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What We Love

  • Classic 1960s cocktails, such as the Aviation and the Royal Ambassador, at the Campbell Bar
  • Mini-fridges that contain true-to-the-era snacks, like Tab sodas and Big Hunk candy bars
  • Plane-spotting from the rooftop
  • Hollywood-style vanities in all guest bathrooms

What To Know

  • Thanks to a custom-designed glass curtain wall, all runway noise is blocked out
  • The 10,000-square-foot fitness center onsite is the world’s largest hotel gym
  • The property is pet-friendly
  • The hotel is home to over 2,000 artifacts, such as flight attendant uniforms and TWA travel posters, curated by the New York Historical Society
  • Parking is available for a fee

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet Friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

JFK's first on-airport hotel inside Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center is a glamorous hat-tip to the Golden Age of flying

The Lowdown

There’s no doubt this terminal-turned-hotel contains plenty of Howard Hughes’s quirky DNA. It begins in the swanky suite named for the jet-setting TWA owner himself—with its gleaming terrazzo-tiled bathroom, view of JFK’s bustling runways, and custom-built brass cocktail bar (bonus points for copies of Life magazine stacked on the Saarinen tulip table)— and continues across the public spaces. Our favorite is the 1958 TWA Lockheed Constellation Starliner “Connie” that doubles as a lounge, complete with upcycled airplane seats and a restored cockpit with a hula girl figurine on the dashboard. Libations continue to flow at the rooftop bar, whose infinity pool affords views of swooping JetBlue and Delta landings. For a more substantial meal, head to the Jean-Georges Vongerichten-led Paris Cafe, which dishes up riffs on TWA in-flight menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t expect standard airplane fare here, either. The chicken is parmesan-crusted with artichokes and lemon-basil butter while the fish is fermented in a black-bean vinaigrette, leaving you with a dining experience that is nothing short of elevated—pun fully intended.

In the Area

The fastest and most optimal way to get here is via AirTrain, the driverless airport rail link serving John F. Kennedy Airport: hop off at Terminal 5, then follow the signs for the elevator to the TWA Hotel, which will deposit you at a red carpeted flight tube that provides direct access to the lobby. Guests also have the option of arriving by helicopter, courtesy of BLADE, which offers shuttles from Manhattan starting at $195 per leg.

How to Get There

TWA Hotel
One Idlewild Drive, JFK International Airport
New York, NY 11430 United States