If we were doing an overnight at JFK we would return to this hotel.
The area around the hotel is not one which you need to visit. There is a breaker's yard next to the hotel and the walk to shops and restaurants described on the website requires negotiating a pavement covered in four to five feet high weeds. The restaurants are a Popeye, a Burger King and IHOP and an Applebees.
It is possible to use this hotel as a base, but it isn't a question of taking the shuttle into the airport and then getting onto the train into Manhatten. You first have to use the Airtrain and that cost $5 per person per journey. The Metro season ticket is cheap and good value, but is less so when, for a couple, you add on $20 per day for the Skytrain. There are also two Jamaica stations, neither is in a particularly desirable area and only one has the Skytrain.
You do not need to phone the hotel about the shuttle as it will eventually turn up at the Federal Circle.
The prices in the hotel restaurant are not exhorbitant for New York and the portions of what we ate were good. The bar prices were also pretty standard for New York and they do have local a local microbrew.
All the staff we engaged with were friendly and efficient.
The room was spotless.
There are no room safes at all despite what it says in the hotel guide. The security boxes behind the reception desk are very narrow and rather shallow.
The pricing for JFK/New York is good.
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