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Room Report: Best Western Hotel New York JFK Airport

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Arrival Experience: JFK's arrival experience for weary travelers is not simple as it requires a ride on the Air Train to get to the hotel shuttle pickup area. However, once there, the Best Western JFK hotel's free shuttle makes the rounds once an hour and quickly whisks guests to the front door. The compact reception area does not promote lingering, but luckily guests are assisted quickly by a friendly staff. A single elevator whisks guests up to their rooms.

Dining: The hotel's dining area is located one level above reception and serves a complimentary hot breakfast each morning. On the menu is a selection of scrambled eggs and sausage, numerous cereals, fruit, bagels, toast, and spreads. Also appreciated is the high-tech coffee machine that prepares beverages like cappuccino and espresso in addition to more standard coffee drinks. There is no lunch or dinner here, but microwaves make it easy to heat up food from outside. The shuttle is also happy to take guests to nearby restaurants if it is not busy with airport runs.

Accommodations: The rooms are bright and comfortable with large king or queen beds draped in soft duvets and a quartet of thick pillows. Alarm clocks sit on the nightstand (important for an airport hotel since many guests have early flights), and adjustable bedside lighting is on either side. The design of the room is efficient with desks tucked into one corner and flat-screen cable TVs sitting atop storage space. Free wireless high speed Internet is available throughout the rooms and public areas. Convenient electrical outlets are within easy reach on the desk. Another shelf covers the refrigerator, and adjustable air conditioning units work well. Views are of the street or surrounding area, none of which is inspiring. Most guests here are in and out for a quick night's stay, and the convenience to the airport is the primary draw. Bathrooms feature Pantene Pro-V hair products, plentiful towels, and hair dryers. Full-length mirrors and coffeemakers are appreciated. The accommodations are all clean, modern, well-kept and attractive.

Conclusion: The front desk offers a station to print airline boarding passes, and the airport shuttle runs like clockwork 24 hours a day. An exercise room keeps guests in shape with modern cardio equipment. Of the affordable options near the airport, this is one of the best and most reliable. Like all Best Westerns around the world, this hotel is individually owned and operated providing the owner's own touch that is noticeable and friendly. For a quick and affordable stay without a slew of amenities, the Best Western is a great option by JFK airport.

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