The golden age of commercial air travel is decades in the past, but its glamour and decadence live on in the recently opened TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK Airport. Housed in the Eero Saarinen–designed TWA Flight Center, the 512-room hotel echoes the building’s midcentury architecture and includes a poppy-red sunken lounge, a rooftop swimming pool, and a cocktail lounge in a repurposed Lockheed Constellation L-1649A airplane. “Our concept was based on the year 1962,” the year the Flight Center opened, says Sara Duffy, senior interiors associate at New York hospitality firm Stonehill Taylor, one of the firms that worked on the project. “It was an extraordinary time of hopefulness and style. We wanted to capture that sense of nostalgia.” Each guest room has a bit of Mad Men–esque appeal, with a luxurious walnut tambour bar and bright Saarinen Womb chairs and Tulip tables. Multipane soundproof floor-to-ceiling windows allow for a close-up look at departing planes, but earplugs aren’t required for a quiet night’s sleep.
Photographs courtesy of TWA Hotel and David Mitchell