New York is one of the most popular destinations in the world, and for good reason. Shows on Broadway, meals in famous restaurants, walks through Central Park, and selfies with a kitschy T-shirt and foam Statue of Liberty crown top many travelers’ bucket lists. Unfortunately, the Big Apple can be a very expensive place to visit, and many a travel fund has been drained by nights in Manhattan hotels.
Midtown Skyline | Image via Flickr by aurélien
To save on lodging costs — leaving more of your budget free for a ticket to a Mets game or the hottest new musical — consider booking a comfortable and convenient hotel in Jamaica. This neighborhood in Queens is just minutes from John F. Kennedy International Airport, and is well connected to the city and the suburbs with trains and the Van Wyck Expressway. For maximum value without missing out on the bright lights of the big city, consider staying in one of these inexpensive favorites.
A Top Pick for Business Trips
Business travelers looking to avoid the high prices of a Midtown Manhattan hotel without sacrificing comfort and convenience can’t do much better than the Lexington Inn JFK Airport. The on-site business center with fax and copy service and free wireless and wired Internet access in every guest room make it easy for travelers in New York for work, not play, to take care of business. A fitness center and free breakfast will help you make sure you arrive at your meetings sharp and ready to close the deal. Book a room online well in advance to find the best price.
For the most convenient connections to the airport, the city, and the outer Long Island suburbs, stay at a hotel near an AirTrain stop like the Quality Inn Jamaica. The AirTrain shuttles passengers between terminals within the airport, but it also has a line terminating at Jamaica Station. With a cheap combo ticket, you can ride the AirTrain to Jamaica and transfer either to the New York City Subway into the city or the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) out of town.
[UPDATE: the Quality Inn Jamaica is currently closed.]
For Budget Travelers
Those with busy sightseeing schedules should consider a no-frills hotel like the Jets Motor Inn. Budget hotels like this don’t have the office centers, pools, and fitness rooms of larger, more expensive, chains, making them perfect for travelers simply looking for a comfortable, convenient place to sleep while on an ambitious New York adventure.
The Statue of Liberty | Image via Flickr by Ana Paula Hirama
If your travel plans will take you out of New York, consider an airport-adjacent hotel like the Sheraton JFK Airport Hotel. When you land, take the free shuttle to the hotel and check in to enjoy the sights and sounds of New York. When you are ready to drive the Van Wyck Expressway to lay on the beaches in Long Island or to see the autumn foliage in Upstate New York, take the shuttle to the rental car lots and get on the road quickly and easily.
When booking your New York hotels, consider the value and convenience of Jamaica, and spend more of your travel budget on the things you came to the city to see and do.
Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts sponsored by travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Find more Hipmunk posts here, and a full sponsored content disclosure here.