I stayed here for one night before catching an international long haul from JFK the next morning. It's fair accommodations for that purpose, with some caveats.
What I Liked:
Rooms were clean and comfortable, pretty standard for a large chain. Nothing fancy, but it was tidy.
Soundproofing was relatively reasonable. Considering that it was a full house that night, I really didn't hear too much sound coming from the other rooms. That's a plus, considering most budget accommodations have walls so thin you can practically see through them.
Front desk staff was friendly and efficient. While service is not their forté, I do appreciate when desk staff exhibit professionalism, and this was the case for me. The check-in process was extremely quick and the room met all my requirements.
What I Disliked:
Dining options were extremely limited, especially if you are arriving late. The on-site restaurant was undergoing renovations when I arrived, so I was directed to the temporary restaurant in the hotel next door. The temporary restaurant was no more than a converted ballroom. The staff seemed completely overwhelmed that night, because at 10:30pm, the room was full, and I saw several irate customers at six different tables waiting for their food. I decided not to eat there, and ordered a pizza instead, which took another 30 minutes. If you are arriving on a late flight and expecting to grab a quick meal at the hotel, I'd think twice. Grab something at the airport before heading here.
There is no regular pickup from Federal Circle. You have to call the hotel, and they will dispatch the shuttle. To make things worse, guests at the adjacent International Hotel get on the shuttle and expect to be dropped off at the hotel. After waiting for 40 minutes for a shuttle, I was very angry that guests from another hotel had the opportunity to be dropped off before I reached my own hotel, and it was my hotel's shuttle!
Things to Consider:
Taking the shuttle to the airport is not a problem, because the Hampton shuttle drops you off at your terminal. But seriously consider just taking a taxi to the hotel - you'll pay a few buck, but save a lot of time.
The rates at the hotel are not exactly inexpensive, so try to book a discounted room using a AAA or other membership.
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- Also Known As:
- Hampton Inn Ny - Jfk Hotel Jamaica
- Hampton Inn Jamaica
- Jamaica Hampton Inn