A 1,260-room hotel slated for construction in Long Island City will be the largest hotel built in the outer boroughs.
The Toyoko Inn at 24-09 Jackson Ave. will stretch 50 stories and when completed, will be the ninth largest hotel in the city, according to The Real Deal. The hotel will be located right next to the Citi building and across the street from the Court Square stop on the 7 line.
The Japanese developers filed plans to construct the hotel last year and purchased the property in 2007 for $18 million. Toyoko Inn, a chain of hotels founded in Japan in 1986, first announced plans to build a 680-room hotel in Long Island City in 2010.
An analysis by The Real Deal found that the Toyoko Inn will be the only hotel featured in the top 10 by room count not located in Manhattan. Its analysis also found that most of the top 20 hotels in the outer boroughs are located in Queens; the biggest hotel is LaGuardia Airport Marriott in East Elmhurst with 450 rooms.
The chain, which has locations in Japan and South Korea, is known to charge reasonable prices for its rooms, from 4480 to 7980 yen or $35 to $70 per night. The chain has expanded to Cambodia, Philippines and Germany. The Long Island City location will be its first in the United States, and a location in France is slated for a 2018 opening.
President Maiko Kuroda took over the company from her father in 2008 and has hired women almost exclusively to run the company’s more than 260 hotels around the world. According to the Japan Times, 97 percent of the company’s hotels are managed by women.
It’s not clear when the Long Island City location is scheduled to open.