I chose to try the Hilton Garden Inn at JFK having tried some of the other properties there. I wrote recently about the hideous Radisson JFK Airport hotel.
The hotel web site indicates that their shuttle leaves Federal Circle on the JFK AirTrain at :00 and :30 and a combination of a late arrival on USAirways and a slow AirTrain meant that I arrived just in time for the bus. It wasn’t there! Having called the hotel I learned that both the hotel’s black bus and the Sheraton Hotel bus stop at the hotel. Pretty soon the mystery black bus, with signs printed and displayed in the window arrived. As you can see there is no livery on the side.
Arriving at the hotel, after travelling over one of the bumpiest roads I have ever travelled, after about 10 minutes.
The Reception is small but there was no wait as two members of staff were serving.
The agent gave me two bottles of water and breakfast coupons as a Diamond HHonors member. I had pre-checked in using the Hilton App (you can read a review here), and was given the keys to the room on the 6th floor (611) I had selected.
The lifts are pretty slow at this property. Like many airport hotels the rooms are not large. However, the bed was comfortable, the WiFi free, the water hot and the room cool. About all I ever ask. The bedroom:
Air Con Unit is through the wall:
Check-out was a little slow as they needed to work out how to apply some US$ I wanted to use, but I was ready by the time the bus was ready to leave. All the passengers (3 of us), were going to Terminal 7 and so we were kerbside after about 15 minutes.
The property is solid, provides what it offers and is well located for the airport. The combined shuttle with the Sheraton provides a good service to the hotel. (The Sheraton is right behind the Hilton Garden Inn.)