Airport Lounge Name: Lufthansa Senators Lounge Location: New York JFK International (JFK) Terminal/Concourse: Terminal 1
Seating: In an apparent effort to squeeze in as many seats as possible the lounge-planners (or whatever they’re called) seem to have sacrificed a few tables and room for your bags. Lounger chairs are a little firm and not as deep as you might like and it’s these chairs that most need space for your snacks and rollaboards. If you’re here to snack, the best bet might be the limited cafe-style seating or wall-facing bar-type seating.
If lounging and zoning out to volume-free TV are your speeed there are extra lounger seats in a large, dark TV room that’s got more room for carry-on luggage and “I LOVE NY” tourist gift bags.
Our favorites though are the odd-looking tall-back seats along the back wall of the lounge. Here you can drop your bags in front of the small tables in front. Tables are spaced about 1 every two seats so these are great for couples or workmates without personal space issues.
Food: This Lufthansa Senator Lounge JFK comes through on food at an “as-expected” level. Finger sandwiches , a light salad bar and endless snack items make this a better-than-domestic lounge experience. In the upstairs First Class lounge, the menu is more robust but this spread is sufficient for pre-long haul flight snacking.
Wi-fi/Connectivity: Power outlets were tough to find here. A few can be spotted at the end of the long rows of loungers and a few random spots throughout, but there’s no clear benefit for your power hungry devices. Wi-fi is available but wasn’t tested on our visit.
Service: I unfortunately ignored what the front desk agent told me about which lounge was ours. Had I listened to her friendly directions this review would be about the first class lounge upstairs. But that’s my fault, not hers. The staff was helpful when needed, food was refreshed regularly and the lounge kept very clean. JFK isn’t known for smiles and cleanliness, so this was a refreshing change.
Summary: Just past security, you don’t have to walk far to get there. This Lufthansa Senator Lounge isn’t huge by international standards. As illustrated in the video review, lounge chairs are tight and leave little space for bags and snacks, but cafe, stool and other more unique spots are better options to take in all the features of the club. Power options are a little disappointing so a few more vitual tenths of a mark have been ticked from our overall score, but friendly service and nice big windows and cool views of big airplanes keep it in the game.
How to get in: First & Business class flyers with same-day tickets aboard arriving or departing Lufthansa or Swiss flights have access to this Senator Lounge. You’re also in if you’re flying same-day with a Star Alliance partner on a departing flight. Lufthansa’s website has further options for entry.