Why the TWA Hotel at the Jet Blue Terminal JFK Will Raise Your Expectations For An Airport Hotel!

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Can anyone get excited about an airport hotel?  Well, when it’s the swanky TWA Airport hotel inside JFK Airport in New York City, the answer is a resounding yes! JFK International Airport, itself is nothing special but made better only by the fact that the other two New York area airports, La Guardia and Newark are regularly cited as among the worst airports. Now, with the availability of the TWA Hotel at the Jet Blue Terminal JFK, we positively like flying into New York City. The TWA Hotel, moreover, is the only of the airport hotels attached to JFK airport.

Hotels at JFK airport NYC

The majority of hotels at JFK Airport NYC are in the periphery of the airport. These hotels at JFK international airport include the usual suspects from big international chains like, Sheraton, Marriott and Hilton. They do an adequate job at being an airport hotel at JFK international airport.

But want something cool and out of the ordinary? You need to check out the TWA Hotel which is inside JFK international airport. Specifically, the TWA Hotel is at the JFK Airport Jetblue Terminal.

Is there a hotel inside JFK airport? Yes, the TWA Hotel at the JFK Airport Jet Blue Terminal.

The Jet Blue terminal JFK (i.e.,) JFK terminal 5 is easy to reach by the airport’s train shuttle, AirTrain. The best way to get around the JFK terminals, AirTrain is free to use, operational every day all day and runs every few minutes.

the outside of the Aero Saarinen building
The iconic Aero Saarinen designed building is connected to JFK Terminal 5

There are 7 terminals at JFK Airport but they are numbered 1-8. For some reason, there is no number 3. Some of the terminals are dedicated to certain terminals such as Delta at Terminal 2 and JetBlue at Terminal 5. The British Airways terminal JFK operates is Terminal 7.

We usually fly with British Airways (or its partner airline, American Airlines) into JFK Terminal 7 and then ride two stops on the Air Train to JFK Terminal 5 for the TWA Airport. 

Based out of New York, Jet Blue has a major presence at JFK and plenty of connecting flights to other parts of the USA, the Caribbean and South America.

Tip!  It’s fairly straight forward to take a late night flight into JFK, stay the night at the TWA Hotel and then take a next day flight onwards. JFK has some of the most frequent and cheapest flights from London and other European destinations.

Connecting flights can be a real hassle, but not if you know you will have a good night’s sleep in between the two flights. Moreover, with an overnight stay between the  two flights, there is less likelihood of missing your connecting flight.

If you are driving onwards from JFK, there is onsite parking at the TWA Hotel. On the other hand, you may not want to pay for an extra day of car rental as well as incur parking fees when the Air Train is so convenient.

TWA Hotel Review

A hotel inside JFK international airport didn’t exist before the TWA Hotel. As travellers we are lucky that Aero Saarinen’s 1962 landmark building became too small for the larger airplanes we have today. The TWA Flight Center sat around like a white elephant before being incarnated as the TWA Hotel which opened in May 2019.

There may be cheaper hotels at JFK international airport but none will be inside the airport. Hotels connected to JFK airport in the past have needed airport shuttles. You need to take the AirTrain to the airport shuttles to the airport hotel. TWA Hotel spares you that airport shuttle hassle.

Did You Know? You can book day rooms at the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport which is highly convenient if you have awkward timings for connecting flights. The rooms come in 4 different time blocks that go from as little as 4 hours to as much as 12 hours. Not only can you rest and refresh yourself at the TWA hotel rooms, you can use the great facilities like the gym and the rooftop pool.

The TWA Hotel in JFK International Airport

Shaped like a bird in flight, the shape of the TWA Hotel is instantly recognisable. The building’s design also influences its use. The two wings of the bird create two building wings, one named after the famous pilot and businessman, Howard Hughes and another named after the architect, Aero Saarinen. The middle section of the building is the lounge and restaurant area.

curved hallways
Curved hallway follows the design of the TWA Hotel in JFK international airport

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Check out the great TripAdvisor reviews of TWA Hotel at JFK airport New York!

TWA Hotel Rooms

There are over 500 TWA Hotel Rooms split between the two wings of the hotel. Thanks to the design of this hotel inside JFK airport, the hallways are long. Mercifully, they are easily navigable for wheeled suitcases.

Previous TWA Hotel reviews have flagged teething issues with the hotel. One of the issues flagged was that the black out blinds don’t always work.  Yes, we had the same issue with one of the electric blinds refusing to close. Luckily, we had an early morning flight because we couldn’t have stayed slept in anyway!

TWA hotel rooms
TWA hotel rooms come with big double beds so that a family of four can stay comfortably

In the TWA hotel rooms, the beds were comfortable and the rooms stylishly decorated with mid-century modern design.

Pets can stay in the TWA hotel rooms for an additional cost.

Amenities at the TWA Hotel at JFK airport New York

You will be spoiled for choice with all the amenities available to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable at TWA Hotel at JFK airport New York.

Eating and Drinking at the TWA Hotel in JFK International Airport

Famed New York restaurateur, Jean Georges Vongrichten, has opened the Paris Cafe in an upstairs space of the main lobby. Within the Paris Cafe, the Lisbon Lounge is open for breakfast and drinks. Take the Mad Men Era vibe to its fullest and combine breakfast with drinks.

curved dining area and restaurant at TWA Hotel restaurant
The Paris Cafe at the TWA Hotel at JFK international airport

Downstairs, the Sunken Lounge with its comfy seating is available if you just want a drink.

Fun Fact! The Sunken Lounge was the scene of Beatlemania in 1965 when the Beatles arrived in the USA.
The Sunken Lodge overlooks the Connie Cocktail Lounge. Have cocktails on a Lockheed Constellation L-1649A (i.e., the Connie in the name). You can even check out the cockpit which was a cool experience for my airplane-loving son.
lobby bar area
The lobby bar area at the TWA Hotel inside JFK airport
If the Paris Cafe/Lisbon Lounge is too formal for you, check out the lower lounge area which has a food hall and the Intelligentsia coffee shop. And, a gift shop for TWA Hotel merchandise.
old style TWA hotel baggage car
Cutesy retro items at the TWA Airport hotel JFK New York

Fun Stuff at the TWA Hotel at JFK International Hotel

Here are some of the fun stuff that you can find at this hotel connected to JFK airport:
          • Take a dip in the heated rooftop infinity pool (Hotels near JFK airport with pool don’t usually come with a view of the runway)
          • Have a drink in the heated and tented den by the rooftop pool (with a ski chalet theme in the winter months)
          • Go ice skating on a runway rink around the Connie plane
          • Work out in the 10,000 s.f. hotel gym with a full array of fitness equipment including Peloton bikes and a yoga studio
          • Play in a room devoted to that 1960’s classic game, Twister
          • Check out the exhibit on historic TWA uniforms and midcentury modern design


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