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



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.

The Runway Chalet at The Pool Bar and our rooftop pool are closed for now. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Our heated infinity edge rooftop pool and observation deck is usually open year-round, weather permitting, from 7 AM to 11 PM every day.

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 serves seasonal cocktails (try the Idlewild Hot Toddy: spiced rum and hot apple cider garnished with a cinnamon stick) and warming fare. Fondue, anyone?  

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.



 The Pool Bar & Observation Deck
The Runway Chalet is open daily from 11 AM to 11 PM.

Our infinity edge pool-cuzzi — the water is heated to 95 degrees or higher daily! — is the perfect spot to warm up this winter. The highly filtered water is purified every 30 minutes (a standard pool recirculates every 6 hours).

 The Runway Chalet
The Runway Chalet offers cocktails, food and games!

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.

 Runway Chalet
Sip a Weather Delay (left) or Idlewild Hot Toddy at the Runway Chalet.

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.

 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.

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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