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I wondered if anyone could help me? I am a Londoner, and I am looking to travel from JFK to Montauk in May. However I don't arrive until 8pm at night into JFK (and I will ahev been drinking on teh plane!), so I want to spend a night near the airport, and then get up refreshed and hire a car to drive to Montauk the next day. There is no point going into Manhatten to stay for one night to have to come out again - both financially and geographically!
Can anyone kindly recommend an area near to JFK to book a hotel just for the night which is safe and has some charm to a tourist please? I have read a lot of scary things about Queens so really not sure where to stay!
Many thanks for any advice.
"Near to JFK" and "some charm to a tourist" are pretty much mutually exclusive. Considering you'll be tired after your flight , and also that once you get through immigration and baggage claim you are unlikely to get out of the airport before 9 PM, I wouldn't be planning on doing too much that evening.
If you are planning on renting a car then I would work that out first--car rental rates vary dramatically depending on where you pick up the car. Airport locations and Manhattan are going to be the most expensive, so you'll probably want to pick it up somewhere cheaper--possibly somewhere along the LIRR train line en route to your destination, or another Queens/LI location.
There are plenty of hotels in Queens/LI that are close to LIRR and should be reasonably convenient to car rental offices. For instance, I stayed at a Hampton Inn in Rockville Center two years ago that was pretty well located. Check TripAdvisor and Kayak for possibilities.
The area around JFK is a slum, and your room neighbors may very well be people on the dole. Maybe you can take the LIRR to a hotel in Hempstead (or Garden City, better), and pick up your rental car in the morning? Of course, downtown Hempstead is a slum, too!