A First Look at TWA Hotel's Breathtaking Rooftop Infinity Pool

The year-round pool at the TWA Hotel "provides a JFK runway view that rivals an air traffic controller's vantage point," say developers.

When the TWA Hotel at JFK airport opens on May 15, guests will be afforded a rather unique view: The hotel's rooftop infinity pool and 10,000 square-foot observation deck look out onto some of the airport's biggest runways.

Running 63' by 20' feet, the infinity edge pool is reportedly inspired by the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France. It's intended to be a year-round amenity, transforming in winter months into a "pool-cuzzi," with temperatures of up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. (The water will be purified every 30 minutes, far more often than the standard six hours.) 

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The pool will overlook JFK’s runway 4L/22R, and will have views to Jamaica Bay, while the observation deck will also look out to runway 13R/31L, the second longest commercial runway in North America.

"Our rooftop pool provides a JFK runway view that rivals an air traffic controller's vantage point," says Tyler Morse, CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, in a statement. "There's simply no better place for plane-spotting and enjoying a cocktail, in the world."

Gerber Group will provide food and beverage service at the pool bar, including the Mile High Spritz (vodka, St. Germain, fresh lime juice and prosecco) and a Watermelon Collins (gin, watermelon and lemon juices, agave and club soda).

The pool is open to non-guests who make a reservation, and will be available for private events for up to 300 people.

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Reviving Eero Saarinen's long-abandoned landmark terminal, the 512-room TWA Hotel will also sports an Equinox-sized gym, a skating rink, six restaurants (including Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Paris Café) and a bar housed inside a repurposed Lockheed Constellation airplane. 

A glass wall, the second-thickest glass in the world, will muffle sounds from the busy airport.  

“We’re bringing the building back to when it was in 1962,” Morse, a former baggage handler for Delta, told reporters earlier. “The ‘50s were defined by post-war recovery. The latter-half of the ‘60s descended into drugs, protests, assassinations, [but] ’62 was an idyllic year, where anything was possible in America.”  

The TWA Hotel began accepting reservations on February 14, with rooms starting at $249 per night.

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