Southampton is a collection of villages and hamlets, with Southampton Village at the centre. The Village is home to many of the area’s museums, and to many historic colonial buildings and reminders of Long Island’s roots as a whaling and seafaring community. Southampton’s beaches are great pale yellow arcs of gorgeousness and are one of the big draws for visitors. Of course the best places to stay in Southampton offer easy access to these beaches and to the area’s other charms. And surprisingly, one of our Guru’s recommendations for the best places to stay in Southampton is also one of the most affordable places to stay in the Hamptons.