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…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.
For a nominal fee day stays can be booked for blocks of hours such as:
- 7AM- 11AM
- 10AM – 4PM
- 8AM – 8PM
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.
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.
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:
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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.
Also on the rooftop is an adorable bar with an apres ski chalet theme that is on point.
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.
The seats are so comfortable! Air travel in the 1960s felt like you were sitting in a lazy boy recliner.
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.
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!
Don’t Miss the Souvenir Shop
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.
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!