Plenty of themed bars and restaurants can be found around the globe, but few can be as authentic as Connie, the cocktail lounge of the TWA Hotel. While the TWA Hotel has been transformed from the disused Trans World Airlines Terminal at JFK Airport, New York to a sleek hotel, Connie has taken up the space of a 1958 Lockheed Constellation Strainer airplane.
The Connie N8083H was purchased in early 2018. After a thorough restoration, including finding authentic parts, installing flooring and windows, outfitting the cockpit with controls and painting the exterior with authentic 1950s TWA livery, architecture and interior design firm Stonehill Taylor started working on the interior design. Aligned with the entire 1962 theme of the hotel which pays tribute to the opening year of the terminal, the cocktail lounge is filled with Sixties-inspired elements including refurbished vintage airplane seats and comfortable banquette seating. Pieces of the plane’s original interior frame are encased in glass-forming part of the decoration, while bar patrons can also visit the cockpit, which has been restored with authentic controls and switches.