Two divergent Hotels in NYC

Matthias Geerts

By far the most photographed city on Instagram of 2016 NYC attracts many tourists all over the year. Not surprising this leads to the opening of new hotels continuously. With so many things to do and to see you might wonder where to stay for your trip to this metropolis. Furthermore with more than 500 hotels all over they city you might be clueless when it comes to booking your sleeping accommodation. During last season’s NYFW we had the pleasure of staying in two different hotels, which brought us to the idea to make a small comparison of both stays. The first Hotel that welcomed us was the 11Howard Hotel in Soho, afterwards we moved to long island city, Queens, in the Boro Hotel.




11 Howard is a novel boutique hotel which can be recognized from outside by a huge psychedelic mural painting. Once you enter you will immediately notice the modernity of this place as the staff members check you on their iPads. The interior in the hotel has a very Scandi-minimalist vibe with light walls, wooden furniture and block colored fabrics in soft tones. NY is known for its compact accommodation and also our room felt this way with not much floor space for our maybe a bit exaggerated amount of luggage. Although I believe they do offer bigger suites.
The lounge area and bar are located on the 2nd floor, which can be entered from the lobby by a beautiful spiral staircase. Once you enter the staff welcomes you in a very hospitable way and the areas exhale elegance and modernity. The 4th floor houses a small fitness area and yoga space, which we extensively used early in the morning to work off our jetlag.
The location is surely the biggest asset of this hotel, the cool Soho bars and restaurants are just around the corner as well as beautiful Tribeca. The hotel is within 2min walking distance of a subway station, so the whole of New York City is at your disposal.
In summary, 11Howard offers a novel way of modern hospitality in a lovely interior at a central location of Manhattan.





But what about the hotel in Queens, Long Island City?
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Boro Hotel

Right across Queensboro bridge Long island city holds the new boutique hotel, the Boro. Upon entering the ground floor feels like a spacious industrial space-turned-living room. Concrete pillars and ceilings are beautifully paired with wooden floors and furniture. The design is another great example of the Scandinavian minimalist style. The Boro hotel offers cheaper rates compared the 11Howard and the rooms are way more spacious. Furthermore is terms of design the Boro is not inferior with high class furnished rooms. The most valuable asset of the rooms is definitely the view. It is just mind-blowing to wake up with the Manhattan skyline lurking from out the window of your bedroom. This was for sure the most remarkable experience for us.
Although the location is not in the heart of the city like 11Howard is, Manhattan is just two subway stops away, which makes it very accessible.
In summary, the Boro Hotel offers the best view you can wish for in a spacious and beautiful interior against a better rate than what you pay for in Manhattan.





Written by
Jens Fissers


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