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Howard Johnson Jamaica NY Near Airtrain JFK
Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Jamaica
Reviewed 26 December 2013

It is a nice place, new furniture etc. However, there were some old hairs in the bathroom including in the newly washed towels that definitely did not belong to me so that's why I take down the rating a bit… It's nice and close to JFK so if you only need a hotel for a layover this is a god place. Walking distance to the subway/airtrain.

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Reviewed 25 December 2013

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Reviewed 22 December 2013

Great service in an almost brand new hotel, comfy beds, bath tub and shower with shampoo, conditioner, and lotion included. Staff were friendly and helpful. One thing to watch out for is when you come out of the subway station, make sure you avoid anyone asking for your metrocard and take off the luggage tag off your suitcase to avoid standing out as a tourist. The walk down to the hotel at night may seem slightly daunting if you haven't ever been there, but it's just a 5 minute walk to a colourfully lit up hotel. We would also say that the donuts in the breakfast bar could've been a bit fresher, but we enjoyed the waffle maker and American syrup :)

  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 December 2013

I stayed at Howard Johnsons at Archer Ave, Queens couple of weeks ago and I was delighted with the amenities offered, superb service and a perfect location close to the subway / airtrain JFK and nice multi-cuisine restaurants all within walking distance. Additionally, the rooms are well furnished modern and quiet as well for a good sleep.

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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 21 December 2013

Cleam .comfort. Very close to transportation to NY and jfk. It was perfect for me when arrived at night and had a day to spend in NY before next flight.
The only deficiency - unpleasant area of the city so at night I took a taxi from jfk- just 20 dollar.
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  • Stayed: December 2013
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Reviewed 18 December 2013

This place gets the job done. I stayed here on two separate occasions both times worked out pretty well. Very convenient to JFK- it is a little walk from the train station but really not bad at all (if you have a lot of luggage- it might be an issue). Despite being next to the train station, it is very very quiet- although, I was on the back of the hotel (away from the train station) both times.

The biggest thing this place has going for it is- it is new. There was even a retail sticker still on my TV.
I don’t know how long the ‘newness’ can carry this place. Their cleaning standards are slightly relaxed and they could work on their presentation at the front desk.
If you’ve never been to New York, you might think the rooms are small but as far as NYC goes, they’re actually pretty spacious.

Beds were very comfortable. Comforter and pillows need work. The comforter is cheap and the kind that probably doesn’t get washed often. Pillows are a little too firm. There’s three on each bed and it’d be nice if at least one of them were super soft.
Good size refrigerator, single-cup coffee maker, good clean iron, ironing board and hair dryer in each room. Good size desk and lamp with extra plugs. Wifi is very strong and fast (I did not download anything).

Staff is very friendly and try to be helpful. The front desk area looks very disorganized. There are bags and jackets behind the desk which make it look more like a coat check. While friendly enough, I could have used a warmer greeting upon arrival. When arriving at a hotel for the first time, nothing beats a warm smile and a “Welcome to the Howard Johnson!.” I’m not looking for them to do a dance for me- just a feeling that they really appreciate my business.

Cleaning is my biggest issue. This place is by no means ‘dirty’ - it’s actually quite clean but I think a lot of that is due to the new surroundings. In the first room I stayed in, all the mirrors were streaked and hazy. The night stands and alarm clock looked like they hadn't been cleaned in a while. The alarm clock had a big greasy hand print on it. The beds are sloppily made- sheets not tucked in all the way, comforter thrown on hastily. For the most part, the bathrooms are kept very clean. The second room I stayed in looked fine until I turned on the shower and the steam revealed a, presumed, "sex" hand print on the headboard above the bed. -Just about the last thing you want to see before climbing into a bed that’s not your own. On the second night, the hand print was still there after housekeeping cleaned. Over time, I believe all these little cleaning flaws will mount up and possibly make this a 'dirty' place.

Elevators are slow. Did not try the breakfast or exercise room. Didn’t use the “office services” but it looks like a table with two computers and a printer in the lobby.

Bottom line - this place is fine if you're in town for business or just need a cheap place to sleep. I would not recommend it for NEW couples- Jamaica Queens is not for lovers. From looking at other places in the area at this price range- this place is definitely the best. Good price, convenient, friendly, and clean enough. I would probably give this place another try but a few more cleaning problems and I would look elsewhere.

Room Tip: I would suggest a room in the back. The corner rooms away from the elevator are very quiet.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We had a comfortable stay especially as we were travelling with a 4year old and a 7mth old. We were allowed to checkout a bit later which helped but also the manager Mr Patel helped us with a torn luggage. There is everything that is necessary in the rooms and there is a microwave to warm up baby food in the dining area downstairs. I would like to thank the staff for being so helpful and surely recommend it to others.

Room Tip: If you have any problems, Ask as the staff are very helpful.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, travelled with family
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Address: 13909 Archer Ave, Jamaica, NY 11435-4304
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Region: United States > New York > Queens > Jamaica
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 30 Hotels in Jamaica
Price Range: £81 - £132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Jamaica NY Near Airtrain JFK 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly opened, 100% non-smoking hotel just minutes from two major airports JFK & LGA; Citi Field & Arthur Ashe Stadiums; Two block, five minutes walk from AirTrain, LIRR & Subway E, J & Z; 30 minutes train ride to Big Apple's world class attractions including Times Square, Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Rockefeller Center, Broadway Theatre District, Central Park and many more. ... more   less 
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