Plane Spotting New York JFK

TWA Hotel
If there is an example of an airport hotel optimised for spotting, this is it! The hotel has everything, great panoramic views from runway facing rooms, a fantastic rooftop observation deck and even a genuine Lockheed Constellation which is used as a cocktail bar. Another plus is that this hotel offers discounted room day stay rates which also get you access to the viewing deck. 
Location: *** The hotel is in effect a remodel of the old TWA terminal at JFK and sits adjacent to the Jet Blue Terminal 5 which is only a short walk away. The hotel itself is expensive however the cheaper eating establishments that terminal 5 offers are only 5 minutes walk away. 
Spotting: *** Fantastic views out over 22 L and 22R from the runway facing rooms. A large section of the terminal 4 apron used by many international carriers can also be seen from many rooms. The hotel has a rooftop pool, bar and associated viewing deck which gives magnificent views over the airport and is open until 2300. JFK has always been in need of a viewing area and hotel guests can enjoy the views from this deck. 
Photos: ** Great shots are possible from the rooftop area. Good shots through glass from the hotel rooms which have the apron or runway views. 
Value: * This hotel is expensive but you will struggle to find another hotel at an international airport which caters for enthusiasts like the TWA hotel. Day rates are around $150 0800-2000. The rate for the night is around $200
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This hotel can be booked directly on the TWA Hotel website

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Hilton New York JFK (Formally Holiday Inn)
 
Location: ** A 2 mile journey to the central terminal area by shuttle bus. An extra bonus of this hotel is the airport shuttle bus will also take you to La Guardia, check with the hotel for times. On a clear day traffic flying from Philidelphia and Washington can be seen clearly overflying the hotel at high level for those with a SBS.
Spotting: ** Good, but sometimes distant views from the hotel. A good telescope will give you more of a chance to read aircraft off although ACARS/SBS would make things a lot easier! Ask for an airport facing room as high as possible. Room 1228 gives good views, photos shown below. With the use of SBS our correspondent identifies every aircraft during the day. If you are in a group we recommend that one of the groups book a room facing away from the airport. From these rooms distant views of arrivals can be seen into La Guardia Airport.
Photos: ** Souvenir shots can be taken from the hotel as shown below.
Value: * Expensive at around £175 a night
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This hotel is available through the sites of The Hilton  Hotel or  AGODA who can occasionally offer better deals.

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Above, the views from room 1228, Holiday Inn JFK. Credit Andy Whitmore

 

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