New York City La Guardia Airport
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our New York City La Guardia Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I really think I heard the announcement in my head for days afterward. - unknown
"luxury" armrest rest free metal seating
I was returning to the USA on AA. Experienced the popular trick of AA of flying into JFK in the P.M. and then forced into a connecting flight at LGA in the A.M. I did not want to deal with a hotel so after reading the reviews on I decided 'what the heck...I have slept in train stations in Europe, an airport can't be that bad'. I had considered staying at JFK but wanted to be ready for my morning flight and since I had a boarding pass for the morning flight I felt more comfortable in my own airline terminal. I caught the NY Airporter for 12.50 and was dropped at the AA terminal at LaGuardia within 20 minutes. When I walked into the terminal the check-in counters were closed and the airside security checks were gated closed. To the left side of check-in was the food court that was closed but lighted and scattered with a few travelers busy on laptops, etc. I went behind the check-in counters to the hallway that divided the landside and airside. The restrooms were along this hallway. I came upon the arrival lounge (which had been reviewed before). I was the late comer so found it difficult to find the perfect spot amoungst the 5 families and 10 solo travelers. I used my beach towel as a blanket and slept on the floor from 12-3 A.M. Earplugs and eye mask are a must. The hallway had electrical outlets every 3-4 feet. The lounge was freezing. I am never cold but felt 'chilled' after being in this area for 3 hours. At 3:30 I went to restroom to freshen up and then made my way out to the check-in counters and was shocked to find the area open and filled with travelers. Apparently AA has a number of flights to Miami that leave early to accommodate the cruise industry. I rechecked my bag and got a bite to eat and the food court that was already open. I was through security and airside by 4:30. Airside was clean and comfortable but still 'artic'. The seats had receptacles that also had a usb port. During my 'sleep over' I never felt unsafe, threatened or out of place. I can't say I want to make this a common practice but I love adventure and had to try it once. I found nothing negative about the experience except for the over active A/C. I have to thank everyone who has provided reviews because it certainly helped me make a well researched decision.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
For a major city, New York's LaGuardia Airport is certainly one of the most depressing airports I have visited. When I was in New York in June 2012, I visited a few terminals just to check things out. As I only visited the landside areas it is hard to judge the airport completely, but in general...and for the purpose of "sleeping in the airport" I recommend you seek out alternative options or attempt it only if you have a friend to keep you company all night. This will not be a fun sleepover! The landside areas are reminiscent of downtown bus terminals. Floors were dirty (or at least gave the strong appearance of being dirty). I think you may need a drop cloth before laying down on the floor. Seating is limited and the few seats that do exist are made of metal. A few seats are armrest free, so at least you could stretch out, but I imagine it would be an uncomfortable and sleepless night on cold metal. At least for me it would be.
Day passes can be purchased to enter these airline lounges at LaGuardia airport:
- American Admiral's Club
- Delta Sky Club - Concourse level
- Delta Sky Club - Behind Ticket Counter
- United Club - Location: United Terminal, Landside, behind the Ticket counter, 3rd Floor. Hours: 5am - 830pm (Mon - Fri)
- US Airways Club - US Airways Terminal, airside
Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge - Location: Central Terminal Building, Landside, Concourse A, Level 3. Hours: 515am - 830pm.
- WiFi is available at LaGuardia Airport for a fee. Rate: $4.95/hour or $7.95 per day
- Internet Kiosks are available airside in the Central Terminal at Gate D3.
If sleeping in the La Guardia Airport does not appeal to you (and we really wouldn't blame you!!!), there are hotels near the airport with a free airport shuttle:
- Hampton Inn - they say it is within walking distance of Terminal C or D. (Shuttle Hours: unknown. Call for pick-up)
- Clarion Hotel (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)
- Courtyard by Marriott (Shuttle Hours: 24 hours)
- Comfort Inn
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near LaGuardia Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Yes (Terminal B - airside and landside)
- Car Rentals - Avis • Budget • Dollar • Enterprise • Hertz • National.
- Currency Exchange - Location: Terminal B, landside, near the Air Canada ticket counter.
- Food & Drinks - At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24-hour food or beverage concessions. Doubtful, so bring your own food if you are going to waiting around landside as the options are very limited.
»Terminal A: There are no food options before security. There are 3 food concessions in this terminal (airside).
»Terminal B: There are a few landside food options, but many more options located past security.
»Terminal C: Landside, your only food and beverage option will be the Dunkin' Donuts kiosk. On the airside, there are about 12 concessions to choose from.
»Terminal D: The only concession located landside is a World Bean outlet. Once you get through security, there 9 other fast food outlets.
- Information Desk - Information not available
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - No
- Showers - No
According to an email I received from a reader in October 2015, the only terminal that remains open 24 is Terminal B.
Airport Transportation: Getting There
Public Transportation: There is no subway access at LaGuardia.
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Last Updated: 04 February 2014
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