Explore Queens, New York and Stay at a Hotel Near JFK Airport

Most people visit New York to trawl the streets of Manhattan and soak up the New York City vibe. But if you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of Manhattan, then explore the surrounding boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. Stay at one of the nearby hotels near JFK Airport in Jamaica, Queens, and you’ll also save on expensive taxi fare to and from the airport. Here are some of the best hotels near jFK Airport from cheap to mid-range.

Best Hotels Near JFK Airport

Budget-Friendly Jets Motor Inn

New York City is expensive, and accommodation can cost you an arm and a leg. Jets Motor Inn is one of the cheapest hotels near John F. Kennedy International Airport – a typical no-frills motel. Visiting with kids? Queens Zoo, only four miles from the motel, is a pleasant outing for the family. Don’t expect anything fancy – this is for the low-budget traveler. On the plus side, the Briarwood Subway Station on the E and F lines is a 10-minute walk away.

Best Hotels Near JFK Airport: JFK International Airport
John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York: Photo Martin St-Amant / CC-BY-SA-3.0

Easily Accessible Lexington Inn JFK Airport

Lexington Inn JFK Airport is easily accessible from the airport. Hop on JFK Airtrain for a quick ride to Jamaica Station. From Jamaica Station it’s a 10-minute walk to the hotel. This is another low-budget hotel and, to be honest, not in the best area. It can be a bit loud, so if you need your sleep, bring earplugs.  It is one block from the Jamaica-Van Wyck Subway Station which easily takes you to Midtown Manhattan. It’s also near a few fast-food places like McDonald’s, KFC, and Wendy’s. Fans of Louis Armstrong can visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which is only five miles away.

JFK Airtrain takes you to any hotels near JFK Airport
JFK Airtrain passes TWA Flight Center: Photo Jim Henderson / CC BY-SA 4.0

Affordable Garden Inn & Suites

Situated on the corner of Baisley Boulevard and near to Belt Parkway, Garden Inn & Suites is another budget hotel near JFK Airport. If you’d like to shop, Gateway Center and Green Acres Mall are both only ten minutes from the hotel. For a bit of entertainment, the Resorts World Casino and Aqueduct Racetrack are also a short 10-minute drive. Seven miles from the hotel, you can view the giant Unisphere globe in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.

Unisphere Flushing Meadows-Corona Park Queens
The iconic Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park: Photo on Flickr by Paul Van Der Werf / CC BY 2.0

Mid-Range Comfort at the Hilton New York JFK Airport

Moving on to a more mid-range hotel, the Hilton New York JFK Airport is a great park and fly option. The hotel also runs a shuttle service to and from the airport every half hour and can pick you up at Federal Circle. You can expect comfortable rooms with good quality linen and blackout curtains that block the light if you choose to sleep in. Some may consider the hotel restaurant overpriced, (but what isn’t in New York City) but most find the food delicious. The Belmont Park Racetrack is seven miles from the hotel.

Best Hotels Near JFK Airport: American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza win Triple Crown at Belmont Park Racetrack
American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza win Triple Crown at Belmont Park Racetrack: Photo Mike Lizzi / CC BY-SA 2.0

Perfect Layover at Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel

The Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel is perfect for the quick in-and-out business traveler or transient traveler needing a one-night stopover. The hotel has undergone some renovation but maintains an understated and classic feel with plenty of dark browns and wood paneling. This is one of the best hotels near JFK Airport and one of the closest – perfect for those catching early morning flights. It won’t wow you, but it is a more than adequate mid-range accommodation providing a clean and comfortable stay.

Jamaica Bay across Broad Channel Queens
Sunset across Jamaica Bay as seen from Broad Channel: Photo Boss Tweed / CC BY 2.0

* This post on the best hotels near JFK Airport is part of Hipmunk’s Boutique Hotels Campaign.

About Deevra Norling

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With a love for exploring new places and trying new foods, Deevra finds the world a fascinating place. She is South African by birth but prefers to see herself as a citizen of the world. Deevra is a freelance writer who has contributed to Career Addict and Huffington Post and currently writes for Hipmunk. For more on her writing services email her at [email protected], or connect on Twitter @DeevraNorling.

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