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1. Clegg’s Hotel 3* – Fire Island Gay Hotels
Located in Ocean Beach, 1,950 feet from Ocean Beach, Clegg’s Hotel features air-conditioned accommodations and a terrace.
This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and free WiFi. Guests can have a drink at the snack bar.
Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Ocean Beach, like hiking, cycling and fishing.
Fire Island Video Review
Overlooking Great South Bay, this relaxed, family-run hotel is 7 minutes’ walk from the closest beach, 4 miles from Fire Island lighthouse and 8 miles from Robert Moses State Park.
Why You Should Book Clegg’s Hotel
The unassuming, TV-free rooms with quaint decor have shared bathrooms; some rooms offer bay views. Suites sleep up to 4 people, and come with private bathrooms and kitchenettes.
Complimentary perks include loaner bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas, and continental breakfast served in a low-key dining room
If you’re looking for a hotel in Ocean Beach, look no further than Clegg’s Hotel.
Guest rooms offer amenities such as a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free wifi offered by the hotel.
Clegg’s Hotel features a concierge, sun umbrellas, and newspaper, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts free breakfast.
During your visit, be sure to check out one of Ocean Beach’s popular lobster restaurants such as CJ’s Restaurant & Bar, The Island Mermaid, and Houser’s Bar, all a short distance from Clegg’s Hotel.
The staff at Clegg’s Hotel looks forward to serving you during your upcoming visit.
Sharing Bathrooms — Not a big deal. Four (4) bathrooms for ten (10) rooms. Not sure how booked they were at the time, but I didn’t run into a single other occupant.
Continental Breakfast — You get the basic choices: bagels, donuts, crumb cake, coffee, OJ.
But, let me just tell you…the bagels were pretty damn good, and I’m from NJ, so I know good bagels.
The donuts and other pastries were also very good. The coffee did the trick.
Gay Friendly — The manager (or owner?) was very nice, and he asked us why we chose Ocean Beach over the Pines or Cherry Grove.
It was a normal, no frills or chills hotel experience, and we were grateful for it.
Proximity — Ocean Beach is pretty damn small, and everything is within a short walking distance of everything else.
But, Clegg’s is literally right off the ferry.
We had to walk about 20 steps to get to the front door.
Very convenient, especially if you’ve got a lot of stuff with you (unlike us).
IN CONCLUSION, stay at Clegg’s if you’re looking for convenience, no-frills, and delicious pastries every morning.
The room I stayed in was very clean, comfy, and had a relaxing vibe. I highly recommend that you stay at this hotel if you’re visiting Fire Island.
Our gracious host Tyler was extremely accommodating and a true testament to hospitality professionals.
When visiting Fire Island you would be well served by staying at the Clegg’s Hotel and enjoying the views, spacious and well accommodated rooms and impeccable service provided by the owner Tyler.
Truly a first class lodging experience.
This is a fantastic hotel located steps away from the ferry in Ocean Beach.
The management and workers are extremely nice and helpful, and the rooms are exactly what one would need when staying at Fire Island.
The point of going to FI is not to sit in a room and watch TV all day; it is to enjoy the beach, ride a bike (which Clegg’s provides), grab a drink, and enjoy FI and what it has to offer. Highly recommend.
Why You Should NOT Book Clegg’s Hotel
Terrible furniture, loud even off season, and terrible uncomfortable beds.
The bathrooms are communal but clean. The owners are nice but they need to spruce this place up. The location is great. It’s literally five steps from the ferry exit. You can walk to the ocean beach in moments. Fire Island is terrific
How much does a room costs at Clegg’s Hotel?
Prices start 196$/night for Double Room with Shared Bathroom.The Suite with Sea View is 279$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.
This suite features a microwave, sofa and air conditioning.
Where to book online – Clegg’s Hotel – Fire Island Gay Hotels – you can find the best hotels deals in Fire Island during Fire Island Bear Weekend which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Fire Island on Booking.com or Hotelscombined.com or Agoda.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
2. Robbins Rest Retreat – Fire Island Gay Hotel Resort
Set in Ocean Beach, 250 feet from Ocean Beach, Robbins Rest Retreat offers air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has sea views.
Why You Should Book Robbins Rest Retreat
The holiday home features 6 bedrooms, a TV with cable channels, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 3 bathrooms with a shower.
The nearest airport is Long Island MacArthur Airport, 11 mi from the holiday home.
The location was amazing with views of the ocean and the bay. It also had a lot of bedrooms which was a plus.
Why You Should Book Robbins Rest Retreat
For the money we paid, I was disappointed that the accommodations weren’t more updated.
There were windows in the bedrooms missing screens which made it really stuffy and the sheets that were on the bed were actually stained.
How much does a room costs at Robbins Rest Retreat?
Prices start 808$/night for Six Bedroom house.
This holiday home has a balcony, barbecue and fireplace.
Where to book online – Robbins Rest Retreat – Fire Island Gay Hotel Resort – you can find the best hotels deals in Fire Island during Fire Island Bear Weekend which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Fire Island on Booking.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.
3. The Rockaway Hotel 4* – Fire Island Gay Hotels
Set in Queens, 650 feet from Rockaway Beach, The Rockaway Hotel offers air-conditioned accommodations and a bar.
Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking is available on site.
At the hotel, the rooms come with a wardrobe.
Video Review of The Rockaway Hotel
Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available every morning at The Rockaway Hotel.
The beauty and craftsmanship of the hotel is only outmatched by its location and incredible and caring staff.
The furniture and furnishings in the lobby, room, poolside lounge and rooftop are modern and keep with the beachy vibe.
We had brunch by the pool and were beyond impressed with the quality and simple, yet diverse, variety of drinks and food.
Hats off to the chef for an incredible meal. Definitely try the chocolate mousse.
The Rockaway Hotel is a phenomenal place in the ideal location with beach and city views all around and we will definitely be back
The service was phenomenal along with the food and views. I relaxed at the cabana all day and took advantage of the heated pool and lunch. I must say it was better than my timeshare resort in Cancun.
I enjoyed the tuna poke, the mezz platter and of course the NY strip steak. All were beyond delicious.
The after dinner drinks were enjoyed on the rooftop (bayside).
Although I am very familiar with that view being a local resident, I especially enjoyed the wide panoramic aspect with the height of the rooftop.
I am so happy the have such a special place here in my hometown, and a place to not only enjoy alone, but bring my guests when they come to visit.
The staff, managers and owners were all very welcoming and attentive, without being intrusive.
Phenomenal place that appears to already be successful.
I felt safe I could see that pandemic guidelines were followed. I hope it continues to be successful, we need this in our community!!!
Rockaway Sites, come and support this excellent addition to our hometown.
Rockaway Beach NY is an interesting place nestled into the southeastern most corner of New York City with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Jamaica Bay on the other.
You could rent a bungalow and spend the entire summer here or come “down for the day” (or DFD as the locals refer to it).
In recent history, Rockaway was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy but in the wake of this tragedy much of the infrastructure was rebuilt beach-side, and an amazing evolution has taken place.
The Rockaway peninsula has some of the most beautiful beaches in the northeast and is one of only a handful of beachfront communities in NYC.
It is also the only place in NYC for both locals and transplants to SURF!
Nearly 5 million people visit the peninsula every year and is home to a diverse group of residents from many walks of life.
Bohemians to bankers, surfers to social workers, NYPD, FDNY and IEBW alongside a growing population of “new Rockaway” residents; families and single young adults that are looking for the beach life but within spitting distance by subway or ferry to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
In some cases, this is much to the chagrin of the Rockaway lifers who you will commonly hear touting their family’s long heritage that is slowly being eroded by this penetration and the ensuing increase in cost of living urban flight brings, despite the increase in real estate value.
But what has become quite evident is the elevation of the food and drink options in this ‘hood and now, with the addition of The Rockaway and it’s luxurious accommodations and gourmet menu, the evolution of the Rockaways is now firmly taken hold.
As NY Mets radio sportscaster Howie Rose says “put it in the books!”, because with this beautiful property, Rockaway Beach is now officially a destination again.
Why You Should NOT Book The Rockaway Hotel
How much does a room costs at The Rockaway Hotel?
Where to book online – The Rockaway Hotel – Fire Island Gay Hotels – you can find the best hotels deals in Fire Island during Fire Island Bear Weekend which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Fire Island on Booking.com or Hotels.com and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.