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