Montauk Beach House Rewrites the Past
by allison polster
A large tiki statue is the sole relic that remains from Montauk’s antiquated Ronjo Motel, on South Elmwood Avenue—and even that has been painted a brilliant copper, indicative of the shiny new Montauk Beach House that opens this month. While the Ronjo had “lost its former glory,” Solé East’s Chris Jones and Larry Siedlick noticed the motel’s “absolutely fabulous location: blocks from the surf beaches and close to downtown,” explains Jones. They set about determined to bring the property back to life. The endeavor resulted in 33 high-end, individually designed rooms, a luxury beach club, and even a Minnie Rose women’s apparel boutique on premises.
Stylistically, the new inn is a far cry from the Hawaii-themed motel. “It is a very eclectic mix—European-chic blended with a relaxed beach vibe,” says Jones. Sunny, windowed rooms are offered in traditional shades of grays and whites, while select rooms offer the ultimate in luxury: private gardens replete with sprawling decks and oversize day beds. Perhaps best of all, with the beach just a short walk away, you can hear the ocean from every room on the property. 55 S. Elmwood Ave., Montauk, 668-2112
photography by chris foster