In keeping with the amazing promise of travel’s big return, we have chosen the perfect venue that matches that promise: the awe-inspiring, jet-age classic TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport. This stunning venue and proximity within one of the world’s largest travel hubs feels especially poignant after a year without travel for most of the industry. And I really want to thank Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR Hotels, the company that runs TWA, for working with us to make this possible.
Designed by world renowned architect Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962, the TWA Flight Center was built for Trans World Airlines (TWA) by Howard Hughes to represent the era’s excitement of travel. The TWA Flight Center was designated a New York City landmark in 1994 and, after its 2001 closure, was listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places in 2005.Saarinen’s masterpiece has taken flight once again as the heart of the TWA Hotel. Two hotel wings, designed to reflect and defer to the landmark, sit behind the historic building.
Fully restored to its original glory, the TWA Flight Center offers 200,000 square feet of flexible space including outdoor terraces. Original details — the Vulcain clock, sparkling white penny tile and plush Chili Pepper Red carpets — exude Jet Age glamour. Saarinen’s iconic Flight Tubes (made famous by the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can) lead to guestrooms and museum exhibits, as well as provide a premium photo opp. The nostalgic clacking sound of two authentic Solari split-flap boards — and the view of the 1958 Lockheed Constellation on the tarmac just outside — fully transport visitors back to the golden age of travel.
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