Many people only know Queens as the place where their plane lands when they arrive in New York (both LaGuardia and JFK Airport are located in the borough). Why not choose to base your vacation at one of these seven best hotels in Queens and broaden your horizon beyond Manhattan? These boutique and budget hotels will add more character to your stay than any airport hotel would.
Z NYC Hotel
Boutique Hotel, Budget Hotel
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The rooms at Z NYC Hotel are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows for guests to enjoy stunning Manhattan and Queensboro Bridge vistas. The hotel is in the middle of all you’d want from a stay in Long Island City. It’s close enough to cultural offerings such as the Noguchi Museum, Socrates Park, and P.S. 1 in one direction, while closer still to the bars and restaurants along Vernon Boulevard in the other. A subterranean restaurant and cellar bar (rooftop in the summer) are also available options, but if you’re still set on riding into Manhattan, Z provides a shuttle over the bridge into Midtown.
Straddling the border of Astoria and Long Island City, this quirky hotel is so-named for the 100-year-old paper factory that once stood on the property. The hotel honors this history by leaning into the vintage and industrial décor, with antique tufted velvet and distressed leather furniture peppered throughout, huge casement windows, cinder block walls, and recycled wood furnishings.
The Ravel Hotel has amazing views of the Manhattan skyline and the Queensboro Bridge because of its location on Vernon Boulevard right before the East River. Ravel offers two dining options on-site: Penthouse 808 and Ravel Garden Grill, both on rooftops or terraces that feature more of the gorgeous view you came here 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.
Designed to incorporate elements of the neighborhood’s industrial past, rooms at the Boro Hotel are accented with cement pillars, tin ceilings, and hanging naked light bulbs. Located near three major subway lines (the F, the 7, and the N/W), it is an excellent home base for all of your NYC travels. Snack on some delicious thin-crust pizza at Beebe’s on the ground floor off of the lobby, or take a cocktail up to the roof deck to soak up some rays or snap a few pics of the skyline.
A short walk north from Queensboro Plaza, Hotel Vetiver is a good value option in the area. Rooms are modest, but well appointed, and provide all the basics you need. It’s especially well situated for trips into Manhattan and Brooklyn, or farther into Queens to neighborhoods like Astoria, Sunnyside, and Flushing. Be sure to snag one of the Vetiver’s many rooms facing Midtown Manhattan, bringing the best of the New York cityscape to your own backyard.
The Local is technically a hostel, yes, but that doesn’t mean guests must 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 for a steal of a price. The vibe at The Local is social and artsy, where the bar and lounge routinely host literary readings amid locally curated artwork. Guests have access to the rooftop and laundry room, which make extended stays a lot less stressful.
The One Boutique Hotel is located in Flushing, and if your travels happen to take you to Citi Field, the U.S. Open, or New York’s second-largest Chinatown, these stylish accommodations might work best for you. Known for its trendy Oo Bar and Lounge on the 8th and 9th floors, the hotel’s guest rooms are similarly decked out in bold and dramatic colors, textiles, and lighting. Just a few blocks from the Main Street station on the 7 train, The One is about a 45-minute subway ride into Midtown Manhattan.