The new Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa—no longer referred to as Gurney’s Inn—will unveil part one of a significant face-lift at a grand opening on Memorial Day weekend.
The property was purchased last summer by New Jersey developer George Filopoulos, who also owns a home in Montauk.
“It was a complicated process in terms of purchasing,” said Mr. Filopoulos. “It was a time-share, so there were literally thousands of owners and a ton of issues.”
Despite the complications, the purchase, said Mr. Filopoulos, has been well worth it.
This phase of renovations features 38 completely renovated guest rooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean, Mr. Filopoulos said. The king suite has a king-size bed, a queen-size pull-out sofa, and two flat-screen televisions, while the queen double-suite has two queen-size beds.
“All rooms have very large verandas, right on the ocean,” he said. “It’s pretty intense.”
The interior of each room, explained Mr. Filopoulos, includes custom-made furniture encompassing a “beach luxury, timeless but comfortable” feel. “It’s like your staying at your friend’s oceanfront home and you don’t want to leave,” he laughed.
Mr. Filopoulos said while his team invested time and thought into the interior of each room, it is designed not to compete with the outside view. “The colors are very neutral, very warm. It’s designed to play off what’s right outside your door.”
The resort’s dining options have also been revamped, thanks to Jennifer Oz LeRoy, former director of Tavern on the Green and the Russian Tea Room in Manhattan. Ms. LeRoy partnered with Executive Chef Seth Levine to create both “a formal and informal dining experience for guests,” said Mr. Filopoulos.
“We want our guests to not get tired of being there if they’re out for a week,” he said of the new restaurants, which include The Seawater Grill, a formal dining room; The Ocean Cafe, a casual, family-friendly restaurant; The Beach Club, which offers pool- and beach-side service; and an on-site market.
While the renovations and sweeping ocean views speak to the lap of luxury guests at Gurney’s will experience, Mr. Filopoulos said the hotel is still extremely focused on the community.
“Gurney’s is the second-largest employer in all the Hamptons,” he said, explaining that it’s been a pivotal point for year-round Montauk residents and will continue to be so in the future. “Whether it’s our kids from local schools learning how to swim in the pool, or hosting birthday parties, family get-togethers … it’s still a very strong community aspect to what we’re doing here. I think people are excited.”