Ramada Plaza JFK Hotel
Former namesInternational Hotel Travelodge New York JFK
Hotel chainRamada
General information
LocationJohn F. Kennedy International Airport
Town or cityQueens, New York City, New York
CountryUnited States
ClosedDecember 1, 2009 (9 years ago) (December 1, 2009)
OwnerPort Authority of New York and New Jersey
Technical details
MaterialWhite brick (façade)
Floor countSix
Other information
Number of rooms478

The Ramada Plaza JFK Hotel was a Ramada-branded hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport, located in the Queens borough of New York City, New York, United States.

Description and history

The airport's only on-site hotel,[1] it was located in Airport Building 144,[2][3] a six-story,[4] white-brick building[5]with 478 rooms.[6]

It was previously a Forte Hotels-managed property that was branded as the Travelodge New York JFK.[7]

For several years, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), the airport's owner, leased the building and site to the hotel-holding company[1] Westmont Hospitality Group. In 2009, a PANYNJ spokesperson said that Westmont Hospitality Group decided not to renew the lease for 2009.[8]

With the expiration of the lease in late 2008, PANYNJ resumed control of the building[1] and leased the facility to Highgate Holdings for one year,[8] although the PANYNJ preliminary 2010 budget issued in 2009 indicated that an estimated savings of $1 million per month would be achieved by PANYNJ with the reported closing of the hotel due to "declining aviation activity and a need for substantial renovation".[9] The hotel was scheduled to close on December 1, 2009, with almost 200 employees made redundant and the PANYNJ hoping to construct a new hotel on the airport property.[8]

Use as temporary housing

A series of nearby airplane-crash incidents, the flights of which originated at the airport [5] in the 1990s and 2000s, caused the hotel to be casually referred to as the "heartbreak hotel" when the facilities would be used as the temporary central housing and gathering place for family members of passengers and crew, as well as the media.[10][11]

The crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 originated the use of the hotel facilities for guest housing, bereavement-related services and news gathering for crash-incident-related purposes.[12] Ying Chan, Jose Lambiet and Jere Hester of the Daily News wrote that for the families the hotel became "a makeshift grief counseling center".[13] Many waited there for the remains of their family members to be recovered, identified and released.[14][15] U.S. President Bill Clinton visited the hotel while it housed TWA Flight 800 next of kin.[4] The hotel also hosted families of Swissair Flight 111 (1998),[10] EgyptAir Flight 990 (1999)[16] and American Airlines Flight 587 (2001) victims.[11]

See also



  1. ^ a b c "Ramada Plaza Hotel JFK International Airport". (Archive) CHM (Capital Hotel Management) Properties. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  2. ^ Dunford Page not stated in Google Books preview - PT503, "Ramada Plaza JFK Building 144, Van Wyck Expressway S, Queens"
  3. ^ Successful Meetings, Volume 51, p. 188. "Ramada Plaza Hotel 477 Units JFK Int. Airport Bldg. 144".
  4. ^ a b Leland, John (August 4, 1996). "Grieving at Ground Zero". Newsweek. Retrieved March 9, 2014. "The six-story Ramada, just off Kennedy airport, has been ground zero for the grief and incomprehension surrounding TWA Flight 800. It has been a place of prayer and condolences, of unlimited bar tabs and a presidential visit."
  5. ^ a b Swanson, Steven (November 1, 1999). "At JFK, Another Grim Routine in 'Heartbreak Hotel'". Chicago Tribune. "It is a routine familiar at the Ramada Plaza Hotel near John F. Kennedy International Airport, where this unassuming white-brick hotel has become known as "Heartbreak Hotel" because it is the place where family members have been brought after crashes involving planes that took off from the airport."
  6. ^ "Hotel Fact Sheet" at the Wayback Machine (archived October 22, 2006) (Archive). Ramada Plaza JFK. Retrieved November 4, 2012. "Ramada Plaza Hotel – JFK Building #144 John F Kennedy Airport Van Wyck Expressway New York, NY 11430".
  7. ^ World Hotel Directory 1998, p. 459, "Ramada Plaza 2267 Part of Ramada Franchise Canada. Previously Travelodge New York JFK. Previously part of Forte Hotels. Address JFK international Airport, Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica, NY 11430"
  8. ^ a b c [dead link] Fickenscher, Lisa (September 25, 2009). JKF [sic] "Airport Hotel to Close in December". Crain's New York Business. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Port Authority Releases Preliminary 2010 Budget". Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. December 3, 2009. Retrieved November 4, 2012. "Closing the Ramada Plaza Hotel at JFK International Airport because of declining aviation activity and a need for substantial renovation. The closing will save the agency $1 million per month."
  10. ^ a b Adamson, April (September 4, 1998). "229 Victims Knew Jet Was in Trouble Airport Inn Becomes Heartbreak Hotel Again". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  11. ^ a b "Hotel Near JFK Airport Is Familiar with Airline Tragedy". (Archive) CNN. November 17, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  12. ^ Leland, John (August 5, 1996). "Grieving at Ground Zero". Newsweek. Retrieved January 14, 2010.
  13. ^ Chan, Ying; Lambiet, Jose; Hester, Jere (July 20, 1996). ""A Heartbreak Hotel for Kin – They Wait, Weep at JFK Ramada." Daily News. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
  14. ^ Swarns, Rachel L. (August 7, 1996). "For Crash Victims' Families, A Painful Return to Routine". The New York Times. Retrieved February 26, 2010.
  15. ^ Gray, Lisa (October 23, 1997). "After the Crash". Houston Press. p. 4. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  16. ^ Carey, Michael (November 1, 1999). "Crash of EgyptAir Flight 990". (Archive). ABC. Retrieved March 9, 2014.


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