The best hotels near JFK airport

Instead of hoofing it into Manhattan or Brooklyn, make reservations at one of these hotels near JFK airport

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Flying into New York City airports isn’t always the most fun experience, but you can at least make it a little easier by staying at one of these hotels near JFK. Since they’re located just a few miles from the airport, you won’t be stuck taking an expensive cab or spending hours on the subway to get to your hotel. They might not be as glamorous as some of the best hotels in Manhattan, but a few do appear on our list of the best hotels in Queens. Make the most of the location by testing out some of the best Astoria restaurants and best things to do in Queens. Trust us: Being able to bypass most of the awful airport traffic makes staying in these JFK airport hotels worth it.

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Hotels near JFK airport

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Crowne Plaza JFK Airport

This colorful and comfortable hotel is just across the street from John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Time Out tip: Head northwest from JFK to hit Forest Park, a 500-acre expanse of knobbly hills, meadows and hiking trails. You could spend a peaceful afternoon admiring the greenery or rent some clubs to play a round of golf at the par 67 course.

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Hilton New York JFK Airport

Ample desk space, comfortable rooms and a free shuttle make this airport-adjacent property ideal for the business traveler.

Time Out tip: The hotel isn’t far from what is arguably Queens’ biggest attraction: Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. Built for the 1939 World’s Fair, the massive green space boasts the Unisphere, an 140-foot steel globe, Citi Field and Queens Museum. There’s more than enough to occupy an entire afternoon—if not a full day.

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Hampton Inn NY-JFK

Updated rooms and helpful amenities make this chain hotel an excellent choice for travelers.

Time Out tip: One of New York City’s most impressive exhibits isn’t in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or MoMA, but in the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park. The Panorama of the City of New York shrinks the five boroughs down to scale in a a 9,335-square-foot model. Visitors can even adopt an apartment for a mere $100—a steal at today’s real estate prices.

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Courtyard New York JFK Airport

This hotel’s proximity to the airport might draw you in, but the comfy accommodations will keep you satisfied.

Time Out tip: During baseball season, buy cheap tickets to a New York Mets game to root, root, root for the home team at Citi Field. The food is certainly better than at that other stadium in the Bronx, even if the team’s performance is worse. If the Mets aren’t playing, don’t despair: Fans can also book hour long tours of the stadium on select days.

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Radisson JFK Airport

Travelers coming into JFK can’t beat the convenient location (or amenities) at this Radisson.

Time Out tip: Believe it or not, you can find laid-back beach town vibes inside the five boroughs: Just take the subway to Rockaway Beach. With several sandy beaches to visit and miles of boardwalk to stroll, there’s plenty to keep you occupied all day long. If you’re hungry for lunch, stop by Tacoway Beach for delightfully crispy beer-battered fish tacos and fresh watermelon juice.

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