JFK Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Review

JFK Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Review

 

This JFK Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Review is the start of a new trip report including Business Class to Europe, Europe to Asia-Pacific, and luxury hotels, resorts and dining in Europe and Asia-Pacific. Last year we flew Lufthansa First Class via Frankfurt, so we reviewed the Lufthansa First Class Lounge at JFK, which is the upstairs level and overlooks the Business Class Lounge. See all of our airport lounge reviews.

Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Entrance, JFK

 

Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Airport Location, Access and Hours

The Lufthansa Business Class Lounge at JFK Airport Terminal 1 is situated after you clear security, on the left. This is also the entrance for Lufthansa First Class passengers and HON Circle members (3rd floor). The Business Class Lounge is open daily from 10am to 11:30pm, and the following passengers have access:

  • Business Class and First Class Lufthansa and Star Alliance passengers with a boarding pass for a same day departing flight
  • Star Alliance Gold members, with a same day boarding pass for a departing Lufthansa or Star Alliance flight
  • Lufthansa Premium Economy passengers with a valid lounge access voucher and boarding pass for a same day departing flight
  • Passengers with a valid Miles & More Frequent Traveler Card and boarding pass for a same day departing Lufthansa, Star Alliance or codeshare flight.
  • Passengers with a complimentary Lufthansa Business Class Lounge voucher who hold a valid boarding pass for a same day departing Lufthansa group flight (Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings). See 50K Lufthansa Miles and More Card Worth It?
Reception, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review
 
Across from reception is a model Lufthansa A380 plane, so we took another photo, even though we weren't flying Lufthansa this trip:
Model of Lufthansa A380, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review
 
 
Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Amenities
At reception, I asked if there was a password for the WiFi, and was told that the WiFi wasn't working. While I was able to tether my phone to get WiFi on my laptop, the most basic thing a lounge should provide, apart from seating, is WiFi, so this was quite a fail.
No WiFi in Lufthansa Business Class Lounge, JFK
Probably the best aspect of the lounge are the floor to ceiling windows that let in plenty of natural light, and also affords great views of the tarmac, if you're an aviation buff.
View from Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK
There were quite a few padded armchairs in the lounge, but this part of the lounge was completely packed during our visit, as were the 4 day bed chairs in a small alcove.
Crowded Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK
There was also a TV lounge closer to the entrance that had a bit more room:
TV Lounge, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK
Most of the seating during our stay, however, was at the less comfortable dining tables on bar stools, close to reception.
Bar Seating, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK
JFK Lufthansa Business Class Lounge Review
There's also a single shower room, which I'd visited last year and is shared by the Lufthansa First Class Lounge:
JFK Lufthansa Business Class Shower Room
The women's bathroom is very plain–no special hand soap, moisturizer or other amenities here:
Bathroom, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review
Women's Bathroom, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK

Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Airport Food and Drinks

The food offerings looked pretty picked over at the time of our visit, at about 4pm in the afternoon. There were the remains of a pasta salad, with some salad fixings and cheese slices:

Salad, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Food

 

Neither of the two hot dishes looked appetizing; my son's school cafeteria food looks better than what was on offer here:

Hot Buffet, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

There were two soups, and the better one seemed to be a beef vegetable soup:

Soup, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

There were pre-made fruit cups and a couple of cakes available for dessert:

Cake, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

Dessert, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

There are also some dry snacks, such as potato chips, raisins and nuts:

Dry Snacks, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

Your best bets at the lounge are the drinks. There were an array of spirits, red wine, white wine and beer:

Wine and Spirits, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

White Wine, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

There's also an espresso machine:

Espresso Machine, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK Review

 

And tea is by Harney & Sons:

Harney & Sons Tea, Lufthansa Business Class Lounge JFK

 

The Verdict

The Lufthansa Business Class Lounge at JFK at the time of my visit was underwhelming for an international business class lounge. The seating areas in the more comfortable parts of the lounge were crowded, the food mediocre, and the WiFi wasn't working. I was glad we didn't make any special effort to arrive early to JFK, and wouldn't bother with the offerings in the lounge if you have the option to dine before arriving or on board.

If you've visited the Lufthansa Business Class Lounge or Senator Lounge at JFK recently, what was your experience?

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