These stylish digs reside in an up-and-coming locations across the Queensboro Bridge.
Long Island City --- aka, L.I.C. --- has been having a moment for, well, a while now. Already an established must-visit on the city's art scene circuit, the Queens neighborhood has also seen some entrants in the cocktail and chow categories cool enough to lure in Manhattanites. For folks looking to explore all of this good hip fun, Ravel is an easy choice. The area isn't the city's most beautiful. It's a bit industrial and can feel a little empty late at night. But it is interesting. And there's plenty to look at once inside the Ravel. The hotel lobby brings together elements both futuristic and clubby. The guest rooms are warm and inviting, with interiors that serve up a familiar yet not-so-familiar-that-it's-boring contemporary décor. Expect warm colors, soft lighting, wood and leather, and comfy everything. Your tech needs will also be met: MP3-friendly clock radios, Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs are a given. A quickie train ride away from Manhattan (the hotel is just across the Queensboro Bridge from "the city"), Ravel also makes it easy to explore that other more popular borough without paying Manhattan hotel prices. And if you're not in the mood to hoof it to the subway or to one of the great local grub spots? There's a complimentary shuttle service. Or on warm evenings, consider grabbing dinner or a drink at the Pan Asian rooftop restaurant, Penthouse808 --- the city views are stunning.
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