From its minimalist typography to its distressed-wood-errwhere thing, Paper Factory is surprisingly fun! It's definitely a hipster paradise, and while you're there, you're bound to see plenty of Toms and Rayban clad folk. Its decor is its own tourist attraction, whimsical and circus-like. Inset lighting, plenty of knick-knacks, and a few leather sofas top off the goodies you see upon entering. The area is industrial, which is to be expected of this area of LIC, and PF plays right into that. Once an abandoned warehouse/parking garage (or something along those lines), Paper Factory has imported all of Williamsburg's quacky but predictable charm to its lobby.
As for the rooms, I was staying in a corner suite, which offered amazing sunset and sunrise views of NYC in the distance, coupled with clean amenities and a trunk filled with - wait for it - an automated TV! My friends stayed in a standard room, and although much smaller, you can't hate on a place with huge windows and a view. Either way you shake it, you get more space for the buck out in LIC as opposed to its Affinia counterparts in NYC.
Location leaves a lot to be desired, and if you're not familiar with the city or subway lines, it can be quite a hassle. I do wish they had more than one main elevator for guests - although it was scarcely used during my stay, I could imagine it would get quite annoying if you're looking for a quick exit. Local neighborhood doesn't feel the safest for young ladies, probably due to the scarceness of people and sketchiness of those you do see. Other than that, this was a short stay, so not many complaints. Just a nice place to go if you know where you're gonna go in the city. If not, I'd suggest something much closer to major subway lines and not so.. in Long Island City.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Paper Factory Hotel is a boutique hotel. A former paper factory that was transformed into a luxurious building manifesting a sophisticated style at great value. Only 10 minutes away from midtown Manhattan. Our event spaces cater to whatever you desire, from conference rooms to celebrations. We take pride in redefining the ultimate Guest Experience as you know it and making the Impossible-Possible! We look forward to Inspire and be Inspired! We Live, We Love, We Inspire, We Travel! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Paper Factory Hotel Long Island City, New York