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Surfside Motel

2.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

For my last day in New York, I wanted to be near the airport because traffic can be unpredictable. Everything else near the JFK area is expensive and the reviews are bad. Thanks to reviews too that I chose this hotel. Location-wise, it was good. Very near the airport (15 mins) very near commercial areas for last-minute shopping and food joints (you can walk it. It's safe). No frills check-in (very fast), basic room with a really comfy king-size bed and basic soap and towel. The best thing is that they can shuttle you for free to the airport, alone or with companions. They also have a nice waterfront view from my room's side. If there's anything, maybe try to polish the floors a bit more because the texture made me think it was dirty when it really wasn't.

This place is not exactly the “Ritz” but it is fine if you want a clean place for a night or two and do not want anything fancy. It is old and really does need a renovation. The staff is very nice and accommodating. The free parking is a definite bonus. The location is very good as well.

Needed a few hours to rest before allowed in our AirBnB. Its not a fancy place, but clean enough and we were able to sleep! You can stay for the night, or just a few hours which is nice when you're in a bind!

The only amenity in the bathroom was 3 skinny bars of soap. No shampoo. No bath mat. No hand towels or washcloths. The tub had some crud in the corners. Plastic panels in the drop ceiling over the bathtub had dirt and stains. There was a vent opening un the ceiling that you could see up into a dirty crawl space with cobwebs. The floor felt sticky. Condoms in the vending machines. Close to the airport and cheaper than other places is about all i can say in its favor.

Fantastic, understanding, and flexible staff! I was unable to check-in until very late and they sent the free shuttle to the airport to pick me up...twice! There was some confusion as to when I actually booked the room (due to a mix up with online hotel finder), they were more than willing to book me for the night I actually needed free of any extra charge. The hotel was quiet and clean, ATM in the lobby. Please note that in order to utilize the shuttle to and from the Airport you will need to call the hotel to arrange pick up.

very disappointed, I did not have high expectations being a motel. However I did provide the management with all details of the day. The motel stunk like pot and environment was very low end. I was looking for convenience to prepare for my wedding being held in the high end venue next door. You would think the motel would accommodate that. It stunk like a grow location for pot. It was a very disappointing experience.

This is a difficult place to review. Is is well located for access to JFK and most of its guests seem to come from there. It is always slightly troubling to find sheets completely un-ironed on a hotel bed. This is a basic motel complete with noisy air con and grim decoration. Bathrooms are small with showers in the bath. Ask for a room overlooking the canal at the rear. On the plus side staff are helpful and the lack of in house dining is more than compensated by the huge range of good places nearby, notably an excellent breakfast at the bagel bakery opposite.

It's a motel, don't expect anything fancy. Nice place for a quick stay. Clean & newly renovated rooms. I enjoyed my stay there. Jacuzzi tub was great! Def worth the little bit extra for it. If you're looking for something quick or last minute in a nice area like Howard beach then this is the place to go :)

I used to live not far from this motel. When I have early flights and want to stay close to JFK I get an hourly rate and pop in here for a few to avoid the drive. There are other reasons you may want an hourly spot and you may notice short stay guests as alluded to in other reviews. However, this is a clean and safe hotel. Whether you're here for a short stay or overnight, the property maintains cleanliness and consistent service. The parking lot is secure and a number of restaurants are on the block and also deliver. If you're looking for a cost-effective solution near JFK, this little family owned motel would suffice. There's also been plenty of times when I worked late on Long Island and had to drive back to New Jersey. By the time I sat in traffic for hours and arrived near Cross Bay Blvd, exhaustion kicked in. I've pulled off the road many times to stay here when I couldn't stay awake in traffic. By the time my short stay was up traffic had cleared and I was rested enough to carry on. It happens lol. Everyone has been friendly in my experience.

My expectations were not high. All I needed was a place to sleep after an early evening JFK arrival from Casablanca and prior to a long drive west the next morning. First room we were offered had hair in the shower and wet towels on the floor in the vestibule. Next room was in order - sort of. AC/heating system was very noisy. Toilet tank had an internal leak so it ran every few minutes to fill up. I finally closed the intake valve to shut the damned thing off. There was a panel missing from the ceiling in the bathroom which afforded a nice view of all the internal piping/wiring and lots of dust and dirt. On the good side - there was a good selection of restaurants close by along Cross Bay Blvd and parking at Surfside3 was more than adequate. A nice service would have been the complimentary pick-up at the airport but we did not avail ourselves of this. On balance I got what I needed and what I paid for - an inexpensive and unimpressive lodging conveniently located to JFK!

164-33 CROSSBAY BLVD Howard Beach NY

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Free airport shuttle
  • 24-hour front desk

Located in Queens, Surfside Motel is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) from Resorts World Casino and within a 10-minute drive of other popular attractions like Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. This 65-room motel welcomes guests with conveniences like free in-room WiFi, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle.


Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 32-inch an LCD TV with satellite channels and first-run movies.

Property features

Surfside Motel features free WiFi in public areas and an ATM. You can take advantage of free parking, along with a free airport shuttle at scheduled times. Front-desk staff are standing by 24/7 to assist with any requests.

Room options

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Jetted Tub

King 1 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Full 2 | Sleeps 2

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

73.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 85 reviews

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.