737Captain From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 120 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4882 times:
Hey all, i'm headed to NYC this weekend and wanted to know what hotel i should stay at. I'm looking for a hotel with a good overview of JFK so i can do a little spotting, but also close in proximity to the subway so i can head on into manhatton for the night
"Why do you insist on man-pawing the glareshield everytime you climb up here?!"
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17315 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 4833 times:
Just a warning, while the Ramada is the closest hotel to the Central Terminal Area of JFK it's still kind of in no mans land.
Also the rooms are terrible, pathetically small tvs and interiors which make Days Inn look like the Ritz Carlton.
Also right behind the hotel is the Jamaica Queens waste water treatment plant, the smell is terrible.
But it's the most conveinent to JFK..
That's a big problem with JFK, the lack of "decent" airport hotels and the fact that the hotels the airport does have are kind of far from the terminals compared to other major airports.
I think they have a Court yard Marriott across the Belt Parkway, which is the best they have.
If your ok with the accomadations the Ramada is your hotel, but I think the Court Yard might have a better choice with the view since it's more elevated and closer to the threshold of one of the runways.
N751PR From Japan, joined May 2002, 1250 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4667 times:
While in JFK, my dad and I stayed in the Ramada due to the proximity to the airport. The room we stayed in was alright, a bit better than what was expected (and I sort of expected for the worst), but the food is just expensive and the quality is just not worth the price. The only good thing I can think of the Ramada is the arrivals to 13L.
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UNN1011 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4647 times:
I "lived" for two months at the JFK Holiday Inn during 2002, room 1230. GREAT observation position near the top of the building for planes enroute to runway 13L...the feeling is though you're located in the control tower with views of the runways and terminal area, especially with binoculars.
JFK Holiday Inn is a short walk away from the cargo zone and to a nice grassy field beneath 13L final approach apron. Sidewalks line the area as well. There is also a spiffy pedestrian overpass near runway 13R, excellent for spotting.
Note: there are no restaurants, other than hotel fare, in the general vicinity of these airport hotels mentioned. HInn, Radisson, and Courtyard are literally located on the fringe of a wooded residential neighborhood. I dined frequently at HInn Claudine's, which was always pleasant and appetizing. Great buffets B, L, and D.
Subway...the station is a short bus ride from the hotel. I don't know the specific routes, however, since I bicycled everywhere that summer.
Have a great time, and thanks for the memories 737Captain!