If you're jetting into NYC for a business meeting or short leisure visit, a hotel located close to the airport could provide the perfect accommodation for your stay. While airport hotels are widely known to offer convenience and attractive rates, an impressive number of hotels located near JFK and LaGuardia Airports also supply plenty more in the way of unexpected amenities and proximity to bona fide attractions. In recent years there's been a transformative shift toward a more sophisticated experience in airport hotels in large cities around the world, as new upscale hotels are being built within the airport terminals and hotels nearby are revamping their properties to accommodate travelers' growing needs and expectations.
These Queens hotels, located a quick shuttle or cab ride from JFK and LaGuardia, are no exception, offering up-to-date appointments and a wide range of amenities for those on the fly. Besides quiet, comfortable rooms, visitors can often find dining options ranging from full-service restaurants to casual grills to grab-and-go marketplaces with fresh, light fare. Lobby lounges are more often than not sleek, contemporary affairs done up with clean lines, modern furnishings and bold, bright color palettes. Many hotels offer fitness centers with the latest cardio and weight equipment; one even provides a special studio just for yoga enthusiasts. Those looking to kick back and relax can also find inviting outdoor and indoor pools, spas and sundecks for catching a few rays between meetings or tours.
Queens-based airport hotels also provide a gateway for those looking to immerse themselves in an authentic New York City experience. As the City's most diverse borough, Queens is home to ethnic enclaves with restaurants serving all types of international cuisines—most notably Asian and Latin varieties—as well as to some of the premier museums, parks and sporting events in the world. See our full list of Queens airport hotels to book. Read on to see which hotels are near each airport, along with our suggestions about the sights and activities nearby. There's so much to do, you may find yourself extending your stay.
Hotels near LaGuardia
If you're staying near LaGuardia Airport, be sure to make time to visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a sprawling green space that's home to such cultural attractions as the World's Fair Unisphere, the Queens Botanical Garden and the Queens Theatre. You can also find the Queens Museum, which holds the one-of-a-kind Panorama of the City of New York; and the Queens Zoo, where you can see pumas and Andean bears stalking the grounds and sea lions frolicking at snack time. The park is the location of the New York Hall of Science, the only hands-on science museum in New York City and host to an outdoor, space-travel-themed mini-golf course. During warmer months, take yourself out to the ball game at Citi Field to cheer on the Mets or hit a full round of golf in Forest Park. Finally, if you're in the mood for some authentic ethnic eats, head east to Flushing for excellent Chinese and Korean food and a chance to explore exotic-goods-filled Asian markets, including the Hong Kong Supermarket or the Korean grocery store H Mart.
Hotels near JFK Airport
Those staying near John F. Kennedy International Airport will find ample outdoor activities on the southern side of Queens. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge over on Broad Channel is a quiet spot for bird-watching, hiking and boat trips. Idlewild Park Preserve, just northeast of the airport, contains 160 acres of freshwater and tidal wetlands, woodland, meadow and grassland—and has some educational and activity-based programs run by the Eastern Queens Alliance. The best place to get your feet wet is at Rockaway Beach, the City's most popular seaside community complete with beachfront snack shacks (in season) and plenty of surf. For a taste of Queens history, pay a visit to the King Manor Museum, due north of the airport in Jamaica; the historic house celebrates aspects of the borough's early 19th-century era. A block away, the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning houses the free William P. Miller Jr. Gallery, which showcases emerging artists. For more culture, seek out the local Black Spectrum Theatre Company, which presents multimedia shows that examine social issues in the African-American community. If you're feeling lucky, take a chance at the legendary Belmont Race Track, home to the third leg of the Triple Crown—or just kick back and while away a few hours at Resorts World Casino, filled with more than 5,000 slots and electronic table games and the steakhouse RW Prime, where you can unwind with your winnings over a juicy rib eye and a classic cocktail.