The JFK Airport Hotel – TWA Hotel
TWA Hotel isn’t another inside-the-airport hotel. Historical and one-of-a-kind, with amenities that can easily get compared to 5-star lodging options in the NY city center, TWA Hotel lies in JFK T5 and waits for you to meet it.
Housed in Eero Saarinen’s masterpiece -the former TWA Flight Center-, it occupies the head house of its predecessor. The initial building was constructed in 1962 and became part of the new JFK airport terminal 5 in 2008. Hence, its historical value is undeniable. It has been declared a New York City designated landmark after all. Nevertheless, TWA Hotel is more than its building. Its services, amenities, and facilities are top-rated and unique.
The only JFK airport hotel downside is its location at the airport’s landside, meaning that passengers have to pass through security controls before reaching the hotel and checking in. Moreover, transit travelers are obliged to re-check in for their upcoming flight as soon as they leave the hotel.
JFK Airport Hotel’s Amenities
TWA Hotel’s Rooms
TWA Hotel has 512 rooms, ranging in different categories. Many offer stunning runway views. Still, all of them are known for their soundproof nature. From presidential suites to executive rooms, and from deluxe options to standard rooms, depending on your budget and your preferences, you can book the best-suited room for you, resting assured about its cleanliness, aesthetic, and furnishing.
JFK Airport Hotel’s Food Options
The hotel’s eating and drinking options are various and totally worthy of your time and interest. Explicitly, JFK TWA Hotels houses:
- Paris Café by Jean-Georges: the all-day food hub of TWA Hotel has replaced the well-known café of the old TWA terminal, which went by the same name. Minimal and modern, it offers an interesting menu, covering everything from breakfast and lunch all the way to dinner and drinks.
- The Sunken Lounge: lying in the hotel’s lobby (actually the old TWA Flight Center), the Sunken Lounge “smells” like the ‘60s. From decoration to “retro” cocktails, it is your time machine back to the past, providing you with premium views at the famous “Connie” Lounge as well. Please note that no reservations need to be made for the Sunken Lounge.
- Connie Cocktail Lounge: undoubtedly the star of the hotel, the 1958 airplane, Connie has been transformed into a cozy and relaxing lounge, regarded as one of the top hotel bars in the world. With a capacity of up to 75 clients, Connie accepts no reservations but is definitely a “must” of the JFK airport hotel.
- Food Hall: TWA Hotel even offers a Food Hall with plenty of quick-meal options. A bistro facility, a snack bar, a bagel shop, as well as a bunch of stores selling hot dogs, ice cream, Italian panini, and even crepes are at your disposal, to grab a drink or enjoy a quick bite.
- Intelligentsia Coffee: the exclusive coffee provider of TWA Hotel also has a designated modern coffee bar area inside the accommodation’s premises. Hence, its experienced baristas offer travelers premium coffee services in the vast 200.000-square-foot hotel lobby.
TWA Hotel’s Rooftop Pool
TWA Hotel is also equipped with an infinity rooftop pool overlooking JFK runways. In fact, while splashing, you can enjoy amazing vistas of the 4Left/22Right runway (one of the airport’s longest) and the Bay runway, the second biggest runway in North America. The pool is the perfect place to cool down during the hot summer months, whereas it is permanently heated in winter. The pool bar is also open all year long, with refreshing beverages when the weather is hot and a warm fireplace on cold winter days.
Other JFK Airport Hotel Amenities
JFK airport hotel’ amenities include a conference and event center, with 45 event rooms and 5 suites, a 7.000-square-foot ballroom (Constellation Ballroom), and a 4.200-square-foot ballroom (The 1962 Room). Moreover, its fitness center is considered the biggest hotel gym globally, spreading over a 10.000-square-foot area.
Finally, TWA Hotel houses some unexpected facilities too. Hence, throughout its premises, one can find exhibits from the New York Historical Society, accessible to all travelers without any fee. From the lobby to the conference center and Saarinen’s flight tubes which connect the hotel to T5, designated areas transform TWA into a museum. Last but not least, the hotel offers a “Twister Room” along with a “Photo Room” facility.
Parking at JFK Airport Hotel
TWA Hotels offers a 24-h valet service. Although no pre-booking is required, you can expect to pay 20$ (20€) for a one-hour stay, whereas the charge for using the hotel’s parking premises for 24 hours is 65$/65€ if you haven’t checked in, and 50$/50€ if you are a hotel’s customer.
TWA Hotel Rates and Fares
The hotel’s rates vary depending on the time of the year and the reserved room type. However, you should keep in mind that TWA Hotels also accepts day bookings from 06:00 am to 08:00 pm. In that case, though, the minimum stay duration must be 4 hours.
Our Tip: Are you traveling with your furry friend? JFK airport hotel is pet-friendly and will happily welcome your pet to its premises. Nevertheless, it will charge you a 65$/65€ fee per stay.
Transferring to JFK Airport Hotel
JFK airport hotel lies adjacent to T5. In fact, its lobby is the old TWA Flight Center, now part of JFK airport terminal 5. Thus, you should use the free (inside the airport complex) AirTrain to reach the T5 (JetBlue) stop from your landing terminal. AirTrain runs 24/7, every 7 minutes during peak hours, and needs about 5 minutes to move from one terminal to the other.
Our Tip: Unfortunately, to use the AirTrain or check in to TWA Hotel, you must pass through customs and re-check in for your upcoming flight once returning to your departure terminal (even if it is terminal 5).