Get Away: The TWA Hotel

Few things are groovier than a retro aviation-themed hotel with mid-mod furnishings and a throwback cocktail bar.

A vintage suitcase on display at the TWA Hotel. Photo courtesy of TWA Hotel/David Mitchell

The TWA Hotel, which incorporates the iconic former Trans World Airlines Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, opened this May after a $265 million renovation. Retro nods include red rotary phones, a 1960s-inspired bar and a rooftop infinity pool that overlooks runways (and looks like one). There’s also a jet age-themed minimuseum showcasing, among other things, uniforms worn by TWA pilots and stewardesses and the desk of onetime TWA owner Howard Hughes. The Sunken Lounge—where crowds gathered in 1965 to watch the Beatles arrive—is the place for throwback cocktails with swizzle sticks. Guest rooms feature midcentury modern Knoll furnishings and terrazzo-tiled bathrooms. Rates begin at $209 per night. 6 Central Terminal Area, Jamaica, New York; 212-806-9000; twahotel.com.

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