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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Turning off the lights, opening the curtains, and sleep looking to Manhattan, Empire State building, The UN building, the Chrysler, the Queensboro bridge, the Rock and others, it is absolutely magical. It was just like we were watching a movie.
Our room was on the last/highest floor under the rooftop bar, which did not bothered us since we could not hear any noise from there.
The employees were super nice, always friendly and helpful.
Breakfast was good and also the food from the restaurant.
There is a free shuttle from the hotel to Manhattan (just a 5-10 minutes drive). The meeting point in Manhattan for the shuttle is right in front of Bloomingdale's. (the driver is funny and very friendly).
We will stay again at the hotel. After 4 travels to NYC, from now on this will be our "NYC home".
We stayed here in Oct 2019 and had a pleasant experience. We saved about £500 on our trip by staying outside of Manhattan and were impressed by the free shuttle service. When we arrived, we were told the last shuttle returns from Manhattan at 16:30 which was disappointing when you're out and about in the city at night. We ended up spending about $100 between us to use the subway instead, as the shuttle was never timed well for us. I wish more people had included information on the area in their reviews, as I found it quite scary walking through industrial sites in the evening. The area is very quiet so it's quite intimidating, and the subway is about a 10min walk away. That said, the area is very well connected and it's easy getting the subway around New York.
We paid $50 deposit on arrival which we were told we would get back on checkout. We didn't, and were told on checkout that we would receive it within 72 hours. It's been a week and we still haven't received it so I've now had to send messages and emails.
The room was nice enough, fantastic views of Manhattan! Very quiet and comfortable. You don't get a lot of privacy as there isn't a lockable door on the bathroom, but the facilities are clean and modern. The shower is lovely and powerful and you're provided free shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and moisturiser.
A/C was dodgy and wouldn't turn off. Occasionally it would fire up and blast air into the room which was difficult to make stop. One evening we returned to our room to find a stranger's lipgloss and half eaten packet of pringles, which we took down to reception the next morning. The pringles then appeared on our bill upon checkout. We complained and they were removed.
Our trip was fantastic but we have both agreed that we would much rather spend a little extra money and stay in Manhattan next time as it's not worth the extra effort to get in and out.
Even though I booked through a company that gave a large discount, the room was still $300+. This includes the additional $30 fee at check in. At that price, I expect a certain standard.
The elevators were dirty and took forever to come. The lock to the room only functioned every 8th attempt at opening it. The room was small and lackluster, nothing special in the slightest bit. Our bed was basically on the floor, bathroom sink in the room. The hallways were FREEZING. When checking out, the lobby had inappropriate music playing. Oh and also, no valet service.
My husband and I lived in Queens for 8 years, never needing to stay in this hotel. We recently moved away and needed to come back for a wedding at The Ravel. They were booked and Hotel Z advertises itself to be an upscale boutique hotel. I thought it’d be worth the money. Don’t make the same mistake I did.