Once home only to basic lodging for airport travelers, the New York City borough of Queens has grown to include stylish, unique boutique hotels just across the river from Manhattan. Check out these boutique hotels for the best that Queens has to offer.
With floor-to-ceiling views of surrounding Long Island City and the New York City skyline, the Boro Hotel is best known for its polished, minimalist design, courtesy of local firm Grzywinski+Pons. The lobby features an easygoing café, serving food from 6am to 10:30pm, and a library curated by Manhattan’s famous Strand Books. Their on-premises restaurant, Beebe’s, which opened in April 2018, has been called one of New York’s best pizza places by CNN Travel, and the outdoor rooftop bar serves up skyline views and Long Island City brews.
This century-old former paper-and-radio factory embraces its industrial past in a modern way, making a point to use as many reclaimed materials as possible. The Paper Factory Hotel’s 122 rooms, each uniquely designed, feature 12ft (3.6m) ceilings, rustic furnishings made from reclaimed materials and huge warehouse windows. Hang out or get work done in the large lobby, which features a morning coffee bar and eclectic touches, such as a British phone booth bursting through the middle of the floor and a spiral staircase wrapped around a column of 4,000 books.
Also in Flushing, the One Boutique Hotel includes multiple types of affordable accommodations, including suites and extended stays. The hotel is noted for its free shuttle rides to sister company Spa Castle, just two miles (3.2km) north, and for the trendy Oo Bar & Lounge, with fire pits and a rooftop glass house looking out at the skyline. The guest rooms are contemporary and simple, with electronic shade, lighting and temperature controls, rain showerheads and imported marble tubs.
This colorful, eco-friendly hotel is noted for its affordability and proximity to the subway and to some of the area’s best museums. The 32 minimalist modern rooms include double-paned windows for a quiet night’s rest, access to HBO and Showtime, green bath amenities and deep soaking tubs, with some including private balconies. Nesva is also a good place for business travelers, with work desks in select rooms, a meeting space and a business center.
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