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contemporary bedroom scheme inside the paper factory hotel, new york

The urban rustic decor of Paper Factory Hotel’s guest rooms complements the former factory’s original features.


A dramatic spiral staircase features a towering column of books.



On the west coast of Long Island, New York, two former factories have been converted into hip hotels. One is in Queens while the other is in Brooklyn, each has a strong industrial heritage and its own unique appeal. Both hotels are only a short journey from Manhattan, yet sufficiently removed to offer escape from the bustle.

Where workers once toiled through lengthy shifts, a slower pace of life is now positively encouraged. We can certainly see why Paper Factory Hotel and Wythe Hotel attract local trendies and design-conscious out-of-towners.

PAPER FACTORY HOTEL | 37-06 36th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101

This factory, built in 1922, was first home to the Pilot Radio Company, where radios and radio parts were manufactured. During WWII, the plant went into the production of communication devices. As paper production began to soar, in direct relation to the newspaper industry boom during the war, the site became a paper mill. But by 1970, the building and the neighbourhood had fallen into neglect. The area experienced a resurgence during the dot com era, but it wasn’t until 2012 that a developer saw potential in the industrial complex at its heart.

The conversion retains or reclaims many of the factory’s original features. There are polished concrete floors and vintage hammered metal doors throughout. 12-foot high ceilings and expansive windows fill the public spaces and guest rooms with natural light. Steampunk details are juxtaposed with unusual upcycled elements. But one of the most striking installations is a fitting commemoration to the hotel’s former function; a majestic, century old paper printing machine. 

interior scheme of the paper factory hotel features reclaimed materials

Enormous factory windows fill the hotel’s interiors with natural light.


view of brooklyn, new york from the rooftop of the paper factory hotel

The Paper Factory Hotel stands in the heart of Queens, a symbol of the neighbourhood’s industrial past and recent regeneration.


WYTHE HOTEL | 80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249

The Wythe Hotel began with the discovery of a factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. This former textile building, set a block back from the Williamsburg waterfront, was built in 1901. Once at the heart of a thriving industrial region, the area has been claimed by new communities and creatives. The factory was converted in 2012.

While the Wythe Hotel is certainly Williamsburg’s first boutique offering, it might just lead the pack for its interiors. With exposed brick walls, timber beamed ceilings and cast-iron columns, the building exudes genuine industrial style. Understated décor, characterised by reclaimed and vintage furniture, is complemented by witty custom-designed wallcoverings such as the Wythe Toile depicting local urban scenes. The factory windows and rooftop bar offer amazing views of Manhattan. 

Photography by Mathew Williams.

exterior of the wythe hotel brooklyn new york

50-foot tall neon HOTEL signage was created by artist Tom Fruin using salvaged New York street signs.


industrial interior scheme of the lobby at the wythe hotel brooklyn new york

Making a reservation at Wythe Hotel, you will have the option to choose from accommodation ranging from bunk-beds to factory chic corner lofts.


interior scheme of a guestroom in the wythe hotel brooklyn new york

Wake up to fantastic views over Brooklyn in the Historic Corner King room.