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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
I attended a wedding here last weekend. The location is great - only 2 stops out of midtown Manhattan, with a number of good restaurants within walking distance. The bed was comfortable and the room was spacious. The team who worked with us for the wedding was top-notch - incredibly flexible, thoughtful, kind, and really made the day special for our couple. The hotel restaurant was tasty and room service was quick. Gorgeous Manhattan views. A couple of things that were unexpected based on typical hotel expectations nowadays - the rooms are minimally appointed with the option for you to call down to ask for additional amenities at no charge (bathrobes, etc.) There was no minibar in the room and the doors slammed pretty loudly in the hallways even if you tried to close them quietly. Overall, a beautiful experience!
Overall had a good experience and would stay again. Queens was fun - the subway is a 10 min. walk from the hotel and the ride into mid-town Manhattan is about 20 minutes after that, so it's easy. The neighborhood felt safe, even late at night, if a bit deserted. The room size was OK, the bed was super-comfortable, and the room was both dark and quiet at night, which is really important to me. Strangely we had to ask for bathrobes and for luggage stands; there were none in the room (but they were provided free when we asked). Storage in the room is REALLY LACKING, there is adequate hanging but NO shelves or drawers, only one tiny, shallow drawer in a bedside table (my husband's side of the bed had no drawer at all), and they were not able to find us any shelves when we asked. Do people travel here with no clothing? it's a mystery to me. We had the Manhattan view with balcony. It is a GREAT view (6th floor), BUT: the bed faced away from the view (from our bed we looked at a Ramada Inn next door, to see Manhattan we had to stand by the wall on the other side of the room), and the balcony had a weird mesh floor so you could not go out in bare feet or take a chair out there, you could only put on your shoes and stand there - kinda useless and wasted, I thought.... We were also disappointed that the amenities (morning coffee 7-8 am, "wine hour" from 6-7pm) were not handled in a friendly way, both involved going to the restaurant and asking, waiting while the server got you your drinks, feeling guilty for not ordering something more you would pay for. In other hotels these are more social events which are self-serve and give you a chance to meet other guests. If they are going to make it a "restaurant amenity" it would be better just to give you a voucher and you could have your coffee or wine at whatever time is convenient for you. We missed the wine one night and the coffee the other day because the times didn't work for us. Lobby was also weirdly industrial and not in a fun way but in a cold, unfriendly one. So overall, it was good for the price we paid but not really that engaging. Oh also there was supposed to be a roof deck but it wasn't open even to go look at the view so that was also disappointing.
We used the Boro Hotel as the wedding hotel for our August Wedding at the Foundry in LIC and we would ABSOLUTELY recommend it to anyone looking to stay in the area. In short, it is a beautiful, modern industrial style place, with clean rooms and a short commute into manhattan, as well as city views that cannot be beat. Great customer service, food & coffee as well.
Now the longer version: When looking for a hotel near our wedding venue, we had seen a couple that were closer to the actual venue but they just were not what we were looking for (not great customer service, bad décor, too much of a “party” scene) We decided to look just a few minutes further away and were blown away the second we walked into the Boro Hotel. The building has beautiful, modern style and lots of bright light coming through all its windows. The staff was very helpful. We were able to park on the street for free everytime we visited but there is also a valet available.
On our first visit Mariana gave us the full tour and explained how it would work if we booked it for our wedding. We saw the different style rooms that would be available as well as spaces we could use for other events over the weekend. We ended up booking 20 rooms as well as using BeeBees restaurant (in the lobby) for our rehearsal dinner, the rooftop for a wedding after-party, and another available space for a brunch the morning after the wedding.
The rehearsal dinner was delicious and it felt like the food just kept coming! It was delicious and our guests had a wonderful time. George was so helpful in making sure all of our guests were happy and we had everything we needed. The staff had a bottle of champagne and dog treat sent to our room- yes its dog friendly! The next morning we had breakfast brought to the room for the bridal party which was DELICIOUS avocado toasts, parfaits, juice, coffee etc. The avocado toast was the best ive ever had. The hotel staff was so helpful to the makeup and hair artists who needed some additional seating and tables brought to the the room to do their work.
When we came back after the wedding, the rooftop looked so amazing with the skyline lit up in the back. The after-party was such a great way to spend some more time with our guests and enjoy the beautiful space. Again, George was a huge help as well as Maria.
The next morning we had breakfast, again with the beautiful skyline views as our backdrop. The food was hot and delicious and the staff were very attentive.
We hope to be back to stay at the Boro again, and relive the awesome time we had there. Thank you to all the amazing staff and shout out to George for being so wonderful!