Allegria Hotel & Spa 80 West Broadway Long Beach, NY 11561 (516)889-1300 www.allegriahotel.com
I never reviewed a hotel before. So, to make my life easier, I’m just going to list a bunch of pluses and minuses that I experienced as a guest of the Allegria. There has been a lot of negativity towards this place already, so I am sure some will read this and say that I am wrong; the food is awful, the service is bad, They Keep Lie, Stay Way, The Allegria RUINED MY WEDDING, blah blah blah. Well, maybe you went on an off night, because my overall experience was above-average.
The Hotel in General:
Plus: Without a doubt, this hotel is beautiful inside and out. I loved the modern nautical decor – a nice change from the traditional decor most places around here have.
Plus: The gym, which is on the second to top floor, has an awesome view of the boardwalk and ocean.
Minus: The roof level is still under construction, so we couldn’t see the pool, bar, spa or whatever else that’s going on up there. Is the spa even open? Did I miss something? because I couldn’t find it.
The Atlantica Restaurant
Plus/minus: Despite all the negative reviews and even my own past experience, the service was actually really good & kinda fast. Too fast. WAY TOO FAST! Our dinner was served five minutes after our appetizers which was served five minutes after we ordered. The hotel staff must be reading the reviews.
Minus: The restaurant staff must have heard funniest joke of all time because they couldn’t stop laughing throughout my entire dinner. They were laughing LOUD. Why am I making a big deal over this? Well, I’ve had quieter meals at Chuck E. Cheese. It was pretty annoying and distracting.
Plus: The food was actually quite good. Again, the reviews of the restaurant have been very mixed. Maybe the kitchen just needed some time to get the kinks out. Yes, I do know that there are much better restaurants in town, but what can I say? I liked my meal. It wasn’t on the same level as Coastal Grill, but it was much, much better than Monterey.
Plus: free-range, grass-feed, organic. I love seeing all those words on a menu. Especially since I just saw the movie FOOD, Inc.
Minus: We had to turn down sitting near the window because it was too cold and drafty. I noticed others moving away from the windows as well. Aren’t these windows brand new?
The Room / Overnight stay
Plus: The rooms are really cute. I’m a big fan of the bamboo / chocolate wood color scheme. It’s just so relaxing, modern and clean.
Minus: Hallway noise was a big problem. You can hear every door close, footstep and conversation that went on in the hallway.
Minus: When a nearby hotel room door gets slammed closed, the place shakes.
Plus: Since the hallway noise was so loud, the hotel was kind enough to lend us a fan for background noise.
Minus: The visitor’s guide in the room had nothing to do with Long beach or Long Island. It was a generic guide for Manhattan. I get it. Manhattan has everything. We have some stuff too.
Plus: We stayed in an ocean-view room and the views were awesome! Makes me want to live in a place on the boardwalk!
Minus: Again, drafty windows. You can feel the cold air from a few feet away. I thought this was a “green” building. So much heat is being wasted!
Minus: Tile + hardwood floors = every little sound you make in the bathroom can be heard by whoever is in the room. Kind of embarrassing….
Minus: The sound of loud footsteps from the floor above – not something a business traveler wants to wake up to on an early Sunday morning.
Minus: Too many light switches!!! The bathroom had five alone! I kept on turning on the closet light every time I wanted to use the bathroom.
Despite all my minuses regarding the room, this hotel could and should work. Once it catches on, it’s definitely going to be a popular summer destination for Manhattanites. A quick train ride for those who don’t have a car is much easier than that long bus ride to the Hamptons. Is that a good or a bad thing? Well, this hotel will bring more money to Long Beach. Tourism dollar$ are a good thing. Plus, Long Beach is filled with so many great restaurants and bars that will hopefully benefit from hotel spillover. Sounds like a win-win to me. The only real downfall I see is how expensive everything was- between room service, the restaurant and the room itself. Be prepared to spend a lot. So, for all you out-of-towners, If you have a ton of money to spend and want to experience Long Beach, I fully recommend it. Overall, my Allegria experience was great. I only wish I got to stay there before I started looking for a house- that ocean view was awfully nice 😉