6 / 16 / 2022

We Found America’s Chillest Hotel at the End of the World

Read McKendree

Marram Montauk merchants in vibes, waves and s’mores. You will leave relaxed and recharged, whether you like it or not.

I left my balcony door open both nights at Marram Montauk last week, with only a screen and a shade separating my room from the roar of the surf. If there’s a better white noise machine than the East End on a misty weeknight I’d love to hear it. Sleep arrived gently, like just about everything else at the monastic, four-star retreat, which recently reopened its doors for the 2022 season after some light renovations.

Before there was Marram there was Atlantic Terrace, a yellow, family-run motel with a shuffleboard court. It was built in the 1960s — a time when the year-round population of the town was less than a grand, the town was only serviced by New England local news stations, all shops were closed on Sundays and interested buyers could purchase a home in town for $12,000…at Macy’s in Herald Square.

Atlantic Terrace had easy panache with surfers, for its access to “Terrace,” a sand-covered reef that regularly tubes riders and is considered one of the “best south-facing breaks in all of Long Island,” especially during hurricane season. But those swells didn’t go anywhere when hospitality group Bridgeton Holdings purchased Atlantic Terrace in the summer of 2018. And neither did the property’s proximity to Montauk’s downtown; Marram is a two-minute walk to the village’s panini shops and famous brewhouse, while only a five-minute drive from The Surf Lodge and the train station.