The Paper Factory Hotel
What We Love
- Free WiFi
- Manhattan charm without Manhattan prices
- Leave the toiletries at home: free toothbrushes, toothpaste and razors in every room
- Well-located to take the subway to major attractions: It’s 20 minutes to Central Park, 25 to the Empire State Building
What To Know
- Come with an itinerary; the staff is cute but hardly a concierge service
- Historic digs mean less sound-proofing than in other hotels
- You’ll have to go to other neighborhoods for a buzzing restaurant or bar scene
- Best for people comfortable taking public transportation
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Set in an industrial area of Queens 15 minutes from Manhattan, this new $27 million hotel pays homage to the building’s former life as a paper factory with polished concrete floors, massive windows, a dramatic column made from books and machinery repurposed as decor. While there is no roof space, you can still get some fresh air in the lush courtyard just off the lobby.
Bed and Bath
Set down wide, industrial hallways, you’ll find the 122 rooms, which are large by New York standards and feel even larger thanks to factory windows and towering 12-foot ceilings. Simple platform beds and clean-lined dressers form a neutral backdrop for large artwork, much of it created locally, and mismatched vintage—a retro trunk here, a painted chair there. The toilet and sink are separated from the shower (great for people getting ready at the same time) and include Gilchrist and Soames bath products.
Before The Paper Factory took over this industrial space, it was home to the neighborhood favorite Mundo. The hotel revived the restaurant in a vast two-story dining room, which plays hosts to DJs and live music. Expect a globetrotting menu inspired by comfort food with a blend of Latin and Mediterranean flavors. Think Turkish beef dumplings in a garlic yogurt sauce or Argentinian short rib empanadas with leeks, mozzarella and organic corn.
In the Area
The area immediately around the hotel is relatively quiet, but walk 10 minutes into Astoria, and you’ll find the Kaufman Arts District, home to the wonderful Museum of the Moving Image. Nearby, the gastropub Snowdonia serves a mean fish and chips. A little farther out in Long Island City, MOMA’s contemporary collection at PS1 always delights, especially during their outdoor summer party, Warm Up. The Gods of Meat compel you to order the bone-in burger at the inventive Michelin-starred M. Wells Steakhouse. And don’t forget to have the vintage barkeeps at Dutch Kills whip you up something original.
How to Get There
Kendra was absolutely amazing ! Best customer service and really took care of us. Room is fantastic, spacious and beautiful. I recommend coming here, so cute and very antique chic! You won’t regret it.
We stayed a 4 day weekend with multiple guests and Kendra really went above and beyond to provide excellent service. She helped us with several questions throughout the night! She went above and beyond.
Aesthetically pleasing and unique decoration. Clean. Comfortable mattress. Great light fixtures. Easy to walk to restaurants. Unfortunately if you have loud guests staying above you, you’ll hear them. More soundproofing may be needed if party scene is invited to coexist with wholesome group looking for a full night of sleep
Family of six ranging in age from 4 to 73 years old in New York City to see the Christmas lights. We had two rooms, each with two beds that were comfortable as well as the adjustable room temperature. Literally across the street from subway that takes you into Manhattan in a matter of minutes. The separation of the shower in a room by itself next to the room with sink and toilet allowed 6 females to get ready in an orderly fashion at this hotel. They offer breakfast foods and a buffet, as well as the small nice restaurant directly across the street. A bar available also with unique decorations all over the hotel.
I am a Queens resident and had out-of-town guests stay at this hotel, which is close to my home. It's absolutely the coolest joint in Queens. The lobby area, including rooms to play games and socialize, is clean and nicely furnished. There is a great coffee bar in the lobby, and the hotel has a great breakfast.
The rooms are typical NYC (studio-style and minimalist chic). The bed was comfortable and shower was great. We had a nightcap in the hotel bar,and the bartenders were excellent.
I would highly recommend this hotel.