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TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal open for reservations

Posted on 11 July, 2018 by Joshua
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TWA Hotel inside Eero Saarinen's JFK Airport terminal open for reservations

Reservations are now open for guests wishing to stay at Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen's 1960s terminal building at New York's John F Kennedy airport, following a restoration of its modernist details.

The TWA Hotel will officially open 15 May 2019 inside JFK's former TWA Terminal, which has undergone a major overhaul after being shut for 16 years, but prospective guests can already book rooms.

Details include vintage posters from TWA and Saarinen-designed furnishings, which were provided by Knoll. Among the pieces are red, curvy Womb chairs and white Tulip side tables. A custom walnut desk area behind the bed has an armless Executive Chair in tan leather.

TWA hotel at JFK
Photograph by David Mitchell

Decor in the bathrooms includes bubble lights and terrazzo floors. Other details in the rooms are original branding from the sixties that features on toiletries, notepads, and key cards holders.

TWA Hotel guests also have access to a range of amenities – including six restaurants, eight bars, a coffee bar, ballroom, fitness centre, shops and outlets, a rooftop pool, an observation deck and a museum that displays vintage TWA air hostess uniforms.

TWA hotel at JFK
Photograph by David Mitchell

There is also a cocktail lounge on the tarmac, which occupies a retrofitted Lockheed Constellation L-1649A Starliner airplane dating back to 1956.

The TWA Flight Center is among the best-known designs by Saarinen, who was born in Finland and emigrated to the United States when he was 13 years old. Others include the Gateway Arch in St Louis, which also recently received a refresh of its subterranean museum.

TWA hotel at JFK
Photograph by David Mitchell

Located in the New York City borough of Queens, JFK Airport is set to undergo a major overhaul that aims to unite the existing disparate terminal arrangement, improve vehicular access, and expand the mass-transit rail system. Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed the updates to the scheme known as the JFK Vision Plan in October 2018.

Photography is by Max Touhey, unless stated otherwise.

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