Jamaica, Queens: How to Avoid Expensive Hotels in NYC

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Jamaica, Queens is part of the ongoing TPOL in NYC trip report.


Flights to New York from Puerto Rico are becoming increasingly common as Bachuwa Law continues its growth. Expansion notwithstanding, I do not like to pay big rates for hotel rooms (see Thank You Trump! Best Marriott Anniversary Night Redemption), and I do not like to use points for work trips. This time, I thought I would try a new approach: arrive late at night, stay at a hotel near the airport, and leave the following night. I knew I would be exhausted, but this would minimize costs.

Pro: The Price 

I chose to stay at the Lexington Inn at JFK Airport. For $105.75, it was a bargain compared to the $300+ rates I was seeing in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island City.

Con: Getting There

This is an airport hotel without shuttle service. If I didn’t have Amex Uber credit, it would have cost money to get to the hotel. That takes away from the value.

TPOL’s TIP: Make sure the hotel as 24 hour shuttle service before booking.

Con: The Room 

The room looked nice enough but I could not get the TV to work, I could not get the shower to come on, and the cleanliness was suspect.

Pro: The Location 

It was a five minute walk to the E train. Since I was going downtown, this was ideal.

Con: Subway

I hate taking the subway in New York.

Pro: Subway

The subway is still the better choice compared to dealing with commuter traffic (see EWR to Brooklyn: Don’t Trust Lyft’s Estimation).

Overall 

My optimal strategy is to arrive first thing in the morning to NY and leave on a late flight back to PR. That avoids having to pay for a hotel. This time, I was in New York less than 24 hours and saved plenty of money by only booking a night stay. If prices are cost prohibitive in the City, I would consider Jamaica, Queens again, even if the hotel is cringe worthy.

Not bad for next to no sleep.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Con: Jamaica, Queens is an extremely dangerous area and you could be murdered in the night as you try to sleep.

    Pro: If you survive, you’ll probably be sent home with a nice parting gift of bedbugs to entertain you and your family for weeks to come.

    In other words, this is a horrible suggestion for those who have never set foot in Jamaica, Queens.

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