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A Review of the Aegean Airlines Lounge, Thessaloniki (SKG)

A Review of the Aegean Airlines Lounge, Thessaloniki (SKG)

Overall Rating: 7/10

An airline run lounge accessed on this occasion with an Olympic Airlines flight and a Star Alliance Gold Card (Turkish Airlines).

Food:

Sandwiches, salads, rice, cold cuts, bread and soup.

Drinks:

Self serve soft drinks and beer. A wide selection of standard and unusual spirits.

WiFi and Power:

Fairly fast Lounge WiFi with a password.

Views and Comfort:

Very modern lounge with views over the apron. Boarding directly from the lounge, which worked out very well. Comfy chairs and ample plug sockets.

A Review of the “Premium Lounge”, Denpasar Bali Airport (DPS) International Terminal

A Review of the “Premium Lounge”, Denpasar Bali Airport (DPS) International Terminal

Overall Rating: 5/10

An contract Lounge, accessed on this occasion with a Malaysia Airlines flight and a LATAM Sapphire Card.

Food:

Sandwiches, salads, rice, fried fish and vegetables.

Drinks:

Self serve soft drinks and beer, and a bar with wine and spirits.

WiFi and Power:

Fairly fast Lounge WiFi with a password.

Views and Comfort:

Lounge is inside Terminal, with no views outside. Somewhat dated furniture in an eclectic range of styles…

A Review of the Malaysia Airlines CIP Lounge, Kuala Lumpur Satellite M (KUL)

A Review of the Malaysia Airlines CIP Lounge, Kuala Lumpur Satellite M (KUL)

Overall Rating: 4/10

A temporary lounge while the Malaysia Airlines Satellite lounge is renovated.

Accessed on this occasion with a Royal Air Brunei (Malaysia Airlines ticket stock) flight and a LATAM Sapphire Card.

This the flagship Malaysia Airlines Lounge is at the main terminal.

Food:

Two hot options (pasta), dumplings and soup.

Drinks:

Self serve soft drinks and waiter ordered alcoholic drinks.

WiFi and Power:

Fast Lounge WiFi with a password.

Views and Comfort:

Good views from the lounge over the runway and apron.

A Review of the Malaysia Airlines Business Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 4

A Review of the Malaysia Airlines Business Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 4

Overall Rating: 7/10

An lounge operated by Malaysia Airlines. Accessed on this occasion with a OneWorld LATAM Sapphire Card and a Malaysia Airlines Flight.

One of two lounges at this location, the other being the Malaysia Airlines First Class Lounge (First and OneWorld Emerald).

Food:

A broad selection of hot and cold food. Noodle curry, vegetables, peanut sauce, soup and salads/sandwiches.

Drinks:

A waiter served bar with a standard array of alcoholic and soft drinks, including Prosecco. Soft drink and water station in food area. Bar shared with the First Class Lounge – Premium drinks reserved for those.

WiFi and Power:

Fast Lounge WiFi without a password.

Views and Comfort:

Broad views over the apron and runway. Direct view down to the aircraft.

Comfy, if a bit dated seating.

A Review of the Middle East Airlines (MEA) “Cedar” Lounge, Beirut Airport (BEY)

A Review of the Middle East Airlines (MEA) “Cedar” Lounge, Beirut Airport (BEY)

Overall Rating: 5/10

An airline run lounge operated by MEA. Accessed on this occasion with a SkyTeam Elite Plus Card and a MEA Flight. Also used by a number of other airlines, primarily SkyTeam members.

This the main MEA lounge (“Cedar Lounge”). Crowded, noisy and claustrophobic atmosphere, albeit with a better food selection than the “Beirut Lounge” annex down the hallway (also operated by MEA).

Food:

Pastries, pasta, vegetables, chicken, salad etc from a hot buffet. Very busy!

Drinks:

A waiter served bar with a standard array of alcoholic and soft drinks, including Champagne. Soft drink and water stations throughout lounge.

WiFi and Power:

Fast Lounge WiFi with a password.

Views and Comfort:

No views from the lounge. Felt very crowded, noisy and claustrophobic. It had the atmosphere of a shopping centre with a big arched glass ceiling and lots of hard surfaces. Annex / “Beirut” Lounge is far preferable if you want to relax.

A Review of the Middle East Airlines (MEA) “Beirut” Lounge, Beirut Airport (BEY)

A Review of the Middle East Airlines (MEA) “Beirut” Lounge, Beirut Airport (BEY)

Overall Rating: 6/10

An airline run lounge operated by MEA. Accessed on this occasion with a SkyTeam Elite Plus Card and a MEA Flight. Also used by a number of other airlines, primarily SkyTeam members.

This is the “Annex” to the main lounge (“Cedar Lounge”) a few hundred meters away. A much calmer atmosphere with comfy chairs and great views over the apron, though much more limited food and drinks selection.

Food:

A limited selection of cold pastries, peanuts and grapes.

Drinks:

An extensive self-serve range of spirits, beers and Lebanese wines. 4-5 scotch whiskies to select from, alone.

WiFi and Power:

Fast Lounge WiFi with a password.

Views and Comfort:

Felt quite dated and had older by very comfy, “throne-like” leather chairs and superb views over the apron.

A Review of the No.1 Airport Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3 (LHR)

A Review of the No.1 Airport Lounge, London Heathrow Terminal 3 (LHR)

Overall Rating: 3/10

A contract lounge operated by an Airport Lounge chain. Accessed on this occasion with a SkyTeam Elite Plus Card and a MEA Flight. Also used by a number of other airlines and open to those with Priority Pass etc.

Food:

A very disappointing selection of salad and soup, with a few cakes. Can order one (very small) hot item per visit.

Drinks:

Alcoholic drinks served from a bar. A good selection of spirits, wines and beers. Lots of standard brands and 3-4 beers and ciders on tap or in bottles. No limit on number of drinks that can be ordered, but a “fit to fly” policy.

Soda fountains available from soft drinks but no bottles.

All cutlery and glasses etc were on the small side, presumably to minimise costs.

WiFi and Power:

Fast Lounge WiFi without a password.

Views and Comfort:

Modern, bright environment with comfy swivel chairs and desks to work at. Some windows overlooking the apron.

Very busy indeed, and frustrating that 1/3 of the Lounge was “reserved”, though I did not see anyone access these areas during my 2 hour visit.

A Review was of the Dublin Airport Terminal 1 (DUB) DAA Executive Lounge

A Review was of the Dublin Airport Terminal 1 (DUB) DAA Executive Lounge

Overall Rating: 5/10

An airport run lounge at Dublin Airport Terminal 1. Accessed on this occasion with a British Airways flight with a LATAM Platinum (OW Sapphire) Card.

Food:

A reasonable selection of salads, soup and bread rolls.

Drinks:

Alcoholic drinks served from a bar. A good selection of spirits, wines and beers. Lots of standard brands and a few local ones (Gin, beer, whiskey etc).

WiFi and Power:

Fast, free WiFi provided by the Airport.

Views and Comfort:

Modern, bright environment with comfy swivel chairs and desks to work at. Some windows overlooking the apron.

Split into a food section and a drinks section.

A Review of the Karibou Business VIP Lounge, Moroni, Comoros Airport (HAH)

A Review of the Karibou Business VIP Lounge, Moroni, Comoros Airport (HAH)

Overall Rating: 1/10

An airport run lounge at Moroni Airport. Accessed on this occasion with a Ethiopian Airlines flight and a Turkish Airlines Gold Card.

We had all sorts of hassle accessing the lounge in the first place, despite being eligible. Took about 20 minutes to solve and a lot of to-and-fro between the Ethiopian Airlines check in and the lounge. First did not recognise the star alliance Gold Card, and then said I was not allowed a guest.

Stringent food and drink rationing in operation!

Food:

All rationed – one small slice of cake per person.

Drinks:

No alcoholic drinks. Rationed to one soft drink and one bottle of water per person…

WiFi and Power:

Moderately fast lounge WiFi, protected with a password. Very few plug sockets.

Views and Comfort:

Curtains drawn so no views. Chairs were Ok.

A Review of the Air Madagascar International Lounge, Antananarivo Airport (TNR)

A Review of the Air Madagascar International Lounge, Antananarivo Airport (TNR)

Overall Rating: 4/10

An airline run lounge at Antananarivo Airport. Accessed on this occasion with an Air Madagascar Business class ticket.

Food:

No food other than a bowl of peanuts.

Drinks:

A decent selection of waiter served alcoholic drinks and bottled soft drinks. Local spirits, standard imported spirits and 2-3 local beers.

WiFi and Power:

Moderately fast lounge WiFi, protected with a password. A few plug sockets.

Views and Comfort:

Comfortable but dated sofas. No windows or views. Quite dark.