My Roof Top Adventure [The Allegria Hotel]

Last Saturday I decided to check out the root top at the Allegira Hotel (80 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY). I walked through the lobby, pressed RT on the elevator and up I went.

Right when you exit the elevator, you essentially step right into the bar area. Nobody greets and asks if you want anything. I wasn’t that thirsty, but would have caved under pressure. Perhaps a waitress should be working the room? I didn’t see any.

Walking past the bar towards the beachside was this empty room. Perhaps it’s the dance floor at night? Or perhaps it’s just wasted space?

Here are a few shots of the pool. It’s kinda small, but still awesome. Roof top pools always impress me. Alas, my attitude with being in the Long Beach is the following: Who needs a pool when you have the ocean. But I get it, not everybody likes the ocean. It is pretty cool though..swimming on top of a building? Come on!

I tried to be discreet while taking these photos. I didn’t want to look like creepy man taking photos of people in their bathing suits.

On to the beautiful vistas of Long Beach. Looking West:

Boardwalk Arts & Crafts festival, Looking East:

Directly down below was the NYSEA Skateboarding Contest & live music.

Out in the distance was the surfer Paddle Out dedicated to George Geiser, the Long Beach surfing legend who died in an auto-related incident in Puerto Rico back in 2009.

Back inside the hotel was this other room that was north of the bar. I guess it’s used for catering. A little too sparkly for my taste…

Through the windows were more breathtaking vistas of our beautiful city looking north. Allllllll the way in the distance are the North Shore Towers in Floral Park.

Can you see Manhattan?

On my way out I was reminded of the old tenant. Nice touch by the owner to leave a tiny bit of history around.

Not to knock the Allegria Hotel, but they need to learn how to make money. We were on the roof top for a good 45 minutes. Not once were we asked if we wanted a drink. I call this a missed opportunity for the hotel, because as an uninvited guest, I would have felt the pressure of paying for something. That is money for the bar, tip money for the staff, money for the hotel and tax money for Long Beach.

Staff going around asking if you want something makes you feel like you’re being watched, which is good for hotel security. But most importantly, it makes you feel like you’re being taken care of.  I’m not one who likes special treatment, but a lot of folks do; especially when you spend a ton of money staying at a fancy hotel.

Other things that bugged me: Cigarette butts on patio; no butt stations. Gum. Dirt. Weird signs saying you can reserve stuff for money. I don’t know… that comes across as tacky to me. Make money with drinks and food, not seats.

Other than that, it was really nice. Unlike most residents, I am actually a fan of this hotel and I want them to succeed. The roof top is really nice, so if you’re nosey like me, just walk in and take the elevator to RT.

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20 thoughts on “My Roof Top Adventure [The Allegria Hotel]”

  1. Great observations! The pictures came out great but its really a space one just has to see and feel inperson. The air and sense of calm space (when empty) is just lovely.

    I’ve only been up there for private events where you could barely step off the elevator before having security on top of you. In those situations the set-up was silly chaotic. During the Quiksilver finale they had the smarts to have security before you got on in addition to when you stepped off. btw that was without a doubt the best party I’ve attended in Long Beach hands down. No other venue here could’ve handled it space wise and thats the great thing about that space up there – it can accommodate high profile events that require big security and corporate sponsors. That is so clutch for the city that its kind of bizarre to think there was once no hotel in Long Beach like this. They are necessary for the city.

  2. Why not? Because Anthony is a smart, observant dude who realizes that the Allegria serves a purpose beyond being an upper priced hotel for out of towners. It has a much needed event space, it brings the city business (taxi’s, restaurants, stores) and attracts potential sponsors for future events, Hollywood scouts, music exec’s and professional athletes. It helps push forward an image of Long Beach as a destination in a manner that wasn’t done before we had this hotel.

    Like it or not, it is necessary for this city moving forward.

  3. Ha, Thanks Allison. I try… unfortunately I just had my iphone. It was completely spontaneous to go up. I agree that this hotel is necessary for the city, I just wish they got their act together, that is why I “knock” on them. The could make more money with a roof top waitress/waiter bugging us to buy drinks.

    West End Tom, I figured it was a dance floor, thanks!

  4. YES! That’s the whole point, they DON’T have their act together, and they don’t get along with their neighbors in fact they take advantage of the whole community.

  5. Those things would be good for LB- especially when done right. But as of now, the hotel burdens residents and is shady at best when it comes to paying contractors, some of which are local, and taxes, from what I’ve read. I have no strong feelings against or towards the hotel, but I certainly understand those who do.

  6. Hey, I heard you had to pay $15.00 to even go up there. Wow! you just went up.

    It is true that the hotel does nothing to better relationships with the community.

    They take over the beach, rent chairs and umbrellas for insane prices to NON guests, Give people (who are willing to pay) them access to beach thru the hotel (NON GUESTS) Charge for valet parking, but then take up our local parking spaces. ????? Hmmmmm?????

    Someone wshould watch what happens on the beach, and in our streets.

    I would like to see them succeed , but I also would like to be respected as a neighbor and LB resident.

  7. It’s unfortunate that many companies throw money around and do not plan on details or long term outlook. Community is rarely a consideration and it’s sad when neighbor’s are affected. Anthony, thanks for the photos. I was always curious as to what it looked like in there, lol. 🙂 Susan

  8. Anthony, thanks for your report. I am of a similar point of view on the hotel. In terms of gripes by its neighbors, I get it and am sympathetic, but this is a city. I have lots of gripes about school dorms in residential areas that are not maintained, neighbors who don’t mow their lawns until its a foot high, loud music coming from the boardwalk 3 blocks away, with an echo that makes it sound like many NYC cabrides i’ve had, visitors parking in front of my house year round for the train, and forget about getting a space in front of my house on a weekend in summer ( and they often leave their trash as they get in their cars an leave). In any event, I’m rambling a bit, but the point is we are a city (and a tourist destination of sorts) and have the benefits and burdens of that distinction. But we can all press our business and residential neighbors to do a better job and we should.

  9. First off, why would someone be waiting for you to get off the elevator to offer you a drink? The bar is right there and if you wanted a drink all you have to do is ask the bartender! Next, stop saying “Not to knock the Allegria Hotel, but they need to learn how to make money.” Then teach them instead of bashing them. The “Wasted Space” is a dance floor for parties. Maybe if you were there during an event you would have some better things to say.

  10. wake up on the wrong side of the bed today, Massy? You take a post that’s 95% positive from someone who confesses his support for the hotel and wishes it to succeed and focus on the negatives. perhaps you should take a few more sips of coffee before you start pounding away on your keyboard.

  11. Massay, I was there for 45 minutes. They could of made money some from me. They didn’t. I wasn’t that thirsty, but of somebody approached me, I would have given them money. The Allegria owes a ton of money to many people. I repeat: They could have made some money from me. I really like the Allegria, but they don’t know how to make money. I made that same observation when I actually stayed there over night several years ago – you can find my post somewhere on this blog.

    RE: Dance Floor. Sorry. I’m not at the Allegria 24 hours a day to see that space is used for a dance floor. I assumed it was, but during the day it was just empty space on the rooftop of a multi-million dollar motel that over looks the Atlantic Ocean. During the day it is wasted space.

    Thanks for visiting the blog 🙂

  12. They charge hundreds of dollars for a room so I doubt they need to pester you to buy a $10 drink.

    Anyway, cool pics. I’ve wanted to go up there.. now I really want to! I think this is what LB needs.. more places that take advantage of Long Beach’s jewel.. the ocean. Not to knock the Allegria :), but they’re just too expensive for me to go hobnobbing there.

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