If you like architecture, you are fond of vintage style and you are also one or a "AvGeek”(Understand yourself an aviation fan) this place is for you. The fifties and sixties have been considered the golden age of civil aviation. Taking a plane trip to travel long distances such as crossing the Atlantic Ocean were important and exclusive moments in life. Of course, at that time, traveling by plane was not an experience accessible to all because it was still considered a luxury. The travelers wore their best suits to get on the plane, while the surcharges dressed elegantly and put on their best smiles.
The architecture of the airports has been characterized for decades by being particularly boring until some time ago in which we have seen aerial terminals flourishing with surprising designs that rival challenges and technological developments. However, at the beginning of the sixties some projects surprised by their audacity. Such was the case of the TWA airline terminal of the US aviation magnate Howard Hughes inaugurated in 1962 with a surprising modernism for the time, fruit of the architect Eero Saarinen.
After decades of abandonment and disuse in the heart of the JFK airport, a renovation and transformation project in thematic hotel came to light a few years ago. After renovation and addition of another building, in May he opened the TWA Hotel. It is a true trip to the past and a wonder for those who love everything vintage and aviation.
While the original design of the central building, the interior has been completely adapted in a hotel with the same truly amazing retro theme. The furniture and the colors of the decoration take us directly to the fifties and sixties with its characteristic style. Vintage objects and memorabilia abound related to the world of travel such as suitcases, suits and other technological gadgets of the time.
The backyard of the hotel hides Connie, one of his main jewels for AvGeeks. It's nothing more and nothing less than a 1958 Lockheed Constellation Starliner aircraft. Completely restored outside and inside, it proposes a retro-themed bar that will make you travel through time with good cocktails in hand typical of the Sinatra era like a Martini or a Manhattan.
The vintage setting It reaches such extremes that a large part of the hotel staff is dressed in suits of designers such as Valentino or Ralph Laurent that have been recovered and updated for use. Likewise, a giant board with flights to go out in the purest analog style of some five years ago induces us even more in this journey towards the past.
In case all the above is not enough, the TWA Hotel offers all the comforts of a modern establishment among which a Rooftop Pool located on the top floor of the new building. From there, while you are in the pool with a cocktail in your hand, you can see the planes a few meters away. An experience without a doubt.
In more practical terms the hotel has 512 rooms among which the presidential suites "Howard Hughes" and "Eero Saarinen" stand out, with direct view of one of the JFK runways and aircraft parking area. A must see for those who love the world of aviation. Prices range from 225 euros for a basic room per night, but you can only stay for a few hours, between two flights, as in many airport hotels.