Old May 10, 14, 2:42 pm
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: San Francisco, CA
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It's just a 'general' check-in counter for people with connecting flights. Can't miss it. It makes it super convenient to use the AirTrain (JFK's train between terminals) since your bags have already been checked.

As for the hotel, that makes sense. I haven't ever stayed in one of those (not the best neighborhood) but try to stay in a hotel which has free shuttles to the airport. That solves your morning transportation before the flight.

Additionally since you have a layover, if you want to visit the city you can take the hotel shuttle to any airport terminal, then use the AirTrain to the Jamaica station where you can catch the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to Penn Station. That's the best way to get to Manhattan since you avoid the traffic completely. Penn Station is in a good part of Manhattan but also well connected with the local subway lines, as well as to the PATH to New Jersey.
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