Over the Bridge - Manhattan, 09/01/2009

Long Beach, the Jersey Shore and Brooklyn may not top your travel to-do list, but with
the opening of these new luxury hotels, you may finally have a reason to visit.

In the early 1900s, Long Beach, New York, was a popular resort town, its boardwalk hotels a nearby sandy retreat for Manhattan’s elite. Decades of disrepair followed, but with the July opening of Allegria Hotel & Spa (rates from $199, allegriahotel.com), an upscale, oceanfront property with 143 rooms and New York views, history may repeat itself.

For some, the Jersey Shore conjures images of beer-splattered Ed Hardy T-shirts. But Bungalow (rates from $299, bungalowhotel.net), a 24-room boutique hotel opened in the Pier Village shopping complex last May, draws a design-savvy crowd. The interior by Manhattan’s Sixx Design is an eclectic mix including Philippe Starck chairs and a pearl-button portrait of Queen Elizabeth.

Nu Hotel (rates from $199, nuhotelbrooklyn.com) is perennially up-and-coming downtown Brooklyn’s first boutique property. Explore the leafy, townhouse-lined streets of Cobble Hill or just kick back in your hammock–every room has one.