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
We have been here twice now and still love it. For its Manhattan views, the rooftop bar, its simple, industrial look and feel, the rough and ready Queens environs. Real good value for your buck, just a quick train or ferry ride away from all the sights and scenes of NYC.
Easy few block walk from the Queensboro Metro.
Beautiful room that was quite spacious, design & furnishings simple but comfortable. I enjoyed the view of Manhattan. The vibe of the whole place was super chill.
All the staff I interacted with were friendly & nice.
I had a last minute trip to NY and the hotels were all over $325 including holiday inn. I had some flexibility on location so booked Boro hotel in Long Island city, 8 min subway ride to Manhattan. The hotel is located in a neighborhood and has several other hotel chains in same area. The Boro is done with industrial design and minimalist layout. The corner king was spacious with a great huge free standing bathtub in front of windows over looking the 80 sq ft balcony . It’s very basic with bed n desk with one chair. Side tables . It’s very quiet and comfortable beds. Bathroom is open layout and well designed . It was $210 and 400 sq ft , 40 m2. There is a rooftop bar and gourmet coffee and food served in outdoor patio. But not included. Staff is friendly as well .
Very beautiful and modern hotel. Very spacious room. Very professional service and no sympathy at all. Rooms are organized, but without adequate cleaning. When I informed the reception about the cleaning of my room, I heard the following response: "thank you for the information". No apologies. This is not my hotel, even though I was charmed by the photos when I made the reservation.
This hotel is a glorified hostel. Do not be fooled by the photos. While the lobby and restaurant are nice, the rooms are dismal. The manager referred to the hotel aesthetic as "industrial minimalist." If that means, unfinished, dirty and drab, than I guess that's what it is. Do not stay here!