The TWA Hotel, opening in spring 2019, is now accepting bookings for its 50,000 square feet of event space and outdoor terraces. The 512-room property will be the first on-campus airport hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Set in the iconic white TWA Flight Center, designed in 1962 by Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen. The hotel aims to embrace this history by tapping into the upbeat aesthetic of 1960s air travel.
In addition to the 50,000 square feet of event space, the property offers 200,000 square feet of flexible space in the former TWA terminal, including outdoor terraces and an observation deck. The TW Hotel will be able to accommodate groups of up to 1,600.
Although set in an airport, the property's representatives emphasized it will be quiet thanks to the hotel's glass curtain wall, which are seven panes thick. The hotel will include six restaurants and eight bars, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop observation deck with a pool, a museum devoted to the Jet Age and TWA, a 10,000-square-foot fitness facility, kosher kitchen, and dedicated onsite event planners and day-of meeting concierges.
A Lockheed Constellation "Connie" L-1649A Starliner, a staple of the TWA fleet in the late 1950s and early 1960s, is being repurposed as a cocktail lounge and is positioned on the tarmac between the hotel and Terminal 5.
"The reaction and anticipation among event and meeting planners has been overwhelming," said Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, the hotel's developer. "We are restoring one of the most important buildings in America, the TWA Flight Center, and event attendees will be greeted by the vibrant spirit of 1962, the year the Flight Center opened, along with modern amenities that make this destination unique."
The hotel is a two-minute, 45-second walk to Terminal 4 and five-minute AirTrain ride to all other terminals.
Last used for flights in 2001, the TWA terminal has since been declared a New York City landmark and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
"JFK Airport is one of the largest international transit hubs in the world and a key driver of New York's economy," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said at the hotel's groundbreaking in December 2016. "The conversion of the TWA Flight Center into a new state-of-the-art hotel will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK's status as a crown jewel of aviation."