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View from the top! The infinity pool at the TWA Hotel overlooks JFK’s runway 4L/22R.
The Pool Bar at TWA Hotel


The Rooftop Pool


Plane paradise: Take a dip in the infinity pool with panoramic views of the busiest runways at JFK.

Our infinity edge rooftop pool and observation deck is open year-round (the pool is heated!) from 7 AM to 11 PM, weather permitting, for hotel guests and non-hotel guests.

While we welcome you to visit the rooftop and swim in the pool, The Pool Bar, which offers cocktails and light fare, is currently closed as we prepare the area for the winter season. (Plenty of refreshments are available at Connie, The Sunken Lounge, the Paris Café and the Food Hall!) Though fees and food and beverage minimums often apply during the summer months, there is currently no charge for non-hotel guests to visit our pool and observation deck. Check back soon for updates.

Occasionally the pool hosts private events. The pool and observation deck will be closed at the following time for a private event:

  • August 30, 2020, 3 PM to 8 PM EST
 The Pool Bar & Observation Deck
Lounge chairs and towels are available at The Pool Bar.

Always refreshing, the water in the infinity edge pool offers a much-needed respite during sweltering summers. Come winter, it turns into a pool-cuzzi — the water can be heated up to 100 degrees! The highly filtered water is purified every 30 minutes (a standard pool recirculates every 6 hours).

 TWA Hotel The Pool Bar Postcard
Come stay for a day — or longer! Like the TWA Hotel, Trans World Airlines specialized in poolside escapes, as this 1949 ad attests.

Inspired by the infinity edge pool at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes, France, the swimming spot has a beach entry and underwater seating — not to mention a gleaming TWA logo mosaic in the signature colors of gold and red. And its view tops the Mediterranean Sea any day: The infinity pool sits on the horizon of a thrilling scene — JFK’s bustling Runway 4 Left/22 Right, with views all the way to Jamaica Bay.

 TWA The Pool Bar
TWA flew the world to warm climes; now you can soak up rays from the TWA Hotel's roof.

At 12,079 feet long, 4L/22R is one of the biggest runways at JFK, the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. Jets bearing the livery of American Airlines, JetBlue, Lufthansa, Delta and 70 other carriers take off and land on the stretches of concrete just beyond the TWA Hotel.

 TWA The Pool Bar

The observation deck also provides a view of the famous Bay Runway — measuring 14,511 feet long (almost 3 miles!), runway 13 Right/31 Left is the second-longest commercial runway in North America. (Fun fact: The Bay Runway served as the backup landing strip for NASA’s Space Shuttle.) Despite the heavy runway traffic at JFK’s 128 gates, the deck is surprisingly quiet.

Like any pool, ours has a few rules — please read them before your visit.

Each registered TWA Hotel guest can visit the pool and observation deck area free of charge.

Lounge chairs may not be reserved; belongings may be removed from unattended chairs.

Towels are provided for the use of all guests.

Luggage larger than 12-by-6-inches is not permitted on the pool and observation deck. Please check large luggage in the Arrivals Hall. Bags are subject to search by security. Any personal items must be placed in a clear container provided at the pool.

Shower facilities are located in TWA Fitness off our lobby and can be accessed by hotel guests free of charge. Non-hotel guests may purchase a day pass to TWA Fitness. Day passes to TWA Fitness are $25 per person. Restrooms and changing rooms are available on the rooftop.

Outside food and beverage is not permitted.

There is no lifeguard on duty; please enjoy the pool carefully.

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