JFK Airport Lets You Travel to the 1960s With Its Retro Terminal

A popular online video has drawn attention to a 1960s airport frozen in time in the form of a hotel at the John F. Kennedy Airport.

The video shared by user @michelenp advised over 170,000 viewers to "hang out at this 1960s themed hotel at JFK" if they miss their flight. But it's more than just 1960s themed, the place appears like walking through a time machine, down to the fine detail.

"They've remade this former TWA terminal into a fun hotel/bar/restaurant," she explained. It's actually the TWA Hotel, a 512-room hotel which opened in 2019 and repurposed the iconic TWA Flight Center. Originally, the terminal was designed by Eero Saarinen, an architect known for his neo-futuristic designs.

The scenes look like something out of a movie, flying in style in the 1960s with a red and white décor—some of which are some of the original. @Michelenp first showed the Sunken Lounge, which was once the terminal's lounge, but now hosts a bar.

The hotel is littered with titbits of the past—the lounge hosted crowds of screaming fans in 1965 who gathered to watch The Beatles arrive in the United States. While fans of The CW's The Carrie Diaries may recognize it from the finale wedding, which was set in the terminal in the '80s, filmed in the Sunken Lounge.

As shown in the video, the lounge looks out onto "Connie," a repurposed '60s plane, parked on the tarmac. The hotel purchased the dilapidated Connie N8083H in 2018 and converted it into a cocktail lounge where visitors can sit in the plane as if they are '60s passengers themselves.

@michelenp introduced viewers of the video to one of the exhibit spots in the terminal too, which displays 37 full TWA uniforms from 1945 to 2001. The New-York Historical Society curated the different exhibits in the hotel, which are free of charge and always open to the public.

Towards the end, the TikTok user showed potentially the most eye-catching part of it all—the room-sized Twister board. The hotel boasts a whole Twister Room, where visitors are able to play a wall-to-wall round of the game, which was made popular in the '60s.

Retro phones at TWA hotel
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Ten-cent pay phones are seen in the new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport on May 15, 2019 in New York City. The new, 1960s themed hotel built inside the former Trans World Airlines terminal includes high end retail shops, restaurants, and a cocktail bar inside a restored 60-year-old airplane. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images
Visitors in the cabin of Connie
Visitors sit in the cabin of "Connie," the 1958 Lockheed Constellation airplane restored as a cocktail lounge at the newly opened TWA Hotel at JFK Airport on May 15, 2019 in New York City. The new, 1960s themed hotel built inside the former Trans World Airlines terminal includes high end retail shops, restaurants, and a rooftop bar with runway views. Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

While the video has introduced so many viewers to the time-capsule hotel, many of which have vowed to visit it, details missing from the video make it all the more immersive.

The hotel's news stand features magazines and newspapers from the decade, including a displayed The New York Times with a front page story on the moon landing.

While the place is also soundtracked by a large amount of '60s rock, pop and soul music, especially The Beatles who found themselves at the height of Beatlemania exactly then.

"60s fashion, architecture and pop culture was simply amazing," wrote one viewer.

"Brb gonna go on a flight," commented another.

"I've always wanted to go," added a user.

Newsweek has contacted the TWA Hotel and TikTok user @michelenp for comment.

the Hughes Wing of TWA Hotel
A security guard stands in the Hughes Wing after the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the TWA Hotel at JFK International Airport in New York May 15, 2019. - The former 1962 TWA Flight Center designed by the architect Eero Saarinen opened in 1962 and closed in 2001. The new hotel will have 512 mid-century-furnished rooms, an infinity pool and lounge on the roof Timothy A. Clary/Getty Images