My stay @ the Allegria

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.

Bottom Line

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 😉

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4 thoughts on “My stay @ the Allegria”

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    My Take: I agree that the rooms are small, but I lived in a tiny apartment for five years, so I can’t complain. Wi-Fi for $12.95 a day IS insane. Any room at has even the slightest view of the ocean is an ‘ocean view’ – even if you have to climb outside the window and stretch your neck to see it. $32 for a room service omelet sounds about right – that place is expensive! The review says nothing about the beach, boardwalk or Long Beach itself. Oh wait, correction. From the article: “The nine-story hotel, which was a nursing home until its recent exhaustive makeover, is flanked by several ugly condo buildings.” Gee… thanks.

    MY Take! Yep that remark about the “several ugly condo buildings.” was a disgusting thing to say. Especially when the Hotel still has that DISGUSTING UGLY mess on the next door lot (their property)that they made and they never cleaned up.. As for $32 for a room service omelet. I think that was as outrageous as the Wi-Fi for $12.95, and the fact that they still have not opened the Spa that they promised when we made our affair there. Out wedding party was forced to go elsewhere to have their hair done.
    Our experience with the so called great chef’s meal was not that great! I’ll have to say I was so disappointed with my 3 course meal. I was actually shocked. And this reviewer stayed on a rainy night, on a regular non rainy night the place is as noisy as a teenage club. Our service was rushed. The room was very loud and it was impossible to have a normal conversation.
    You need walk past the bar, where the “hostess” is so unprofessional it’s an embarrassment to the establishment. You check your coats, to someone who looks like she literally hates her job. The food was not worth the price. The fish was too salty, the shrimp was overdone and the portions were too small. And I don’t know who their server was, but ours was a disaster. Romantic—yes!. But so is Central Park on a beautiful spring day. The difference is, you don’t expect an edible meal in Central Park and you don’t pay $500.00 plus a day in Central Park! Bottom line, Overall, our experience here was blah… I didn’t expect the food to be stellar at a hotel, and it wasn’t! With so many wonderful restaurants in this city, I’d pass on this one.
    I was disappointed.

  2. I have no view either way on the hotel. I have never been there and dont plan on going, however One thing needs to be made CLEAR The hotel has NOTHING HELLO NOTHING to do with the lot next door. They DID Not dismantle it ADC Construction did for the land owner who has since defaulted on the loan The hotel is trying very hard to buy this property however its tied up in courts. How do I know all this? I tried to buy the property . Dont believe me ? Call city hall!

  3. For those who know there are a couple of good but low priced motels in Island Park just 5 minutes from Long Beach.

    The Allegria only has the lower floors completed for occupancy and they could not even rent them all for the July 4th weekend. There is talk that they are already having financial problems.

  4. Interesting .

    I tried to book a room on 4th of July and they said they were sold out. In fact accoriding to their website they are sold out a bunch of days in July. Where are the Hotels located in Island Park? Name?

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