TWA Hotel opens at JFK airport, revitalizing iconic former airline terminal
The TWA hotel opened to guests at JFK International airport on Wednesday, 20 years after the closure of the former airport terminal. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |
The TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport preserves the iconic Eero Saarinen terminal, restoring the landmark to its Jet Age splendor for generations to enjoy. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |
Plans also include an innovative museum showcasing New York as the birthplace of the Jet Age, the storied history of Trans World Airlines and the Midcentury Modern design movement. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |
The original flight board from the TWA terminal is on display in the hotel. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI |
Famed American architect Eero Saarinen designed the JFK terminal, which first opened in 1962, and the newly opened hotel seeks to capture the spirit of the original design with details including TWA branding and retro-style uniforms for staff.
The terminal was nearly demolished after it closed in 2001, but developer Tyler Morse presented the plan to restore it and reopen it as a hotel in 2014.
“So many strong memories, family ties to this terminal, that you could cry. We were all so dedicated,” former flight attendant Linda Parlock told CBS New York.
The TWA is the only on-site airport hotel at JFK and has 512 rooms — with some overlooking an active JFK roadway — and about 50,000 feet of meeting and event space.
It also has amenities including a rooftop infinity pool and the airline’s old flight board on display.
The first guests began to check in at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, with rooms starting at $249 per night.