The Trans World Airlines (TWA) Hotel.

formerly the TWA Flight Center

Opened 1962, Closed 2002. Reopened in 2019 as the TWA Hotel.

The TWA Hotel is a converted former Airline Terminal for JFK Airport as well as the former Terminal 5. It was designed by Eero Saarinen for the former Airline, Trans World Airlines. Trans World Airlines served this terminal from 1962 to 2001 when TWA sold their assets to American Airlines, which in turn served the TWA Flight Center until 2002. After that, the terminal stayed abandoned. Over time, there was a lengthy battle to keep the building preserved. It took a long time, but eventually, preservation efforts succeeded as the center was put into the National Register of Historic Places, and in 2016, construction began on the TWA Hotel, which connects to the modern day Terminal 5, construced in 2005 and completed in 2008. 3 years later, the TWA Hotel was opened in May 2019.

The Hotel is a modern hotel with a very 1960's lobby. Scattered around the hotel are museum exhibits, restaurants, a gym, a TWA shop, old payphones, classic cars for car geeks, etc... For transportation, you can take the Q10 bus from the Kew Gardens-Union Turnpike station E F to Terminal 5, as well as a bunch of other bus routes (the Q10 is the only one I know at the moment) and it also connects to the AirTrain JFK to Jamaica which connects to the E J and Z as well as the Long Island Rail Road. There is also an AirTrain JFK to Howard Beach, which connects to the A train. There is also an AirTrain JFK route that loops around all JFK Airport terminals.


The outside of the hotel.
First photo taken on June 29th, 2020. The rest taken on September 20th, 2020.

This is the TWA Hotel at Terminal 5. You can take the AirTrain to this repurposed beautiful Eero Saarinen building.
One of the many classic cars plastered around the Hotel
Front view.
Side of the building. Very 1960's.
A manhole cover dedicated to the TWA Flight Center (now TWA Hotel)'s architect, Eero Saarinen.
A manhole cover with a depiction of the TWA Hotel.
A non-panoramic view of the front of the TWA Hotel.

The inside of the hotel.
The first couple of photos were taken on September 20th, 2020, while the last four photos were taken on October 18th, 2020.

Howard Hughes' room.
Interesting info about Trans World Airlines
Hallway into the rooms (and the lobby, in this case)
One of two Split-flap displays in the lobby.
Two of two Split-flap displays in the lobby, near the entrance.
A better view of the Split-flap display towards the back of the lobby.
A space age 1960's futuristic but luxury clock/chandelier thingy.
A chrysler car near the Mister Softee in the confectionary stand section.
A rendering of the TWA Flight center
Another angle of the rendering.
A typical 1960's living room, with a rotary phone and etch-a-sketch (not shown in this photo) included! Unfortunately, when I went to try it, the etch-a-sketch only worked vertically. What a shame.
Eero Saarinen's studio. Very interesting if you are studying architecture.

This page was last updated on 10/28/2020.

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