It may have taken almost three years, 14 preservationists, and $265 million, but the 512-room TWA Hotel has finally opened its doors. The converted JFK Airport terminal is stacked with both amenities—Jean-Georges Vongerichten! A premium fitness center! Shinola watches and Warby Parker glasses!—and retro-chic flair (working rotary phones, Herman Miller–designed furniture inside a reading room curated by creative arts publisher Phaidon). But what else does New York’s hottest new hotel have? Get a glimpse inside the destination that Governor Andrew Cuomo thinks is “sexy.”
Interior shots will be flooding your Instagram feed.
Despite the Flight Center closing in 2001, architect Eero Saarinen’s mid-century space has been fully preserved. The dramatically crescent-curved concrete ceilings, Sunken Lounge’s perfectly plush pepper-red carpets and upholstery, and Solari split-flip departure signs have all been restored to their former glory. And if those tubes connecting the hotel’s rooms and JetBlue’s Terminal 5 look familiar, then you must be a Leonardo DiCaprio fan.
You can swim in an infinity pool on the roof.
The 63-foot pool and 10,000-square-foot observation deck aren’t just good for catching preflight rays; they also offer dramatic views of the adjacent tarmac. But don’t worry about the noise levels; the plane takeoffs and landings make for great ambient sounds. The pool is even equipped for frigid winters; the water can be heated and turned into a pool-cuzzi of sorts. Opening day is currently slated for June 3, so make room in your luggage for some SPF and flip-flops. (Note: Only hotel guests are allowed in the pool, but everyone’s welcome at the observation deck with a reservation.)
It’s a mecca for fashionistas of every era.
Lovers of Jackie Kennedy’s tailored jacket-skirt combos and color-blocked frocks will flip their pillbox hats over the hotel’s micro-fashion museum, curated by the New-York Historical Society, and staffers’ ensembles, designed by original TWA clothier Stan Herman. Hype-beasts should be excited about the limited-edition fashion capsule inspired by the airline. Louis Vuitton even transformed the hotel into its own plant-tinged runway for its 2020 Cruise collection fashion show.
There’s a swanky cocktail lounge inside of a plane.
This is the next best thing to having a cocktail party in the sky. The Gerber Group, the hospitality venture behind such nightlife staples as the Campbell and Mr. Purple, transformed a 1958 Lockheed Constellation (a model they lovingly called “Connie,” which is one of only four left in the world) into a cozy cocktail haunt equipped with ’50s-era seating and a revived cockpit perfect for photo ops. Just be careful descending to the tarmac after a few Negronis. Speaking of shaken and stirred…
Your room has a martini bar.
Drinking before bed doesn’t have to be sad. Your custom-built bar is made with luxe crystallized glass and walnut-colored wood and includes all the necessities needed to make the perfect gin sipper. Martinis not your style? There are also bottles of champagne waiting to be popped.
You can check in and check out on the same day.
Short-term stays up to eight hours can be booked for long layovers, abrupt cancellations, and even pre- and postflight necessities—we’re talking a shower, a nap, and a hub with unlimited wifi.