The great advantage of a Fire Island hotel is that it is a refuge from hotel life itself. There are no organized activities and room service is unheard of. If you want a bellboy to carry your luggage, bring your own, and dressing for dinner means a comfortable shirt and pants.
If you plan to come on a weekend, you should make your reservation well in advance during the summer season. Weekday accommodations are easier to et and cheaper.
FIRE ISLAND PINES BOTEL, Harbor Walk, Fire Island Pines. All rates based on double occupancy. Two-night minimum stay Fridays through Sundays: Suites $450; double room with private bath, $370; double room with shared bath, $290. Weekdays: Daily room rates are $90 for suites, $65 for double rooms with private bath and $55 for double rooms with shared bath. Three-night minimum stay during Labor Day weekend: rates $410 to $635. Information: (516) 597-6500.
THE BELVEDERE, Bayview Walk, Cherry Grove. Open early May to early October. Two-night minimum stay on weekend: $300 to $450, based on double or single occupancy. Rooms with bay view and private bath to limited view with shared bath. Continental breakfast available Sunday mornings. On weekdays, rooms are $80 to $110. Labor Day weekend, three-night minimum. $550 to $800. Information: (516) 597-6448.
FIRE ISLAND HOTEL AND RESORT, 25 Cayuga Walk, Ocean Bay Park. open mid-May to mid-October. Daily room rate with private bath: $99, Sundays through Thursdays. Two night minimum stay Fridays and Saturdays: $275. Children welcome. Three-night Labor Day package: $595. Information: (516) 583-8000.
SEA SHORE MOTEL, Bayview Walk, Ocean Bay Park. Open mid-May to mid-September. Daily room rate, based on double occupancy with private bath: $100 for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $70 Mondays through Thursdays. There are also efficiencies with kitchens: $115 a night Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays; $85 a night Mondays through Thursdays; $225 weekly rate. Children welcome; cots, $25. No minimum stay required except Labor Day weekend: three-day minimum stay, $125 a night for a room; $145 a night for an efficiency. Information: (516) 583-5860.
CLEGGS HOTEL, 478 Bayberry Walk, Ocean Beach. Open May 1 through September. Fridays and Saturdays, a two-night weekend package based on double occupancy with shared bathroom: $200 for Friday and Saturday ($260 for three people); $60 a day Sundays through Thursdays ($90 for three). There are also studo apartments with full kitchens and private bathrooms; two-night stay required Fridays and Saturdays: $300 for the garden view; $350 for the bay view. Sundays through Thursdays: $125 a day for bay view; $100 for garden view; children under 12, free; cots available. Reservations: (516) 583-5399.
HOUSER HOTEL ON THE BAY, Great South Bay on East Bay Walk, Ocean Beach. Open May 1 through September. Daily rates based on double occupancy with shared shower: Fridays and Saturdays, $75 a person; Sundays through Thursdays, $50 a person for one night, $40 a person for more than one night. Weekdays, half-price for children. Reservations: (516) 583-8900.
SEASONS BED & BREAKFAST, 468 Dehnhoff Walk, Ocean Beach. Open year round. Summer season: mid-May through mid-September. Two-day stay required on weekends. $300 for Friday and Saturday nights, double occupancy with shared bath, includes breakfast and afternoon tea. Sundays through Thursdays, $125 for the first night, $100 for each night thereafter. Children over 12 welcome; add $25 a child. Off season: $250 for two-night weekend stay; $125 for Saturday night only; $100 for other days. Labor Day weekend package for two; $600 for Friday through Sunday nights. Information: (516) 583-8295.
PLACE IN THE SUN, 987 Surfview Walk, Ocean Beach. Open May through October. Two-night minimum stay on Friday and Saturday nights: double occupancy with shared bath, $250. Sundays through Thursdays, $75 a night. Children over 8 welcome on weekdays. Labor Day weekend package for two: $425 for Friday through Sunday nights. Information: (516) 583-5716.