by Matt Alderton | May 15, 2019
The TWA Hotel opened its doors today at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Located in the former TWA Flight Center -- a historic airport terminal designed by architect Eero Saarinen for bygone airline Trans World Airlines (TWA), which opened the terminal in 1962 and closed it in 2001 -- the new hotel aims to preserve and pay tribute to the terminal's beloved midcentury modern design while providing guests with direct, onsite access to JFK.

Along with connections to JFK's Terminal 5 via Saarinen's iconic flight tubes -- made famous in the film Catch Me If You Can -- the TWA Hotel has 512 soundproofed guest rooms, six restaurants, eight bars, a 10,000-square-foot rooftop observation deck with a pool, a 10,000-square-foot fitness facility with yoga and spinning, and 50,000 square feet of meeting and event space for groups of up to 1,600 people, not to mention an onsite museum dedicated to the Jet Age, TWA and the midcentury modern design movement.

Among the highlights that travelers are buzzing about most are: the Paris Café, a restaurant by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten; The Sunken Lounge, a bar serving throwback cocktails in the red-upholstered seating area where crowds once gathered to watch the Beatles arrive in the United States in 1965; and Connie, a cocktail lounge that will be located inside a restored 1958 Lockheed Constellation "Connie" airplane parked on the tarmac outside the hotel.

"JFK Airport is one of the largest international transit hubs in the world and a key driver of New York's economy," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at the hotel's groundbreaking in December 2016. "The conversion of the TWA Flight Center into a new state-of-the-art hotel will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK's status as a crown jewel of aviation."

The TWA Hotel is not the only stylish airport hotel of interest to groups. Read about four others with luxury offerings at NorthstarMeetingsGroup.com