The closest a Queens hotel can come to a true luxury experience is this 108-room property in Long Island City, two stops from Manhattan on the N or W subway lines. Designed by the firm Grzywinski + Pons (also behind the Hotel on Rivington in the Lower East Side) the minimalist rooms and suites start at 200 square feet and feature Frette linens, Hay Studio and Tom Dixon furniture, cement tiles in the bathroom and Apivita amenities. The Manhattan View Balcony options are the standout for their private patios. Boro doesn’t have a full restaurant for dinner yet—a rooftop bar with skyline and Queensboro Bridge views is projected to open this fall—though it has a cafe with breakfast and all-day menus, as well as a lobby bar for cocktails, wine and beer. We also love the library in the lobby, which has books curated by Strand Books in Union Square.
These days, Queens, NY, is less a “hidden gem” and more a destination in its own right, with the best hotels in Long Island City putting you in the heart of it all. Locals and visitors alike are drawn to their trendy bars and restaurants, thriving comedy clubs, waterfront parks, and art museums. The rewards for overnighting in Long Island City and Astoria include access to eight subway lines (N, W, R, F, M, 7, G, E) for easy trips to other boroughs, a 5- to 20-minute commute to Manhattan, and tremendous value. But the best reasons to choose a hotel here are the neighborhoods themselves. Eat your way through the best Long Island City restaurants and take in cultural institutions like MoMA PS1. And don’t miss nearby Astoria’s bars and beer gardens.
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