Have you ever dreamed to get back into the golden age of air travel, where luxury was the norm and air travel was stylish. Passengers wore their finest attire, air hostesses looked like movie stars, champagne was bottomless, buffets featuring caviar and lobster were served on board and legroom was not a concern. Well, now you can experience all of it again visiting the TWA hotel located in JFK airport. Designed by world-renowned architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center was built for Trans World Airlines (TWA) by Howard Hughes to represent the era’s excitement of travel. The TWA Flight Center was designated a New York City landmark in 1994 and, after its closure in 2001, was listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places in 2005. MCR and MORSE Development restored the treasured 200,000-square-foot building into the heart of the TWA Hotel.
Set in two low-rise buildings, the TWA Hotel’s 512 ultra-quiet, Sixties-inspired guest rooms feature authentic Saarinen-designed mid-century modern Knoll furnishings, martini bars, vintage rotary phones and gleaming terrazzo-tiled bathrooms with Hollywood-style vanities. Accessible through Saarinen’s iconic flight tubes made famous by the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, the rooms designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor are accented with warm wood elements and brushed brass. “From the moment guests and visitors arrive at the TWA Hotel, they will find themselves immersed in the ethos of 1962’s rich culture, architecture, sights, sounds and ambiance. The attention to the smallest of details permeates the entire guest room experience, paying homage to the magnificent landmark and special time in American history,” said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development. “The rooms will provide unparalleled style and comfort to our guests as well as powerful views of Saarinen’s terminal or flights preparing for takeoff through floor-to-ceiling, full-width, soundproofed windows.” “We envisioned a refined guest experience in dialogue with Saarinen’s masterpiece, a serene refuge from which to enjoy views onto one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Michael Suomi, Principal at Stonehill Taylor. “Ultimately we wanted the TWA Hotel room to help create the level of excitement for and pride in aviation that travelers once felt during the rise of the industry.”
Always refreshing, the water in the 63-by-20-foot infinity edge pool offers a much- needed respite during sweltering summers. Come winter, it turns into a pool-cuzzi, the water can be heated up to 100 degrees! Whatever the weather, the H2O is perpetually pristine: the highly filtered water is purified every 30 minutes (a standard pool recirculates every 6 hours). 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 — not to mention a gleaming TWA logo mosaic in the signature colors of gold and red. And its view tops the Mediterranean Sea any day: The infinity pool and its 10,000-square-foot observation deck sits on the horizon of a thrilling scene — JFK’s bustling Runway 4 Left/22 Right, with views all the way to Jamaica Bay.
The TWA hotel features many restaurants, lounges, bars and shops. Guest can enjoy a drink in the spirit of the glamorous Sixties with retro cocktails and swizzle sticks (once enjoyed in-flight). We recommend you to relax in the Sunken lounge, sipping their signature cocktail “come fly with me”, and admiring the star of the show the 1958 “Connie” airplane parked on the tarmac just outside. Commissioned in 1939 by TWA’s eccentric owner, Howard Hughes, the Lockheed Constellation «Connie» broke the era’s transcontinental speed record on a flight from Burbank, California, to New York in 1946. The plane also served as Air Force One for President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s.
We know many enthusiasts will plan to transit through JFK to experience the glamour and excitement the TWA hotel offers. And if Manhattan is your final destination it can be reached quickly, simply and in style by helicopter. The TWA hotel is definitely got
the Jet Attitude !