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Once upon a time, more travelers than you can rightfully imagine walked the halls of JFK’s TWA terminal. Originally built in 1962 by Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, the building was––and continues to be––a Midcentury dream. Trans World Airlines (TWA) stopped using the terminal in 2001, and the hub was shut down in October 2018 to begin its new life as a hotel.

The glass windows in the design feature the second-thickest glass in the world; appropriate given its location on an actual air field. Three New York-based design firms––Lubrano Ciavarra, INC Architecture & Design, Beyer Blinder Belle, and Stonehill Taylor––transformed the space, while keeping some of the main design elements that make this iconic location.

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The rooms in the hotel have views of the surrounding runways, as well as touches of old-school glam in the design (think: Hollywood-style vanities, leather upholstery, primary colors). The lobby may be the biggest reminder than you’re in an old airport terminal: there are airline beverage carts with period drinks (like TAB) scattered on the property and a constant playlist of old-school masters playing throughout the lobby.

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The TWA Hotel is also home to a 10,000-square-foot gym, six restaurants, and eight bars. Among the restaurants is Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Paris Café, Lisbon Lounge, and Ambassador’s Club. There’s even a cocktail lounge located inside of a Lockheed Constellation L-1659A airplane, according to Dwell.

Reservations for the new hotel opened up on February 14. To book your own stay, head to the TWA Hotel website.


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