The Long Island City Hilton Garden Inn opened on Friday, becoming the newest addition to the growing hotel scene in the burgeoning neighborhood.
The new Hilton branch has 183 guest rooms, which each come with a mini fridge, microwave oven and Keurig coffee maker. There are four meeting rooms in the hotel and a presidential suite with views of the Manhattan skyline.
“We’re excited to provide guests the option to stay in Long Island City, a rapidly growing community only minutes away from Manhattan,” said Adrian Kurre, global head of Hilton Garden Inn. “Our brand’s strategic expansion into this market is a major contribution to Hilton Garden Inn’s diversity in providing urban and suburban locations for guests.”
Attracted by low land values and close proximity to Manhattan, more than 20 hotels have popped up in Long Island City since 2008, according to the LIC Partnership, an organization dedicated to fostering business in the neighborhood.
Currently, another 26 hotels are on the way to the neighborhood. There are now about 3,000 hotel rooms in LIC, according to Rob MacKay, director of public relations at the Queens Economic Development Corporation.
Complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a 24-hour business center are featured amenities for guests in the new LIC Hilton.
For food, The Garden Grille and Bar offers freshly cooked meals, drinks and room service. Also, a convenience outlet called The Pavilion Pantry is open around the clock and has snacks, beverages and microwaveable items.
Besides the proximity to Manhattan, Long Island City itself has begun to create a buzz with unique art institutions, such as MoMA PS1 and the Sculpture Center, and restaurants.
The LIC Hilton Garden Inn is owned by CVR Hotel LLC, and managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts LLC.