More hotels are set to open in Long Island City (LIC) over the coming years. NY1's Clodagh McGowan has more on the demand to sleep in LIC.
Some New York City visitors want to look at Manhattan from the other side of the East River, choosing to stay in a Long Island City hotel instead, like Karen Griffin from Manitoba, Canada. It's her first time in the city, and she says she'll be coming back to Queens.
"We even talked about coming back to this hotel because the views are awesome and it's outside of that hustle and bustle," Griffin said.
She stayed at the Z NYC Hotel on 11th Street. The boutique hotel opened in 2011 and boasts rooftop views of the city skyline.
Staff said the hotel and Long Island City as a whole see about 80 percent occupancy year-round.
"Rates have definitely increased over the past year because the demand to traveling to Long Island City has certainly increased," said Keri Prestia, the director of communications for the Z NYC Hotel.
Hotel staff say they're seeing an increase in first time New York City visitors choosing to stay in Queens rather than Manhattan
"We've definitely seen an increase in interest over the past few months, but what's been really great is we've also seen an uptick in the domestic traveler," Prestia said.
Travelers will soon have even more options. According to the Long Island City partnership, there are currently 27 hotels in Long Island City. An additional 36 are in the planning and construction stages, which could equal an additional 5,000 hotel rooms.
"Queens is seeing an unbelievable boom in the hotel industry," said Rob MacKay, the tourism director for the Queens Economic Development Corporation. "I keep on thinking it's going to end, but then I wake up the next morning and hear about a new hotel that is coming."
But experts also fear the LIC hotel boom could saturate the market and force room rates to drop.
"Eventually we'll get to a point where there are just so many rooms and so many hotels that prices will have to go down," MacKay said. "And when that happens, obviously some of the hotels will have more of a problem making a profit."
But as Queens gains more accolades as tourism destination, it doesn't seem like anyone is in a rush to check out.