The old Eero Saarinen TWA Terminal is finally getting its day….reopening as the TWA Hotel on May 15…after a 17-year hiatus. It was almost knocked down twice. Gee, wouldn’t it have been great to have 2,000 extra parking spaces or a mediocre food court in the spot where an architectural marvel once stood?
I had a pre-opening tour today and I must say, it’s pretty fabulous. It has 512 guest rooms, will be filled with Eames and Knoll furnishings, has a totally amazing original Noguchi fountain and everywhere is Saarinen’s signature Chili Pepper Red. The sunken lounge will be managed by The Gerber Group, there is a 365 day a year rooftop lounge with a capacity for 1,000 guests—and a ginormous infinity pool. My favorite touch? When guests check in, their bags go on a groovy baggage carousel!
I know a lot of people who will appreciate this hotel, namely:
- Busy executives who want to have a Board Meeting very close to JFK…and don’t want to stare at wood paneling and Gordon’s vodka.
- Associations—there is ample meeting space and a huge gorgeous ballroom—that want to be very close to the airport.
- People that want to take that super early flight but worry about getting up at 3:45AM. It’s particularly nifty if you’re looking to go Hawaiian: Terminal 5 and Hawaiian Airlines is attached to the hotel.
The meeting rooms are ample, the ballroom is to die for, and everywhere is that uber-chic mid-century look.
Contact the team for rates and information!