My husband and I were looking for a great getaway spot within a driving distance from New York City. We both love to surf and thoroughly enjoy cuisine, music, and various cultural exploits ranging from impromptu jaunts to Prague and Paris to off-the-grid Costa Rican holidays.
Montauk has always been our fave place on L.I., but TMBH was certainly more of a gamble when we booked our reservation. The hotel was brand new and between mere 3 disparately ranked reviews and a beautiful website, our vacation could turn anywhere from dreamy to nightmarish. With only a few places still sporting vacancies a week prior to our trip, the choices were highly limited. From preliminary research, hotel's location - right in town and a block away from the beach - was a big hit. The Ditch Planes were barely a 2 mile car ride away - thinking surfboards here. And honestly, having just gone through an extensive renovation, the last thing I wanted to do was re-decorate the room in my mind every time I walked in... Sold.
We arrived on Monday afternoon, half an hour prior to check-in time. Our room was available, and by 2pm we were already sunbathing at the pool right next to Doetzen Kroes. The music mix was perfect, sangria delicious and the property manager, Mynas, went out of his way to make us feel welcome. Our room was lovely, and completely decked out in Restoration Hardware - intriguing and slightly puzzling. Size-wise, the room was smaller than expected, based on the stylized wide-angle shoots on the website, but not far from truth and totally comfortable.
As the evening approached, and a DJ took the stand by the pool, my biggest anxiety about the 4am high-amp tunes right outside of the windows was being resurrected. Boiling it down to basics, there really was one thing I was looking forward to in the few days away from my two toddler boys - 9 hours of solid sleep in plush pillows. Leaving for dinner, preemptively I already felt bad for myself, the DJ, and Mynas - should the good times roll late into the night. To my complete delight and relief, however, the music was stopped by the time we returned from a seafood feast at a local dive. Three more great days followed.
KIDS - If you are bringing the wee ones, do come during the week and avoid the weekends - we stayed Mon-Thursday and had a great time, as would our 2.5 and 4 year olds have we brought them along. The pool was not too crowded and the property was very clean and kid-friendly planning-wise. The music died down at a reasonable time and volume for snooze time.
VALUE FOR THE BUCK - I have also stayed at $30 apartments on French and Italian Riviera with balconies opening wide into the emerald Mediterranean. There are no comparable places to these in Montauk - just do the research if you are sceptical. The closest competitors of TMBH are the Surf Lodge and the Ruschmeyer's. I still think we made the best choice between the three. It was not at all over the top sceney during the week, and everything was freshly painted, new and well-maintained, compared to the other two mentioned hotels. As far as the service goes - and its added value - there is certainly room for improvement. The girls at the front desk did not know about a yoga studio that was located half a block north from the hotel, or if they had stamps and generally seemed to need a lot of assistance from the management. In their defense, I'll say that everyone was pleasant, flexible and to the best of their ability tried to make our stay great.
THE POINT OF IT ALL - TMBH is what it is, with a lot of pluses and certainly some opportunities. It feels like the owners have a firm idea in their minds of the destination they want to create and whom they wish to attract. This vision has not yet been made crystal clear to the potential visitor, perhaps to create a sense of inclusivity, which is welcoming. To me, TMBH is most reminiscent of the SoHo House model transplanted to a beach town. In view of smaller rooms and service in training, the price for stay and membership may seem on a heftier side, but with this higher entry plank, the hotel attracts higher end clientele and is able to bring the celebrities such as Paul Oakenfold, Mark Ronson and Andy Rourke to entertain the weekend crowd. If you are looking for a getaway that is a perfect mix of beach-town original cool on the cusp of being discovered by the rest of the world, and can't let go of your daily doze of metro-club entertainment and duds, then TMBH bundled up in all that Montauk has to offer is the right place to be. You may need to carry your own bags. The place is not that big. If you are more comfortable with a 24-hour bell-boy and room-service to relax, you won't find it here. Or anywhere in Montauk. Go somewhere ironed-out, more traditional, already discovered, and enjoy your well-deserved time off.
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