Are you ready to party with celebrities and shop in the most luxurious stores? Welcome to the Hamptons! A group of towns and villages located on the eastern end of Long Island in New York state.
It has gained a lot of popularity over the years as the top holiday destination for important names like Jackie Kennedy, Brooke Shields, and Jennifer Lopez. This plus the numerous movie appearances has made everyone want to spend a summer here and attend their Classic Horse Show. I was definitely one of them and I’m sure you are too!
The Hamptons have everything for anyone! You don’t have to be an A-list superstar to come here. Many families, sports enthusiasts, and history lovers come here either to visit the state parks, surf, or see the old architecture of the houses!
The Hamptons scream vacation and guarantees a relaxing time and I’m sure you’ll love it here! Especially after you read my top guide for where to stay in the Hamptons, a carefully curated list with the best hotels and Airbnbs, hehe! 😉
One crucial thing is that you must book them in advance, it’s really important to know that all the places here are often booked out months in advance and the good deals disappear in a second!
So, let’s see which kind of Hampton you would prefer!
If you are in a hurry
If you want to book now quickly browse this list with the best hotels in East Hampton:
Journey East Hampton
Best luxury hotel
An Airbnb with amazing reviews
Art House Bed and Breakfast
Best value for money
East Hampton House Resort
Best affordable accommodation in the center
Here’s a map that will help you visualize all the areas that I will be talking about in this post:
1. East Hampton – where to stay in Hamptons for the first time
Get ready to spot some celebrities!
This cute village (also known as “East End”) is located east of Sag Harbor but west of Montauk and Amagansett. It’s a top vacation spot for a lot of singers, actors, and artists. It is also known as the Soho of Long Island and besides the fact that it has that incredible old American village feeling, it is also filled with tons of restaurants, shops, and let’s not forget the beautiful beaches.
Main Street is where you’ll shop ‘till you drop! The street is full of quaint friendly local stores waiting to dress you for your next house party in the village, plus you get a chance to buy some cool souvenirs. Either way, this place has a great vibe and it’s super well-equipped.
Now, we all know that the Hamptons beaches are famous! There are five beaches in the East End, and keep in mind that if you’re visiting between May and September, parking is only allowed with a permit so a better choice would be to walk to the beach or get a bike!
My favorite ones are definitely Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow beach. Main Beach is for sure the most popular one in this part of town as it has the most facilities like sunbeds, some local bars, and incredible soft sand. Two Mile Hollow beach is also super friendly but a bit quieter than Main Beach.
I love the vibe of this place, it just screams: vacation mood on! The beautiful hotel has a classic yet modern design. The outdoor pool is perfect for catching a sunset or for those late-night swims. You can drink your morning coffee in the garden during the hot summer and enjoy the views! The rooms look very comfy and are very well-equipped for your dream vacation!
Other accommodation options in East Hampton
Relax in the garden of this great villa that has three pools, a private beach area, and an art studio
A family-friendly hotel that has a patio in every room, a children’s playground, a pool, and a tennis court
This spacious room offers a private entrance, free wifi, parking, a personal bathroom, and a hammock
We all know the Hamptons is one of the most luxurious places to vacation in the United States and that the hotels here can often be booked out, so here are some extra mid-range to luxury options for you listed from most to least expensive:
- The Baker House – A historic house that has a spa center and an outdoor lounge area perfect for those summer nights
- The Maidstone Hotel – This classic hotel is perfect for your luxurious getaway to the East End. The rooms look beautiful and they also have a great restaurant on-site
Things to do in East Hampton
- Go sunbathing with the family at the Main Beach
- Learn new things about the East Hampton Historical Society
- Enjoy the lovely water on Egypt Beach
- Check out every shop in town with your friends on Main Street
- Family fun at the East Hampton Youth Park
- See the Hayground Windmill a local historic spot
- Chill all day on the soft sand at Two Mile Hollow Beach
- Eat seafood at the best restaurants
2. Montauk – best place to stay for families and outdoor activities
Located in the furthermost eastern end of the Hamptons, and reached from the Montauk Highway, this town is popular among all tourists for having many things going on! There are six state parks in this village and they all offer pretty awesome activities from hiking, biking, and fishing.
Let’s not forget that Montauk is known all over the world for its saltwater fishing. Whether you decide to visit all of them or just a few, each state park has something special to offer all year round.
In Montauk Point State Park, you’ll find an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean. Hither Hills is where everyone goes for the scenic picnic areas and fireplaces, plus they have a lovely beach! And if you’re in the mood for a detour, New York it’s not that far, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit this amazing city or maybe catch a show!
I’m sure families will love to come here as there are a few cool activities that the kids can try as well, and maybe make new friends with the other small visitors! Of course, we have beaches in Montauk as well. All surf lovers should also come here because the waves look amazing, Ditch Plains beach is a perfect spot for that or any other water sport!
There are some amazing hotels here too that you have to book in advance, especially if you’re traveling between May and September as that is when everyone visits the South Fork peninsula. Let’s have a look:
If you’ve ever wanted to live on a beach, then this is your place! A bohemian luxury resort that has a spa center and a restaurant on site. Start your day with the best ocean views as you drink your coffee and then go for a swim either in the pool or the ocean. You choose!
Other accommodation options in Montauk
A well-equipped manor that has a classic design and has a wellness center, a restaurant, and family rooms
Relax all day in the lounge area of this cute town inn that has a swimming pool surrounded by a garden
Connect with nature in this authentic cottage that has a backyard, wifi, and a cozy room
As I have already mentioned countless times, the Hamptons book out quickly! So in case the places above are already gone for your dates, here are some more great mid-luxury priced options in Montauk listed in price order from high to low:
- Marran – A family-friendly hotel that has a private beach area and offers cruiser bikes to borrow
- Hartman’s Briney Breezes – Enjoy some great ocean views in this hotel that has a pool
- Montauk Blue Hotel – A good place on the beach for families that has spacious rooms
- Cozy Studio – This bungalow has a lovely ocean view, an indoor fireplace, and a patio
Things to do in Montauk
- Visit the old Montauk Lighthouse Museum
- Chill on the beach at Hither Hills State Park
- Go hiking with the family or friends at Montauk Point State Park
- Surf the waves at Ditch Plains Beach in East Hampton
- Relax with a golfing session during a summer afternoon at Montauk Downs
- Enjoy the best views of Montauk at Camp Hero State Park
- Look for souvenirs in the Montauk shops and eat at the best restaurants
3. Southampton – where to stay in the Hamptons for luxury
If you decided you’re going all out for this holiday of a lifetime then this area is for you my friend! Located near Bridgehampton and 20 miles away from Sag Harbor, Southampton is la crème de la crème of the Hamptons – here you’ll find a luxurious mansion and designer shop at every corner.
Needless to say that this is a hotspot for all celebrities, especially during the summer when all the clubs open and everyone is out late drinking expensive cocktails and partying the night away.
All the high-end shops are located on Main Street and Jobs Lane, so if you’re on the lookout for that perfect “Hamptons look” you’ll find some amazing outfits here.
Beach time is also my favorite time and I’m sure that during those hot summer days all you’ll want is to get in the water and swim all day long. Coopers Beach is the most popular out of the beaches in Southampton and it’s perfect for families as you’ll find sunbeds, umbrellas, and showers! Some other beaches are residents only so check online before you go elsewhere to avoid any confusion.
This lovely hotel looks like those old villas from years ago and the design will make you feel like you’re at home! You can drink some tea in the lounge area and definitely try their breakfast! It’s delicious! While this is located in South Hampton, it is actually a 20min drive from the village center of Southampton but this incredible hotel is certainly worth it!
Other accommodation options in Southampton
Swim all day long in the pool of this nice inn that has a beautiful garden, and a tennis court
A tranquil inn that has a big garden, perfect for those morning walks, and an outdoor pool
This room is set in an authentic house that offers breakfast, a balcony and is near the shops
Here are some more great options for those of you who missed out on my top picks above listed in price order from high to low:
- A Butlers Manor – An elegant manor that has a garden and a pool
- 1708 House – This authentic old house offers breakfast and spacious rooms
- Long Island Hotel – Swim all day in the pool of this nice hotel that has free parking
Things to do in Southampton
- Enjoy the water and sand on Coopers Beach
- See the art pieces at Southampton Art Center
- Look for old facts about the town at Southampton History Museum
- Spend a lovely May afternoon in the Agawam Park
- Admire the art and architecture of the old Balcastle
- Eat seafood at the best restaurants
- Shop ‘till you drop in the Southampton stores
|👑 Luxury price:||$300|
|💵 Mid-range hotel:||$200|
|💰 Accommodation prices:||High|
|📍 Best Area:||East Hampton|
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:||Journey East Hampton|
|👛 Best budget hotel:||East Hampton House Resort|
Frequently asked questions about the Hamptons
🤔 Is it worth visiting the Hamptons?
Yes, the Hamptons are worth visiting, especially from May until September. The beaches here are amazing, there are lots of art galleries, historic places, and state parks that offer amazing activities.
💸 What is the richest part of the Hamptons?
Southampton Village, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, and East Hampton Village are the richest parts of the Hamptons.
💛 What is the best area to stay in the Hamptons?
❓ Where to stay in East Hampton?
Woohoo! I hope this article helped you decide where to stay in the Hamptons and where you can shop ‘till you drop!
I know there are many hotels here but here are my top two favorites both located in the East Hamptons. Make sure you book any of the hotels in advance though, these villages are full with guests months in advance
- Journey East Hampton – A lovely hotel with a beautiful garden
- Art House Bed and Breakfast – This unique B&B has a cool art center
Have fun in Amagansett and make sure you attend a relaxing yoga class in Sag Harbour! They’re the best! And I really want to hear all about your trip so leave a comment below!
Have a nice holiday,