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
We used to live in Astoria and our granddaughter wanted to experience NYC like a native. The Boro Hotel was perfect for our trip. We loved the minimalist design and the large, clean rooms. The hotel has great staff - especially Maria at the front desk - who went out of her way to help us several times. Housekeeping was always available if we needed anything and the restaurant staff was excellent (especially breakfast). We chose LIC rather than Astoria to stay because it is so close to Manhattan ( 1stop) and close to several subway stations.
We had a double room and the view was of Queens rather than NYC. We were disappointed but were told that all the double rooms faced Queens. Don't forget to go to the rooftop bar to see the fabulous views! The beds were very comfortable but you will have to request a refrigerator and extra hangers. We also requested suitcase stands since there were three of us and the furniture is minimal. The bathroom needed some space to store your toiletries and the shower needed another door to keep the water from leaking onto the floor. The Greek toiletries are wonderful.
We would definitely stay again. The Boro Hotel is priced right, great location, great staff and very clean!
I had an amazing stay! Everything was perfect from the fast and friendly check in with Ashley to the breathtaking view of Manhattan (Room 1003). As I was celebrating an 8th anniversary I was given 2 comp drinks at the restaurant for me and my loved one. Their service was quick and efficient granting EVERY one of my needs! Also the room was beyond clean! Thank you Ashley & Stella for making our stay PERFECT! It is because of your outstanding service I WILL be staying here every time I am in Queens!
Below are aspects we experienced firsthand:
Room: Exceptionally clean, okay size, no closet or dresser, no central light so chronically dark. They gave us a free upgrade to a balcony upon check-in, bumping this review to a 4 from a 3.
Rooftop: Beautiful view
Room service: Answered the door 3x to say we did not want our room freshened as we were getting ready in it, but she kept knocking anyways and asking again, even upon putting the privacy please magnet on the door. I suppose it is good she wanted to make sure it was clean.
Valet: Very odd. Does not seem like they typically do, but they said they did, so it was leaving our car blocking traffic with a man from the back running out and bringing it down to the basement employee parking til we checked out. It was nice of them to do, but it was very disorganized/didn't make us feel safe if a car scratch happened that it was a real program/with insurance on part of the hotel, etc. It also cost a lot of money (even by NYC standards).
Lastly, we had an emergency arise, and had to leave a day early. Upon asking for a refund or partial refund, we were told no. There is no way they did not rent this room that night, so I felt that not entertaining any partial refund/conditional refund upon them renting the room or at least comp the valet while, totally legal for them to do, did not make me feel accommodated at all and probably would not return.