Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review - Montauk Yacht Club

If you live on Long Island and want a quick weekend getaway, where do you usually look? A casino in Atlantic City or Connecticut? The Poconos? Boston?

Too often we think of going west and out of New York when we have a wonderful choice right in our backyard - The Montauk Yacht Club and Marina.  This gem of a resort is located on the bay in Montauk, a five minute drive from downtown Montauk on Star Island Road.
Pull into the check in circle and you'll be greeted by a porter who will assist with your bags while you check in at reception. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. Check in was swift, even with a group that attended a wedding the night before checking out.

The buildings and grounds were spotlessly clean. After reception, we were directed to our room, an Admiral Class Waterview room.  Our room had two double beds.  The room next to us had a king sized bed, which makes it easy for families to book connecting rooms.  The room had a nice nautical theme and was also extremely clean.  In the room was a t.v., coffeepot, clock radio, table, chair and a wonderful view of the harbor. (You can also get a beach view room). 

There is also a very nice desk next to the beds. The bathroom was very large, with a pedestal sink and tub/shower.  There is also a large dressing area off the bathroom that had a mini-refrigerator. Plenty of closet space!
There is a small balcony with chairs.  There were a handful of boats tied up outside, but I can imagine the view when the marina is full! Boaters can bring their boats and dock them when staying at the resort- there is an additional fee.

The other room categories on property are Admiral Class Beach Bungalows, which are located on the first floor of each building. These rooms have a patio type deck with deck beds and curtains that can be drawn for privacy. There are also courtyard view rooms, again that have either the bungalow rooms or the balcony rooms.

There are several restaurants on property. The Gulf Coast Kitchen is a beautiful room with a fireplace that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a buffet breakfast menu, a small lunch menu and a very nice dinner menu.  We shared a wonderful chicken avocado sandwich and Harvest Salad for lunch and  Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken for dinner, which was a bit oversalted.

Hurricane Alley is an indoor/outdoor restaurant that was not open when we were there. There is also another outdoor restaurant called The Promenade that was not open when we were there but has a nice pizza oven and fixings.

There are two lounges - the Barracuda Bar, which is the main bar, and Turtle Lounge, off the main bar. We had some great laughs with the friendly bartenders at the Barracuda Bar.

On the grounds are two pools, a small beach,  a playground for kids and indoor pool. 

 There is also a spa on a separate part of the property. Unfortunately it was closed by the time we arrived so we were unable to see it.
One of the most unusual features at the Montauk Yacht Club are it's private "villas". These are small houses in a separate section of the property that are great for couples seeking more privacy or for a family.  The one bedrooms villas feature king beds and upgraded amenities, such as better quality down pillows, a 37" t.v., refrigerator and a spacious bathroom and vanity area.

There is also a villa suite which is great for a family with two kids. This room has a king bed in the bedroom, a "parlor" with a queen pull out sofa and the same upscale amenities as the king villa. On request, a connecting king room can be booked for larger families.

Truly the finest feature at the Montauk Yacht Club are the employees.  Every one of them was delightful to deal with. From the waiters to the bartenders to the cleaning staff, we received warm welcomes from everyone.  The waiters were wonderful to interact with, especially the breakfast group.

If you are considering a destination wedding, this is a great place to have one! There is a banquet room that can hold 160 people and they also handle outdoor weddings for up to 1,000 people overlooking the bay.

Next time you are thinking about a weekend getaway, consider the Montauk Yacht Club. It is a fantastic alternative to going out of NY to spend a weekend. Call us at 516-608-0568 - we can guide you to getting the best room.

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