JFK’S OLD TWA TERMINAL TO GET NEW LIFE AS A HOTEL
At long last, JFK International Airport will get the hotel it deserves and desperately needs. (Sorry, Crowne Plaza, you may have to hand over your crown soon. Jamaica just doesn’t cut it. )
Plans were officially finalized last week to transform the former TWA Terminal, an architectural gem that first opened in 1962 and was designed by Eero Saarinen, into The TWA Flight Center Hotel. This is a project that hoteliers have long attempted to turn into a hotel, including Andre Balazs, Ian Schrager, and um, Donald Trump.
While we hope there’s a research group being assembled to discuss new names for the project, here’s what we do know so far:
The hotel will have two towers, each with six stories and a total of 505 guest rooms. There will also be a restaurant, a spa (!!!), tons of event space, and a 10,000-square foot observation deck. The terminal’s iconic midcentury white concourse and bright red lounge area will also be preserved…perhaps as the lobby hangout?
Interestingly, the project is being developed by Flight Center Hotel LLC, which is actually a partnership between MCR Development and JetBlue Airways. MCR has 95 percent ownership of the hotel, while JetBlue has just five percent. Even though this is technically not a “JetBlue Hotel”, the low-cost carrier’s flagship T5 terminal is just across the way, so you can bet there will be lots of JetBlue-related promos.
Construction is expected to break ground next year with the hotel opening sometime in 2018. We look forward to having a layover in JFK then.