The TWA Hotel's Sunken Lounge was a hit with JetBlue attendees.
The unique charms of the new TWA Hotel at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport were on ample display when the property hosted its first corporate event on May 15, one day after its official opening. JetBlue chose the hotel to hold its annual dinner to honor crew members from across the carrier's 100-plus U.S., Caribbean and Latin American destinations. It proved a fitting venue both for an aviation theme and the hotel's location, attached to JetBlue's home at the airport, Terminal 5.
The TWA Hotel is a reincarnation of the landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center designed by legendary architect Eero Saarinen, with much of its original Jet Age glamor left intact among the accouterments of a modern hotel and 50,000 square feet of meeting space. For JetBlue, the property decked the halls with vintage TWA uniforms and welcomed postprandial revelers to "Connie" -- a 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane-turned-cocktail lounge, whose open cockpit quickly became the favored Instagram spot for attendees. Others enjoyed the hotel's Sunken Lounge cocktail bar, where retro drinks like The Aviation (Crème Yvette, Maraschino liqueur and gin) were served.
Attendees also enjoyed snapping photos in the iconic Saarinen Tubes that connect the hotel to Terminal 5. Other on-site highlights include a rooftop infinity pool, 600 rotary phones scattered throughout that now work digitally, and what is said to be the world's biggest hotel gym at 10,000 square feet.
"The glamorous TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in Queens is one of the many exciting reasons to 'Make It NYC' across the five boroughs in 2019 and beyond," said Jerry Cito, executive vice president, convention development, at NYC & Company, the city's destination marketing organization. The folks at JetBlue would surely agree.