Boutique hotel proposal for JFK airport

by Alister POOLE on February 9, 2011

An empty terminal at New York’s busy JFK airport could soon be home to a high-end boutique hotel. The Wall Street Journal reports that the TWA Flight Center at JFK International, out of service since 2001, may be the centrepiece of a chic hotel.

The building was designed by Eero Saarinen and inaugurated in 1962. It is shaped like a bird in flight and is a historic and architectural landmark. It is presently used as entrance to an adjoining multimillion dollar terminal, though most of the building is unused despite significant renovations.

According to the Wall Street Journal, any hotel put in the building would offer some considerable cultural cachet, and due to its landmark status, would have to be designed around the terminal, rather than the other way round. The niche-hotel would hold about 150 rooms.

Should the deal go through, New York would have a world-class equivalent to lavish redevelopments such as the forthcoming Renaissance St Pancras hotel in London, Shangri-La Paris and the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest.

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