First of all, I want to say that I am tired of doing posts about the Allegria… haha. I just hope that out-of-towners don’t think this is the only thing going on around here in Long Beach. Here I go:
It makes me wonder why the Allegria Hotel gets so many mixed reviews. People either love it or hate it. Some can’t wait for it to fail, while others welcome it with open arms as something this community desperately needed.
Something just isn’t right. Usually after 86 reviews, an average is created. If the place really sucks, then the majority of the reviews should reflect that, but they don’t. According to Trip Advisor, 43 people think the Allegria is poor & terrible, but 43 people think it’s average to excellent. I would be such a confused out-of-towner looking at these numbers wondering If I should even bother!
So what’s up? Does it just boil down to consistency? Is the Allegria really just that inconsistent? I would love to hear from people who have been there multiple times. Has it been the same every time you went? Speak up!
The following are my experiences:
- The first time it was just for coffee & dessert – awful service. overpriced & small dessert. This was a month after it opened, so of course I’m going to give it one more chance. You need to let the dust wash off the pans.
- The second time I went for dinner at the restaurant. I thought the food was fine; pretty much on par with the majority of restaurants that I’ve been to. Of course I have my favorite restaurants and those are the ones I visit all the time and there are some restaurants I would never return to. My experience wasn’t that horrible that I would never go there again. I did like the organic menu and the service was better. Not perfect, but a big improvement over the first time.
- The third time I actually stayed there for a night and ate at the restaurant again. The hotel staff was friendly and helpful when we needed them for a few things regarding our room. Dinner had much better food. Was it the best food I ever had? No, but I did enjoy my meal. The service was actually too fast. I would say it was the same type of service that you will find at most restaurants anyways. Some will expect better service since the meal is so expensive. I’m fairly easy going, so what works for me might not work for somebody else.
For me, the Allegria gets 3 1/2 stars: 4 stars for the room & 3 for dinner – with hope that it improves, because I do think this hotel is a great addition to our community. I also know that it takes time for a new business to find its groove. Maybe the Allegria just needs a little bit more time than normal. A lot was invested in that place. If you absolutely hated it, wait a year or so. Give them a second chance. That saying, I wouldn’t discourage people from going there to try it out themselves.