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Driftwood on the Ocean
Ranked #24 of 39 Hotels in Montauk
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 4, 2014

this trip is something me and my bf plan in a very short noticed, we checked in on may 3rd room #66 for one night and we also got it good deal i believe, well my picture will explain everything about this hotel, we stayed in room where its not ocean view but still we must say its a worth of what we paid and we enjoyed our self and had lots of fun, everything in room was well organized and clean, town and light house is only few miles away from the hotel. and yes we are definitely planning to visit there soon, thumps up

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Oceanfront rooms are nice for sure, beach is ok - nothing outstanding - its the last hotel on the beach so you can go away from crowds if desire. Pool is so so. Far from center, shops and its good and bad at the same time, there are restaurants not far.

Room Tip: Take more expensive but worth it oceanfront room
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Semua
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Just got back from 2 weeks in Room #11 and must say the place is still getting better. They have upgraded the gym, resurfaced the tennis courts and refurbed the front office. Looks fantastic. Beach was cleanest I have ever seen it. They have really done a lot of work in the off season. New dune grass planted, rooms keep getting upgraded/renovated, just a fantastic place. Montauk has loads of new restaurants, bars and stores. Really getting a very cool vibe. I love this place, my kids did not want to leave. Room 11 is the place to be, right next to ocean accessway and directly across from pool. Absolutely pristine beach and crystal clear pool. Had 3 bonfires out on beach and watched meteor show as well as people sending up lanterns all over the place. Possibly the best vacation we ever had in Montauk. Hit Cyril's a couple of times, what a scene! Best drinks on Long Island, hands down. Only way to make this place better is to have food/drinks delivered out to beach! LOL! So worth the money, be sure to ask for Room 11 with King Bed, full kitchen (better than ours at home), big TV, wifi, full AC, huge closet, numerous amenities. Loved it! Thanks again Driftwood.....

Room Tip: Room 11. Best value, amenities and location. Fully renovated in past 2 years. Awesome!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

I spent $900 to stay in a lousy junior efficiency room that wasn't renovated. I know a junior efficiency is going to be small, but I didn't know it was going to be disgusting.

The wi-fi reception was total trash, as was the rest of the room. The bathroom featured a makeshift "shower" and an ancient toilet that were crammed together in a tiny room with dimensions of an arm length. Every time I showered, there'd be a flood. That's not even the worst part, though: the bathroom had no sink, so Driftwood figured it'd be smart to extend it into the kitchen. We'd cook there, brush our teeth there, and... wash our hands after using the bathroom there, too.

To add to the laundry list of things wrong with the room we stayed in, there were chipped paint and markings all across the walls, the overhead light didn't work, and tables that looked like they couldn't even be sold at a garage sale. The refrigerator was only a foot high and could barely fit a bottle of soda in it. What was even more disturbing was the fact that the interior of the mini fridge was covered in rust that could literally chip off. How unsanitary and dangerous for food storage is that?

As for the area itself, Driftwood on the Ocean is actually in the town of Amagansett, not Montauk, unlike advertised on their website. If you want to go anywhere then you better have a car unless you'd want to spend over $20 for a taxi. Several of the front desk workers didn't seem as if they wanted to be there, though I can't blame them. I wouldn't want to, either.

The only pros were the beach (though Driftwood isn't the only place this far out in Long Island that has access to such a beautiful sight) and an amazing seafood joint directly across the road. Driftwood also features a tennis court, basketball court, an 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. swimming pool, and a recreation room that had quite a stench.

I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone.

Room Tip: Avoid anything other than the oceanfront suites.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

The place was very clean, the people very friendly and helpful. Easy access to the beach, with the boys at the beach to get chairs (very accomadating!). Overall, very happy. Great beach restaurant within walking distance. All the other guests very friendly. The pool, playground, basketball and tennis were an added bonus!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

I have been taking my kids to Montauk and the Jersey shore for years so we can visit family and get some days on the beach. This by FAR a great place to spend quality time with family/friends and create memories.

Driftwood is NOT a resort but a fantastic little gem of a beach 'community' that is close to Montauk restaurants and shops but far enough away to avoid the madness that exists there. We stayed the week of the 4th and while the weather was hit or miss for a few days, we still had tons to do there. Rooms are spacious and clean, and daily maid service was prompt and unobtrusive.

The beach is just over the dunes and anytime I can get to the ocean without crossing a road, I'm all about it! Attendants provide beach chairs and umbrellas as well as towels. Many other places in town do not provide this and you will appreciate not having to bring or purchase towels for your own use as some places require.

Beach is secluded and adjacent to Hither Hills State Park. One evening we even saw about 5 deer on the beach just out for a stroll.

Staff was all super friendly. The negative reviews on Driftwood were pretty funny and not terribly accurate. Well worth the price of admission. We will be back here again next year!

Room Tip: Pay the extra $$ and opt for a room on the ocean.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We're mainly interested in the beach and an updated attractive efficiency unit. We got that and so much more! Our rm was delightful. As with many places in Mtk, rms are not all cookie cutter, so ask for a renovated rm and anything else that's impt before you book. You ask, you get! We had a 2 rm oceanfront eff with comfy king bed....Family oriented, lots to do .....gorgeous heated pool, shuffleboard, fooseball, ping pong, weight rm, tennis ct, basketball, cabana beach service. We were there as a couple and loved it. Thoughtful attention to detail...on ck-in, frig was icy cold and ac on. Manager, Karen is superb...she is patient, professional, accomodating and a genuinely lovely person. Friendly staff. Very clean. Looking forward to our next stay!!!

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 2178 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
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Location: United States > New York > Long Island > Hamptons > Montauk
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Family Hotel in Montauk
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Montauk
Price Range: $165 - $522 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Driftwood on the Ocean 3.5*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to The Driftwood Resort, where family-friendly accommodations, supreme amenities and exceptional service come together to create a first-class experience. A beachfront resort just minutes from the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse and steps from the Atlantic Ocean, our resort on the pristine Amagansett Napeague strip sits on picturesque grounds, offers panoramic ocean vistas and is conveniently located. ... more   less 
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