1st Design-Focused Hotel in an Up-and-Coming Area of Long Island City

08.04.15 | By
1st Design-Focused Hotel in an Up-and-Coming Area of Long Island City

For this month’s Destination Design, we venture to the heart of Dutch Kills, an up-and-coming are in Long Island City in the New York City borough of Queens, where the first design-focused, boutique hotel now calls home. The Boro Hotel is the latest venture from New York City based architectural practice Grzywinski + Pons, which officially opens this Fall.


The new design keeps the original structure’s concrete and cinderblock bones, while offering a soothing, minimalist interior that still feels fresh. The lobby area welcomes guests where there’s a communal table for self check-in.


Pale, hand scraped oak floors bring a natural element to the communal spaces, which are outfitted with modern furnishings.





A modern cafe bar serves specialty coffees, cocktails, wine, and a complimentary breakfast.


The hotel houses 108 guest rooms, each with floor-to-ceiling window that give panoramic views of Manhattan and Queens.


The guest rooms are not exactly alike but they’re decorated with custom-designed furniture and painted pallet wood paneling.



Many of the rooms have balconies and terraces, enhancing the experience of the city views.


What: Boro Hotel
Where: 38-28 27th Street, Long Island City, New York 11101 (between 39 & 38th Avenue)
How much? From $299 per night starting in the Fall, $179 per night this summer as part of their soft opening
Highlights: A bubbly, up-and-coming neighborhood that’s minutes from Manhattan and Brooklyn and it’s surrounded by some of Long Island City’s best museums and restaurants.
Design draw: Thoughtfully designed interiors dotted with warm, minimalist touches and elegant furnishings, complete with jaw-dropping city views.
Book it: Call 1.718.433.1375 or book online at

Photos by Floto + Warner.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.