The only hotel at New York JFK’s terminal area has now opened its doors amid much fanfare.
For enthusiasts, the TWA Hotel looks like it’s going to be a fantastic place to stay as it offers plane spotting views, observation deck, and even a vintage Lockheed Constellation parked outside in TWA colours.
The hotel is situated in the former TWA terminal at JFK. This iconic Art Deco structure was designed by Eero Saarinen and once thronged with passengers boarding aircraft bound for all corners of the globe.
Today the former lounges, passageways and famous ticking departures board all form part of the public spaces in the hotel.
The two main wings of the TWA hotel have 512 soundproofed guestrooms to stay in – many of which face the airport, with views of Terminal 5 and the airport beyond.
Up on the roof is a pool area and observation deck with views of runway 04L/22R which will no doubt be a favourite spot among spotters staying there.
“Eero Saarinen’s cathedral to aviation has always looked toward the future,” says Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and MORSE Development. “We restored and reimagined his landmark with the same care that he devoted to his design. No detail went overlooked — from the millwork by Amish artisans to the custom font inspired by Saarinen’s own sketches to the one-of-a-kind manhole covers. Starting today, the world can enjoy this midcentury marvel for many years to come.”
As well as a connecting walkway to Terminal 5 through the famous tunnels once used to board flights, there are also museum exhibits on display showcasing the history of TWA and the jet age.
“Operating The Sunken Lounge, The Pool Bar & Observation Deck, and Connie at the TWA Hotel is an incredible opportunity and we’re thrilled to bring each of these unique concepts to life in their own way,” says Scott Gerber, Principal and CEO of Gerber Group. “The millions of guests from around the world, as well as locals who join us, can expect the exceptional service, cocktails and bites we’re known for, infused with a sense of history and discovery that only these venues can bring.”
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