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
This hotel had great reviews up until they started renovations. The hotel really does not have a ton to offer in comparison to what is advertised on the website. I feel like once the renovations are complete and the restaurant and bar are back up in running this hotel will have so much more. It was very clean and we loved the updated bathroom with high end fixtures. The room was very small in comparison to what is advertised. The mattress was on a platform that was bigger than it which was strange. The staff were very pleasant and directed us to some restaurants in walking distance. The renovations appeared to include an nice outdoor patio space which will be awesome once complete. Overall the hotel was very basic. Would not go back until the renovations are complete.
There were 5 of us at the hotel. We stayed on recommendations from family. The hotel was under construction when we were there, however we weren’t there for the hotel restaurant. The rooms were more than enough space, very clean and well maintained. The hotel has a great feel and you feel very safe in the area! There are 2 subways stations very close that zip right into the action! The staff was attentive, very pleasant and knowledgeable! Even tho the restaurant was closed the breakfast in the morning was a great way to start the day! When visiting New York again we would absolutely chose the Paper Factory!
The try hard hipster vibe is no compensation for missing basic amenities. Almost no hot water in my room, took about 5 minutes to get a luke warm drizzle from the shower, did complain but . nothing was done. Nasty office style lighting, usual noisy AC, no drinks facilities in room and no way to get any thing fresh (restaurant closed for refurb - should be major discounts for this) Breakfast really basic, horrible coffee, decent pastries but thats the only plus of the whole experience. Overall not good enough for price.