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East Deck Motel, Montauk

$199 or less
Editor's Pick
40 Deforest Road
Montauk , New York
Tel: 631 668 2334's insider take:

This 28-room 1950s beachfront motel is a long way (both geographically and otherwise) from the New England-y B&B-style inns of the Hamptons proper, which is exactly how the devoted regulars like it. This is definitely a no-frills, un-Hamptons experience: There are no high-thread-count sheets, Bulgari soaps, or any shampoo at all, for that matter—just simple (and, notably, un-air-conditioned) motel accommodations. Some rooms have kitchenettes, which is helpful, since there's no on-site restaurant, and the village of Montauk is a mile to the east. What is right out the door is the area's best surf break, Ditch Plains, meaning that even if the hotel's in crowd of photographers and barefoot media types can't swim in the water, the cool factor remains high. Book A12, a beach-facing room in the back corner, if you can.—Updated by Darrell Hartman

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