In a city as big as NYC, the journey between the airport and your accommodation can sometimes seem as long as the flight itself. Skip the traffic and get your holiday off to a quick start with a stay at one of these hotels near JFK airport.
We all dread those red-eye flights; whether you’re waking up for an early-morning 6am-er or going to bed after touching down in the dead of night, sleep – unfortunately – might be in short supply. But by staying close to the airport, you can maximize your time between the sheets. JFK is New York City’s largest airport, and thankfully a range of nearby options – from hotels in Queens to hotels in the airport itself – make it very easy to get your head down.
TWA Hotel is the only on-site accommodation at JFK, but that’s unlikely to bother you. Housed in the former Trans World Airlines terminal, it’s as much an experience as it is a place to stay. Inside, the hotel reflects the 1960s view of the future, taking you right back to this golden age of aviation. From the rooftop pool, you can watch planes taxiing along the runway and baggage handlers loading up the holds of giant jumbo jets. You’ll certainly feel closer to the tarmac than you would be in the departures lounge – and don’t worry about those deafening engines; the windows’ thick double-glazed glass will ensure you recover from your jet lag in no time.
Found in Long Island City, Boro Hotel draws influence from its trendy surroundings with artistic interiors and rooms that feature floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows with unobstructed views over the river to Manhattan. In-house eatery Beebe’s is just as arty, flaunting geometric patterns, yellow cage-like lampshades and mid-century style chairs. Expect a menu of Italian-American classics, such as crispy Romana-style pizzas, fresh pasta and tender steaks. It’s all best washed down with a negroni out on the rooftop bar, where the view will revive even the most jet-lagged of travelers.
Homages to this hotel’s former life as a paper factory crop up in all kinds of spaces here. Think rooms with Crittall windows, exposed brick and brushed concrete and an enormous hardback book-covered column in the lobby. If you’re in town for work, then you’re in luck – the hotel doubles as a co-working space, providing plenty of space for working on projects and firing off some emails. Whenever you need a pick-me-up, restaurant ama has got you covered with coffee, healthy salad bowls, meaty meals and plenty of wine.
The orange and blue neon-lit exterior of this building would not look out of place in the futuristic world of Blade Runner. Inside, however, things are a little more present day. With hyper-modern interiors – white walls, polished concrete and offbeat light fixtures – the hotel is a sleek spot to rest your head. The rooftop bar, with its graffiti-clad space and relaxing courtyard, has breathtaking views over Manhattan. With the hotel just a 25-minute drive from JFK, you’ll be observing the Big Apple skyline with a cocktail in hand in no time.
This hotel-hostel hybrid claims to be your best friend, offering you a place to crash at whatever time suits you in the city that never sleeps. Choose between stylish private rooms and bunk bed-style dorms, and get to know your fellow travelers over a craft beer and some live music at the on-site bar and café. With their finger on the pulse of the surrounding area, the staff have a whole host of local recommendations to help you make the most of your stay, whether during the day or at night.
The exterior of Artel is like a canvas: adorned with an enormous elephant mural along one side, and primary color window frames all over. The Lego block-like exterior is a preview of the playful atmosphere on the inside – you’ll find vivid wall art courtesy of resident curators Unfamous NYC and OG Millie, a visually impaired street artist. Rooms vary from shared dorms to private queen-size spaces, and all come with stylish wrought-iron beds, deep-stained wooden floors and exposed concrete ceilings. A games room, a co-working space and events such as yoga and movie nights provide plenty of opportunities for making some new friends in the Big Apple.
Stepping into the open-air drinking and dining space at Hotel RL, the infectious atmosphere will help shake off even the worst case of jet lag. With The Living Stage offering live entertainment and freshly shaken cocktails, this is the perfect spot to settle in and soak up the lively Brooklyn vibe. When you need some shut-eye, head upstairs to your monochromatic room and slip between the fresh white linen sheets of your big comfy bed. Next morning, check out the vintage black-and-white photographs of Brooklyn around the place before grabbing a freshly roasted Victrola Coffee from the in-house café to revive you for a busy day of sightseeing.
Hyatt Place is dedicated to its guests’ wellbeing, making it the perfect stop for those needing to rest and reboot. Rooms have a soothing look and feel with blackout curtains and luxury mattresses that guarantee a good night’s sleep. Travelers with an early start needn’t worry about having to skip breakfast – 24-hour dining means there will always be an early-morning pick-me-up or a midnight snack available. The breakfast buffet offers everything from bacon and eggs to fresh fruit and strong coffee and tea. Meanwhile, in-house food store The Market is the go-to for preparing a picnic to take to Queensbridge Park – just a short walk towards the river.