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.
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!
Regards, Unn1011 ./
[Edited 2004-02-11 17:49:41]