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If you recall, about a year and a half ago I visited the TWA Lounge – which offered a glimpse into what the then-under-construction TWA Hotel would look like. And it was then that I started counting the minutes till the hotel would open for business.

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I booked a room the moment it did.

What. A. Treat.

Kennedy Airport was home to a considerable number of magnificent mid-century modern terminals, many designed by some of the world’s most famous architectural firms. But only the TWA terminal has escaped demolition, thanks to the National Register of Historic Places, which gave it landmark status in 2005.

Lucky us.

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The terminal itself acts as the hotel “lobby”, with many of the original elements beautifully preserved: the iconic Sunken Lounge, Solari split-flap message board and carpeted tunnels (which now lead to the newly built hotel wings).

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twa hotel l sherisilver.com

twa hotel l sherisilver.com

twa hotel l sherisilver.com

There are exhibits displaying everything from original travel posters from the Jet Age to a selection of vintage uniforms, and you can even have a drink in a de-commissioned Lockheed Constellation aircraft – aka “Connie” – which has been turned into a cocktail lounge (natch).

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twa hotel l sherisilver.com

twa hotel l sherisilver.com

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twa hotel l sherisilver.com

And so many other fun details throughout.

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twa hotel l sherisilver.com

The hotel rooms themselves are a tasteful mix of old and new, with walnut accents, brass light fixtures, martini bar and Knoll furniture. Oh, and they’re super quiet – thanks to 4 1/2″ thick glass windows that completely muffle any outside noise (fun fact: the windows are the second-thickest in the world; those in the U.S. Embassy in London are the only thicker ones).

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Mike and I stayed overnight but a day trip is perfect for fully experiencing this spectacular building, which had this mid-century modern loving girl geeking out big time.

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For more, check out the hotel web site – it is chock FULL of information and tons of great pictures (even the font and pencils have a story!).

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twa hotel l sherisilver.com

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2 Comments

  1. Annie on October 2, 2019 at 11:29 am

    How have I not been?! This looks amazing! Let’s meet for coffee at the lobby lounge??

    • sherisilver on October 2, 2019 at 7:32 pm

      You MUST go. And I will meet you any time! xoxo

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