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Fasten your seat belt and get ready for takeoff — New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) has a brand-new attraction — and it may make your clients actually want to get to the airport early.
Meet TWA Hotel, the only on-airport accommodation option at heavily trafficked JFK (which sees some 160,000 travelers per day). Housed in the area’s Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center — the now-defunct airline’s former terminal — the redesigned space is now part hotel, part tourist attraction and part time capsule.
In addition to featuring 512 retro, 1960s-designed guestrooms that hark back to the golden age of jet travel, the hotel’s public areas provide a welcome relief for JFK passengers looking to pass the time — and escape the crowds — during a long layover.
When entering the redesigned Flight Center, clients will likely notice hotel staff donned in era-specific uniforms that take inspiration from the television series “Mad Men” and former first lady Jackie Kennedy’s Camelot-era jacket and skirt combos. (Note: All hotel uniforms were created by Stan Herman, who also designed TWA flight attendant ensembles in the 1970s.)
In addition to the hotel’s check-in desk, the space features thoughtfully curated museum exhibitions celebrating the glamour of the jet age, with most artifacts donated by former TWA employees. There’s also the Sunken Lounge lobby bar for pre- and post-flight cocktails, and several outposts of popular stores, including eyeglass creator Warby Parker and watchmaker Shinola.
But TWA Hotel’s real gem is just outside the hotel’s doors, on the former TWA tarmac. Here, guests will find a 1958 Lockheed Constellation aircraft, which has been refurbished to resemble a vintage TWA plane (called “Connie”) on the outside; inside is a cute cocktail bar.
Note: As of press time, TWA Hotel does not offer commission to travel advisors.
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