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Travelers visiting New York City typically fly into one of three airports: LaGuardia, JFK (both in the borough of Queens) or Newark, N.J. No matter which airport you fly into, Manhattan is still a lengthy cab, train or subway ride away, so if your flight's canceled, it's best to stay close to the airport. Travelers can expect higher prices than other airport hotels, however, most include a free shuttle service to the airport and breakfast. These eight hotel options are the best choices for a layover in the Big Apple.
Best Overall Near JFK: Courtyard New York JFK Airport
The Courtyard Marriott is a bit pricier than some of the other JFK options, however it’s a good choice overall with newly renovated rooms, extremely comfortable pillow-top bedding and modern touchscreen technologies that keep travelers updated on their flight status. The Bistro serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a convenience store is also on the property. Spacious rooms have mini-refrigerators, microwaves, free WiFi and soundproof windows. A fitness center is available, and there's also a free, efficient shuttle to the airport. The exceptionally friendly staff at the Courtyard goes above and beyond to ensure a pleasant stay – and that can make all the difference.
Newark’s Best Overall: Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott
For travelers flying from Newark International who need some time to re-group, the Newark International Airport Marriott has everything you’ll need, so you don’t have to leave the property until it’s time to board the plane. The convenient location puts it next door (and within walking distance) to the airport, but the hotel offers a 24-hour, free shuttle to make transporting luggage a breeze. The Aviation Grill serves American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting, or the Greatroom serves small plate options and a wide range of beverages. There’s also a fitness and concierge lounge (with free breakfast for select rooms). The 585-room hotel was renovated in 2016, with soundproof rooms to block the airplane noise. TripAdvisor users recommend asking for a higher level room for night views of the airport.
Best Overall Near LaGuardia: Marco LaGuardia Hotel
If you want both amenities and a prime location near the airport, the 81-room Marco LaGuardia Hotel by Lexington is in heart of Flushing, Queens, and is close to the airport without being isolated from other attractions – you're just steps away from the 7 train to Manhattan. Rooms have WiFi, microwaves, mini refrigerators and pillow-top mattresses. An Italian restaurant and bar is on the property and serves three meals daily. Guests can utilize the free shuttle to the airport, and there is a 24-hour business center, fitness facility and guest laundry on the property as well. Kids eat for free at the breakfast buffet with a paying adult.
Best Budget Near JFK: Fairfield Inn New York JFK Airport
Although many of the cheap hotel options near JFK are less than adequate, the Fairfield Inn New York JFK airport offers a comfortable, modern stay for budget travelers. It is also the only JFK hotel to provide scheduled free transportation to the subway and Green Acres Mall. A hot breakfast buffet is included, however there is no restaurant for evening dining (but there is a bar). Rooms feature sound resistant windows, iPod docking stations and WiFi. TripAdvisor guests have noted that the shuttle does not run 24 hours, so be sure to double check the schedule before booking. The hotel also offers long-term parking.
Best for Families Near LaGuardia: Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport
If you’re looking a restful night’s sleep and plentiful family amenities, the 168-room, Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport is an ideal choice. The hotel is one of the few airport hotels to have a swimming pool (perfect for the kids) and the adjacent rooftop terrace is a great place to unwind after a day of traveling. For parents, the on-site bar serves up specialty cocktails. A 24-hour menu is offered with American fare, but there are a number of dining options nearby. The free airport shuttle is prompt and leaves every hour. Rooms have sofabeds (great for families), mini refrigerators, premium bath products and free WiFi. A hot breakfast included in the rate, and the 7 train to Manhattan is just two blocks away.
Best Budget Near LaGuardia: SpringHill Suites New York LaGuardia
For a clean, comfortable and reliable stay near La Guardia Airport, SpringHill Suites New York LaGuardia is one of the more affordable options, and has the added perk of a free airport shuttle on request. TripAdvisor members noted that there aren’t many restaurants or things to do in the immediate area, but the hotel is just a short drive from Citi Field and a local Italian restaurant delivers to hotel rooms. There is a 24-hour market at the hotel for convenience items, and a breakfast buffet is included in the rate. Rooms consist of studios and one- or two-bedroom suites with mini kitchenettes, free WiFi and iPod docks.
Best for Families Near Newark: Residence Inn Newark
For families traveling together, the newly renovated Residence Inn sparkles from the improvements and has reasonable prices and great perks. With full kitchens for preparing meals, the spacious suites are ideal for families, plus the hotel staff will even do some grocery shopping for you (just leave them a list). There’s also free hot breakfast, a barbecue and picnic area and a convenience market. Kids will love the indoor swimming pool, while adults can squeeze in a workout at the fitness center. Three nights a week a lobby social hour is offered with food and libations. A free shuttle to the airport is offered every 30 minutes. If you have some extra time, the Jersey Garden Mall is located right across the street.
Best for a Unique Stay: The Parc Hotel
Travelers seeking a change of scenery from the cookie-cutter chain hotels around LaGuardia should consider The Parc Hotel, a 96-room hotel with Asian influences. It is located in Queens’ Chinatown, less than 10 minutes (by car) from the airport. The hotel features excellent views of the New York skyline and Citi Field from the rooftop bar. Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, Nespresso machines, premium bath amenities and free WiFi. For those with extended layovers who would like to explore, the subway station to Manhattan is just a five-minute walk. Some TripAdvisor members noted that they could hear some airport noise, so bring ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.