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The TWA Hotel at the JFK Airport = Exciting Layovers

(Last Updated On: March 10, 2020)

Since when can you remember a layover at any airport being the highlight of your vacation? Chances are you can’t name one. That is unless you’ve had a chance to visit terminal five at the JFK airport since it’s opening of the TWA Hotel in May 2019.

I was lucky enough to visit the TWA hotel on a recent trip to NYC and was was able to explore this 1960s time capsule.

TWA Hotel JFK
Exterior of the TWA Hotel at JFK

TWA Hotel…It’s so much more than a hotel

The TWA hotel at the JFK airport offers visitors an abundance of things to see and do. Hotel rooms can be reserved for a traditional overnight stay, but can also be reserved for day trippers.

Poster of Fly TWA

For a nominal fee day stays can be booked for blocks of hours such as:

  • 7AM- 11AM
  • 10AM – 4PM
  • 8AM – 8PM
  • Noon-6PM
Elevator at the terminal 5 JFK
Elevator at the terminal 5 JFK

In addition to the rooms at the TWA hotel at the JFK airport visitors will also find bars, restaurants, shops, a heated outdoor rooftop pool and a gym that holds the title of the largest hotel gym in the world at 10,000 square feet.

TWA Lobby at JFK
TWA Arrivals and departures board at TWA

How did we get here?

Many of you may remember the TWA airline as a symbol of luxury air travel at its peak in the 1960s. TWA airlines was officially closed in 2001, and since that time the terminal at JFK has sat empty.

A restoration project of the TWA hotel at the JFK airport restored this architectural Eero Saarinen landmark to what it is today.

The TWA hotel provides 519 guest rooms. Each has its own charm and gives way to views of the JFK runway.

Lobby area at the TWA hotel in JFK
Lobby area at the TWA hotel in JFK

An Instagram Lover’s Paradise

What more could a shutterbug ask for than 1960s nostalgia at the TWA? Throughout the hotel and terminal space there are places for photo-ops at every turn.

Here are some of my favorites:

Retro phone at the TWA Hotel terminal
Retro phone at the TWA Hotel terminal

Twister at the TWA hotel
Twister at the TWA hotel
retro car at the TWA hotel
Retro car at the TWA hotel
Photo Booth at the TWA Hotel JFK

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The Rooftop Pool – A Must See

During this trip we ran out of time to dip in the heated pool on the rooftop of the TWA hotel at the JFK airport. But I did get to check it out and it is beautiful.

The rooftop pool bar at the TWA Hotel
The rooftop pool bar at the TWA Hotel

Also on the rooftop is an adorable bar with an apres ski chalet theme that is on point.

Rooftop pool at the TWA Hotel at JFK airport
Rooftop pool at the TWA Hotel at JFK airport

Have a Drink Inside an old TWA Plane

The night I arrived my mom and I had pre-planned a reservation for a drink inside the TWA hotel’s airplane bar called Connie.

Sitting inside the TWA airplane bar Connie
Sitting inside the TWA airplane bar Connie

The seats are so comfortable! Air travel in the 1960s felt like you were sitting in a lazy boy recliner.

Margarita at the TWA Connie airplane bar
Margarita at the TWA Connie airplane bar

Walking on the Runway to the Airplane Bar Was Half The Fun

Sure it was freezing in February, but what a cool experience to walk out on the runaway and board the Connie airplane just like travelers used to do.

Boarding the Connie TWA airplane Bar
Boarding the Connie TWA airplane Bar

If You Are Hungry, Order Food Too

The TWA Connie airplane bar also offers appetizers to go with drink orders. We opted for some guacamole and chips to go along side our margarita and wine. I must say it was delicious!

Guacamole and chips at the TWA hotel bar
Me and my mom enjoying our drinks at the TWA

Don’t Miss the Souvenir Shop

TWA Store
TWA Store

The TWA merchandise store had so many original items, and honestly well priced at that. From towels, t-shirts, socks to simple magnets and tote bags there is really something for everyone here.

I Can Honestly Say, I Can’t Wait For My Next Layover at JFK

Is that crazy or what? Next time I am booking a flight I am going to seek out a long layover at JFK just so I can return to the TWA hotel at the JFK airport.

This place is magic.

arrivals and departures board TWA hotel at JFK airport
The arrivals and departures board is the center of attention at the TWA hotel.

Once you come and see it for yourself you will not want to leave.

Perhaps I was born in the wrong decade? Because there was something so calm about a simpler time. If you have ever wanted to time travel, here is your chance!

TWA Hotel Howard Hughes desk
TWA Hotel Howard Hughes desk

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