HOTELS: For the Air Age

The nation's newest airport hotel, a six-story, 320-room building that looks like a boomerang on stilts, will open May 8 at New York International (Idlewild) Airport, gateway for U.S. overseas air traffic. Designed by William B. Tabler in blue and white glazed brick, the hotel was built by the New York Port Authority, will be operated by Knott Hotel Corp. It will include a main dining room able to seat 160 people, a coffee shop with seats for 100, a cocktail lounge, and telephone booths with comfortable upholstered chairs instead of the standard hard, wooden seats.


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