Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse JFK Review: Virgin Business Class Lounge New York

by | Sep 25, 2016 | Flights and Lounges, Latest Posts, Luxury, USA

After a weekend of fun in New York City we were on our way back to London and our first stop was the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in JFK. Our expectations were sky high based on our London Heathrow Clubhouse adventures and we were excited to see how the New York offering compared. The prospect of flying Upper Class on a Virgin Dreamliner en route from JFK to London had us doubly excited as we made our way to the lounge and we settled in for some pre flight rest, relaxation and maybe a cocktail or two!

Read about our visit to the Virgin Clubhouse London Heathrow Lounge here!

Virgin Upper Class Check in at JFK

Virgin use the Sky Priority check in area which is a fantastic bonus and the 3 dedicated check in desks meant we were checked in within seconds. Unfortunately, the security queue was far removed from the private channel which Virgin use in London Heathrow and we spent around 30 minutes in the ‘priority queue’ which was similar in length to the standard queue.

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The Virgin check in desks in the Sky Priority area

The Clubhouse Lounge

The JFK Clubhouse is located airside in a quiet corner of Terminal 4 and, after registering at the Virgin desk outside of the lounge, we were granted access. The Clubhouse at JFK is smaller and more imitate than the London Heathrow Clubhouse but the decor is still very Virgin-esque and, as a result, is comfortingly familiar!

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Entering the lounge

The lounge is split into work and play areas: there’s the bar and a pool table with some very funky seating, a dining area, the spa, a small business centre and a relaxing area with couches and soft seats.

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Dining time

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The seating

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Relaxing

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The bar

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Fancy a game?

Lounge Views

The lounge is bright and airy and overlooks the Virgin runway on one side.

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Virgin views

Food and Drinks

All the food and drinks are ordered from the menu in the Virgin Lounge and there are no self service stations. There are options for breakfast, small bites, light bites, larger meals and desserts. Everything we tried tasted good although we missed the beautiful deli that helps makes the Heathrow Clubhouse such a treat.

The food menu:

Breakfast: Breakfast is served until midday and includes an English Breakfast, a variety of egg dishes, cereals, youghurts and French toast.

Tapas: tapas are available from midday and include tortilla soup, salad, squid, edamame, a vol au vent, chicken wings, fruit salad and ice cream.

Salads: a choice between smoked salmon and goats cheese

Light Bites: ham, egg and chips, croquettes and prawn cocktail

Bigger bites: steamed salmon, chicken korma, miso soup, grilled cheese and a clubhouse burger

Dessert: miso doughnuts, popcorn pudding, fruit salad  and ice cream

Kids dishes: pizza, chicken strips, macaroni cheese, soup, fruit salad and ice cream

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Prawn Cocktail

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Vol au vents

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Fries

The drinks menu was extensive with champagne, red and white wine, craft beers, bottled beers, cider and cocktails. We sampled a few!

The Drinks Menu:

Champagne: Lanson Black Label, NV France and Enza Prosecco

White Wine: 2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand), 2014 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellar Chardonnay ‘Hand of Time’ (Napa Valley, California), 2014 Gaudo Al Tasso Vermentino (Tuscany, Italy)

Red Wine: 2015 Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand), 2014 Terrazas De Los Andes Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina), 2013 Chateau St Jean Cabernet Sauvingon (California), Torres Floralis Moscatel Do Sin (Spain)

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Champagne time!

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An excellent mojito

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Everything looked so good!

The Spa

Our business class tickets allowed us one complementary spa treatment each but, despite our arrival at the lounge approximately three hours before departure, we were unable to secure a spa appointment. I’m not sure what time Virgin expect customers to arrive for an Upper Class flight but three hours seems reasonable to me and it was disappointing that they didn’t have the capacity to offer appointments for a high number of passengers.

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The spa

Facilities

Facilities included excellent shower rooms and a small business center with printing available at the check in desk.

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The shower room

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That website looks good! The computer stations.

Access to Virgin Clubhouse JFK

Access to the JFK Clubhouse is available to:

  • Virgin Atlantic: Upper Class passengers or Flying Club Gold members
  • Singapore Airlines: first/ suite passengers flying Singapore Airlines or Solitaire PPS members
  • Virgin America: First Class guests, Main Cabin Select guests, and Elevate Gold members are eligible to purchase Clubhouse day passes

Overall

There’s no denying that the Virgin Clubhouse in JFK is a quality lounge especially by US airport standards. The staff were friendly, the lounge clean and the made to order food was of a good standard. On the flip side, it did seem quite crowded and it was difficult to get a seat at busier times but the biggest disappointment was the spa availability.

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For more on our Virgin Upper Class adventures….

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