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 want to love the Boro Hotel so much. The design was great and the staff were friendly. The location was in a slightly quieter section of the city, but because there's three subway stops nearby, it made getting around really easy. Our room was spacious and had a great view. There were so many good things going for the Boro Hotel, but unfortunately, the detail of things was where I was disappointed in.
Not sure if it's because our room was near the elevator or that we were just unfortunate in having a loud neighbour (our room was a jack & jill room and we don't know the neighbours); but we had trouble sleeping at night as we'd be hearing drawers/pipes/doors slamming throughout the night. We tried asking for a change of rooms, but we were told to stay put and hope that it doesn't happen again. Our room was a little dirty with wine stains on the ground and stains on the desk and vanity areas. Our bed lamp was also in really rough shape, it turns on, but the lampshade was basically broken and doesn't extend without crust falling from it. Housekeeping was also average. We noticed our towels were getting inconsistently replaced or haphazardly folded back in place. They were just moved as opposed to organized or cleaned. Our bed also moved a few inches left and right daily, though not a problem/complaint at all, it was just noticeable and strange. We ordered room service for pasta and some apps one night and the food was alright and lukewarm. Though I wish we ordered Beeble's pizza now seeing all the great reviews!
I still liked and appreciated the service and hospitality. There's so much potential and I hope they fix the details so that next time the experience would be even better.
Beautiful view and nice people running the hotel and restaurant. Close to subways and expanding Long Island City area. Our second time here...we like it. The bed frames are wood platform and they are a bit freaky, but the shower water pressure was awesome!!
The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable and love the easy commute to this place whether driving or public transportation. What you see is what you get and equals to a great hidden gem in Long Island City Queens. Minutes away from Manhattan and easy for me to meet my friends for dinner when I did. I run a small art event from time to time and asked to look at their event space in the 13th floor and the view is spectacular with floor to ceiling windows. Really considering after speaking to the General Manager to have my event there. Also cant wait for their rooftop to open again next year!