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.
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.
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).
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).
And so many other fun details throughout.
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).
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.
What’s your favorite design era?
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