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TWA Hotel will welcome its first guests in May

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Prepare to explore Eero Saarinen’s midcentury landmark once again

The TWA Flight Center, pre-transformation into the TWA Hotel.
Photo: Max Touhey

It’s official: The TWA Hotel will start taking reservations on February 14, in anticipation of a soft opening on May 15. According to developer MCR, the only way to book a room will be through the hotel’s official website. Rooms will start at $249/night.

The hotel’s opening will be the culmination of years of work to revive Eero Saarinen’s beloved midcentury landmark. The TWA Flight Center, a stunning example of Space Age architecture, closed in 2001, and has largely been hidden from public view since then, save for a few tours and events here and there.

But a hotel has been in the works for some time: The Port Authority issued several requests for proposals—at one point, Andre Balazs was attached—before awarding the contract to MCR Development in 2015. The firm’s CEO, Tyler Morse, has stated that he wants to bring the Saarinen’s building back to its midcentury glory, while creating more than 500 adjacent rooms that are inspired by the 1960s.

Photo: Courtesy of MCR Development

“Restoring the TWA Hotel is a labor of love for our entire team,” Morse said in a statement. “We are counting down the days until the landmark building, dark since 2001, is filled with life again.”

When the hotel opens to the public, it’ll have plenty of nifty amenities: There will be a bevy of restaurants and bars, including a refresh of the terminal’s old Paris Café by Jean-Georges Vongerichten; a rooftop pool and an observation deck; a large amount of event and meeting space; and a cocktail lounge located inside a decommissioned Lockheed Constellation plane, known as Connie.

Reservations open on February 14 at noon; expect the first batch of rooms to get snapped up quickly.

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