A mid century landmark
Designed in 1962 by renowned architect Eero Saarinen, the TWA Hotel is the only on-airport hotel of the John F. Kennedy Airport. The hotel was recently reopened after getting a breadth of life by the revamp carried out by international architecture firm, Beyer Blinder Belle (BBB).
Vacant for over 15 years, the restored Flight Center serves as the lobby for the hotel, and the cornerstone for the restaurant and conference complex. Two new wings located behind the historic Flight Center house 512 hotel rooms, and a subterranean 46,000 SF conference center is set between the two TWA connecting tubes. Restaurants, a 10,000-SF public observation deck, retail shops, a rooftop pool and a health club complete the program.
As guests enter, check-in is on the left. Also seen here: stairs to Flight Tube No. 1 and the Saarinen Wing of the TWA Hotel, named for the Flight Center’s architect, Eero Saarinen.
The Hughes Wing of the TWA Hotel is accessed through Flight Tube No. 2.
The Sunken Lounge
Located in the heart of the hotel, The Sunken Lounge boasts Floor-to-ceiling windows that provide views of the hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane (parked on the tarmac just outside) while overhead a split flap departures board manufactured by Solari di Udine displays custom messages.
Wind beneath her wings! The TWA Hotel’s 1958 Lockheed Constellation “Connie” airplane has been transformed into a cocktail lounge.
The Sunken Lounge at the TWA Hotel features its original Chili Pepper Red carpet and authentic penny tile.
10,000-Square-Foot Fitness Center
Quadruple the size of the world’s biggest hotel gyms, the TWA Hotel’s progressive, functional performance-based fitness center offers TWF’s signature mix of futuristic and best-of-the-past equipment, including strength-trainers (sandbags, kettlebells, TRX) and conditioning machines (rowers, treadmills, ellipticals).
The Pope’s Room, where the pontiff went to enjoy some privacy after he flew TWA.
The Rooftop Pool And Observation Deck
Inspired by the infinity edge pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, the swimming spot has a beach entry and underwater seating overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The infinity pool and its 10,000-square-foot observation deck sits on the horizon of JFK’s bustling Runway 4 Left/22.
The TWA Hotel’s rooftop infinity pool and observation deck overlooks JFK’s bustling Runway 4 Left/22 Right.
The observation deck also provides a view of the famous Bay Runway — measuring 14,511 feet long (almost 3 miles!), runway 13 Right/31 Left is the second-longest commercial runway in North America. (Fun fact: The Bay Runway served as the backup landing strip for NASA’s Space Shuttle.) Despite the heavy runway traffic at JFK’s 128 gates, the deck is surprisingly quiet!
Bon appétit! The Paris Café by Jean-Georges serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — as well as amazing views.
The Pool Bar & Observation Deck can host private events for up to 300 people.
The TWA Hotel is the only hotel within the JFK Airport property, providing both a convenient travelers amenity and an event destination for the metro New York area. Included in the project plans is a museum focusing on the history of TWA, the story of Eero Saarinen and the Midcentury Modern design movement.
Traveling in style: a vintage suitcase packed with retro TWA ephemera is exhibited at the TWA Hotel.
Come fly with us! A collection of vintage TWA crew uniforms — including those designed by Valentino, Stan Herman and Ralph Lauren — on display at the TWA Hotel.
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