JFK’s Best Hotel? TWA Hotel Review in 2022

laatste update: 06-2022

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Guys I love going on incredible trips, but to get to those destinations you have to first get to the airport and there is nothing worse than having to get up at 3 in the morning to make an 8 am flight. So for my latest trip to Mexico I decided to stay at the TWA hotel at JFK, this is the only hotel inside the boundary of the airport and is built in the old TWA terminal. You may recognize this tunnel from the movie catch me if you can.


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Check in is at the old check in tables and in this area you will notice a lot of memorabilia, old cars, a classic coke machine and a luggage car bearing the branding of Trans World Airlines or TWA which operated from 1930 to 2001. This building had originally opened in 1962 as the TWA flight center, but lay empty for 20 years until it was reopened as a hotel.

The catch me if you can tunnels lead to the hotel wings where the rooms are. Our room had two double beds, classic TWA posters on the walls. You get this cool little mini bar area, wireless charging station, TV, old style telephone. In general it is a good room.


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But if you prefer an outdoor bath, you can try the roof top pool that boasts views of the airfield. TWA calls it a pool cuzzi, and it is heated to a constant 95 degrees all day, you can see the steam coming off the water here.

Now let’s check out the main terminal building which is now called the sunken lounge. Its a cool spot to sit and hang out. There is an old plane and a fake runway out the window.

But this is now my main criticism of the hotel, there was no restaurant. You could buy some take out food in boxes from the fast food places at the front of the hotel and bring it to this sunken lounge to eat. But that involved a long wait, then walking over, eating out of boxes in an uncivilized way. We deserve better. There was also no room service, which also really sucked, what hotel doesn’t have room service?

Now maybe they are using COVID as an excuse for the lack of room service and no proper restaurant, perhaps they will have a waiter service restaurant and be able to deliver food to your room in the future. But it really doesn’t make sense, when New York restaurants ARE open, just at a lower capacity.

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Anyway guys it is a nice hotel from a room and pool point of view but the restaurant situation is unacceptable in my opinion for a four star hotel. Most people who stay here probably only stay one night so it is just a inconvenience for that one day but still, if I am getting ready for a flight the next day, I want a smooth eating experience, i.e. room service or at least a waiter service restaurant. Let me know what you think of this hotel below, please subscribe, I will have my review of Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos coming soon and we will see you next time. Bye.

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