Finding a LaGuardia Airport hotel can be a real headache. Choosing a hotel closest to the airport often seems like the easiest way to go to avoid traffic, but that often means overpaying for the convenience. Choosing a hotel further away from the airport means sitting in traffic, losing access to a shuttle and paying for a rental car. So which hotel is really the best value for you?
What is Commute Time Worth?
Sitting in traffic is stressful, so most travelers try to minimize time spent at stop lights. The area immediately surrounding LaGuardia is often subject to high levels of traffic. Even if you choose a hotel within range of the airport shuttle, your commute time may be characterized by waiting for the shuttle to arrive. If you’re traveling for business, you may be able to squeeze in a little work while you wait, but you will probably be stuck in a crowded, noisy holding area that isn’t conducive to business. The other option is hiring a driving service. They can meet you at the exit when your plane lands, and they can focus on driving you to your destination hotel while you enjoy the peace and quiet of the ride, or focus on work that you need to get done.
How Much Does Parking Cost You?
As one of the most popular airports in the nation, it’s no surprise that the hotels closest to LaGuardia try to capitalize any way they can. This usually means charging large parking fees on top of your hotel fare. Some hotels are kind enough to charge you a one time fee for parking during your stay, but most break your parking down into half hour or hour long increments, so they can extract more money from you. LaGuardia Airport hotels often neglect to mention their parking fees on their website before you arrive, so you should always call and ask before you pay for your room. If parking is going to cost you a fortune, hiring a driving service may actually save you money up front.
The availability of shuttles and parking can have a big impact on your total travel bill. If you aren’t careful you could find yourself waiting on shuttles in crowded plazas or paying unexpected fees just to get around town. Do your research ahead of time, and double check whether or not a driver service will be more convenient and cost effective than driving yourself or relying on public transport during your stay.
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