The Etihad Lounge in JFK is a stunning piece of work. The architecture on the outside is beautiful, and the decorations inside are quite elegant. The lounge is only open around the times the airline flies out of JFK, and only open to Etihad/Etihad partner airlines premium customers. I enjoyed my time there, and appreciated the kindness of the staff.
The Good: Beautiful design and elegant bar.
The Bad: No lounge for First Class passengers, and made to order food menu was limited.
The Noteworthy: There’s a secret lounge for Residence passengers that I could not find.
Check-In at JFK
As I will mention in my main post for the flight, check in itself was a breeze, the TSA Pre Check line, however, was a mess. As soon as I was through security, I realized the lounge was still closed, so I strolled a bit through the terminal. There was an AMEX pop-up lounge, which I found weird.
The lounge is located on the floor above the main terminal. Once you go upstairs, you can’t miss it. The facade is stunning. Elegant and subtle design is coupled with the imposing size of the lounge entrance. There is a large logo for Etihad there.
Once inside the lounge, I noticed how the furniture was of complimentary colors. There were light beige chairs, alongside grey recliners. There were sections for people to sit and lounge, watch TV or eat. The bar is a very long table with a variety of drinks.
The lounge has a limited selection of made to order food, which I found was good in flavor and quality. There is also an ample buffet, which had a bit of everything, from fruit to South Asian cuisine. Tables were set very elegantly, as is the case for everything Etihad does.
Bathrooms and Showers
The lounge has bathrooms with the usual amenities, but nothing over the top. There is also one shower, which was used all the while I was in the lounge (hopefully by different people).
The lounge is a solid lounge. I would rate it as something out of this world based on the soft product inside. However, the architecture and interior design is extremely elegant. If more lounges were as well decorated as this one, the world would be a more aesthetic place.