Four days after Sandy blew through Long Island, several local hotels are still filled at capacity as those severely affected by the storm are extending their stays.
The 369-room Marriott in Melville has been completely booked since Sunday, and will remain so for the next 10 days. At one point, the hotel kept a waiting list that filled up to 100 parties before employees stopped taking names, said front desk associate Rachel Montwill.
The Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Uniondale — the biggest hotel on Long Island with 615 rooms — is also booked to capacity, said general manager Walt Ensminger.
Many of the advanced reservations made by businesspeople staying during the week have been canceled, but those who kept their reservations will not be turned away despite the inundation of displaced locals, Montwill said.
Current lodgers who want to extend their stay beyond their reservation may be turned away if it conflicts with advanced reservations, Montwill said.
She added that the Marriot is considering each customer on a case-by-case basis, giving priority to those who have lost their homes. She added that many people staying at the hotel came from Long Beach and East Rockaway — some of the hardest hit areas after the storm.