For quiet, understated luxury in Queens, consider this hotel just two stops from Manhattan. Though it’s not in the most hot-and-happening part of the borough, Boro Hotel is a quick cab ride to Long Island City and Astoria or a quick subway ride straight into Midtown. Minimalist rooms start at 200 square feet and are bedecked with Frette linens, Hay Studio and Tom Dixon furniture, and that industrial-chic vibe that is so in vogue. Opt for the Manhattan View Balcony rooms wit private patios, or jet up to the rooftop bar with views of Manhattan and the Queensboro Bridge.
Need a reason to stay at the best cheap hotels in Queens? Queens, NY, is getting really, really cool, much to the chagrin of the Brooklyn hipster, who swore this day would never come. The borough that stayed out of the spotlight as Brooklyn’s star burned bright is now rising in its own right as a veritable stand-alone destination in New York City. It’s definitively the most ethnically diverse borough, with the best restaurants in Queens serving some amazingly authentic food, not to mention its up-and-coming bars, skyline views and the quick transportation time to Manhattan. If you’re looking to do New York City on a budget—and in the style of true locals— Queens is the borough for you.
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