97-20 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
The Playland Motel - Brooklyn Style on A Beach in QueensAs a Florida native, I crave the beach when in New York. Growing up in the Sunshine State, the only NY beach I ever knew about was The Hamptons. While ritzy Long Island has it's own style, Rockaway Beach was a convenient and affordable alternative that held its own.
Located in Queens, the beach is a quick subway ride away. In 40 minutes I was removed from fast city pace to a beach town, that actually boasted the same characteristics as Brooklyn.
I chose The Playland Motel due to the non-traditional approach to lodging. With a focus on art and music, the 12-room boutique is not for everyone. All guests share a bathroom and there is no TV in room. This is for someone who appreciates art and all things quirky as each room is designed by a local artist. You never really know what you are going to get.
The Playland Grill downstairs was a vibrant restaurant, with tasty seafood dishes like fish tacos and a decadent shrimp roll with a Fire Island Sea Salt Ale to wash it all down. New York restaurateur Daniel Cipriani is at the helm, serving summer cocktails and 3-course meals daily.
The outdoor bar is great spot to chill out and enjoy the summer. With new disco blasting, cucumber gin cocktails flowing, I could have spent all day in the spacious backyard.
The Playland Motel is located a couple blocks from the waterfront and the onsite lounge rents paddle boards.
The combination of relaxing beach vibes, Brooklyn style & a beach right off the subway in Queens is ideal in NYC.