Holiday Inn Express At JFK
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We had some extra time after checking in our bags at the airport (JFK) about 13 hours. So we made the trek in to manhattan to people watch. New York is a very diverse place. It was very exciting to see the new 39,000 sq ft REI in the sodo area. But I felt the employes were lacking in general product knowledge. Then again I could be a little biased to the store I worked at for 10 months. :-)
I arrived in New York an hour earlier than scheduled. What luck. Every other time I have flown to NY, it is ALWAYS been at least an hour delay. After getting through the most inefficient customs area, I was off to the Air Train and the hotel shuttles. I decided that it wasn't worth the extra $$$$ to stay in Manhattan when it would be just as easy …
Today is our first real long day of travel. Yesterday, Sunday, we got only as far as from Indianapolis to New York via Washngton....two relatively short flights before the long one today. We stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. The only room that was available was a smoking room....woke up this morning smelling like I smoked a pack of cigarettes. Today …
We're off! But, during this day we won't even get out of the country. We fly first from Indianapolsi to Washington DC. Then from there to JFK in New York. We spend the night at a Holiday Inn Express and then transfer all our luggage for the big non-stop flight from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa and on to Lilongwe, Malawi. A big day tomorrow!
Judy April and I left Boston two hours later than intended but with April's mad jetta skills we made good time. Got to hotel, napped, made a Dunkin's run and, ironically, watched a NAt Geo show about Jeb the Giant Catfish hunter on the Mekong in Thailand. Today I repacked my 3,000 lbs bag, napped, then went to see Step Up 3D - an inspiration for …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoliday Inn Express At JFK Jamaica
The hotel was great! We arrived very late at night and didn't fly out until the next evening, another late flight. They had a nice breakfast and held our luggage until we needed to collect.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Express At JFK Jamaica
Don't bother if you expect to get any sleep!
Stayed at The Holiday Inn Express the night before our flight home after staying in New York thinking we would get a good nights sleep before early flight home. However, other guests were slamming doors and shouting in corridoors until well after 1am. We were only on !st Floor (below Reception) so Hotel Staff must have been well aware. Would have got more sleep on airport seats and saved a few bucks into the bargain!
Overpromises and underdelivers
The free airport shuttle runs inconveniently only once every 60 minutes, and does multiple stops--quite unusual (and unacceptable) for an airport hotel. On top of this the bus has a large sign reading "GRATUITIES APPRECIATED", which I find inappropriate and tacky. The advertised Wi-Fi is not available in the room, so if you want internet access you have to hang out by the front desk to get internet access--highly inconvenient.
Good place to stay for a night
This is probably the best "budget" hotel near JFK. Rooms were clean, staff helpful and the continental breakfast OK. You can get food delivered from local take-aways (the hotel will give you menus) but the quality isn't that good. There's a free shuttle from the airport but to get anywhere else you have to get a taxi ($12 to nearest metro station and $15 minimum the other way). This can put the price up so, if you want to see New York think about spending the extra on something in the city and save a lot of time. we were doing fly drive so needed somewhere close to the airport to park first night.
I wish to echo the positive comments of others reviewing this hotel for TripAdvisor. My family (wife and son, age 13) and I live a long distance from any airport and it is my habit to spend the night before a morning flight in a hotel near the airport. As such, we have stayed in numerous establishments in and around Newark and JFK airports. This hotel is the most pleasant and congenial of any airport hotel we have used in the New York area. The rooms are small but compare favorably to those in other airport hotels, about the same size the Newark Airport Marriott and the former JFK Hilton, at less than half the price. There is no restaurant other than the excellent complimentary breakfast, but the hotel recommends very good ethnic local delivery places. We called the Italian place and had excellent food delivered hot at a reasonable price in 45 minutes. There is an acceptable amount of noise audible in the hotel, but it is relatively quiet as it is after all located in Queens, which is not a quiet place. It did not disturb our sleep. The hotel shuttle operates hourly and absolutely on the dot, so be on time.
Nice, but ask for room on the back side
The room itself was quite nice, but I recommend that you request one that faces the back of the hotel. The side facing Conduit Ave gets quite a bit of road noise and light. The latter was an issue because my room did not have a dark curtain to pull shut. No restaurant, but they provided menus from several takeouts in the area.
Fits the bill
This place fits the bill for a late night arrival or early departure from JFK. The rooms are a good size and very clean. It appears to be fairly new, maybe just a few years old. We had a room on the 5th floor, facing the highway, so we heard the traffic all night. If I needed to stay here again, I would ask for a room in the back of the hotel. There was a complimentary continental breakfast in the lobby consisting of breads, donuts, bagels, cereals, hard boiled eggs, coffee and juice. We ate there while we waited for the free shuttle that left every hour on the hour. It was very prompt with a 10 minute ride to the airport.
When I arrived, my room was not ready. My plan was to store my bag at the hotel and go somewhere to spend the afternoon.
Clean but noisy
We stopped for 1 night in NYC last August. The hotel is very close to the airport and has a good shuttle service (departs every hour). The room was clean, new and big enough. However the room did not have a remote control for the TV and, when we asked to receptionist, we were given a non-working one twice. At the end we gave up and changed channels manually! Also, the hotel refused to store our bag for a couple of hours after check-out, saying that at the airport we could find a convenient baggage storage service ... this is true and it costs 20 $ per day (no hourly service).
Excellent value, neat and tidy
This could be the best option at JFK, reading the negative reviews of the other, older, more expensive, hotels. The HI Express seems brand new, with good sized rooms and better quality furnishings than I'd expected. The free breakfast was better than most and there is a free shuttle to the airport. For the $99 I paid I have absolutely no complaints. Note - the shuttle only runs once an hour, so when you arrive at Kennedy its better to get a cab. And make sure the driver doesn't take you to the main Holiday Inn by mistake.
Comfortable JFK layover
This was a great layover from JFK to Paris. The room was fresh, bed great. The breakfast was just right. The staff was courteous and efficient. For an evening meal, we called out for pizza and Italian food. Fun and casual. The shuttle was always timely.