It sold out all 512 rooms on the opening night. 

By Cailey Rizzo
Updated: May 15, 2019
Max Touhey

After years of anticipation, the TWA Hotel at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport opened its doors on Wednesday.

Trans World Airlines was one of the world’s most stylish airlines during the “golden age” of air travel in the 1960s. In 1962, the airline commissioned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen to design its JFK terminal. The TWA Flight Center became a symbol of mid-century design, known for its wing-shaped roof and red-carpeted corridors.

Max Touhey

The space-age building closed in 2001 with the shuttering of the airline. There were worries that the building would be razed, but now it’s been transformed into one of the world’s most stylish on-site airport hotels.

Guests will be able to relax at the rooftop infinity pool, drink a themed cocktail at The Sunken Lounge (famous for having hosted the Beatles on their American tour) or step onto a vintage 1958 Lockheed Constellation for a drink.

The defunct airline’s iconic branding is all over the hotel. Amenity kits, keys, and bathrobes all feature the TWA logo and red-and-white color scheme.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” MCR Development CEO Tyler Morse told Yahoo Finance. “You will feel like you are in 1962, minus the cigarette smoke.”

The hotel will also feature a food hall with some of New York’s favorite mainstays, including Empanada Republic, The Halal Guys, and Fresh&Co. Travelers who wish for something a bit more upscale can visit the Paris Cafe, helmed by Michelin-starred Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

All 512 of the hotel’s rooms are booked for its opening night. Nightly rates start at $249. But travelers will be able to visit for shorter amounts of time while on layover. The hotel is selling $25 passes for its gym and short-term stays, starting at $139 for four hours.

TWA Hotel/David Mitchell
TWA Hotel/David Mitchell
TWA Hotel/David Mitchell
TWA Hotel/David Mitchell
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