The Swiss Lounge in T4 at JFK is a great place to kick back and relax before any long haul flight. Those flying on Swiss Airlines in business class or those with Star Alliance Gold status have access to the lounge. The lounge is no longer airside, meaning the mad rush to security to catch the plane when boarding begins is no longer an issue (thanks to the Delta remodel of T4). The lounge is also divided into two sections: on the left is the first class and HON circle members lounge (Lufthansa’s group highest level of frequent flyers) and the right side of the lounge is reserved for business class and Star Alliance Gold flyers.
The lounge lives up to the description provided by Swiss after the remodel and looks very similar to the Swiss Lounge in Geneva. The Only difference is the one in JFK is larger.
Designed by Steve Rinaldi of AVIREAL, an architect firm based in Zurich, the lounge offers a calming and relaxing atmosphere reflective of the current Swiss-made advertising campaign. From the dark chocolate brown leather lounge chairs to the hand-made carpeting placed on dark smoked-colored oak floors, the soothing color scheme offers combinations of white against warm dark brown throughout the lounge. There are also several walls completed from top to bottom in Jura stone, contributing to the ambience of a natural and relaxing environment. Lighting is kept low beside lounge chairs to evoke the feeling of being at home and in privacy.
When I arrived at the lounge, there were a few hot food items being offered and the lounge was relatively empty. There was not a soul in the quiet area, which is a great place to relax or sleep, and most passengers had gathered in the front room.
Food options – curry vegetables, Pasta, cheese, fruit – both hot items were tasty
Food options were negligible, but still better than most US Airliner and drink selections was plentiful. There are many places to sit and watch the world of airplanes pass by, spotting airplanes from near and far alike.
View of tarmac from lounge
Overall, the lounge is a nice place to sit and watch airplanes and grab a bit to eat and a drink before a long-haul flight. The first class lounge offers a better dining experience and is where it’s really at, however with only room for 30 passengers, it’s clearly a much more exclusive experience than the 139 seat business class lounge.
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