Welcome to the TWA Hotel, a total restoration (and transformation) of the 1962 Eero Saarinen’s TWA (Trans World Airlines) Flight Center at JFK Airport, into a first-class hotel. This is not only for the lover of aviation, but also for the lover of all things retro. This hotel has been on my radar for a while, but officially opened May of 2019. I finally booked a room and let me just tell you, this is the creme de la creme of airport hotels. And hotels in general. It may just be the best one I have ever visited, and I do not say that lightly. It’s unique, memorable, and truly transports to you a time when travel was classy, fashionable and timeless. This is an unparalleled experience, and I feel lucky to have been able to see this masterpiece with my own two eyes.
I do not even know where to start. Let’s begin with arrival and parking. It’s very easy to navigate JFK airport and there is good signage for the property. In lieu of onsite parking ($48 for 24 hours), you can park right next door in the Terminal 5 parking garage for $39.
Check in is at 4 p.m., but I arrived at 10 a.m. to explore the hotel and all that it had to offer. The architecture is enough to drop your jaw; the furniture is beautiful. Before I get carried away, let me jot down some highlights and amenities.
512 guestrooms (if you’re going to book a room, do it right and spend the extra couple of bucks to get the Runway View, you will not be disappointed). Rooftop infinity pool and observation deck with runway views and a bar. I am talking planes going up and down by the minute. It’s thrilling. “Connie” a L-1649A airplane transformed into a swanky cocktail lounge (only 1 of 4 left in the world). Multiple museum exhibits. 10,000 square-foot gym (Peloton bikes and amazing bathroom amenities, on-par with Equinox). Multiple food/drink options. The Paris Cafe/The Lisbon Lounge by Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Michelin Star chef), quick eats at the Food Hall (where travelers once checked in for their flights), drinks in the Sunken Lounge. Intelligentsia Coffee. TWA Shop - for all of your souvenir needs. This is not your average hotel shop. The Reading Room Bookstore. AND. SO. MUCH. MORE.
The thought that was put into each and every detail is astonishing. From the carefully crafted cocktail menus, furnishings in the guest rooms, the rotary phones and retro candy, to the 20,000 square-feet of penny tile. Frank Sinatra casually playing in the background. I was born in the wrong era!! While I could continue telling you about the wonderful attributes/things the TWA has to offer, you really just have to go and take it all in yourself. Without further ado, here are some photos. I think they speak for themselves.