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After years and years and years of speculation, failed attempts, and broken promises, the historic TWA Terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport will at last be transformed into a 505-room hotel.

The terminal, designed by Eero Saarinen and which opened in 1962 and closed in 2001, is a prized architectural landmark that embodies both the golden age of commercial air travel and neofuturistic design. This architectural icon status along with its spot on the U.S.’s National Register of Historic Places have made hotel plans for the terminal very tricky to accomplish. But it’s going to be done.

Groundbreaking happened on the hotel early last month, complete with an official groundbreaking ceremony attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and representatives from MCR Development (the company behind the High Line Hotel) and former TWA employees. (JetBlue is also a partner in this hotel.)


Two new crescent-shaped buildings will straddle the original terminal, holding in total 505 guest rooms. Eight restaurants and bars, a nightclub, an aviation-themed museum, plus meeting space and even a rooftop observation deck, will also open inside the hotel. Beyer Blinder Belle is the architect handling the renovation but details are frustratingly scant on what the rooms will look like. We do know that the design will meet LEED certification.

The TWA Hotel—as it’s being called, complete with the old TWA logo—will open in 2018. Hotel guests will be able to enter the hotel via JFK airport’s AirTrain service along with Saarinen’s iconic passenger walkway tubes that connect directly to Terminal 5. Surprisingly, this is the first hotel at the airport for JFK. No doubt, architectural and aviation buffs will want to stay there whether they have a layover or not.



Juliana Shallcross
A self-confessed hotel addict, Juliana Shallcross has been reporting on hotels around the world for more than a decade. She was previously the managing editor A good portion of her job involves sleeping in new hotels, obsessing over technology and keeping tabs on the ever-changing hospitality landscape. She's based in Los Angeles.

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