Several subway lines are in the area, but they’re all about a 15-minute walk from the hotel
While the hotel is a 10-minute car ride from Manhattan, they provide free transportation to and from the city every hour on the hour
There aren't many restaurants and shops within walking distance
Dogs up to 20 pounds are welcome, at a cost of $25 per day
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Long Island City sleep with stunning views of Manhattan and fashion-forward guest rooms
Z NYC Hotel provides a modern, fashion-forward option in Long Island City, just across the East River from Manhattan. Modeled after a train station, the light-filled lobby is helmed by genuinely friendly staffers who are happy to help arrange free shuttles to the city or equip you with a free bike.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 100 guestrooms are small but well designed, with plush beds, stylish design touches such as mason jar sconces, 10-foot ceilings and fashion-forward wall decals. Mod cons include LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and free WiFi, but the real show-stoppers are the floor-to-ceiling windows, with stunning views of Manhattan. Bathrooms are simple but modern (note: sink and cabinets are in the bedroom) and come stocked with bath products by Essential Elements.
The recently renovated Z Lounge, down the stairs from the lobby, provides a cozy spot for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning or grabbing a drink at night, while Diner 24/7 serves basic breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings (it isn’t actually open 24/7 though, just 6:30 a.m. until midnight). Z Roof has a decidedly clubby vibe, but even if dance music isn’t your thing, every guest should head up for at least one drink to watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. The roof also hosts sunrise yoga classes several days a week.
In the Area
Take advantage of the hotel’s free bicycles and use them to explore Long Island City, a particularly compelling destination for art enthusiasts. PS 1, a branch of the Museum of Modern Art, features up to 50 exhibitions a year, as well as summer concerts and other events. Housed in a former trolley repair shop, the Sculpture Center is an artist-run nonprofit displaying and supporting experimental sculpture, while the Noguchi Museum, founded by renowned Japansese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, features an open-air sculpture garden ensconced within a building that houses 10 galleries. Film buffs will also want to plan an afternoon spent wandering the largest collection of artifacts related to film and television in the world, housed at the Museum of the Moving Image. When hunger strikes, head to neighborhood favorite Alobar for farm-to-table fare.