Youthful energy and an influx of creatives have catapulted Long Island City, Queens, to the top of New York City’s list of hottest neighborhoods to visit. These hotels, including a modern hostel and a factory-inspired boutique hotel, allow travelers to stay in, not just near, neighborhood attractions. Here are the best hotels in Long Island City.
Marriott International’s global fan base will be pleased to find its favorite hotel chain at Aloft Long Island City. Here, the standards (such as its comfortable signature bedding) that have made Marriott famous are joined by New York-inspired amenities like re:fuel, a bodega-like 24-hour pantry, and the on-site bar xyz(SM). Additional perks, including custom bath amenities and a pet-friendly policy, can be yours in a New York minute when you book.
Boro Hotel is one of Long Island City’s higher-end accommodations. Designer bath amenities, a library curated by Strand Bookstore and a restaurant with Negronis on tap spoil guests of this four-star hotel. Sweeping views of Queens from the rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows remind travelers that the finest things in life are free – and found at Boro Hotel.
A quirky industrial aesthetic characterizes this boutique hotel occupying the former digs of a 100-year-old paper factory. The aptly named Paper Factory Hotel transports guests back in time with soaring ceilings and retro amenities such as bedside radios. Original local artwork and inspired design in the hotel’s 125 guest rooms and suites breathe new life into the historic property.
The rooftop terrace at LIC Hotel | Courtesy of LIC Hotel / Expedia
Consider LIC Hotel Long Island City’s hostel for grown-ups. Inviting shared spaces, such as a lounge and a rooftop terrace, abound at this three-star hotel, where complimentary breakfast and an on-site laundry room provide even more value. Best of all, LIC Hotel offers all the perks of a hostel but with private rooms and bathrooms.
There’s something for every type of traveler at Hotel Vetiver. Guests who are in town to let loose will love Vetiver’s free pool table and Crudos, its 24-hour beer and wine bar. Meanwhile, the hotel’s 24-hour business center and gym help guests stay disciplined. Tip: Vetiver’s extended-stay options allow travelers to experience the best of both of its worlds.
Z NYC Hotel’s futuristic vibe caters to contemporary travelers. The floor-to-ceiling windows in every room of this four-star property are Instagram gold, and amenities such as heated bathroom floors and digital copies of The New York Times incorporate technology into guests’ stays. Even traditional amenities are elevated here and include Hermès toiletries and upgraded continental breakfast.
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This modern hostel offers alternative amenities travelers may remember from their youth as well as the hotel standards they’ve come to expect. At Q4 Hotel, guests don’t have to choose between fun – in the forms of pool and ping pong tables plus free excursions to nearby attractions – and function (daily housekeeping, a 24-hour front desk and free Wi-fi). Tip: Be aware that all of Q4’s rooms are shared in traditional hostel style.