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First look at The TWA Hotel

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  • By Guy Humphrey
  • Published 20 May 2019
  • Published 20 May 2019

A cut of a ribbon from New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signals the sound of The Beatles song Twist and Shout to play as John F. Kennedy Airport is changed forever with the opening of The TWA Hotel. Bringing the Jet Age – specifically the year 1962 - back alive and well in 2019, The TWA Hotel is JFK’s only on-airport hotel and has been one of the state’s largest building projects in recent months. Previously the home of Trans World Airlines (TWA) at Terminal 5, the original building was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen in 1962 however was closed in 2001 when the company went into liquidation. It was designated as a New York City landmark in 1994, and now guests can enjoy a five-star stay. So, what can those staying expect? 

Photo Credit: David Mitchell

512-rooms make up the accommodation options which have a heavy focus on the 1960s. Vintage-inspired interiors such as the walnut martini bar and tambour walls have been brought up-to-date thanks to modern Knoll furnishings, and the amazing views of the runways are sure to please all aircraft lovers.
 
If you’re worried about noise, there’s no need to be as the rooms have a glass curtain wall which uses material that is the second thickest in the world after the wall at the U.S. Embassy in London. Seven panes and four-and-a-half inches thick… you won’t be able to hear a thing! Pamper and refresh yourself before catching your flight or heading to Manhattan by simply sliding the barn door that leads onto an exquisite terrazzo-tiled bathroom. Complete with bubble lights around the mirror for an extra throwback to old Hollywood, you can truly let relaxation take over. Free international and local calls courtesy of a 1950s rotary telephone ensure you can keep family and friends back home informed of your travels, too.

Photo Credit: David Mitchell

512-rooms make up the accommodation options which have a heavy focus on the 1960s. Vintage-inspired interiors such as the walnut martini bar and tambour walls have been brought up-to-date thanks to modern Knoll furnishings, and the amazing views of the runways are sure to please all aircraft lovers.
 
If you’re worried about noise, there’s no need to be as the rooms have a glass curtain wall which uses material that is the second thickest in the world after the wall at the U.S. Embassy in London. Seven panes and four-and-a-half inches thick… you won’t be able to hear a thing! Pamper and refresh yourself before catching your flight or heading to Manhattan by simply sliding the barn door that leads onto an exquisite terrazzo-tiled bathroom. Complete with bubble lights around the mirror for an extra throwback to old Hollywood, you can truly let relaxation take over. Free international and local calls courtesy of a 1950s rotary telephone ensure you can keep family and friends back home informed of your travels, too.

Courtesy of MCR

It isn’t just the living quarters that will blow you away. The hotel also boasts 50,000-square feet of meetings and event space, a 10,000-square foot fitness centre and a choice of six dining destinations. One of the most notable is Connie Airplane. This cocktail lounge has been crafted out of an old ‘Connie’ Lockheed Constellation which broke the era’s transcontinental speed record in 1946 and has become an iconic vessel ever since. Now, it’s fully restored and features a fantastic range of vintage-inspired cocktails and the chance to press the buttons and steer the controls in the original cockpit. Alternatively, this hotel also gives you the chance to plane spot courtesy of the observation deck that looks out onto the runways, shop in the high-end boutiques or take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool… the choice is yours.

Photo Credit: TWA Hotel/David Mitchell

It isn’t just the living quarters that will blow you away. The hotel also boasts 50,000-square feet of meetings and event space, a 10,000-square foot fitness centre and a choice of six dining destinations. One of the most notable is Connie Airplane. This cocktail lounge has been crafted out of an old ‘Connie’ Lockheed Constellation which broke the era’s transcontinental speed record in 1946 and has become an iconic vessel ever since. Now, it’s fully restored and features a fantastic range of vintage-inspired cocktails and the chance to press the buttons and steer the controls in the original cockpit. Alternatively, this hotel also gives you the chance to plane spot courtesy of the observation deck that looks out onto the runways, shop in the high-end boutiques or take a dip in the rooftop swimming pool… the choice is yours.

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Photo Credit: TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel connects guests and passengers to JFK Airport via the AirTrain as well as the Saarinen passenger tubes depending on your preference. If you’ve decided to stay here for your New York City trip, helicopter services to Manhattan can also be arranged so you can well and truly arrive in style. Day stays are also available at set times if you fancy surrounding yourself in glamour and Instagram-ready architecture for a few hours.
 
Has reading about this hotel made you want to take a bite out of the Big Apple for yourself? Discover more about New York City here. To book, enquire here or call one of our personal travel managers on 0203 816 0985 now.

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