By JON CRONIN
The TWA Hotel has started to accept bookings for its debut in spring 2019 at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The hotel’s developer—MCR and MORSE Development—also recently unveiled the designs for the hotel’s Starstream Ballroom, Flight Center Ballroom and several other event rooms. Reservations for guest rooms will open in December.
The hotel will feature 50,000 square feet of event space, an additional 20,000 square feet of space in the former TWA terminal for outdoor terraces and an observation deck, 45 event rooms, 512 guest rooms, 44 suites, five hospitality suites, a kosher kitchen, 10,000-square-foot fitness facility, six restaurants and eight bars, audiovisual and teleconferencing equipment, valet parking, 4,000 parking spaces in adjacent garages and 100 on-site parking spaces.
“The reaction and anticipation among event and meeting planners has been overwhelming,” said Tyler Morse, the CEO of MCR and MORSE Development, of the new hotel. “There is something quite special about hosting events at the TWA Hotel. We are restoring one of the most important buildings in America—the TWA Flight Center—and event attendees will be greeted by the vibrant spirit of 1962, the year the Flight Center opened, along with modern amenities that make this destination unique.”
Since its groundbreaking ceremony two years ago, the hotel has been considered one of the city’s largest construction projects. It is estimated to create more than 3,700 permanent jobs and, during the course of its creation, 300 construction union jobs.
The hotel will also include a Jet Age museum that will chronicle the mid-century modern design era. It will exhibit mid-century furniture, TWA uniforms, David Klein destination posters, inflight amenities and other TWA memorabilia.