I visited the long-awaited TWA Hotel at JFK airport, and it's a must-see for travel nerds, aviation geeks, and history buffs

15. května 2019, 22:56
David Slotnick | Life |
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  • The long-awaited TWA Hotel opened Wednesday at JFK International Airport.
  • Located in the iconic Trans World Airlines Flight Center terminal building, the hotel makes use of a classic building that's been abandoned since the airline went bankrupt in 2001.
  • The hotel has six restaurants, a cocktail lounge in a classic Lockheed Constellation airplane, shopping boutiques, and an infinity pool overlooking JFK's runways.
  • Business Insider had an opportunity to tour the hotel during the opening day ceremonies, and it's a dream for any travel geek, aviation nerd, or history buff.
After years of back-and-forth, planning, and negotiations, the long-awaited TWA Hotel finally opened Wednesday at JFK International Airport in New York City. The project transformed Eero Saarinen's iconic TWA Flight Center — the main trans-Atlantic hub for Trans World Airlines up until it went out of business in 2001. The original building, which sits adjacent to the newer construction that makes up JFK's Terminal 5, is a New York City landmark and a living artifact from the so-called "Golden Age" of air travel. While the hotel is officially open for business, and most of its 512 rooms and suites are ready for guests, the developers are still finishing up work in the public areas, installing items in kitchens and dining rooms, finalizing the pool, and installing furniture. Even so, the hotel is already an impressive sight. With retro styling, themed restaurants, and a pool that promises to make kids and adult aviation fans geek out, it's worth a visit the next time you find yourself flying into or out of JFK. A ribbon cutting was held in advance of the hotel's first-ever 3 p.m. check-in time, and various media outlets, former TWA employees, and aviation history buffs had a chance to walk through the property. Although it's obvious that work is still being finished, read on for a first look at one of the world's most stylish airport hotels. While the hotel isn't part of any major chain — and isn't bookable through online portals just yet — you can still earn rewards points on a stay by using a credit card that earns bonus points on travel purchases. Be sure to check out our guide to the best travel credit card rewards here.SEE ALSO: The best credit card rewards, bonuses, and benefits of 2019

Wednesday was opening day for the TWA Hotel.

The TWA Hotel was built in the classic TWA Flight Center, which is next to JFK's newer Terminal 5.

The original Flight Center makes up the hotel's massive lobby, restaurants, and lounges, with guest rooms off in other connected buildings

A prolific feature of the lobby is a vintage-style split-flap sign board — also known as a Solari board, after the company that makes them. While it doesn't show live flight times, it's still fun to watch and helps set the atmosphere.

Over in the "arrivals" area...

You'll find the front desk. There are self-serve kiosks, although the desks will be staffed with attendants as well. These are the original kiosks from when passengers would check in to TWA flights — obviously, the self-service computerized parts on top are new.

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