Dropped off at gate 3 of Terminal 4 in JFK airport by a great Uber driver who picked us up on time using a MPV so there was more than enough space for 2 with our luggages. Journey took around 30 minutes from Brooklyn in light traffic before the sun had risen for the day.
No queue for Business Class check-in counters but there was a wait for an available counter. We were served by the staff in the bag drop counter and our passports and return tickets were checked.
The check in agent mentioned we had access to the Swiss lounge just after security and noted the fast track security for Business class but the line was not too long anyway. However the security check took a bit of time even in the early morning.
The Swiss lounge is located at the same floor as the security check and it was easy to find it using the signs in the terminal. Guests have to take the stairs down to get to the departure gates here in Terminal 4.
Swiss operates a small lounge divided into 3 main sections. The Swiss lounge is also open as a Senator lounge for members of the Miles and More program, along with Star Alliance Gold members.
Entering the lounge, the dining buffet is located right at the front after the reception desk and is the first section of the lounge. Early in the morning there was scones, cookies, muffins, and toast on the buffet counter.
Fruits, yogurt and cold waffles were on the cold section along with toppings of dried cranberries and nuts to make your own muesli.
There was two kinds of cereal placed inside jugs for easy pouring while guests could grab milk from the cold section. Soy milk was available for lactose intolerant guests.
For beverages, there was a nice selection of juices, soft drinks, beers and wines from the fridge with a Swiss made touch screen espresso machine. Tea bags are available as well.
Next to the buffet counters, there was several rows of bar tables and chairs for guests to dine in.
In the next section, there was a quiet area room with several lounge chairs for guests who wants to have a short nap.
Across from the ‘Quiet Room’ there was the restrooms along with a couple of shower rooms for lounge guests.
The shower room was very basic with a freestanding sink and a glass enclosed shower area. There was soap and shampoo by the brand Rituals placed by the sink and the wall in the shower area. In the shower, guests can find a handheld shower head and an overhead shower like those found in North American hotel chains.
The largest section of the lounge is for the lounge seats and there was plenty of space to sit down at the back of the lounge. The black leather armchairs were placed facing each other with a small table placed in between. For guests travelling alone, they could get one of the tall chairs facing the tarmac along the windows. Since it was still dark out, there was little to see.
There is another cafe area setup in the lounge here with a long communal table and bar stool. A console unit by the wall holds an espresso machine and there was bowls of nuts and snacks along with a fridge holding various cold beverages guests could help themselves to.
Magazines available from the shelf with in-flight magazines making up the bulk of selection. Might be a bit too early for newspapers to have been sent so I didn’t notice any.
There was a couple of workstations inside the lounge along with a wifi code for guests to be connected online.
Other amenities inside the lounge was a rack with hangers so guests could hang their coats. This is something common in many European airport lounges. This area makes it easy for guests to place their hand carried luggage underneath as well to maximize space in the lounge for guests during busy periods.
With a low guest count in the morning, the ambience inside the Swiss lounge is pleasant. Food and beverage provided inside is basic and nothing more. It did fill me up since I did not have breakfast prior to arriving at the airport. Other than providing a lounge space, it was nice to know there are still some shower areas and a functioning wifi along with some reading materials if one is bored.