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Video: TWA Hotel opens at JFK

Calling all plane spotters – a new rooftop infinity pool at JFK’s new TWA Hotel overlooks the ramp and airfield

The pool bar at the new TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport, New York (JFK) will become the ultimate airport viewing spot.

The hotel describes its new pool:

A cutting-edge amenity in the clouds! The rooftop infinity pool and observation deck at the TWA Hotel will make a splash on the hotel’s opening day, May 15, 2019 — and remain open 365 days a year.

Always refreshing, the water in the 63-by-20-foot infinity edge pool offers a much-needed respite during sweltering summers. Come winter, it turns into a pool-cuzzi — the water can be heated up to 100 degrees! Whatever the weather, the H2O is perpetually pristine: the highly filtered water is purified every 30 minutes (a standard pool recirculates every 6 hours!).

The hotel will also a Lockheed 1649A Starliner painted in TWA’s livery on the premises:

TWA Hotel’s Lockheed Constellation airplane has a glamorous — and checkered — past.

Commissioned in 1939 by TWA’s eccentric owner, Howard Hughes (second from right with New York mayor Fiorello La Guardia, far left, in 1939), the Lockheed Constellation “Connie” broke the era’s transcontinental speed record on a flight from Burbank, California, to New York in 1946. The plane also served as Air Force One (top) for President Dwight D. Eisenhower in the 1950s.

The Starliner was introduced in 1956. One particular stunner with the tail number N8083H came off Lockheed’s line in 1958.

Reserve a window seat! Inside the TWA Hotel, you can watch planes take flight.

TWA Hotel’s 512 ultra-quiet guestrooms are preparing for takeoff! Inspired by the year 1962, when Jet Age excitement electrified the country, John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy graced the White House in the golden Camelot era and The Beatles released “Love Me Do,” TWA Hotel’s guestrooms will have views of JFK’s runways and the historic TWA Flight Center. The guestrooms designed by New York City firm Stonehill Taylor will be accessible through Saarinen’s iconic flight tubes made famous by the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy some highlights of our rooms.

Ultra-Quiet Windows with Soaring Views

TWA Hotel’s glass curtain wall by Fabbrica — the second-thickest in the world after the wall at the U.S. Embassy in London — is seven panes and 4½ inches thick. The glass’ Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating of nearly 50 ensures the floor-to-ceiling, full-width windows cancel runway noise.

Authentic Knoll Furnishings

Saarinen’s classic midcentury modern furniture by Knoll is right at home in the hotel. An armless Saarinen Executive Chair wrapped in tan leather is tucked into the custom walnut, brass and crystallized glass desk.

Vintage Rotary Phone

An authentic Saarinen Womb Chair, upholstered in red Knoll fabric, sits beside a 16-inch round white Saarinen Pedestal tulip side table where guests can make unlimited free international and local calls on a 1950s Western Electric 500 phone retrofitted with a pulse to tone converter by Old Phone Works.

Warm Wood Accents

Walnut elements — ceiling trim, a tambour wall, a sliding barn door for the bathroom — soften the space. A custom walnut entryway unit includes storage, a mini refrigerator and a hidden safe. Hidden behind a walnut trim, cove lighting reflects onto the ceiling to illuminate the room.

Plush Bed

Lined in brass, a custom quilted leather-look headboard features a custom brass sconce and a crystallized glass ledge that easily holds overnight accessories.

Hollywood-Style Bathroom

The star of the terrazzo-tiled bathroom is a custom Hollywood vanity with bubble lights inspired by Philip Johnson’s iconic ladies’ lounge in New York City’s former Four Seasons restaurant. The glass-enclosed shower with linear drain is subway-tiled in white with midnight blue trim.

Custom Amenities

Guests will enjoy a full lineup of TWA Hotel grooming essentials. The items shown here are part of an authentic TWA toiletries kit that will be on display in the TWA Hotel museum.

TWA Hotel Stationery

Notepads and pencils will inspire guests to sketch their own architectural masterpieces.

Showstopping Hallway

Carpeted in TWA’s signature red, the curved hallway features walnut trim, walnut doors and terrazzo guest room entryways.

Authentic TWA Artifacts

Upon entering JFK Airport’s Building 87, guests are greeted by the desk and chair of aviation pioneer Jack Frye, who served as TWA’s president from 1934 to 1947. A vintage TWA luggage tug and fire extinguishers lead the way to the plywood structure that houses the model guestroom.

Vintage TWA Uniforms

Model Adrianne Hick donned a Dalton of America uniform in “jungle green” that was worn by TWA air hostesses during winter seasons from October 1, 1968 until 1971. The uniform will be on display with many others in the TWA Hotel’s museum.

A team of pros restored the Lockheed 1649A Starliner — one of only four left in the world!

After purchasing the dilapidated Connie N8083H (she was missing a nose!) in early 2018, MCR/MORSE Development partnered with Atlantic Models/Gogo Aviation to restore her to her original condition. The painstaking work — which included tracking down authentic parts, installing flooring and windows, and outfitting the cockpit with controls — was completed at Maine’s Auburn-Lewiston Airport.

Earning Her TWA Wings

The finishing touch: painting her exterior (again) with authentic 1950s TWA livery. Watch her metamorphosis!

Connie’s Makeover: Before and After

From beat-up to beautiful: In six short months, the team turned back time for our 60-year-old Connie.


Bottom Copyright Photo: TWA-Trans World Airlines Lockheed 1049G-82-110 Super G Constellation N7107C (msn 4588) TPA (Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 101440.

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