The Boro Hotel
What We Love
- Easy access to popular Dutch Kills neighborhood attractions like MoMa’s PS1 and the Noguchi Museum
- Miniature maps of the area on the back of room keycards
- The lobby library, filled with volumes from The Strand Bookstore
- Organic toiletries by holistic Greek brand Apitiva
What To Know
- There’s no formal front desk—just a team of tablet-toting receptions on foot
- Room sizes range from 250 to 405 square feet—generous for this city
- The hotel is just 10 minutes from the N and Q subway lines, which will shuttle you to Manhattan in under 15 minutes
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Meet Queens’s only design-centric hotel, a concrete behemoth with warm and hospitable interiors that feature maple hardwood floors, bright geometric and floral tiles, and artfully spray-painted signage that reads like upscale graffiti. Expertly designed by the NYC-based firm, Grzywinski + Pons, the end result is reminiscent of a sleek design showroom with nifty, factory-flavored furnishings: plumbing pipes have been transformed into magazine racks and the ground-floor bar is built on layered cinderblocks. A fire pit and communal table in the lobby area encourage plenty of mingling among fellow guests, which are a multicultural mix of creative professionals and young families. For a moment of Zen, head to the rooftop for morning coffee, served with an unbeatable skyline view.
The 108 rooms here feel larger than they are, due perhaps to a deliberate minimalist take that allows for attractive furnishings like accordion sconces, large freestanding tubs, and steel windows—all of which make lasting impressions. If you can’t snag one of the west-facing rooms with Midtown Manhattan views, don’t be disheartened: residential Queens, in all its tree-lined glory, makes for a surprisingly pretty picture.
Until the rooftop bar and restaurant are unveiled later this fall, meals here are limited to light bites and breakfast—a nourishing buffet of Greek yogurts, freshly-baked breads, and fruit, washed down with La Colombe coffee or Paromi teas.
There’s a reason Lonely Planet chose this dynamic borough as its number one domestic destination in 2015: its microbreweries, ever-expanding arts scene, and a bumper crop of world-class restaurants even have Manhattanites flocking. Don’t miss dinner at M. Wells, an avant-garde steakhouse just a half-mile from the hotel.
How to Get There
We stay a week at Boro Hotel for our holidays in NY! The staff was very friendly and helpful... room was clean with everyday service! The king size bed was the best place to relax after 15 km walking the day! Only 4 minute walk from the metro station and 5 stops from Times Square....and finally the view for our room in 11th floor was unbelievable..!
This place is literally a godsend. My wife uses a wheelchair and we had flown from the UK to visit our newly married daughter who has moved to Astoria.
We had booked an accessible room with another hotel chain, which was missold and totally unsuitable for my wife's needs.
We had booked for 8 nights, but after one night of hell we decided to look elsewhere. The Boro offered us 7 nights in a room that was more than adequate for our needs.
Set in Long Island City, the hotel has a unique style and charm. The lobby area is a relaxing place unwind with a coffee and the restaurant and bar provide good food and drink all day. A great oasis from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.
Four subway stations are less than a ten minute walk away, making getting about easy.
The style of the hotel will not be to everyone's taste. If you want a corporate image near the heart of the action this is not for you. If you want somewhere to escape and unwind after a day exploring, at about 50% of Manhattan prices then you won't get better.
My parents recently stayed at this hotel whilst they were in NYC visiting me. The staff at the Boro couldn’t do enough for them especially given my mums mobility issues and the fact she uses a wheelchair. This was a hotel that we got very last minute after serious issues with mobility accessible rooms with Best Western. They were able to confirm the height of the bed over the phone and book an accessible room for a week at about two hours notice. In addition the bar area is lovely and my parents tell me that the pizzas in the restaurant are amazing. Next time my parents are visiting they will certainly be staying at this hotel again.
Second visit at the Boro Hotel. Great location for our stay. Very close to the subway station which makes it very practical. The room was clean and spacious (we had the two double beds option). Everything else pretty straight forward. Love the uncluttered simplistic decor. The only negative for me was the room lights, at night seems a bit inadequate and didn’t have switches close to the bed to turn them off conveniently. But this was minor. Will stay again for sure.
I was looking for a hotel that had a large standalone bath tub for my Spiritual Bath, and it seems that tubs have become scarce in NYC hotels these days. I came across the Boro Hotel, booker the Studio King room and was so glad I chose it. The staff members are so sweet and accommodating both at check in and out.
The hotel itself has an unfinished, rustic/industrial feel to it which is pretty dope aesthetically, but I definitely see why other reviewers complained about the rooms being and staying cold. Luckily, my thermostat worked so no complaints there, but it definitely took over an hour for the room to heat up which was a bit frustrating upon arrival (it was about 15 degrees outside). Also, housekeeping took over an hour to bring up Robes, slippers etc...it seemed to only be one person on shift at the time so I would suggest maybe calling in prior to check in to have these things ready for you in the room, including the heat if you’re visiting in the winter. Small appliances like the phone and alarm clock in the room didn’t work well which would’ve been helpful being I had to wake up for work the next morning, but I managed... just a heads up for those who would be relying on these things.
The room itself is sort of railroad style, so the bed faces the balcony view which is super dope. Be aware though that the bathtub area is open, so you can see this area from the bed, but the shower and toilet areas are covered.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and even stay here again. I plan on booking this room for my Staycation most likely once every other month!