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"Very Small bathroom, no towel racks or any place to put things. Door lock was loose. " More

By a verified traveler on Wed 08 May 2019

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Hotel Description

Mediterranean motel in Queens

Queens stay

With a stay at this Queens motel, you'll be within 3 miles (5 km) of Resorts World Casino and 9 miles (15 km) of Barclays Center Brooklyn. Also within 9 miles (15 km) are Five Towns Shopping Center and Green Acres Mall.

Round-the-clock service

Free self parking is available and the motel's front desk is staffed around-the-clock. WiFi in public areas is free. Limo/town car service is also provided.

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed, Jetted Tub

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Non Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Surfside Motel ratings based on 5 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.8 out of 5 3.0 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 3.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Surfside Motel

Everyone (5)
3 out of 5
Very Small bathroom, no towel racks or any place to put things. Door lock was loose.

Posted by on May 8, 2019

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3 out of 5
Didn't have a microwave we need to warm up some food and no microwaves in room or on premises

Posted by on Sep 29, 2018

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5 out of 5

Very convenient low-price overnight for JFK

Pros: See above, plus: my attempt to tip the shuttle driver to JFK was firmly and politely refused.
Cons: While SurfSide has a pier/boat dock, it is not yet functional--there is very little sense of actually being 'on the water,' as suggested in the name.
Location: Eat clams at world-famous "Lenny's" and not fret about making your plane due to traffic.
I chose the SurfSide Motel because of its price (around $100) and location--literarily 10 minutes shuttle ride from JFK. What I did not know was that it was located in the Howard Beach neighborhood on the border between Queens and Brooklyn, which was the old stomping grounds of mafia characters as portrayed in films such as 'Good Fellas.' While that might seem like ancient history today, the area still has that unique flavor--getting a cup of coffee across the street from SurfSide seemed like walking into a movie set of 'Good Fellas Revisited 40 Years Later.' The area is also packed with all manor of nifty restaurants. The only downside I can think of is that there was not only no in-room coffee or mini-fridge, and no in-house coffee/breakfast area. But, as suggested above, this deficit was more than made up for with the stroll across the street to a world-class deli that apparently serves as the hang-out-in-retirement of knots of local 'notables.'

Posted by , from Montana on Aug 25, 2015

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Comment from Hotel Management

Sep 4, 2015 by Vincent

It sounds like you've become part of the family while in town. We look forward to you staying with us again!

1 out of 5
Cons: CLEAN IT !!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

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2 out of 5

Not that great

Pros: The price (for the area). Air conditioner was adjustable (I like to have the fan on all the time to drown out noise).
Cons: Clean the shower! And put towel racks in the bathroom--with better towels.
Location: Near the beaches (but NOT on the beach as the name implies) and JFK. Good local deli/coffee shop right across the street--Sapienza.
My son and I needed a place to stay while visiting family nearby. I didn't realize the neighborhood was sketchy enough to require security glass at the check-in desk...that was my first clue to the experience. It's right next to some sort of big party venue/social club, so I'm guessing people stay at the motel after they party. The hallway is dingy and unappealing; the room has no closet and no towel racks in the bathroom, just a few hooks on the wall. There's nowhere to put your toiletries in the bathroom. The shower had not been cleaned from the previous occupant (shampoo, soap scum, hair in the tub). The towels are so old and thin you can practically see through them. The bed is covered with rubber (which considering the surroundings is probably a good idea!) and just the sheet on top of that--no mattress pad, which was kind of weird. There was a little noise from other guests in the hallway, but it wasn't bad. I guess for the location, the price is not bad.

Posted by , from Oakton, VA on Jun 20, 2015

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Property Features

As a guest of Surfside Motel, you'll find limo service and an ATM. WiFi is free in public spaces. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Mediterranean Howard Beach motel.

  • 1 building
  • 65 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • Built in 1966
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Car service
  • ATM
  • Smoking in designated areas


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking


  • Train station: Kew Gardens Station (8.2 km / 5.1 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Surfside Motel offers 65 accommodations with blackout drapes/curtains. 32-inch LCD televisions come with premium satellite channels and first-run movies. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Housekeeping is offered daily and hair dryers can be requested.

  • HD television
  • Satellite channels
  • Premium channels
  • First-run movies
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer available
  • Telephone
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wardrobe or closet

Nearby Activities

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Surfing/bodyboarding nearby
  • Golf lessons available nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Casino nearby
  • Golfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
  • In-room accessibility

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2 PM
  • Check-in time ends at anytime
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.

Guests are requested to provide hotel with arrival details at least 24 hours in advance to arrange airport shuttle service.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival. For more details, please contact the property using the information on the booking confirmation.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Cribs (infant beds) are not available.

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

Be prepared: check the latest COVID-19 travel requirements and measures in place for this destination before you travel.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Cash is not accepted.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F. Staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-out is available.

  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Staff temperature checks are not conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Protective clothing is not available to guests
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Property does not follow sanitization practices of any association
  • Staffed front desk
  • Social distancing measures are not in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • No cribs (infant beds) available
  • No elevators
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guest stays


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Early check-in is available for a fee (subject to availability)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Surfside Howard Beach
  • Surfside Motel Howard Beach
  • Surfside Motel Motel
  • Surfside Motel Howard Beach
  • Surfside Motel Motel Howard Beach

You should know

  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*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.