The long-awaited TWA Hotel , at New York’s JFK Airport, recently released an impressive image of its dramatically positioned infinity pool, offering a “runway view that rivals an air traffic controller’s vantage point”. With its own restored Lockheed Constellation airliner repurposed as a cocktail lounge, and retro Trans World Airlines (TWA) branding throughout the former TWA Flight Center building, it will surely be one of the world’s coolest airport hotels when it opens on May 15. Airport hotel “pioneer” Hilton, incidentally, would have you believe that 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of the first such property. The company cites 1959 as the year that it launched the “airport hotel concept”, with the sprawling and sadly now-demolished Hilton Inn, at San Francisco International Airport. The first airport hotel in the United States was, in fact, the Oakland Airport Inn, which opened on the other side of San Francisco Bay in 1929. It was followed in 1931 by the Dearborn Inn, which adjoined the Ford Motor Company’s own Ford Airport, and offered guests sightseeing flights over nearby Detroit in a Ford Trimotor. The Oakland Airport Inn building now houses the Amelia Earhart Senior Squadron 188, whose name recalls the doomed aviatrix who frequently stayed there. The Dearborn Inn is now operated by Marriott, and is the only part of the old Ford Airport still standing. The world’s first airport hotel was, however, the Aerodrome Hotel at Croydon Airport (aka Croydon Aerodrome), in south London. Opened in 1928, the hotel was built to serve Britain’s first international airport, and is still in business, though the last aircraft took off from Croydon in 1959. Hallmark Hotels, which operates the property as the Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome, also runs the Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland, which dates back to 1841 and is said to be the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built railway hotel. The Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa opens in Morocco A “first” for Hilton in 1959 was the opening of the Nile Hilton, the company’s debut property in Africa. It was unveiled in the Egyptian capital of Cairo that February, with Conrad Hilton throwing one of the first big overseas press junkets. The renowned writer and columnist Art Buchwald summed up the event with rather confused nautical nomenclature, declaring, “Things have been done on such a heroic scale that a group of guests almost expected Cleopatra to sail up the Nile in a golden sampan.” The opening last month of the Hilton Tangier Al Houara Resort & Spa on the other side of North Africa, in Morocco, was likely a less spectacular affair. Situated on the Atlantic coast, the 304-room resort looks like it would make an interesting combination stay with the Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay , on the Mediterranean side of the Tangier Peninsula, perhaps with a side-trip to Gibraltar, or the Spanish African enclave of Ceuta. The most direct air route to Tangier from Hong Kong is via Amsterdam, from where you can fly with either Royal Air Maroc or Air Arabia Maroc. Back on track – Cambodia and Thailand reconnected by rail Thailand and Cambodia have just become reconnected by rail after a 45-year break. An inaugural 1.3km crossing between Arayaprathet, in Thailand, and Poipet, on the Cambodian side, was made on April 22 by the countries’ prime ministers. The train line from Phnom Penh to Poipet, which was completed in 1942 but had been disused since the 1970s, was reopened last year, and passenger rail services between the Cambodian capital and Bangkok are hoped to resume before too long. All of Cambodia’s rail lines – both used and abandoned – can be found in Brendan Whyte’s exhaustive Railway Atlas of Thailand, Laos and Cambodia , published by White Lotus Press. Containing maps showing every known former and current railway, cable car, miniature railway and tramway in each country, with extensive histories, it was published in 2010 and remains an excellent regional guide for travelling trainspotters. Deal of the week – two nights in Seoul, South Korea Lotte Hotels & Resorts’ three L7 “lifestyle” hotels are all offered from HK$2,550 with Jebsen Holidays’ two-night package to Seoul. They are located across the South Korean capital, in Myeongdong, Gangnam and Hongdae, with the L7 Myeongdong being the best option for its central location and encouraging online reviews. Flights with Cathay Pacific are included in these prices, which will be available until the end of the year, with occasional seasonal surcharges. For more details and reservations go to the Jebsen Holidays website .