On the site where the Paper Factory Hotel stands, in 1922, entrepreneur Isidor Goldberg founded The Pilot Electric Manufacturing Company that was also known as the Pilot Radio Company. As paper production began to soar, due particularly to the newspaper industry boom that started during the war, the building housed a successful paper mill. During the 1970’s the building, as well as the neighborhood became distressed and slipped into an era of neglect and disrepair.
The dot-com era produced a wave of resurgence and re-development in Western Queens and Long Island City, but it took a while longer for someone to see the potential in the cavernous, 86,000-square-foot industrial hulk on 36th Street. Real estate developer Gal Sela decided the up-and-coming neighborhood needed a hotel and saw the distressed paper plant and warehouse as the ideal place. He bought the property in 2012, and “The Paper Factory Hotel” was born.
Paper Factory Hotel features 122 spacious rooms that are based on urban lofts and feature amenities including free Wi-Fi, HDTV flat screens and industrial chic furnishings. There are seven room types and two specialty rooms, including our world-class Penthouse.
The Paper Factory Hotel was designed as a cornerstone of art, design and culture. The hotel was designed by architectural giant DHD Architecture Design PLLC and furnished by its owner Gal Sela. As homage to its original paper factory past, the hotel features rustic furnishings, lofty 12-foot ceilings, steampunk detailing and repurposed 19th century manufacturing appliances. In perhaps one of the most stunning details commemorating its paper past, the lobby showcases a dramatic circular staircase with a central column sheathed in hundreds of hardcover books.
Our Health & Wellness Center (that hosts group yoga classes) is open 24/7 for guests and features modern weightlifting and cardio equipment. The gym is located on our second floor and includes towel service.
Mundo, our in-house bar and restaurant is a beloved treasure to the Long Island City and Astoria community and is now being appreciated by the global guests of the Paper Factory Hotel. The exotic markets of the world and the comforts of home inspired Mundo owners Guillermo “Willie” Lucerofabbi and Canalp “Jon” Caner.
Mundo seasonal menu features a wholesome and sumptuous blend of Mediterranean, Asian and Latin influences encourage guests to expand their palettes and enjoy mysterious, adventurous, and decadent flavors. Guests have fallen in love with one of Mundo New York’s signature dishes, “Red Sonja,” a popular Turkish delicacy consisting of red lentils and bulgur wheat.
Long Island City, New York is situated at the crossroads of the charming Kaufman Arts District and trendy Queens neighborhood of Astoria. The Paper Factory Hotel has become one of the most attractive destination hotels for the astute business traveler or lifestyle-driven tourist eager to access all that New York City has to offer. Plus, we are just minutes away from the center of Manhattan.
Long Island City is also a short commute from the world’s center of finance, media, the arts and fashion and a short drive to the beautiful mountains of upstate New York. Simply stated, the Paper Factory Hotel is one of the city’s ultimate hotel destinations.