Z NYC Hotel
What We Love
- ?Spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline from all guestrooms and the rooftop lounge
- Free bicycles are available to guests from April to October
- Free WiFi
- Friendly service
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What To Know
- Several subway lines are in the area, but they’re all about a 15-minute walk from the hotel
- While the hotel is a 10-minute car ride from Manhattan, they provide free transportation to and from the city every hour on the hour
- There aren't many restaurants and shops within walking distance
- Dogs up to 20 pounds are welcome, at a cost of $25 per day
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Z NYC Hotel provides a modern, fashion-forward option in Long Island City, just across the East River from Manhattan. Modeled after a train station, the light-filled lobby is helmed by genuinely friendly staffers who are happy to help arrange free shuttles to the city or equip you with a free bike.
Bed and Bath
The hotel’s 100 guestrooms are small but well designed, with plush beds, stylish design touches such as mason jar sconces, 10-foot ceilings and fashion-forward wall decals. Mod cons include LCD TVs, iPod docking stations and free WiFi, but the real show-stoppers are the floor-to-ceiling windows, with stunning views of Manhattan. Bathrooms are simple but modern (note: sink and cabinets are in the bedroom) and come stocked with bath products by Essential Elements.
The recently renovated Z Lounge, down the stairs from the lobby, provides a cozy spot for relaxing with a cup of coffee in the morning or grabbing a drink at night, while Diner 24/7 serves basic breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings (it isn’t actually open 24/7 though, just 6:30 a.m. until midnight). Z Roof has a decidedly clubby vibe, but even if dance music isn’t your thing, every guest should head up for at least one drink to watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline. The roof also hosts sunrise yoga classes several days a week.
In the Area
Take advantage of the hotel’s free bicycles and use them to explore Long Island City, a particularly compelling destination for art enthusiasts. PS 1, a branch of the Museum of Modern Art, features up to 50 exhibitions a year, as well as summer concerts and other events. Housed in a former trolley repair shop, the Sculpture Center is an artist-run nonprofit displaying and supporting experimental sculpture, while the Noguchi Museum, founded by renowned Japansese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, features an open-air sculpture garden ensconced within a building that houses 10 galleries. Film buffs will also want to plan an afternoon spent wandering the largest collection of artifacts related to film and television in the world, housed at the Museum of the Moving Image. When hunger strikes, head to neighborhood favorite Alobar for farm-to-table fare.
How to Get There
We had friends come in from Brazil, and booked them a room at the Z Hotel. Overall it was a good stay for them. Check in was easy enough. The hotel was new and trendy and was visually appealing. The only thing I didn’t appreciate was that we purchased a room with a view, but since we did an early check in it was downgraded to a room on the 2nd floor with barely any view. We were told that on the 2nd day they would be given a room on on of the top floors, but that never happened. The bartender and customer service ladies were nice. The manager not so much. It’s also far (walking) from any good restaurants or attractions, but there is a shuttle that took them right into the city.
Pros: Helpful friendly staff.
Lovely views over Manhattan.
Shuttle Bus to Manhattan.
Wide Screen TV in room.
Cons: Noisy air conditioner.
Loud entertainment on top floor,
Requested to be moved to lower
Floor room as band noise
Prevented us from sleeping.
Noise persisted to 4am.
King rooms to small as bed is
Situated almost against the wall
And under TV. Awkward to get in
and out of bed.
Inspite of the positives I have listed with this hotel, management should curb the late night entertainment and look after the paying tenants. Also quieter air conditioning would help. I would not recommend this establishment.
We arrived and were greeted by friendly receptionist who also gave us some great tips about the Metro Card and was also very knowledgeable on the area and how to get from A to B. The reception area was cool (pleasure after the heat from outside) clean and very welcoming.
We were on the 3rd floor if honest would have appreciated a room higher up as we were eye line level with the tops of the buildings on the street level and as it’s an industrial estate not very scenic. However if we sat back in the room and looked up over the River the views onto Manhattan were superb.
The room was clean, modern, super cool excellent TV and Wi-Fi and lovely hot showers! We had complimentary toiletries and our towels were changed daily along with bed made and sheets changed. Room was quite compact but so clean and all we wanted to do after a long day of sightseeing was crash out and the bed was very comfortable we had 5 nights of good sleep!
We got breakfast provided each day very basic but totally edible and have to say it was a godsend as saved us lots of precious time every morning as we could have breakfast from 7am onwards the eggs were very warm and lovely fresh bread, croissants cereals, fruit jam honey etc. and the coffee was just perfect.
The staff in the restaurant area were not as friendly as the Receptionist and could have possibly made more of an effort to be more welcoming.
The hotel is not in the city centre but that was our choice we like exploring and walking we walked into Upper Manhattan on day took about 40 mins another day we used the Subway 30 mins and the Roosevelt Island Tramway along with the New York City Water Taxi all fun n games and at $2.75 a trip bargain...
We did use the Free Shuttle Bus and John the driver was simply the best. So helpful and friendly.
All in all we had a great stay at the Z Hotel and cannot fault it at all.
We never felt unsafe at any time walking back at nightfall have seen more aggro in UK and definitely were not plagued by homeless people.
This hotel is ideal if you like adventure and hate staying in city centers. I saw Long Island as a up and coming regenerated area in years to come and would deffo if we go back to NYC stay there again. More relaxing and chilled.
This is the second time I stay at the Z in NYC and overall, it is still a good option regarding quality/price/convenience for the city - I've been many times to different hotels and this is my favorite combining all factors. However, this time we had some bad experiences that are important to point out.
The upside of the hotel is no doubt the value and location, really close to Manhattan and subway stations. The view from all the rooms is amazing and you fall in love with it. Also, there is a shuttle you can get to Manhattan and the service is pretty good. We were surprised when we arrived at 11 am in the hotel and were able to check in immediately - earned a lot of points!!
As usual, the room was clean and, new and beautiful on our stay.
Just a few things that annoyed us:
1. They charge an extra fee for your experience - which includes the shuttle, free wifi, free calls and daily breakfast. This is 25 dollars per day and it is not optional. We booked the hotel and payed in advance through a hotel website, and we only found out about the extra charges once we got there. In my first time at the hotel, there was no breakfast included, but all other features were already included in the price, so it was a bad surprise.
2. We woke up everyday before 9am with loud workers (I think the renovation is still going on) outside our door. One day even the housekeeper came in at 8:40am.
3. Air conditioning is really loud and we cannot adjust it properly.
Apart from that, restaurant and bar services were good, staff is helpful and the hotel is beautiful - I would definetely stay a third time.
We had a terrible stay here. I am not sure how this is a 4 star hotel. We had no toiletries in room and you can't adjust the air conditioner at all. The main problem, they have a roof top party at the hotel. We were not aware of this. Doesn't seem bad since it is 11 stories, but they play terrible music that sounds like a mix of really bad rap and rave music blaring so loud that it keeps you up all night even down on the 3rd floor! It is not some kind of classy lounge party. People are drunk and loud all over the place and they do not enforce any quiet or respect there. We complained several times but no one cared. Party stops at 4am then expect loud obnoxious people running through halls and banging doors. The elevator had PEE in it in the morning. Added bonus the rooms already have a "Love Box" for you in room with condoms and lube. This was the grossest tackiest hotel I have ever been in. I can't believe the city even allows this hotel to have such a disruptive venue all night long. They should make this VERY CLEAR this happens at the hotel so guest aren't caught by surprise. If you are in to that kind of stuff then this is the place for you. Also, enjoy an additional $28 'facility fee" I was told for breakfast and wifi It is NOT optional and the breakfast was just a continental breakfast.