Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Vetiver
Hotel Vetiver is a trendy boutique inn situated in a lively neighborhood of Queens, within walking distance of a diverse mix of restaurants and museums. The 39th Avenue subway station is just one block away; hop on the N line to get to Manhattan in less than 15 minutes. You can glimpse the Manhattan skyline from the guest rooms' balconies.
- Tapas: Head to the onsite Crudos Bar for small plates of cured meats and artisan cheeses; wash it all down with imported beers or Spanish wine.
- Start off the morning with a complimentary breakfast.
- Notable praise: The hotel earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award in 2013.
- In-room amenities: 32-inch flat-screen TV, coffeemaker, iPod docking station, and free WiFi
Astoria, Queens: Diverse Restaurants and Scenic Park Alongside the East River
The motto of Astoria might as well be "come hungry, leave very, very full." Historically, the Queens neighborhood was a Greek and Italian enclave where you could stuff yourself with homemade pasta or spinach pie in mom-and-pop eateries with Hellenic murals on the walls. In the latter half of the 20th century, though, a diverse mix of restaurants began popping up in between the Mediterranean spots. Stroll through the neighborhood today and you'll get whiffs of Bangladeshi, Colombian, Eastern European, and Egyptian cuisine wafting through the air.
But there's more to do than eat. The American Museum of the Moving Image is the only institution of its kind dedicated to the history and artistry of movies and television. Check out the museum's extensive collection of artifacts or peruse of-the-moment exhibits such as "The Reaction GIF: Moving Image as Gesture." Another great spot to while away an afternoon is Astoria Park, where you can go for a swim in one of New York City's largest pools or simply take in views of the Manhattan skyline over the East River.