the Great Gatsby era: at the Inn at Great Neck. The bar and brasserie are zingy odes to the Jazz Age, with dashes of art deco. The rooms and suites, if more orthodox decoratively (fitted carpets, well-dressed beds) are super-comfy. There’s even a hydrotherapy suite with a two-person whirlpool tub. The restaurant does NY strip and drunken mussels (in wine). And Riverhead has some fine sandy beaches, too.
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Viana Hotel & Spa

Viana Hotel
Reduce that carbon footprint at Viana Hotel & Spa, the only LEED-certified green-built hotel on Long Island. It’s a business-like rather than a boutique place to look at, with bamboo towels and robes for cozying up after a soak in the marble bath. Botanically based skincare treatments will rejuvenate you at the spa. Just don’t come expecting the ocean on your doorstep. That said, (gluten-free) Long Island Little Neck steamed clams are among the local produce on the menu at Marco Polo’s – the perfect fuel for when you’re done playing at the indoor lap pool with your kids.
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Hotel Indigo East End

Hotel Indigo
See, hear and taste the best of Long Island at Hotel Indigo East End. Before you hop on the North Fork Wine Trail, stop at Hotel Indigo’s Bistro 77 for a glass of vodka distilled from Long Island potatoes. After buying the perfect souvenir at the boutique shops on Riverhead’s Main Street, find inner peace with a massage and a facial at the hotel spa. Split your time, taking in picturesque ocean views and studying the insides of your eyelids as you sink into a comfortable bed – perhaps even with your four-legged friend beside you. Pets are purrfectly welcome.
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Montauk Manor

Independent Hotel, Hotel
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Montauk Manor
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Carl Fisher – the man who conceived Miami Beach – was also the force behind this majestic pile: arrestingly English Tudor architecturally and magnificent, sitting high on a verdant hill. It’s redolent of Jay Gatsby today, with its Spanish arches, potted ferns and generous armchairs with lion-paw feet. But modernity is in the mix, too: the day spa peddles stone therapy and pre-natal massages. You’ll love hitting balls in the Montauk Manor Tennis Program, and you’ll have to at least once hit the beach – it’s all laid on for you, with chairs, umbrellas and bonfires, too.

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  • The Quogue Club at Hallock House

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    The Quogue Club
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    Here’s a five-star experience hard by the Hamptons – a classic vision in pure-white clapboard. It has been welcoming guests since 1828, but the two cottages and 14 suites are fresh and smart, worked over by one of the top 100 designers listed by Architectural Digest, Alexa Hampton. You’ll have access to yoga classes, a fitness center, a massage room and the Laurel Links Country Club. The restaurant has even got one of the best chefs in Long Island serving up innovative cuisine: ask for the Nova Scotia halibut with chanterelles. And, maybe best of all, the beach is only a bike ride away.

    Aqua by American Beech

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    Aqua by American Beech
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    Need a comfy room for a weekend with your friends? Aqua is the answer: the rooftop suite for six has a full kitchen, dining room and private deck. Outdoor activities? Kayaks, bikes and paddleboards are available for sunny fun. Prefer some serene solo time? Treat yourself to a beachfront customized massage. And, when itchy feet fire up, you’re only a few miles from Jamesport Vineyard, the Hamptons and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. Your pals will love you.

    East Hampton Art House

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    East Hampton Art House
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    What you’d call a villa B&B, East Hampton Art House is a work of art and a creative work in progress. As you stroll from your master spa suite to the vast outdoor pool, you may catch the owners creating masterpieces in their studio. Their art hangs throughout the property, creating a unique, gallery-like experience as you pass by for snacks and drinks from the 24-hour Butler’s Pantry. Don’t worry, foodies: a complimentary gourmet breakfast of homemade breakfast potatoes, belgian waffles and local gourmet bagels are waiting for you to post on Instagram – artily, of course.

    Hero Beach Club

    Boutique Hotel, Hotel
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    For a century or more, beachy Montauk has drawn bohemian sybarites – surfers, artists, writers and musos. Hero Beach Club – slightly 1950s-motel-like – channels the vibe, with bonfire pits in the garden, Bali-imported furniture at the pool and parasols on the sands. Rooms are gorgeous, bright and icing-white. Be sure to also explore the local shops and places to eat that have made Montauk the creative haven it is. Then, chill on your oceanfront balcony, with a tipple drink from your mini-bar, ideally with some Joni Mitchell on your Airpods.
    These recommendations were updated on December 16, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.