Regarding my Opening night and the place was PACKED post on the Allegria Hotel, local Long Beach resident Heshy asks: Someone told me rooms go for $400 a night at the Allegria – a) is this true? b) can this kind of upscale work in Long Beach?
I can’t answer the first question, but the second one is really interesting. Can this kind of upscale work here? What do you guys think?
Last week my wife and I decided to take a peak inside this place. “I can’t believe this was King David Manor” was my initial thought when we entered the lobby. The decor was just beautiful. The beach motif wasn’t tacky at all – lots of shells, glass, wood, stone. It was very hip and upscale. – the kind that is taking over the Bowery in NYC. The Allergria makes the Garden City Hotel, it’s main competition, look like a holiday inn – very dated and boring.
The friendly Allegria staff encouraged us to look around. We decided to go up a floor (boardwalk level) to check out the restaurant, bar and lounge area.
We really wanted to eat at the restaurant, but we just ate dinner, so we settled with coffee and dessert. The “snack bar” menu is filled with all sorts of expensive alcoholic drinks starting at $12 each. The dessert selection was pretty limited. Some of the items offered were chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake, s’mores and a few other items which I can’t remember. Well for a total of $24 (with tip) we got two cups of Starbucks brand coffee and the hockey puck-shaped s’mores dessert.
So how was it?
Let me rephrase what we ate for $24 bucks: Two SMALL cups of coffee and a fancy ring ding. The s’mores was tasty, but way overpriced. As far as desserts are concerned, I just can’t see myself going there a lot. I like to splurge every once in a while, but I find a cone of Marvel Ice Cream to be much more satisfying. Besides, I’m not a big fan of starbucks coffee. Charbucks.
That saying, I heard the restaurant is great and I plan on trying it out. While I don’t like overpaying for coffee and dessert, dinner is another story. I’ll overpay for dinner provided that it’s something that I can’t make at home.
So can this kind of upscale work in Long Beach? I really don’t know. New York has a lot of food options. What New York doesn’t have are too many hotels & restaurants on the Beach. The novelty of being on the water helps a lot, but in Long Beach? At these prices????? This isn’t the Hamptons. Are we headed that way? What do you guys think?
A small note: I have to apologize for these photos. I do own a DSLR, but I never bring it anywhere. I am always stuck taking blurry photos with my cell phone.