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
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!
I have stayed here multiple times and it is always a pleasure. Rooms are spacious, super clean and have modern decor. The bath tub suites have giant tubs, and open layout. The balcony rooms have a stunning view of Manhattan skyline. The restaurant has tasty selections, delivery to rooms, happy hour options, free coffee in a.m. and free wine hour for guests in the evening. The hotel is quiet and is stylish. Hotel is a quick uber to local LIC restaurants or short walk to subways.
Nice hotel with many rooms on many floor. Our room was nice but not bright during the night, with no wall but windows. They look amazing but we could not see Manhattan but the opposite side of the city. The rooms was always cold also after configured settings. Only one plug close to the bed and problems with the towels: some days we had few towels and no bathrobe, so the cleaners were not careful.
The position is ok, it's 6-7 minutes by walking to the closest underground station and few stops to Manhattan. No interesting things around the hotel.
The hotel was very appealing aesthetically. Close to the train and had a beautiful view of the city. The front desk clerk was very helpful and aided me fast and efficiently with all my request. I would definitely stay at Boro Hotel again.
Really nice hotel and friendly people. Loved the location and my room had a balcony to sit out on. The food was good and the service was very accomodating Asking for a minimum 200 character review was a turn-off. I almost didnt write this, but i liked the stay enough to make the effort. I gnerally don't write reviews.