This week, Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and Morse Development, officially revealed the model guest room for the TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The TWA Hotel, opening in spring 2019, will restore Saarinen’s 1962 TWA Flight Center to its Jet Age glory.
The 512 rooms of the new hotel will be distributed between two low-rise buildings and are accessible through Saarinen’s iconic arrival tubes made famous by the 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can”. The 1960s-inspired guest rooms designed by NYC firm Stonehill Taylor feature midcentury modern (Saarinen designed) Knoll furnishings, and a double-decker mini bar with full-size wine and liquor bottles that would make every character in Mad Men envious. Vintage rotary phones sourced from eBay have been retrofitted with VoIP for international calls. Other today’s touches include plenty of outlets, all at waist level, either next to the bed – where there’s a USB port, too – and along the desk, which is built in right behind the headboard. At last, no more crouching down to plug in your phone. Terrazzo-tiled bathrooms come with Hollywood-style vanities.
Floor-to-ceiling seamless blackout curtains fit in a track inside the window, so not a sliver of sunlight will peek through. Also, the windows are made of seven-panes of glass—that’s 11.4cm (4.5 inches), making it the second thickest in the world, after the new U.S. Embassy in London.
Everything from the note pads to the water glasses to the toiletries has been TWA-branded. Those not spending the night can pick up the airline-themed paraphernalia at a forthcoming gift shop. The whole hotel will be a paradise for aviation geeks.
The original 1962 terminal closed in 2001 will serve as the hotel’s lobby. The hotel will have six restaurants, including one inside a restored Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft. A rooftop observation deck (complete with a bar) will be open to the public on the south tower’s seventh floor. The TWA Hotel isn’t meant to be a theme-hotel, like other overly-branded “experiential” venues decorated with random props. However, there is a fleet of vintage cars (1956 BMW Isetta 300 to a 1963 Lincoln Continental) waiting in the wings to transport guests to their terminals.
Rooms will start at $250 a night, the TWA Hotel is scheduled to welcome its first guests in spring 2019.