Boro Hotel, Queens
I did so much research before booking a hotel for our NYC trip. I spent hours trawling through Tripadvisor, travel blogs, Booking.com and I even had a spreadsheet going (anyone else love a travel spreadsheet?). Although Chris and I were really excited about making the most of the post-Christmas holiday vibes and New Year’s Eve in New York, going in December meant that hotel rooms were waaay more expensive than usual. We wanted to find a cool, modern hotel, preferably with a view, but that wouldn’t break the bank. Boro Hotel was a great combination of (relatively!) good price, incredible view, convenient location, and cool minimalist design.
The hotel reception is lovely, with comfortable sofas to hang out in and a modern fireplace in the middle. There’s a lot of space for working or lounging, with sofas and tables at the back and a nice cafe/bar area at the front where you can get food and drinks. I’d love to come back in the summer to make the most of the rooftop view and the outdoor seating area on the ground floor.
We booked a Corner King Room with Manhattan View Balcony, and it didn’t disappoint! Waking up to the amazing view every morning was such a treat and made us really excited to go out and explore. We also caught some incredible sunsets from our window, the kind that you can’t take your eyes off of and that you want to take a million photos of so that you can remember it. We also had a nice little balcony which would have been great if it weren’t absolutely freezing outside!
I loved the minimalist design of our room – very scandi-chic. The problem with a minimalist hotel though is that a lot of things you expect to have are missing! When we checked in we were given a list of things that we could request to get sent up to the room: kettle, bathrobes, slippers, mini bar, etc. A kettle got sent to us but we had to buy our own tea and milk. The TV also had a strange selection of channels, most of which were selling stuff like wrinkle cream. Otherwise, we loved the bed and the bathroom was modern and spacious. It would have been nice to have a bath, but there’s an extra charge for that.
Most tourists think that staying in Manhattan, usually Midtown, is really important so that they can walk around easily. Instead I think everyone should consider staying in Long Island City in Queens because it’s super convenient! Boro Hotel is near stations with four different subway lines going into Manhattan. Just get a one week Metro card – you’re only two stops away from Midtown! The W train takes you to Lexington Av/59 St in under 15 minutes.
Boro Hotel prices start around £120, or £160 for a Manhattan view room. If you want a cheaper option (£29 for bed in a dorm) in the same area and with the same rooftop view, try The Local Hostel NYC – it’s cool and modern and is perfect for backpackers, solo travellers or party people. You could even split your stay between the two hotels if you wanted to treat yourself but also save money.