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



The Rooftop Pool

Après swim! Take a dip in the infinity pool­-cuzzi with runway views, then shred food and cocktails at the Runway Chalet.

Our rooftop pool-cuzzi (heated up to 95 degrees every day) and observation deck are open year-round, weather permitting, for hotel guests.

Due to government regulations and occupancy limits, only registered TWA Hotel guests (whether overnight or day stay) may use the pool-cuzzi, visit the observation deck or dine on our rooftop. Those who are not staying at the hotel may not visit the pool, observation deck or restaurant. The pool is open from 7 AM to 10 PM.

Our new winter hotspot — the Runway Chalet at The Pool Bar — is a cozy 1960s après ski-themed winter getaway, complete with a vintage fireplace! The heated and tented rooftop bar is open only for hotel guests every day from 4 PM to 10 PM.

The Runway Chalet serves seasonal cocktails (try the Altitude Adjustment: spiced rum and hot apple cider garnished with a cinnamon stick) and warming fare.

The Runway Chalet adheres to New York City’s indoor dining regulations and has limited seating. If weather permits, we will also have tables available on the outdoor pool deck. Hotel guests should email to request a reservation to dine at the Runway Chalet (guests without a reservation will be accepted based on availability). 

Takeout is also available from the Runway Chalet. To order, visit the host at the entrance to the pool on our rooftop.

Please note that if you’re ordering alcohol, you must buy food with your initial order, per government regulations. Larger groups must order enough food to serve everyone in the party.





Pool & Observation Deck Rules

Our pool and observation deck has some new rules — please read them carefully.

  • Do not enter the pool area if you feel unwell, have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 14 days or were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  • Social distancing is required: please stay at least 6 feet apart from others, including in the pool. Guests must wear a face covering when arriving and departing the rooftop and where social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • Furniture may not be moved. Furniture has been rearranged to allow for social distancing.
  • No outside food or beverage is permitted.
  • If you’re ordering alcohol, you must buy food with your initial order, per government regulations.
  • Personal items must be placed in a clear plastic bag that is less than 12-by-12-inches (bags are provided at the pool).
  • Pool towels may not be removed from the pool area. Guests must leave wet towels behind for collection by team members.
  • Restrooms and changing rooms are available on the rooftop; there are no showers.
  • There is no lifeguard on duty; please enjoy the pool carefully.


Questions? See the FAQs at the bottom of this page.
 The Runway Chalet
The Runway Chalet is open every day.

Always refreshing, the water in our 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).

 The Runway Chalet at The Pool Bar
Swim, sip and sun at the Runway Chalet.

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.

 The Mogul Mule at the Runway Chalet
The Runway Chalet offers cocktails and food.

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.

 The Runway Chalet.
The heated and tented Runway Chalet offers peak views.

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.


I’m not staying at the TWA Hotel. Can I make a reservation to use the pool?

No. Due to government restrictions, only registered TWA Hotel guests may use the pool and observation deck or dine at our restaurant, the Runway Chalet.

I’m staying at the TWA Hotel. Can I use the pool?

Yes, you may swim from 7 AM to 10 PM each day, though occupancy limits will apply.

I’d like to have dinner at the Runway Chalet. Do I need a reservation?

Yes. Hotel guests can request a reservation by email at [email protected]. (At this time, you must be a hotel guest to dine at the Runway Chalet.) Hotel guests who do not have a reservation will be accepted based on availability. 

Are pool towels available?

Yes! Towels are available on the pool deck.

Can I bring a tote bag with my belongings?

No. All belongings must be in a clear plastic bag less than 12-by-12-inches. Bags will be provided at the pool.

Are showers available at the pool deck?

No, showers are not available. Changing rooms and restrooms are available in the pool area.

Can I reserve a lounge chair?

No. There are a limited number of lounge chairs available and they cannot be reserved. Lounge chairs are first come, first served.

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