TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

by Liz Heather in

I’ve been waiting for this hotel to open for ages. I first heard about it a few years ago when there were whispers of a million dollar renovation that was being planned to reopen the former TWA Flight Center terminal, which was designed in 1962. How does that not sound amazing?

I honestly had no words walking through the whole place. It feels like you’re in a museum or on a movie set. It’s completely surreal and incredible. The red carpeting is everything. There’s also a plane parked outside the hotel (called The Connie) that you can go into - there’s a cocktail bar inside and it’s heavenly.

The front desk

These photos don’t even do it justice. There’s a waiting/sitting area called The Sunken Lounge and it… is… beautiful. You can order drinks from there as well. There are no outlets near any of the chairs or couches to maintain the ‘60s aesthetic that they’re striving for. Kind of love that.

The main reason for my visit was to swim in the rooftop infinity pool and it, of course, did not disappoint. The pool’s open 365 days a year (!) and you can make reservations to visit if you’re not staying at the hotel. The food at the pool bar was great and not at all expensive.

The only thing that didn’t sit well with me was the fact that the entire hotel is cash-free (ie. credit card ONLY), which really should be illegal, it’s so wrong. It’s also slightly ironic since the entire establishment is aiming to have a pure 1960s vibe, when cash was king. Hopefully this policy will change in time.

Overall, I really shouldn’t have written this post at all because I don’t want anyone to find out about this hotel. It’s such a perfect place to take out-of-town visitors. Absolutely going back. If you’d like to see more of my visit first-hand, I highlighted my experience on Instagram and it’s titled TWA Hotel.