Keeping It Low-Key in the Big Apple: 5 Hotels in Jamaica and Long Island City, NY

The Big Apple is always worth the visit. I specifically love the vibrant atmosphere, the different areas, and thus the various faces New York City has and likes to show off. Therefore, when deciding to tick this destination off your bucket list — or return again, as there will still be loads of ground to cover — accommodation is probably something you should think about right away. Low-key New York? Here you go!

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Image via Flickr by joiseyshowaa

Hilton New York JFK Airport

Enjoying the proximity to the airport with a touch of luxury if your budget allows? The Hilton New York JFK Airport makes for a good night’s sleep after a long journey. Keep in touch with friends by taking advantage of the Wi-Fi, and have a drink at the sports bar while immersing yourself in American sports games. Baisley Pond Park and Belmont Park are within easy reach. Rather expensive compared to other hotels at about $160 per night, this NYC accommodation at least offers a free airport shuttle and a fitness area.

Jets Motor Inn

If simplicity and minimalism are your thing, and you don’t need many amenities except a bed and clean sheets, then Jets Motor Inn is for you. Going back to the basics, this place at least offers free wireless Internet in all rooms. If you stay here, popular places such as the Empire State Building or Grand Central Station are not far. This accommodation will certainly do for a low-key trip; expect an average New York room rate of about $100 per night, but be sure to check for special deals.

Lexington Inn JFK Airport

The Lexington Inn JFK Airport comes with amenities such as golf, a gym, free breakfast, Wi-Fi and a restaurant on site. Average prices for a room start at $95, which is a great value considering the features here. Rooms are cozy and quite modern but rather plain. If you are willing to walk a few blocks, you can jump on a train bringing you right to Manhattan. This is certainly a budget hotel in Jamaica, but offers a lot for the price. A shopping mall and cinemas are close by.

Red Roof Inn Queens

Leave the Long Island Expressway and stop at the Red Roof Inn Queens. Within walking distance you find a subway as well as a bus station for easy access to the cultural hubs of the Big Apple as well as its most famous sights. A New York City hotel for less than $90 per night is a real bargain. Expect a small fridge and microwave, so you don’t even have to spend money eating out, which makes your trip even less expensive. Free Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, and coffee 24/7 are just a few things that will make your stay even brighter.

Z NYC Hotel

Have the money in your bank account to afford one — or two — nights at this hotel? Go for it! The Z NYC Hotel, with room rates starting at around $150, is one of the more expensive of all five selected hotels but it sure won’t disappoint you as it’s modern, stylish, and quite fancy. Views of Manhattan’s East River, an iPod docking station, and waterfall shower will let you escape ordinary life in an instant. The Rockefeller Center and Yankee Stadium are not far away.

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels Campaign to bring you selected hotels in the U.S. for every budget.