Came across this place online while looking for a cheap place to stay for 3 nights. We arrived at midnight, tired and stressed and all we noticed was a stuffy musty room and very loud aircon. After a night's sleep and breakfast we started to notice what a hidden gem it actually was. For the price of a private room in a hostel (if not cheaper - we did a special pre-pay offer through their website direct) 4 of us slept in a room with 2 queen beds, flat screen tv, fridge and coffee maker.
Cheap price, comfy room, flat screen tv, fridge, coffee maker, breakfast included, goodies in bathroom, helpful staff, v close to subway, internet access
Breakfast is very basic, room was musty on arrival (although they did leave window open to air it for the rest of our stay), subway slow from Manhattan (especially if it goes 'local'), aircon was noisy, neither information desk at airport or 2 NY taxi drivers(don't even get me started on that subject!) knew where it was (for future reference it's NOT the airport Ramada).
The staff were helpful especially when it came to calling taxis (nice local minicabs that were happy to take 4 girls and luggage - shame on you NY taxis!) OK so there are no posh restaurants in the area (we din't need one) but we were thrilled that there was fast food available in the early hrs on the 1 min walk from the station to the hotel!
Free internet (and not being charged for printing boarding passes), unlimited access to hot drinks from the machine in the breakfast room throughout the day, enough towels (4 sharing a room and we never had to ask for extra - a lilttle thing but very few get it right)
Yes queens is a rough area but the hotel is so close to the station and we always travelled in a group so it was not an issue. I can only see it as being a problem if you're not used to cities. As long as you don't walk around after dark looking like a tourist things are fine.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a posh place to stay this isn't for you. But if you're looking for a good clean place to put your head down that offers more than you feel you should be getting for the peanuts that you'd paid then give it a whirl. I gave the hotel 4/5 as most of the annoyances were actually beyond their control.
I would definitely stay here again.
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- Also Known As:
- Ramada Queens Hotel Jamaica
- Ramada Hotel Queens
- Ramada Hotel Jamaica