The Best Hotels to Book in Queens, New York

Why not broaden your horizon beyond Manhattan and book a stay in Queens?
Why not broaden your horizon beyond Manhattan and book a stay in Queens? | © Odyssey-Images / Alamy Stock Photo
Mara Curechian

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Many people know Queens only as the place their plane lands when they arrive in New York, as LaGuardia and JFK are both located in the borough. Why not broaden your horizon beyond Manhattan by choosing to base your vacation at one of the best hotels in Queens? These boutique and budget hotels will add more character to your stay than an airport hotel ever could.

1. The Vue Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection, for premium facilities


Boldly decorated room at the Vue Hotel with a double bed with a red throw and bolster and a headboard with a geometric pattern
Courtesy of the Vue Hotel / Expedia

Stay close to Manhattan without the Manhattan prices. Immediately recognizable by its black-and-green geometric exterior, the Vue Hotel offers modern boutique accommodation in Long Island City. Rooms are comfortable and feature premium bedding, coffee makers, refrigerators, free wifi and flat-screen TVs. Business travelers will appreciate the business center fully equipped with computers and fax machines. With the F subway line right on your doorstep, it will be hard to choose whether to head into Manhattan or explore local neighborhood treasures such as the MoMa PS1, the Museum of the Moving Image or Queensbridge Park.

2. John Hotel, for easy access to attractions


Large room at John Hotel with a purple carpet and two beds
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Heavy bronze drapes, dark-cherry carpets and wood furnishings lend a simple elegance to the spacious rooms at John Hotel. Located in Flushing, Queens, you’ll be well placed here to explore the vibrant local area, make your way to Manhattan or even get to the airport – it’s extremely easy to get to both LaGuardia and JFK. We recommend checking out the Queens Botanical Garden and Flushing Meadows–Corona Park while you’re in the area.

3. Nesva Hotel, to be close to Midtown

Boutique Hotel

Seating area at Nesva Hotel with tables and chairs and a bookshelf full of leaflets
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Geometric patterned carpets and bright accent walls are standard fixtures in the colorful, quirky rooms at Nesva Hotel. Notable amenities include flat-screen TVs with HBO and Showtime, ecofriendly bath amenities, a complimentary continental breakfast, luxurious non-allergenic cotton bedding and a gourmet minibar. Located in Long Island City, you’ll also be well placed here to reach both LaGuardia and JFK Airport, as well as Midtown Manhattan – hail a cab and you will be there in less than 10 minutes.

4. Marco LaGuardia Hotel, for restful nights


Simpe room at Marco LaGuardia Hotel with a double bed and wooden flooring
Courtesy of Marco LaGuardia Hotel / Expedia

Set in multicultural Flushing, Queens, Marco LaGuardia Hotel puts you in a vibrant and bustling location from which to explore New York City. Getting here is easy, too, as the hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle to LaGuardia airport from 5am to midnight every day. If you’re driving, on-site parking is available for an extra fee. The cream-toned rooms are spacious and comfortable, and the complimentary hot breakfast buffet is the perfect way to start your day.

5. Feather Factory Hotel, for excellence on a budget


Bold reception area at Feather Factory Hotel with a reception desk and leather seating
Courtesy of Feather Factory Hotel / Expedia

For the perfect blend of simplicity and comfort, book a stay at the Feather Factory Hotel, one of the best cheap hotels in Queens. Green accent walls provide a distinctive design touch, while the amenities on offer include everything you need for a convenient stay, such as free toiletries, cable TV, wifi and luggage storage. On-site vending machines will ensure you never lack for a snack if you’re feeling peckish. Head to the rooftop terrace after dark for dazzling skyline views.

6. Wingate by Wyndham Long Island City, for a superior location


Large room at Wingate by Wyndham Long Island City with two beds, wooden flooring and a door to an ensuite bathroom
Courtesy of Wingate by Wyndham / Expedia

Modern furnishings, wooden accents and a great location come as standard at this top Queens hotel. Skyline views of Manhattan are guaranteed, and proximity to subway lines F, N and W makes it easy to reach the other boroughs of New York City. The business center will allow you to keep on top of work, while the on-site gym has everything you need for a quick workout. Place your bags in luggage storage before you go, and be sure to make time for nearby attractions such as Arthur Ashe Stadium.

7. Collective Paper Factory, for quirky charm

Boutique Hotel

Room at the Collective Paper Factory with exposed-brick wall, double bed and an artwork reading Im in the pursuit of happiness
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Straddling the border of Astoria and Long Island City, this quirky Queens hotel is named for the paper factory that once stood on the property. The hotel honors this history with its vintage industrial decor, featuring antique tufted velvet and distressed leather furniture throughout, huge casement windows, cinder block walls and recycled wood furnishings.

8. Ravel Hotel, for thoughtful design

Boutique Hotel

Room at Ravel Hotel with double bed, wooden flooring and a table with a bowl of fruit
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With of its location on Vernon Boulevard, right before the East River, Ravel Hotel offers amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge. There are two dining options on-site: Penthouse 808 and Ravel Garden Grill, both on rooftops or terraces that feature more of the gorgeous views you came for. Rooms are spacious, with hardwood floors and natural fibers; some suites are furnished with cowhide rugs and shaggy, long-haired throws. The hotel offers a shuttle service to and from the nearest subway stop, so travel in and out of Manhattan is a breeze.

9. Boro Hotel, for industrial chic

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Room at Boro Hotel with a double bed, chair and city view
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Incorporating design elements that pay tribute to the industrial past of the neighborhood, rooms at the Boro Hotel are accented with cement pillars, tin ceilings and naked light bulbs. Located near three major subway lines, it is an excellent base for all your NYC travels. Snack on some delicious thin-crust pizza at Beebe’s off the lobby on the ground floor, or take a cocktail up to the roof deck to soak up some rays or snap a few pics of the skyline.

10. The Local, for high-end hosteling


Simple room at the Local with a double bed and white-painted brick walls
Courtesy of the Local / Expedia

The Local is technically a hostel, but that doesn’t mean guests have to shack up dorm-style. Private ensuite rooms are available for budget-conscious travelers looking for a clean, fun and attractive place to stay in New York City at a steal of a price. The vibe at the Local is social and artsy; the bar and lounge routinely host literary readings amid locally curated artwork. Guests have access to the rooftop and laundry room, which helps to make extended stays a lot less stressful.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Christine Kandic Torres.

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