If there’s a city with plenty of hotels to choose from, it’s New York. For most visitors, that means setting up shop in Manhattan. Which is a shame, because there is of course much more to see and explore in the Big Apple. One thing to consider are the views: Once you leave the most famous borough, the sprawling skyline opens up in front of you. So let’s set our sights to Queens for once!

Located in the heart of Dutch Kills, an emerging area in Long Island City, which borders bustling Astoria, Boro Hotel is the first design-centric boutique property in the rapidly evolving neighborhood.

Designed by architecture firm Grzywinski + Pons, the hotel’s 108 guestrooms, studios and public spaces offer a fresh perspective by blending modern, minimalist interiors with the structure’s original concrete and cinderblock bones. Thoughtful touches infuse warmth into the space to create an inviting environment, including hand scraped oak floors, painted pallet wood paneling, and design elements that incorporate leather, cork and sisal materials.

While none of the 108 guest rooms are exactly alike, many boast spacious terraces and balconies, while all include high floor to ceiling windows showcasing panoramic views, custom-designed furniture and unique light fixtures. Several of the guest bathrooms feature freestanding bath basins with sweeping views of Queens, and all have natural, holistic bath products from APIVITA, imported from Greece.

The hotel’s ground-floor features an open light-filled layout consisting of a lobby area upon entrance where guests self check-in at a communal table, a modern fire pit, and a café bar set up for specialty coffee, cocktails, wine, light fare and complimentary breakfast.

Minutes from Manhattan and Brooklyn’s eclectic neighborhoods via public transit, Boro Hotel is surrounded by some of Long Island City’s best museums, restaurants, and boutiques, including MoMA’s PS1, Smorgasburg Queens, Mu Ramen, The Noguchi Museum, and M. Wells Steakhouse.

Boro Hotel // 38-28 27th Street // Long Island City // website
Pictures // Floto+Warner