On a whim, my family and I decided to drive to NYC on a long weekend. Of course, we didn’t book a hotel first and when we tried to do so once we got close to New York City, we realized that this was going to be a problem. Even the worst fleabag hotel in Manhattan or Brooklyn was going to cost about $1500++ US for that Saturday night. From Sunday on we were going to be fine but unless we wanted to pay an arm and a leg, we were going to have to sleep in a Walmart parking lot.
My husband said “hey, I think the TWA hotel at JFK airport has opened. Check that out, it looks really cool”
Not only was the TWA Hotel open for business (it opened in May of this year) but they had rooms available and they did not jack up the price like every other hotel. Sure, it meant adding an hour to our drive and passing right through the city but, it was either that or the Red Roof Inn Parsippany, NY so we booked a room in this hotel that sits right next to Jet Blue’s Terminal 5.
To say this hotel is “really cool” is an understatement. Imagine Mad Men and The Jetsons having a hotel baby and you will be able to get a feeling for this place. Housed inside a former terminal, the hotel has a gym, a rooftop bar and pool, a restaurant, a food hall and a bar that serves late night snacks, all with runway views. 60’s design chic is everywhere, from undulating concrete walls to the red carpeted tubular walkway that connects the hotel to the airport. An infinity rooftop pool offers equally stunning night time and daytime views of the tarmac. You can either sip a cocktail after dark or bring up a morning coffee and sit and watch planes landing and taking off.
We didn’t get to eat at the Jean Georges Vongerichten restaurant as we arrived after it closed and left the next day before it opened, but we did enjoy our very delicious but expensive charcuterie and cheese plate in the Sunken Bar – it IS an airport so expect inflated, airport food and drink prices. We also missed out on having a cocktail in the Connie Cocktail Lounge, housed inside the renovated cabin of an old airplane.
Our room was well appointed, complete with a beautiful bar, a TWA robe, a lovely bathroom and comfortable beds. Oh, and we booked a room with a view of the airport vis a floor to ceiling window and it was absolutely sound proof. Yes, there are no closets or dresser drawers because this is NOT a long stay, destination hotel. It’s a hotel to stay in when you have an early morning flight or if you miss your connection and it’s perfect for that.
If you have a long layover at the airport you can also pay for a short stay so you can shower and nap, use the gym and relax by the pool.
Rooms start at $263.94 CAN for a deluxe king all the way to just under $1000 CAN for the Howard Hughes Presidential Suite with Runway View.
You can stay from 8am to 8pm for 197.63 CAN , 10am to 4pm for $157.84 or noon to 6pm
If you aren’t staying at the hotel, you can make a 2 hour reservation for a table at the pool. As a seriousndirect flight advocate, I am going to go out of my way to book a connecting flight with a nice, loooong layover at JFK the next time I travel.