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Boutique hotel right on the Long Beach boardwalk with Miami-chic style
The Allegria Hotel ranks among the top luxury hotels on Long Island, and its location makes it particularly noteworthy. It's the only hotel right on the Long Beach boardwalk, and will remain so -- the hotel opened in 2009, but the building first received permission to open as a hotel in the 1930s, allowing the developers to get around modern zoning rules. The hotel has undeniable South Beach flair, and during the warmer months its second-floor bar, rooftop lounge, and rooftop pool draw both guests and local beachgoers. Even more unusual for the area: The hotel offers not only direct beach access via an underground tunnel, but beach service (excluding alcohol, which law prohibits on the sand).
The hotel is also within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad and an hour's train ride from New York City, making it popular with Manhattanites looking for a more convenient getaway than the Hamptons. When the weather turns cold, the hotel increases its focus on business travelers and corporate events; it's a 30-minute drive from JFK, and offers impressive meeting space for its size.
Though some guests complained of the service in the first couple years after the hotel opened, there was a management shakeup in fall 2012. The new team brings impressive luxury hotel credentials and is taking the service to the next level.
Right on the boardwalk in Long Beach
The Allegria Hotel is right on the boardwalk in Long Beach, Long Island, and is within walking distance of the Long Island Railroad.
Big, airy rooms and limestone bathrooms
The rooms at the Allegria Hotel have beach-chic decor: light woods, plush white bedding, and blue accents, all of which contributes to the bright, airy feel. Spacious, sleek limestone bathrooms have walk-in showers with rainfall showerheads.
The only difference between the rooms is the view: city view, beach, or oceanfront. It should be noted that the beach views typically only have partial views of the water and also look over the hotel parking lot, while the city views face either the city or an interior atrium. Oceanfront views deliver what they advertise: The views are stunning, and the big windows open up so guests can let in the sea breezes.
The hotel does offer some suites as well, which have two rooms -- a living and dining room area as well as a bedroom -- and larger bathrooms with soaking tubs.
Small seasonal rooftop pool with postcard-perfect ocean views
The Allegria Hotel has a small seasonal rooftop view with stunning views of the ocean. In warm weather, it's surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas, and food and drink service are offered.
Huge modern fitness center
The Allegria's fitness center is first-rate, with modern machines and huge windows facing the ocean. There are numerous cardio machines (though they lack individual TVs), strength training machines, and free weights.
Spa under renovation throughout 2013.
The luxury spa was damaged during Hurricane Sandy, and is under renovation. The hotel can recommend nearby day spas until the on-site facility is complete.
A gourmet sit-down restaurant a stylish lounge, both with ocean views
Atlantica is a gourmet restaurant serving organic American fare in an Art-Deco-style space. Its floor-to-ceiling glass doors can open up to the boardwalk in nice weather. The menu reliably features excellent fresh seafood dishes.
L'Onda Lounge is located next to Atlantica on the second floor, and has a dramatic round bar, high-top tables by the floor-to-ceiling glass doors, a long communal table, and a two-sided glass fireplace surrounded by lounge seating. An outdoor terrace is open in the summer months.
Atrium is a bar and restaurant with live piano music and a big fireplace.
Jack's on the Rocks is a dramatic rooftop lounge (adjacent to the rooftop pool) that is principally used for events, though it's also used as a bar in the high season. It has ocean views, as well as a distant view of the New York City skyline.
Extremely popular with corporate events
The Allegria Hotel has impressive meeting space, especially for a hotel of its size. It regularly hosts corporate events as well as private parties and weddings.
The Allegria Hotel is a chic 143-room boutique delivering a dose of Miami style right on the Long Beach boardwalk. It draws both trendy Manhattanites looking for a convenient beach getaway and business travelers attending corporate events on-site. Big rooms have light, airy decor, plush beds, and sleek limestone bathrooms; some have beach and ocean views. The restaurants serve gourmet organic cuisine and tasty cocktails, and in nice weather Atlantica restaurant opens its windows right up to the boardwalk. Hurricane Sandy hit Long Beach hard, decimating the boardwalk and flooding the hotel lobby, but the hotel is fully operational and repairs are underway on both fronts.