TWA Hotel reveals first look at rooftop infinity pool and observation deck

Posted On Tue, April 23, 2019 By

Posted On Tue, April 23, 2019 By In New Developments, Queens

Courtesy of MCR and Morse Development

When the TWA Hotel opens, guests will be able to “pull up a chaise lounge, sip a Mile High Spritz and take a dip in the infinity pool with panoramic views of the busiest runways at JFK.” According to a press release sent out today by MCR and Morse Development, the rooftop infinity pool and observation deck is set to open on May 15th along with the rest of the project and remain open 365 days a year thanks to its ability to reach 100 degrees and turn into a “pool-cuzzi.” And if you haven’t booked a stay at the hotel, you can still reserve a table on the rooftop to take a dip and order a cocktail.


Courtesy of MCR and Morse Development

According to Morse, the pool was inspired by the “infinity edge pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France.” It measures 63′ X 20′ and its water is purified every 30 minutes, compared to a standard pool at six hours. The pool is part of the 10,000-square-foot observation deck, which has views of the airport’s historic runways and Jamaica Bay.

The Pool Bar & Observation Deck will be operated by the Gerber Group, who are behind other high-end cocktail bars such as Mr. Purple and the Campbell at Grand Central. Cocktails will include the Mile High Spritz and the Watermelon Collins, and they’ll also have a full rooftop kitchen.

Tyler Morse, CEO and Managing Partner of MCR and MORSE Development, said, “Our rooftop pool provides a JFK runway view that rivals an air traffic controller’s vantage point. There’s simply no better place for plane-spotting — and enjoying a cocktail — in the world.” The entire rooftop can be reserved for private events for up to 300 people. For regular non-hotel-guest reservations, free bookings are currently being accepted.

Image of Sunken Lounge pre-construction in 2017, courtesy of MCR and Morse Development; Photo: Max Touhey.

Among the hotel’s six restaurants and eight bars, the Gerber Group will also operate the Sunken Lounge, a retro ’60s-style bar in the restored lounge. Other hospitality spaces include the restored and reinvented Paris Cafe, operated by Jean-Georges; Connie, a historic Lockheed Constellation airplane retrofitted into a cocktail lounge; and an Intelligentsia coffee bar.

Amenity spaces include the world’s largest hotel gym, 50,000 square feet of event space which includes a 15,000-square-foot ballroom, high-end retail outposts, and a series of exhibitions of TWA artifacts curated by the New-York Historical Society.


Photo by David Mitchell

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

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