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Photo Essay: The TWA Hotel at JFK, A Memorable Midcentury Time Capsule

The iconic TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport was reborn as the TWA Hotel on Wednesday when it opened its doors to guests.
The 1962 TWA Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen, was declared a landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1994, and the hotel is a faithful restoration of the Finnish architect’s masterpiece.
“The memories of working here decades ago flooded my mind,” said, …

TWA Hotel at JFK Nears Completion and Opening

Attention aviation and architecture fans: The TWA Hotel at John F. Kennedy International Airport is nearing completion.
Partially housed in the storied TWA Flight Center, which serves as its reception area and lobby, the hotel will open its doors to guests on May 15.
The TWA Flight Center, which was also known as the Trans World Flight Center, was designed by Eero Saarinen and welcomed passengers starting in 1962. Both the exterior …

Hotel Review: Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

The Millennium Hilton New York Downtown is one of the taller hotels in New York City and, perhaps appropriately enough, is located adjacent to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere.
When planning the hotel in the early 1990s, developer and New York Post owner Peter Kalikow chose to spell the hotel’s name with one “n” to make the name more distinctive, …

Inside Signia Hilton: New Brand to Focus on Business Travel, Meetings, and Events

With the announcement of Signia Hilton on Friday, Hilton is effectively creating a new segment with a hotel brand dedicated to and designed specifically for the needs of meetings, events, groups, and the business traveler.
The announcement was made at an event on the 68th floor of 3 World Trade Center in a hotel-like atmosphere designed to convey the Signia Hilton guest experience.
Following the briefing, Frequent Business Traveler sat down with …

Hotel Review: Dos Casas Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The remote city of San Miguel de Allende, 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, was founded in 1542 by San Miguel El Grande, a San Franciscan monk. The city was a focal point of the Mexican war for independence from Spain. It was renamed after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. Today, the region is home to more than 72,000 residents including a large U.S. and …

Review: Hotel Matilda, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Travelers who have visited Mexico’s larger and better-known regions – including Cancun, Acapulco, Los Cabos and Guadalajara – are, in greater numbers, discovering a hidden gem in San Miguel de Allende, a city and municipality in the far eastern part of the state of Guanajuato Located in the country’s central highlands, approximately 700 miles south of Houston and 170 miles northwest of Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende is a …

Review: Restaurant Zirbelzimmer, Hotel Sacher Salzburg, Austria

Vienna’s Hotel Sacher is well known for its Sachertorte, devised in 1832 by Franz Sacher for Prince Metternich, the legendary diplomat.  Sachetorte is perhaps one of the famous of all Austrian specialties – vying with Wiener Schnitzel and, for those in the know, Mozartkugel and Salzburger Nockerl.  Sacher’s son Eduard went on to open the Hotel Sacher in Vienna in 1876 and the cake is believed to have been instrumental …