TWA Hotel at New York's JFK Airport
TWA Hotel. Image: Princess Fiona.

Trans Wold Airlines, or TWA, may have ceased operations in 2001. But a brand new hotel at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport allows guests to take a step back in time and relive the TWA experience.

The TWA Hotel at New York JFK Airport opened just one month ago. Located at JFK’s Terminal 5, it features an outdoor swimming pool with runway views, gym and museum, as well as a cocktail bar inside an old TWA Connie aircraft.

There were a few teething problems when it first opened, and there is still some ongoing construction work at the hotel. Luckily, AFF moderator Princess Fiona did not experience any of those issues during her recent stay.

Princess Fiona recently stayed at the TWA Hotel for one night and has posted about her experience on AFF…

I knew that there were a few teething problems when this hotel opened but fortunately I think I managed to escape most of that.

To get here from JFK you need to take the AirTrain to T5 and go to the Jet Blue baggage area. The lift to the hotel is signposted from there. Check-in is largely an automated process at kiosks but humans on hand to help (needed for me as my card wouldn’t swipe).

The building itself is absolutely stunning, pics can’t do justice it but I’ll try. The rooms aren’t huge but pretty nicely fitted out. Unfortunately it was too windy tonight to have a swim in the rooftop infinity pool so I had to settle for a cocktail in the Connie instead.

Although the hotel is located right at the airport, the walls are sound-proofed relatively well so you won’t hear the noise of the planes coming and going… unless you’re using the hotel’s rooftop infinity pool with a view, of course!

TWA Hotel Infinity Pool. Image: Princess Fiona.
TWA Hotel Infinity Pool. Image: Princess Fiona.

This airport hotel has an impressive 512 rooms. Prices at the TWA Hotel start from USD271 (~$395) per night including taxes for a Deluxe King room. Hotel rooms with a runway view start at USD333 (~$484) per night. Day rooms are also available from USD185 (~$269) for 4-6 hour blocks.

Deluxe Double Queen room with runway view. Photo: Princess Fiona.
Deluxe Double Queen room with runway view. Image: Princess Fiona.

For aviation enthusiasts, the TWA Hotel offers a unique experience that’s up there with staying in a Boeing 747 at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport. The whole hotel is TWA-themed and the architecture is simply stunning…

TWA Hotel lobby. Image: Princess Fiona.
TWA Hotel lobby. Image: Princess Fiona.

Even if you don’t wish to stay at the hotel, you can still visit and purchase TWA merchandise from the gift shop.

View Princess Fiona‘s full review on the Australian Frequent Flyer forum: TWA Hotel JFK


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