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
Our home flooded as we were just returning home from Colorado skiing. Was looking for a place to stay that would give us peace of mind. How lucky we were to find The Boro Hotel in LIC. The most comfortable beds, gracious staff from car valet to check in and the lovely team in the coffee bar in the morning. Why stay in Manhattan when you can have this hip vibe with Floor to ceiling windows looking at the city. Beebe’s restauant on site is divine. Even head there for a romantic weekend and request the Penthouse suite, you will not be disappointed.
I stayed for 3 weeks there, both the hotel and restaurant teams are very professional and welcome you with pleasure.
The rooms are bright and clean, I had a small balcony with a view on the sunrise. Air conditioned rooms and a big shower. I had the opportunity to see a junior suite with view on the Manhattan skyline, vert impressive view, especially at the sunset. Full room service provided, subway at 5 minutes walk and a few stations from Manhattan. Ask for a high floor room to enjoy the view.
Hotel was fantastic, modern and relaxed. Views from the room were fantastic.
Few stops on subway into manhattan
King size bedroom - comfortable beds and linen. Bathroom decent size
Area is under lots of development and quieter than manhattan - would advise doing a reccie in daylight
First time to this hotel. We visit from Baltimore a lot and stay in Queens to save money: reasonable hotels and free street parking. Boro was fantastic -- big room, super clean and interesting spaces, great view and free coffee in the morning.
Staff seemed a little concerned about management's rules and what might happen to them if they violated them to better serve us (like taking coffee cups to the room from the cafe.)
They're very good at saying that they're sorry, not so good at actually making things right. Be prepared to hear it a lot from the staff.
- The wifi works well enough. The shower is nice. The front desk is nice.
- Nowhere to unload your luggage, so be prepared to haul your luggage through the hood to check in. It seems to be street parking only in a not so nice residential/industrial area.
- The restaurant is okay but you'd better like pizza because that's all it does well.
- Rooms are small and substandard. We spent 3 nights at a cost of hundreds per night to be put in a room with literally one light bulb. We thought it was just a stupid design decision until we were moved our last night into a room that had a normal number of light bulbs. We spent three evenings in almost complete darkness.
- It's a 4 star hotel only in that they charge extra for everything. I can see why they have open availability at all times. No ice machines (which normally I'd be fine with, but I'd relied on having one as my hand is currently swollen), no pen and paper for taking notes, no bath tub (wish I'd known - a real dealbreaker).
- No fridge in room. I was hoping to be able to store leftovers and freeze my reusable ice pack for my hand.
- Housekeeping service doesn't do a thorough job. Toilet was still dirty after housekeeping service, dirty towels were removed but not replaced, toiletries and daily water bottles were not replaced. On a particularly cold day, they turned off the heat and let the room get quite cold.
- The rooms seem to have an issue keeping warm. I know, it was 19 degrees fahrenheit, but still I expect a hotel room to be able to stay warm. I mean, it's NYC. This isn't abnormal weather. The next day, a space heater was provided to compensate, but the rooms seemed quite drafty and poorly insulated.
- Last note: please extend the complimentary coffee service. 8am seems unreasonably early to cut off the coffee. It's not like there are any conveniently located coffee shops nearby (there's nothing conveniently nearby except another hotel and sketchy hood).