Gurney's Inn: Montauk, NY

Hotel Impossible Episode 1 Photowrapper
Anthony heads to the Hamptons where Gurney's Inn -- a landmark oceanfront resort -- is struggling to stay relevant. He overhauls the property's flat service and finds a solution to their management woes.

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Montauk Point Light
Montauk Point Light

Montauk Point Light

The Montauk Point Light was the first lighthouse in New York, and it is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States. 960 1280

Adam Lerner, Flickr   

Montauk Yacht Club

Montauk Yacht Club

The Montauk Yacht Club is a full-service hotel with indoor and outdoor pools, spas, saunas, tennis, volleyball, yoga and a fitness center. Yachting Magazine ranked the hotel as one of the Top 10 Marina Destinations in North America, Mexico, Bahamas and the Caribbean. 960 1280

Montauk Yacht Club  

Montauk Point State Park

Montauk Point State Park

Montauk is a major tourist destination, and it has 6 state parks, including Montauk Point State Park (pictured). It is particularly famous for its saltwater fishing and surfing. 960 1280

Neil R., Flickr  

Montauk Sunset

Montauk Sunset

Relax and enjoy the sun set at one of several hotels and resorts located in Montauk, including the Beach Plum Resort, Oceanside Beach Resort and Wavecrest Resort. 960 1280

Catherine Rocco  

Surfing

Surfing

Montauk made Surfer Magazine’s 10 Best Surf Towns in America, coming in at #8. It’s one of the most popular surfing destinations on the East Coast, and it offers beginners and experts a variety of spots to develop their skills or polish their techniques. 960 1280

John Beil, Flickr  

Montauk Beach House

Montauk Beach House

Montauk is considered a beach resort, and it has become one of the busiest tourist locations in East Hampton. Many of the hotels are only open April through November, while a few serve fishermen and other customers year round. 960 1280

Doug Kerr, Flickr  

Fishing Fleet

Fishing Fleet

Located at the tip of the South Fork peninsula, Montauk is home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York. 960 1280

Lian Chang, Flickr  

Lobster Roll at Clam Bar

Lobster Roll at Clam Bar

During the summer, head to the Clam Bar at Napeague, an outdoor restaurant located west of Montauk. It’s known for its fresh seafood dishes, including this delicious lobster roll. 960 1280

Erin & Camera, Flickr  

Gurney's Inn

Gurney's Inn

Need a place to stay? Check out the infamous Gurney’s Inn, featured on Travel Channel’s TV show, Hotel Impossible. While you’re there, be sure to see how the hotel’s management and the décor have changed after receiving constructive advice and suggestions from hotel fixer Anthony Melchiorri. 960 1280

discoverlongisland.com  

Montauk Fishing

Montauk Fishing

Fishing is a favorite pastime in Montauk. Some local companies offer fishing vacations, including a fun, fishing trip on a chartered boat. You can also plan a fly fishing trip on your own, too. 960 1280

Bob Harrison/discoverlongisland.com  

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

Visit the whaling port of Sag Harbor, located in both in both East Hampton and Southampton. Go sailing on the Atlantic Ocean or stay close by and explore Sag Harbor’s nature preserves, rich fauna and a variety of endangered species, including the eastern tiger salamander. 960 1280

Catherine Rocco  

Dune Resort's Sun n' Sound Resort

Dune Resort's Sun n' Sound Resort

Dune Resort’s Sun n’ Sound Hotel overlooks tranquil Block Island Sound, and it’s a quick walk to Montauk Harbor, sport fishing charters and local restaurants. Most rooms have a private deck for you to enjoy a spectacular view of the sunset and the calming waters nearby. 960 1280

discoverlongisland.com  

Hotel Fixer Anthony Melchiorri at the Penguin Hotel
Hotel Fixer Anthony Melchiorri at the Penguin Hotel

Hotel Fixer Anthony Melchiorri at the Penguin Hotel

Anthony Melchiorri, host and hotel fixer on Hotel Impossible, poses in front of the Penguin Hotel in Miami Beach, FL. 960 1280

  

Interior Designer Blanche Garcia

Interior Designer Blanche Garcia

Interior designer Blanche Garcia poses for a picture in the lobby of the Penguin Hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony and the owners of the Penguin Hotel

Anthony and the owners of the Penguin Hotel

Anthony offers his recommendations and advice to the owners of the Penguin Hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony explores the Penguin Hotel's bar

Anthony explores the Penguin Hotel's bar

Anthony conducts a routine check and explores the bar at the Penguin Hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri at the front desk of the Gurney's Inn Resort Spa

Anthony Melchiorri at the front desk of the Gurney's Inn Resort Spa

Anthony presents a red appointment book to the front desk staff as part of his plan to improve customer service at Gurney's Inn Resort Spa, located in Montauk, NY. 960 1280

  

John Lomitola talks to the restaurant staff at Gurney's Inn

John Lomitola talks to the restaurant staff at Gurney's Inn

After listening to Anthony’s advice, Director of Restaurant Services, John Lomitola, conducts a lineup inspection of his staff at Gurney's Inn. 960 1280

  

Cameraman films Anthony Melchiorri

Cameraman films Anthony Melchiorri

The production crew cameraman shoots a scene with Anthony outside the New Yorker Hotel, located in North Miami, FL. 960 1280

  

Anthony chats with the owners of the New Yorker Hotel

Anthony chats with the owners of the New Yorker Hotel

Anthony chats with the owners of the New Yorker Hotel. 960 1280

  

Blanche Garcia and Anthony Melchiorri

Blanche Garcia and Anthony Melchiorri

Blanche and Anthony step into the New Yorker Hotel's courtyard they will help renovate. 960 1280

  

Anthony Melchiorri and Blanch Garcia

Anthony Melchiorri and Blanch Garcia

Anthony carefully considers Blanche's suggestions to revamp the courtyard at the New Yorker Hotel. 960 1280

  

Anthony chats with the staff at the New Yorker Hotel

Anthony chats with the staff at the New Yorker Hotel

Anthony has a heart-to-heart chat with the staff at the New Yorker Hotel. 960 1280

  

Blanche Garcia talks about renovation with Jorge

Blanche Garcia talks about renovation with Jorge

Blanche cuts fabric and discusses the plan to renovate the New Yorker Hotel with Jorge. 960 1280

  

Anthony talks to Frank, owner of the Ocean Manor Hotel

Anthony talks to Frank, owner of the Ocean Manor Hotel

Anthony instructs Frank, owner of the Ocean Manor Hotel in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, about necessary changes to make the hotel successful. 960 1280

  

Ocean Manor Hotel's swimming pool

Ocean Manor Hotel's swimming pool

The Ocean Manor Hotel has a swimming pool, but it also has a spectacular view and immediate access to the beach. This photo was taken before the renovation of the pool area. 960 1280

Justina Mintz  

Anthony talks to Ocean Manor managers

Anthony talks to Ocean Manor managers

Anthony helps to turn things around at Ocean Manor by talking to the hotel’s managers. 960 1280

Justina Mintz  

Anthony Melchiorri
Anthony Melchiorri

Anthony Melchiorri

Hotel Impossible host, Anthony Melchiorri, presents a red appointment book to the concierge at Gurney's Inn & Spa in Montauk, NY. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Beach

Beautiful Beach

A view of Gurney's Inn & Spa’s beautiful beach. 960 1280

  

Staff Meeting

Staff Meeting

Demonstrating to Anthony that he has heeded his advice, restaurant manager John Lomitola conducts a lineup inspection of his staff. 960 1280

  

The Monte Family

The Monte Family

The Monte family, current managers of Gurney's Inn, listen attentively to Anthony's advice. 960 1280

  

Private Nook

Private Nook

In a private nook overlooking the sea salt pool, guests can cool off and relax while snacking on fresh fruit slices. 960 1280

  

John Lomitola

John Lomitola

Restaurant manager John Lomitola has a few choice words for one staff member during the lineup inspection as Anthony looks on. 960 1280

  

Awestruck Glance

Awestruck Glance

After the hotel lobby reveal, Angelo and Paul Monte quietly express their amazement as Candice and concierge Maureen Keller exchange an awestruck glance. 960 1280

  

Five Hundred A Night

Five Hundred A Night

The view alone from the seaside cottages at Gurney's Inn merits the $500 per night sticker price. 960 1280

  

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