One of New York’s most anticipated hotel openings this year was the TWA hotel at JFK Airport. The former TWA terminal, designed by architect Eero Saarinen in the 1960s, has now been converted into a 512-room hotel while retaining its mid-century flair. As of May 15, guests have been checking-in pre or post flight to enjoy this revived New York City gem outfitted with design pieces by the likes of Richard Eames, Isamu Noguchi & Saarinen himself.
The flight center building, which has been transformed into the hotel lobby, features shops, a reading room, a fitness center and other special amenities. The lobby’s second floor showcases TWA uniforms that were designed by Ralph Lauren & Valentino (to name a few) over the years.
The main building also boasts two restaurants by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, including the all-day Paris Café. Swanky cocktails and small bites are served in the Sunken Lounge, which is also run by Vongerichten’s team. Also notable is Connie, a cocktail bar located a decommissioned 125-seat Lockheed Constellation propeller airline.
If sipping on retro cocktails while watching planes take off poolside is more of your thing, this Space Age architectural marvel offers the perfect nostalgic setting to indulge your phantasies. With a quick elevator ride to the rooftop visitors can enjoy a cool new feature that was added during the $265 million renovation: a sleek infinity pool with panoramic views of the biggest runway at JFK. The rooftop also offers an up-close view of Bay Runway, which once served as a backup landing strip for NASA’s Space Shuttle.