First off.....Let's be honest. This is a straight up motel built many years ago charging a high fee for less that stellar accommodations. However, two things need to be taken into consideration. First, you are paying for the Hamptons/Montauk experience, and nothing is going to be cheap. Second, if you research long enough, you will soon realize there really aren't any high scale options in Montauk...nothing I would call "fancy." Of all the places I saw around us, I felt like I was in one of the nicest, most renovated options.
That said, the rooms are nicely sized. There was a certain smell, perhaps musty, that never went away, but it was not a problem. The beds were comfortable and I felt very clean. The shower gave even my 11 year old son pause, but it's the beach....we were feeling casual and didn't let that bother us too much. The attendant at the front desk was extremely nice and gave us anything we asked for in a very professional and quick fashion. We felt like the ads described the hotel as actually on the beach....it's not. You have to walk across the street and over the dune to get there....maybe one minute's walk. This was a not a problem unless you were expecting to see the waves from your balcony. You could easily walk to town and all the shops restaurants. You could also access the grocery store via a back road connecting the two.
The sister resort, Sole East, was perhaps a three minute drive away. We went there for the pool a few times and it is REALLY swanky feeling. It has a glass enclosure, is well landscaped, and is adjacent to the hotel bar/restaurant. It is completely surrounded by great cushioned lounge chairs almost like beds. We ordered drinks for ourselves and a coke for my son while soaking up the son. Extremely nice way to spend the afternoon. They never even questioned if we were from the other hotel. LOL Next time, I think I will try to book in this resort as it seemed really nice.
In all, i would stay at Sole East Beach again without much pause.
I might go for the second floor. We heard people above us, but that was a group of teenagers....won...
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