Pay Up to $50 Per Person To Use This Hotel Pool?

The TWA Hotel is located at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York — which means that it arguably has unrivaled views of airplanes, the airport itself, its terminals, and its runways — and it has a rooftop “pool-cuzzi” and observation deck which is open to guests of the hotel property who do not have a reservation from 7:00 through 10:30 in the morning every day as long as occupancy limits are not exceeded…

Pay Up to $50 Per Person To Use This Hotel Pool?

…but access to the observation deck, combination swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and dining at the pool bar is primarily restricted only to guests of the hotel property who have a reservation between the hours of 11:00 in the morning and 11:00 in the evening every day; and each reservation is for a maximum duration of one hour and 45 minutes.

The rates for the reservations — which include admission to the heated rooftop infinity swimming pool, observation deck, a table for dining at the pool bar, and towels but include neither pool loungers nor the cost of food and beverages — are as follows:

  • $25.00 per adult and $20.00 per child ages 5–12 Monday through Thursday
  • $50.00 per adult and $20.00 per child ages 5–12 Friday through Sunday
  • No fee for children age 4 and younger for use the pool for free with adult supervision


The hotel property already charges a mandatory facilities fee of $17.94 per night — which includes taxes for the facility fee — and at the time this article was written, I have not found exactly what items or services the facilities fee covers.

Source: TWA Hotel.

I suppose we should be “thankful” that the fee to use the swimming pool is optional instead of having it charged as a mandatory fee to every guest at the hotel property — whether or not he or she uses the pool, observation deck, and pool bar — but I still find a reservation fee of up to $50.00 rather expensive, to say the least.

Source: TWA Hotel.

3 thoughts on “Pay Up to $50 Per Person To Use This Hotel Pool?”

  1. Nope says:

    There is just one pic? And its pretty unimpressive to boot. Sorry. Ill pass.

  2. CHRIS says:

    Once the curiosity factor wears off, I hope that us as desolate as it was for the past 30 years

  3. GUWonder says:

    Hotel room guests being charged for —and limited in — the use of hotel pool is being done primarily in order to keep the pool more available for locals willing to pay for pool use and a higher margin stream of revenue to the hotel and to limit hotel room guest use of the pool. This is unfortunately not limited to just this hotel. At least one hotel in Sweden has had the same kind of approach to its outdoor/rooftop pool.

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