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Everybody in the Pool: TWA Hotel’s Rooftop Pool Opens May 15

TWA Hotel pool

A cutting-edge amenity in the clouds! The rooftop infinity pool and observation deck at the 512-room TWA Hotel will make a splash on the hotel’s opening day, May 15, 2019 — and remain open 365 days a year.

Always refreshing, the water in the 63-by-20-foot infinity edge pool offers a much-needed respite during sweltering summers. Come winter, it turns into a pool-cuzzi — the water can be heated up to 100 degrees! Whatever the weather, the H2O is perpetually pristine: the highly filtered water is purified every 30 minutes (a standard pool recirculates every 6 hours!).

Inspired by the infinity edge pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, the swimming spot has a beach entry and underwater seating — not to mention a gleaming TWA logo mosaic in the signature colors of gold and red. And its view tops the Mediterranean Sea any day: The infinity pool and its 10,000-square-foot observation deck sits on the horizon of a thrilling scene — JFK’s bustling Runway 4 Left/22 Right, with views all the way to Jamaica Bay.

At 12,079 feet long, 4L/22R is one of the biggest runways at JFK, the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. Jets bearing the livery of American Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Delta and 70 other carriers take off and land on the stretches of concrete just beyond the TWA Hotel.

The observation deck also provides a view of the famous Bay Runway — measuring 14,511 feet long (almost 3 miles!), runway 13 Right/31 Left is the second-longest commercial runway in North America. (Fun fact: The Bay Runway served as the backup landing strip for NASA’s Space Shuttle.) Despite the heavy runway traffic at JFK’s 128 gates, the deck is surprisingly quiet!

Come stay for a day — or longer! Like the TWA Hotel, Trans World Airlines specialized in poolside escapes, as this 1949 ad attests.

Can we offer you a beverage while you wade? Gerber Group, owner-operator of 12 innovative cocktail lounges including Mr. Purple and The Campbell at Grand Central Terminal, will operate The Pool Bar & Observation Deck. In addition to a variety of cocktails — from the Mile High Spritz (vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, fresh lime juice and prosecco) to the Watermelon Collins (Aviation gin, watermelon and lemon juices, agave and club soda) — Gerber Group will serve food from a full rooftop kitchen.

Guests of the TWA Hotel are welcome to use the pool as part of their stay; non-hotel guests can make reservations at twahotel.com/thepoolbar. Want to throw a pool party? The Pool Bar & Observation Deck can host private events for up to 300 people.

At the heart of the 512-room TWA Hotel is the 1962 Eero Saarinen-designed former TWA terminal.

The TWA Hotel, JFK Airport’s only on-airport hotel, will also feature:
• Six restaurants, including the Paris Café, and eight bars, including The Sunken Lounge
• An Intelligentsia coffeebar and coffee carts throughout the hotel grounds
• 50,000 square feet of event space, including a 15,000-square-foot ballroom
• The world’s biggest hotel gym: a 10,000-square-foot fitness center
• High-end retail outlets, including a Shinola custom watch bar and leather goods store
• A Lockheed Constellation “Connie” L-1649A transformed into a cocktail lounge
• Museum exhibitions on TWA, the Jet Age and midcentury modern design curated by the New-York Historical Society

For more information on the TWA Hotel, please visit twahotel.com.

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