Why so chic?
Why travel experts chose this hotel
Only when you book with Chic
It’s hard to believe how much things have changed on a little plot of land situated on the other side of New York’s East River. 300 years ago it was a swamp, 200 years ago it was a farm, 100 years ago it was a papermill. And now, in its current incarnation, this same spot is home to a boutique hotel – a shrine of industrial chic, echoing the buildings recent past.
The refurbishment has retained many of the original industrial features – concrete floors, exposed wood ceilings and even the occasional piece of printing press thrown in for good measure. The staff are friendly and there's a welcoming vibe downstairs – with a gamesroom-type feel complete with table tennis, chess and board games.
The one remaining thing for you to ponder, is what it might be in 2120...
There is a coffee bar which serves pastries and lighter items for breakfast. Lily Valley is open for dinner most nights of the week, serving a menu with a focus on fresh Mediterranean cuisine.
Despite having rather a large room-count (fairly typical of NYC hotels), no two of the 122 rooms are quite the same. The style across the board, however, is certainly one of urban cool – think cast iron bed frames, reclaimed furnishings and polished parquet or concrete floors. It's worth noting that some of the cheaper rooms do come up small and we'd recommend requesting a room on the upper floors for better views and less street noise.
There is a well-equipped gym which is available for guests to use 24 hours a day.
The hotel is located in Long Island City, an industrial area in Queens which is now developing into an arty district. The Kaufman Arts District is close by as is the trendy Astoria neighbourhood and there are a growing number of bars, restaurants and cafes in the area along with great links into Midtown.