Hotels in Queens? It used to be they were the rarity, even though the borough is across the East River from Manhattan, and the home to two major airports, a global sporting event, and a professional sports team. The 2000s have seen a tremendous increase in the number of hotels across Queens, spurred by the surge in hotel occupancy rates and prices in Manhattan.
There are now three main areas where hotels cluster in the borough -- around JFK Airport and LaGuardia Airport and close to Manhattan in Long Island City. Plus, you can find new small hotels in neighborhoods across the borough. Services like AirBnB have also changed the short-stay landscape, opening up New Yorkers' homes to visitors.
Here's a short guide to where to stay the night in Queens, New York.
Hotels in Queens Closest to Manhattan
This is the biggie. If you're visiting New York City, you want to be in Manhattan. But if you want your stay to last, you got to economize somewhere. Staying in Long Island City is a great way to do that. It's only one to two subway stops from Midtown Manhattan, but at significant savings. Long Island City is neighborhood that has changed from industrial to residential since 2000. There are more than 10 hotels in Long Island City, but here are some top picks.
Hotels Near JFK Airport
Surrounding JFK Airport in southern Queens are residential neighborhoods without subways. The hotels in the area typically give shuttle access to JFK. (From JFK you can take the AirTrain to subway and train connections.) Stay near JFK if you have an early flight, but not for checking out Manhattan. The haul back and forth to Manhattan would be exhausting.
Hotels Near LaGuardia Airport (LGA) -- and for the US Open and the Mets Games at Citi Field
Here are some top picks for staying near LaGuardia Airport. The article is about staying close to the US Open, but the airport is only minutes from the Open. Follow the hotel advice for Open and you'll be in good shape. The same is true for those wanting to stay near Citi Field for a Mets game.
Other Hotels and Places to Stay in Queens, New York
Eastern Queens has its share of hotels scattered throughout on major byways. The Comfort Inn in Bellerose is typical -- new construction with small rooms and reasonable prices.
AirBnB is a service that lets travelers rent rooms in private residences. A quick search shows offerings through Queens. My advice is to learn about the neighborhood and local subway before booking any room. Some areas of Queens are quite isolated.