How to Spend Your JFK Layover at the TWA Hotel's Rooftop Pool Without Booking a Room

Swimming in the TWA Hotel's rooftop pool is one of the best ways to spend a layover in NYC.

When the TWA Hotel opened in May 2019, layovers at John F. Kennedy International Airport got a whole lot more fun. No matter how long your delay or layover, it’s hard to complain when you find yourself lounging in the TWA Hotel’s rooftop pool overlooking the airport.

The best part? You don't have to be a hotel guest to enjoy that one-of-a-kind JFK perk — as long as you're willing to pay the price, that is.

The rooftop pool and observation deck are open year-round, and taking a plunge can cost anywhere from $25 to $50 for adults, depending on when you go and how you choose to pay.

According to the hotel's website, adults can expect to pay a $25 cover charge in the winter/spring months (November 1 through May 25); if you are staying overnight at the hotel at that time, you can use the pool for free. During the summer/fall season (May 26 through October 31), non-guests must pay $50 while guests are charged $25. Prices are lower for children ages 5-12; kids under 5 get in free regardless of the season.

TWA Hotel Rooftop Pool
Courtesy of TWA Hotel

The summer and fall reservation guarantees one hour and 45 minutes of pool time, while the winter and spring reservation includes unlimited pool time. The price includes towels and seating for dining at The Pool Bar. The cost of food and beverages at The Pool Bar, however, is not included. The space can be fully booked for private events, so the website recommends checking the online schedule to make sure it's available during your travel dates.

The infinity pool, which is capable of being heated up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, is open 365 days a year and the water purifies itself completely every 30 minutes. The 10,000-square-foot observation deck boasts views overlooking the airport's Runway 4 Left/22 Right and Jamaica Bay.

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