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So You Want To Experience New York's Real Chinatown? 3 Hotels In Flushing, Queens

May 8, 2012 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

If you are any kind of food snob at all, you already know that New York's best dim sum, hand-pulled noodles, crispy whole duck and bubble tea are found not in Manhattan's Chinatown, but nine miles east of Times Square, in Flushing, Queens.

So, you already know that. Good. But do you know how to turn your NYC visit into a mock Chinese "staycation"? Your wallet (and your stomach) will thank you after you book a room at one of these three affordable Queens hotels, all of them just a twenty minute subway ride from Times Square, and a fifteen minute cab ride from LaGuardia Airport.

The sign outside Best Western Queens Court (above) proves this isn't just any old Best Western. In addition to the rooms and free WiFi, the lobby has its own Chinese restaurant, Liang's Kitchen, an offshoot of a popular Southern California-based chain that specializes in Taiwanese dishes. Rates here start at around $140/night.

Similar to Best Western, this isn't your typical Sheraton, as evidenced by a pair of Chinese dragon statues outside the main entrance, as well as Chinese decor featured prominently throughout the rest of the lobby. Inside, the 173-room Sheraton LaGuardia East offers plenty of meeting space, a fitness center, a spacious atrium-style lobby (which also comes with its own restaurant), and, yes, free WiFi in all the rooms.

You'll pay a little more here—rates typically start at $239/night—but you'll also benefit from better service and bigger rooms. (Note: request a high-up room so you can watch the planes take off from and land at nearby LaGuardia Airport.)

And finally, an oldie but a goodie, the Comfort Inn is located a few blocks further than the rest from the subway, but prices make up for any sense of isolation. WiFi and hot breakfast come included in the starting rate of $120/night—but then again, why eat breakfast at a Comfort Inn when some of the city's best Chinese bakeries sit just around the corner?

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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