On recent trips to New York, exploring outside the main manhattan island has been a focus of mine; One of the first hotels I discovered was Boro. This Long Island City (though some people argue it’s Queens..) spot, is clean, open, moody & perfect if you’re looking for something a bit more affordable, well by New York City standards at least.
Alright guys, I present to you Boro Hotel..
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For the most part, very affordable especially when compared to most central manhattan locations. We paid around £150 per night & the security deposit is $100 per night.
They’re menu is very limited, so i’d definitely suggest eating out. This being said, I tried a few of their sandwiches and they were pretty incredible and I don’t usually like sandwiches, so that’s saying something..
Friendly and always ready to help with amenities like clothes rails, fridges, microwaves and such. I will say the general hotel feels slightly more like a motel/bnb in that the staff can’t help you with too many things outside amenities. There is no doorman or person to help with luggage and it seems like the team is quite small, so requests such as room service can take quite a while. So if you’re looking for essentially a serviced apartment then you’ll be just fine with this hotel.
Not quite as gentrified as near by areas like Williamsburg, Long Island City/Queens nonetheless has a good crop of nice restaurants and parks to keep you busy, so it’s a great place to stay in. In other words, don’t worry that its not Manhattan or Brooklyn, you’ll be fine.
Transport to Manhattan
39th Avenue (5 minute walk) — N or W train to Manhattan (15 minutes)
21St – Queensbridge station (10 minute walk) — F train to Manhattan (10 minutes)
..so transport wise, you’re all good.
• I personally wouldn’t bother getting their continental breakfast, its pretty basic and if you really want a proper breakfast, there are a few great local spots where $15 would go pretty far.
• Their twin rooms are pretty big, which is great but none have the awesome brooklyn view, so just keep that in mind.
• On a few of the top floors, you’ll find seated balcony’s where you can enjoy the view and hang out, so even if you’re on a lower floor or don’t have a great view these are fully accessible 24/7
• Their roof top is an amazing place to hang out and work especially during the day before it becomes a bar. Oh & just to be clear, when it becomes a bar the vibe is pretty great too, serving $10 cocktails & $5 beers.